WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE – October 2021

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Wellington Seniors Club Membership Chair Herbert Brown, Corresponding Secretary Janice Downs, President Eileen Kuhnel, Treasurer Janet Scalzitti and Vice President Stephanie Parreco.

FUN ENTERTAINMENT AND LASTING FRIENDSHIPS The Wellington Seniors Club Provides For The Social Needs Of Older Residents STORY BY M. DENNIS TAYLOR | PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN

The Wellington Seniors Club has been serving the social needs of older residents in the Village of Wellington for nearly 30 years, creating lasting friendships, fun and entertainment for a vibrant slice of the community’s population. Eileen Kuhnel is the current president of the Wellington Seniors Club, an independent nonprofit that is open to residents of Wellington age 55 and

over. “They join when they can, but then get really active when they retire,” Kuhnel said of the group’s large membership. Kuhnel stressed that the Wellington Seniors Club was established primarily for recreational activities, and its monthly luncheons and seasonal dinners are, in normal times, among the most wellattended events held in Wellington. Kuhnel explained that 29 years ago,

back in 1992, some 25 members joined the fledgling group. Today, there are more than 650 members, enrolled and active. Currently, the membership rolls are frozen until after the start of 2022. “Even when people get old enough and they go back home up north to be near their families, they remain members so they get the membership newsletter and can keep up with Florida friends,” she said. wellington the magazine | october 2021

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