Merrimack Senior Citizen Club Fun Raiser

Home decor, tools and craft items, along with apparel, books and freshly baked brownies were best sellers at the recent Indoor Yard Sale & Bake Sale, an annual fundraiser hosted by members of the Merrimack Senior Citizen Club.

The club of Merrimack residents ages 55 or more meets most Mondays, 1 p.m., at the John O’Leary Adult Community Center, 4 Church Street, adjacent to the Merrimack Public Library. The event on April 13 drew some lavish donations including crystal goblets, vintage crochet and antique paintings.

Merrimack Senior Citizen Club President Robert Abramo welcomed scores attending throughout the day. He noted that the funds raised subsidize club ventures including trips, socials and a scholarship program benefiting high school students.

“We’re all having fun and the money is going to the club treasury,” Abramo said. “We’ll use it for club activities and the scholarship program,” Abramo said.

Abramo said the building is equipped for the handi-capable and anyone in any condition is welcome to join. Some stylish canes can be seen on occasion as members settle in for a meeting or event. Carved walking sticks and others adorned with souvenir stickers from club bus trips draw compliments.

Lorraine Lessard, indoor yard sale chairperson and club trip coordinator, is on hand at most meetings to describe upcoming bus trips that usually are sell-outs. Joan Rasmussen, assistant trip coordinator, helps with scheduling. Club members have dibs on seating before unsold seats are offered to others. Irene Jenness, vice president, is another whose highly tuned sense of detail keeps meetings on track. A full board of enthusiastic officers and trustees nurtures a vigorous organization.

The Merrimack Senior Citizen Club also offers frequent guest speakers. Merrimack Police Community Relations Officer Bill Vandersyde and others support an annual Senior Information Fair that draws agencies geared toward helping seniors. Other events include penny sales, themed basket raffles and an autumn fall fair. Cribbage and Scrabble clubs and line dancing classes are well patronized, along with sharings fueled by potluck snacks and veggies dollopped with cream cheese.

Abramo welcomes the curious to visit a meeting. Members also are encouraged to suggest nonprofits that might need assistance with projects or programs. A firm commitment to helping others is ongoing, notes Abramo.

“We’re looking to broaden our outreach to charitable organizations,” said Abramo. “We welcome all seniors to participate.”

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