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Copley Seniors make plans for 2013

1/3/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

More than 60 people attended Copley Seniors’ December luncheon at the Tomahawk Room at Copley High School.
Photo courtesy of Bill Daniel
COPLEY — The Copley Seniors group is marking its first anniversary with plans for another year of activities.

Bill Daniel, who founded the group and helped get it started with his wife, Kay, in the past year, said the group has enjoyed much success.

“We have attending between 55 and 85 people each month,” he said. “About 130 have come and shown interest.”

The group generally meets at the Copley Community Center the fourth Wednesday of the month but also gathers for special events, such as Akron Aeros baseball games, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad trips and other activities, he added.

In the coming year, Daniel said the group will become more “official” by getting nonprofit status and setting up a structure to elect officers. A small membership fee also may be instituted to help cover expenses, he added.

“We have proved ourselves, and now we need to go to the next step,” he said.

Daniel said he and his wife have lived in Copley since 1971. They have wanted to get a seniors group together for some time.

“Kay and I have been talking about this for three years,” he said. “Finally last year, I said we need to either quit talking about it or we need to contact the trustees to see about using the community center.”

The trustees gave their blessing and have let the group use the center since, he said.

At the kickoff meeting in December 2011, Daniel was pleasantly surprised to see about 30 people in attendance.

“It was so close to Christmas, and we didn’t think we’d get a dozen people,” he said. “We’ve taken off right after that.”

To complete its first year, the group met at the Tomahawk Room at Copley High School for a holiday luncheon in December. The members also completed a service project, Daniel said.

“One of the members came up with the idea of helping Copley Health Center,” Daniel said. “We asked the activity director there what they need, and she gave us a laundry list of items like body lotion, niceties and magazines, and we asked our membership to donate money or donate items.”

After the December luncheon, members assembled 10 gift baskets of items and delivered them to the health center. Daniel said the group hopes to do a similar project again at the end of this year.

The Copley Seniors group is open to any adults 55 and older in Copley. Daniel said the next meeting will take place Jan. 23 at 11:30 a.m. at the Copley Community Center, 1278 Sunset Drive. For more information, call Daniel at 330-666-5582.

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