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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.

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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.


Matter of Balance

The York County Area Agency on Aging will host classes for people to learn how to manage the risk of falling and increase activity levels. The free classes are part of the award-winning series called A Matter of Balance.

Classes will be held at the York Township Park Building, 25 Oak St., York. The classes will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 26 to Nov. 21.

Matter of Balance is meant for people who have concerns about falling, have fallen in the past, and have restricted their activities because of falling concerns or are interested in improving balance, flexibility, and strength. The program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance.

Preregistration is required as class size is limited. For more information or to register for classes, readers may call Megan Craley at 771-9610 or 800-632-9073.


Presentation About Jane Austen

The Jane Austen Society of Lancaster County will host a presentation by Hazel Jones, a British author and Jane Austen expert, during the society's meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Jones will present at 6:30 p.m. at Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road. The public is invited.

Jones will sign prepurchased copies of her books after her presentation. The Jane Austen Society will serve tea and cookies.

Jones has taught English at Exeter University in England, specializing in Jane Austen, and she has also tutored courses on the novelist for the Summer Academy Programme, which attracts students from around the world. She organizes Jane Austen residential courses for adults at various venues in the United Kingdom. Jones has authored or co-authored three books relating to Jane Austen: "Jane Austen's Journeys," "Jane Austen and Marriage," and "Celebrating Pride and Prejudice," which was co-authored by Maggie Lane.

The Jane Austen Society of Lancaster County meets at the library on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with some exceptions. President Genevieve Wimer founded the group after writing a sequel to "Pride and Prejudice" and giving a presentation about her book at the library. New members are welcome.

Preregistrations for Jones' presentation are requested by calling the library at 626-2255 or by emailing with the registrant's name, phone number and number of people attending.

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