By Teresa Jagodzinski
WRIGHT, McLEOD, CARVER, MN Senior citizens have a number of opportunities in the area to get together with other seniors through clubs and dining sites.
Once together, they may do anything from enjoying a meal, to playing games and cards, like Sheephead and 500, or just socializing and enjoying each other’s company.
All senior citizens are welcome to join any of the following clubs.
Howard Lake Senior Citizens Club
Since 1969, the Howard Lake Senior Citizens Club has been providing seniors with a place to socialize. There are about 16 members of the group, and they meet every Friday in the Howard Lake Community Center. They also promote the Outstanding Senior of the Year program. Millie Molnau is president of the club.
To join you must be 55 years or older. There is a monthly due of $1.25.
For more information contact Molnau at (320)543-3319. The group’s mailing address is Howard Lake Sr. Citizens Club, c/o Millie Molnau, PO Box 784, Howard Lake, MN 55349.
Winsted seniors enjoy an active senior dining program (see Winsted Senior Dining entry) as well as socializing downstairs at the City Hall before the meal.
Tuesdays, the seniors enjoy bingo at 9:30 a.m. until they eat, and Thursday, they play cards at 9:30 a.m. until they eat.
Lester Prairie Senior Citizens
The Lester Prairie Senior Citizens club meets every three weeks at the Lester Prairie City Hall. Meetings are at 1 p.m. unless it’s the second meeting of that month in which case it’s a potluck, conducted at noon. There is a coronation of a king and queen for a day at the July meeting/potluck.
The group also participates in the McLeod County Fair. Organized in 1969, the group presently has around 20 members.
There is a fee of 50 cents collected at each meeting, and members must be 55 years old to join. Elsie Gilster is president of the club.
For more information, contact Gilster at (320)395-4233 or (320) 395-2618, or write to: 203 Babcock Ave., Lester Prairie, MN 55354.
Silver Lake Senior Club
The Silver Lake Senior Club is about 40 members strong. They meet the second Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Silver Lake Auditorium for cards and lunch.
The club also works at the McLeod County Fair on Senior Citizens Day. Anyone age 55 or over can join, and dues are $5 per year. Contact Donald Benz at (320) 327-2249 for more information.
Glencoe Senior Group
The Glencoe Senior Group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays to play cards and enjoy a light lunch. They meet at the Glencoe Community Room.
Once each month they celebrate the birthdays of that month with a potluck meal. They have dinners for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Occasionally, guest speakers will speak about various topics of interest to seniors. They have 20-35 members in their group.
For more information contact Madonna Stuedemann at (320) 864-4045 or Lillian Lentsch at (320) 864-5429.
Other local resources in the area available to seniors include:
Winsted senior dining
The senior citizen dining program continues to serve healthy meals to senior citizens in Lester Prairie and Winsted both in the city and rural areas.
The meals are served Monday through Friday mornings at 11:30 a.m. downstairs at the City Hall. For those who can’t make it there, due to injury or illness, Meals on Wheels delivers to homes between 11 and 11:30 a.m.
The program is closed on major holidays.
Cost is $3.50 for those 60 years and older, and $6.50 for anyone under 60. A ticket can be purchased which is good for 10 meals, or cash can be paid each time.
Anyone with questions, or those who want to volunteer, can call the City Hall weekdays between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at (320) 485-2728, or Dick or Joan Genty at (320) 485-2567.
Community Health Foundation of Wright County
The Community Health Foundation of Wright County isn’t geared toward just senior citizens anymore, but seniors are welcome to take advantage of its resources, such as information on cancer prevention for all ages.
Contact the Community Health Foundation, 300 Catlin St., P.O. Box 482, Buffalo, MN 55313, call Laura Jones at (763) 684-1477, or go online at www.chfwc.org.
Carver Co. Public Health
This resource also isn’t focused on seniors only, but instead is available for many ages. It is located at the Government Center, Chaska. Call (952) 361-1391 for information.
All ages can contact them for health-related issues.
Also, there is senior dining available at Elim in Watertown, as well as outpatient therapy.
Contact: Elim Home, 409 Jefferson Ave. SW, Watertown, MN 55388, or call (952) 955-2691.
The seniors in Montrose meet at the community center every week noon on Wednesdays for cards, activities and a meal. Call (763) 675-3127 for more information.
Seniors in Waverly meet at the St. Mary’s Fellowship Hall 1 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month.
Silver Lake Senior Dining Center
In Silver Lake, a lunch meal for seniors is served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. The suggested donation is $3.50. Call by noon the day before to reserve a seat.
To participate, call (320) 327-2621 or contact Pearl Brandon at (320) 327-2536.
Seniors in Waconia are active at the American Legion, which provides Meals on Wheels to senior citizens. Those who are interested in participating may contact Barb at (952) 442-5478.
Legal Advocacy for Older Americans Project - McLeod Co.
The Legal Advocacy for Older Americans Project offers free legal aid to those over 60 years of age in areas of social security, public assistance, Medicare, housing problems, and SSI. Try its toll-free hotline 1-888-575-2954 weekdays, from 9 a.m. until noon and 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Watertown Commission on Aging
The City of Watertown has a commission focussed on senior issues, assembled like a committee, such as that for parks.
The commission sponsors free events through the year, such as free dinners during Christmas. Contact: Jim Bart at the City of Watertown.
Contact the Commission on Aging at 309 Louis Avenue S., Watertown, MN 55388 or call (955) 952-2681.
Mayer senior potluck
The City of Mayer has a potluck for seniors on the first Monday of every month at 11:30 a.m. at the Mayer Community Center. They play games and cards and have prizes. Anyone is welcome to bring a dish to pass and enjoy in the fun.
City of Mayer Senior Commission
The City of Mayer has a formal Senior Commission that meets on the second Mondays of each month, 11 a.m. at the Community Center. For more information, contact the City of Mayer at (952) 657-1502.