Tacony Senior Citizens Club celebrates anniversary

The club just turned 41.

Turning 41: State Sen. John Sabatina Jr. gives Larry Chiolan, president of the Tacony Senior Citizens Club, a citation for the club’s anniversary. TOM WARING / TIMES PHOTO

The Tacony Senior Citizens Club last week celebrated its 41st anniversary.

The group, active since 1977, has met over the years at the Tacony Club, Knights of Columbus and Sons of Italy.

Today, the club has 112 members and meets every Monday from September through June at the Mayfair Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent St.

While meetings don’t start until 11 a.m., members start arriving to socialize, drink coffee and eat pastries at about 9 a.m. Meetings feature a guest speaker, informative literature, lunch and 50/50.

Guest speakers include healthcare representatives, doctors, pharmacists, nutritional experts, firefighters, police officers, utility company officials and politicians.

Members play bingo, take bus trips and celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays. The end-of-season meeting at Cannstatter’s is especially popular.

The cost is just $23 a year.

The April 9 celebration was festive. Members played bingo and enjoyed coffee, tea, water, doughnuts, danish and a hot lunch, salad, giant congratulatory cake and ice cream courtesy of state Sen. John Sabatina Jr. They also took home Sabatina pens and notepads.

Sabatina presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition to Larry Chiolan, president of the club.

Sabatina invited members to his annual Senior Expo, set for October at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory. In response to a question about the recent incident in which a ship hit the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, Sabatina said he would speak with Leslie Richards, secretary of the state Department of Transportation, about bridge safety.

The club has a waiting list for membership. Anyone interested in joining can stop by a meeting and provide contact information. ••