Golden Seniors of the Twp. of Washington

THE GOLDEN SENIORS INVITE NEW MEMBERS

The Golden Seniors of the Township of Washington was founded in 1982, as its By-laws state, “to provide wholesome recreation and pastimes that create outlets and diversions to uplift morale above the daily routine.” As with any organization, the need for new members to keep it fresh is the why we are reaching out to the ‘younger’ (60 and older) seniors who reside in the Township to join us.

The Golden Seniors meet monthly on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday, except for July, August, November, and December at the Jack Woods Senior Center located in Town Hall.  The first meeting is a business meeting where reports on ongoing activities are given by the officers and the chairs of the various committees. The second meeting is a social meeting that usually features a guest speaker or entertainment following an abridged order of business. The meetings start at noon with coffee and Danish served and members socializing until the start of business at 1 p.m. The meetings typically end by 2 p.m.

Any resident of Washington Township interested in joining The Golden Seniors can come as a guest to a meeting to meet the folks. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays at the Senior Center in Town Hall. There are no social meetings in July, August, November, and December. The business meeting covers committee reports and the social meeting features guest speakers, entertainers, and special social events. If you wish to join, there is an initiation fee of $20 and the annual dues are $10. For more information, call Jim Joyce at 201-664-6725.

2020 Scholarship Information:

The Golden Seniors of the Township of Washington will award two scholarships, $1,000 each, to residents graduating from high school in June. To qualify, applicants must be residents of the Township of Washington, but may attend any school. Upon graduation, the seniors should plan to continue a course of higher education.

The scholarships will be awarded based on scholastic achievement, service to the school and community, and financial need. Applications are available at the Township of Washington Library and the Guidance Offices at Westwood Regional Jr.-Sr. High School and Immaculate Heart Academy.

The deadline for submitting applications is May 1, 2020. Please return completed application to the Library or the Guidance Offices.

*To keep us all fit, there is a town-sponsored exercise program at the Senior Center on Tuesdays from 11:00 am to noon. The program begins in January and continues throughout the year.

UPCOMING EVENTS - 2020 - The Golden Seniors of the Township of Washington are planning another happy, healthy, and fun-filled year in 2020. 

The year started on a high note on Wednesday, January 15, with the group attending the award-winning movie 1917 at the Township Cinema followed by a wonderful sit-down four course-dinner at Lili’s Bistro.

On Wednesday, February 12, it was a trip to New York to see To Kill A Mockingbird.

Monday, March 16, is the annual Golden Seniors St. Patrick’s Party at Seasons.

Wednesday, March 18, is the Italian Feast of St. Joseph celebration at Doolan’s Shore Club in Spring Lake, NJ. $60.

Tuesday, April 14, it’s off to Mount Airy Casino for a buffet lunch and the Bill Haley & The Comets show. $55 includes $15 in slot money.

Sunday, April 19, is the Sister Act at the Papermill Playhouse. $56.

Thursday, May 14, is a visit to the Museum of Moving Images in Queens, NY, and lunch at the nearby Park Side Restaurant. $77.

Tuesday, May 19, is a return to Mount Airy Casino for a buffet lunch and the Sam Cooke Show $55 includes $15 in slot money.

Thursday, May 28, is lunch and show at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, I Left My Dignity In My Other Purse starring the witty Joyce DeWitt.

Tuesday, June 16, is the “monthly” trip to Mount Airy Casino for a buffet lunch and the musical tribute to Buddy Holly, That’ll Be The Day. $55 includes $15 in slot money.

Sunday, June 28, is back to the Papermill Playhouse to see The Wanderer. It is based on the life and music of Dion (DiMucci). Dion is the true link between Frank Sinatra and Rock and Roll. $56.

Friday, July 10, is “an evening” at the races…Monmouth Park Racetrack. Enjoy the races from a private room and a buffet style dinner in the beautiful Turf Club. It’s an evening affair…5:30–8:30.

October (Date TBD) is lunch at the Old ’76 House in Tappan, NY, followed by a guided tour of historic Nyack and Haverstraw.

Thursday, November 12, is a trip to the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA, to see the biblical show Queen Esther. After the show is a smorgasbord lunch at Shady Maple Restaurant.

December (Date TBD) is the Golden Seniors Christmas Party at Seasons.

Josephine Padovano, Trip Committee chair, plans all these events. To make your reservation for any of these trips, please contact Josephine at jopadovano@gmail.com or call her at (201) 790-2110. If non-members are interested, they can be wait-listed and may attend if the number of members are not enough to fill all the bus seats.

 

LATEST NEWS  
2019 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS - The Golden Seniors of the Township of Washington has awarded two $1,000 scholarships to local high school seniors. The awards are based on scholarship, extra-curricular activities, volunteer services, and financial need. Students must also submit an essay. The winners this year are Christopher Dugan, Bergen County Academies, and Sarah Levy, Westwood Regional High School.

Dugan, a member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society, has been on the High Honor Roll for every semester. He earned varsity letters in football as a freshman and in track for four years at BCA, and three years in wrestling at Westwood HS. He also played the French Horn and Bass Guitar in the music program. He is a boy scout in Washington Township Troop 321 and has completed his Eagle Scout project remodeling the Youth Group Room at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. He has been an altar server at OLGC since the fourth grade and is a Teen Leader for the Confirmation Team. For his OLGC service he received the Archdiocesan Parish Youth Discipleship Award. He has served as the Commanding Officer of the Pascack Valley Junior Police Academy since 2016. Dugan will attend Princeton University to study chemical engineering.



Levy is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Math, English, and Science Honor Societies. Her four-year GPA was an outstanding 4.13. A versatile athlete who earned varsity letters, was team captain, and earned league and division recognition in Soccer and Lacrosse. She also ran Winter Track. She has been a girl scout for 12 years and is awaiting the approval of her Gold Award. She has been an active volunteer raising money for cancer research, working at the Township Library, other charitable events. Sarah will attend Maryland University and major in Environmental Studies.

Congratulations to both and thanks to the Golden Seniors who contributed to the scholarship fund.


October 30, 2018The Golden Seniors of the Township of Washington annual Halloween Party was held on Wednesday, October 24, at the Jack Woods Senior Center. The seniors were treated to a buffet luncheon of eggplant parmigiana, meatballs, sausage and peppers, lasagna, penne with vodka sauce, garden salad, dessert, and hot and cold beverages.
 The highlight of the meeting was the costume contest. Many contestants sported a variety of creative costumes that included lions and tigers and bears. A panel of judges awarded prizes for the best costumes. The first prize went to the Wicked Witch, Mary Vion, second to the Silver-haired Movie Star, Pat Abdellatif, third to the Church of England Cleric, Bridget McGlone, fourth  to the Old Prospector, Bud Scheuermann, and fifth to the Chinese Elder, Lee Van Tassel.
Any resident of Washington Township interested in joining the Golden Seniors can come as a guest to a meeting to meet the folks. If you wish to join, there is an initiation fee of $20 and the annual dues are $10. For more information, call Jim Joyce at Membership Committee Chairman, at 201-664-6725.
 
Pictured left to right are Wicked Witch, Mary Vion; Movie Star, Pat Abdellatif; Chinese Elder, Lee Van Tassel; Cleric, Bridget McGlone; and Old Prospector, Bud Schuermann.
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As a special thank you to some of our own hometown veterans, we have put together a digital scrapbook in their honor.  Please click on the album cover to view these telling images. Please allow a few seconds for the file to load.
 
Special thanks to Kay Coppola for collecting so many great pictures and some of the stories that go with them. If you have any pictures you would like to add to our collection we would be happy to do so.  Please feel free to email us.