New Volunteer Director Hired October 25, 2016
York Rescue Mission recently announced the hiring of John Ellis as its volunteer director. Ellis is a York County native and a United States Air Force veteran, serving overseas in the military from 2008-13. He brings more than a decade of experience in business consulting and social entrepreneurship and earned his Bachelor of Arts in biblical studies from Lancaster Bible College.
For more information, readers may visit www.yorkrescuemission.org.
Four Seasons Club Holds Final Meeting October 25, 2016
Even as the Four Seasons Club of Lancaster held its final meeting and celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sept. 21, members were discussing a possible outing to a tea room in Hallam during the month of October and considering what activity they might plan for November.
The club was founded in 1966 by 25 area women. Lillian Anspach and Veronica Zerbey were among the founding members. "Veronica was at the bottom of the (alphabetical) list, and I was at the top," noted Anspach, who attended the final meeting. Zerbey passed away earlier this year.
The club was an offshoot of the Newcomer's Club of Lancaster. The group's first board meeting was on July 12, 1966, and the first club meeting was held the second Thursday of September 1966. "We have been holding outings for 50 years," said Anspach, who noted that over the summer of 2016 the group played bridge, held a covered dish picnic, and toured the Haines Shoe House in York County.
Anspach said that most meetings averaged 13 members in recent years. The group was structured with a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer, who each served a two-year term. Most recently, those officers included Carol Gallagher as president, Wickie Weaver as vice president, Liz Roth as secretary, and Shirley Stoner as treasurer. Committee chairs included Weaver, Dorie Cumming, Sue Mallory, and Jean Aspril.
Over the years, the club members put on skits, expanded their June dinner to a social to include husbands and friends, and held meetings in members' homes and in restaurants. The group met 10 months out of the year, with some meetings focused on games. The April meeting was considered the group's annual luncheon.
Many of the members enjoyed the game of bridge, and the first Tuesday of each month was designated for playing, with a duplicate bridge game held the third Tuesday of each month.
During the recent September get-together, Anspach reminisced about the fun the club members had over the five decades of meeting. "We played Bridge and went on trips, and we always had a charity we gave to at Christmas time." She shared a booklet the club created that included the Club Collect written by Ginny Bird, which read in part, "Help us to be friendly, kind, and generous. Let us bring happiness to everyone." The club prayer, written by Pat Naylor, ended with the words "Bless the Four Seasons with lots of love and send them peace from Heaven above."
The final official meeting of the club was held at the home of Naylor, who read a note from Gallagher that stated in part, "Friends are like stars. You can't always see them, but they are always there." The members of the Four Seasons Club plan to continue to be there for each other, if not in an official capacity, for some time to come.