Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, March 2, 2001

Club offers fun trips, friendship, and more for local seniors

By Lynda Jensen

Fun and friendship isn't hard to find for local seniors, thanks to the Howard Lake Senior Citizens Club.

The club, which is more than 30 years old, meets once a week to play cards and enjoy each other's company, said President Millie Molnau.

The spunky organization hosts trips all around the area, catering to seniors 55 and older.

The club enjoys trips to dinner theaters and musicals offered through community education, including a recent trip to the Chanhassen in January to see "Oklahoma."

Other destinations have been the Old Log Theater in Excelsior, touring flower displays at Bachman's and Dayton's and many other kinds of escapades.

The club has even taken so called "mystery tours," in which the destination is not known until the person gets there, Molnau said.

This month, the club will be attending a musical at the new Buffalo high school to see The Braschler Music Show, which is performed by a group from Branson, Mo., Molnau said.

The trips are paid for by money raised during Good Neighbor Days, when the club sells sloppy joes at the Community Center.

"I enjoy every bit of it," Molnau said.

"I like the friendships," commented Vice President Vee Lutjen. "It's a nice time that we seniors have."

"Sometimes we act like kids," Lutjen added.

Weather doesn't stop members from meeting, despite one of the snowiest winters in the past decade.

There are three members who are 90 years old or more: Hilda Ulrich, Hilda Polzin and Catherine Yager, Molnau said.

Readers shouldn't be fooled by Yager, who is almost 95, said Secretary Eunice Ernst. "You can't stump her at cards," she said.

The group used to have bake sales, but this was discontinued a few years ago, Molnau said.

Regular activities include a business meeting the first week of the month, potluck or a catered meal during the second week, blood pressure checks during the third week and finger food during the fourth week. "We eat everything but the fingers," Ernst joked.

Weekly games include playing 500, King's Corner, Scrabble, and others, Molnau said.

The club also chooses an Outstanding Senior of the Year, which is open to all seniors in the area, Molnau said.

The selection is based on volunteer, church, and community work. The choice is forwarded to the Department of Human Services in Buffalo, Molnau said.

For those interested in joining, call Molnau at (320) 543-3319.

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