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Eileen Kuhnel is the current president of the Wellington Seniors Club.

Convenience is key when planning events for local seniors. “Wellington gives us a designated place to park at the community center. The cars are parked there for the day, and we go off on our event,” she said. “The number of activities in the year are about nine lunches, about 12 of the stepping out programs and the two annual dances.” Those dances include a holiday dance and a spring dance.The board of directors is traditionally installed during the holiday event. “The camaraderie is so important,” Kuhnel said.“It’s very easy for seniors to get lonely.” Not big on social media, the group uses phone trees and a newsletter to keep in contact with members. Stephanie Parreco serves on the board of directors of the club as the recording secretary and vice president. She got involved six years ago when she moved down from Maryland. Parreco likes getting to know other people in her age group. 64 october 2021 | wellington the magazine

“Everything is planned in advance, there’s a trip coordinator, and your only responsibility is to remember your assigned seating so you will still be close to your friends.” — Eileen Kuhnel on Wellington Seniors Club Trips

“I like to have lunch in there about once a month. The luncheons at the equestrian center are great, and the trips that didn’t go on during the pandemic were missed,” she said. “There’s the ballroom, the box lunches, the different vendors every month or so. It’s entertainment for up to 300 at each luncheon. Before COVID-19, we outgrew the facility, and they had to move us to another location.” Mae Loglisci currently serves as the corresponding secretary. She has served on the board of directors for 11 of her 22 years in the club. “It’s nice for fellowship with people of the same age, and a continuity of experience,” Loglisci said.“When we started meeting when I joined, there were 35 to 38 people, and now there are 650-plus. We go to many theaters, casinos and the Japanese gardens. Luncheons are now at the gym at Village Park because we outgrew the [community center] building. There are different caterers and there’s entertainment — it’s a fun, fun group.”