Mountaintop Social Club Offers Plenty Of Activities For Seniors
By ANDREA O’NEILL
Correspondent

Judging by the lack of sunshine, the shortened daylight hours and the frigid temperatures, it seems that we are in the heart of the “winter doldrums”. Activity level typically decreases as people tend to hibernate in their homes, curled up under a blanket watching a movie or catching up on some sleep. Unless you have children involved in winter sports, then that is a different story for another day.

In order to keep those doldrums at bay and maintain a sense of connection with each other, the Mountaintop Social Club continues to plan trips and activities for its members. The club meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in Father Nolan Hall at Saint Jude School from approximately 3:15 to 5:00 to conduct business and soak up some friendly socialization.

The meetings begin with a prayer, followed by the usual secretary and treasurer reports and planning sessions for upcoming activities and trips. Afterward, everybody chats or plays a few cards of Bingo over cake and coffee. Typically there is also a 50/50 drawing which, aside from one or two auctions a year and the $4/ year membership dues, is the only fundraiser for the club.

Otto Eime has been the club’s president for sixteen years of the club’s forty. He says that the club gives people something to do, and keeps them active and current with what is going on in the community. According to Eime, club membership fluctuates around the current membership of fifty, however there has been a recent influx of new members.

The club plans multiple trips per year, dividing the cost of the bus and the venue between the attendees. Most departures are either from Saint Jude or Wilkes-Barre and include destinations such as dinner shows at Ehrearts at Lake Wallenpaupack, Hunterdon Hills, NJ, Lancaster and Woodlock Pines in Hawley. They also sponsor trips to Mount Airy Casino every fourth Thursday of the month. The camaraderie and socialization can be a nice change of pace for these winter months, just as much as the destination. The group also hosts multiple parties throughout the year on Mother and Father’s Day and Christmas at the Sand Springs Country Club.

The only requirement to join the Mountaintop Social Club is to be at least the age of fifty. In the event you or someone you know is looking for some friendship, conversation, or just an occasional night or afternoon out, notices of meetings and upcoming events and trips are published in the Mountaintop Eagle.