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2013-01-16 / Front Page

Board members, officers installed at Senior Center

by STEVEN JAGORD
Editor


Officers of the Clarence Senior Citizens Board of Directors were sworn in at the board’s monthly meeting on Thursday. From left are Bill Westley, chairperson; Jim Blum, secretary; Violet Oldenski, vice chairperson; Darrell Young, treasurer; Mary Anne Kermis, assistant treasurer; and Town Supervisor Dave Hartzell. Officers of the Clarence Senior Citizens Board of Directors were sworn in at the board’s monthly meeting on Thursday. From left are Bill Westley, chairperson; Jim Blum, secretary; Violet Oldenski, vice chairperson; Darrell Young, treasurer; Mary Anne Kermis, assistant treasurer; and Town Supervisor Dave Hartzell. The Clarence Senior Center has installed its board of directors for 2013, and new this year to the executive committee is Violet Oldenski, a two-year member of the board and 10-year member of the Senior Center.

“I have been going to all of the board meetings since I joined to keep in touch with everything going on in the center,” Oldenski said. “I have worked on almost every committee there is.”

Oldenski served as volunteer coordinator at the center a few years ago and through that experience was able to meet most if not all of the members. Now as a part of the executive committee, she is enthused about having an opportunity to be a voice for her friends.

“Each committee is responsible for various aspects, and if the members want to know more about how things are run they can come to the meetings,” she said. “We encourage them to come and give suggestions of what they want to see.”

Also new to the board of directors this year is seven year member Bob Poczik. The two were sworn in by Town Supervisor David Hartzell in a ceremony at the Senior Center on Thursday.

Poczik has spent time in the past on two committees including program planning, which he credits for his selection to the board.

“I do a lot of planning in the WNY area,” Poczik said. “Also in my professional career, I helped organize with strategic planning while working for 26 years with the New York State Department of Education in Albany.”

Poczik also spent an additional 10 years working for a research and development firm in New York City before returning to Clarence. He and his wife, Ellen, live in the Harris Hill area of town, and two of their three children are Clarence residents as well.

“My family moved here when I was 14,” he said. “I went to Clarence Central High, then returned to the Clarence area about 12 years ago.”

Poczik says he hopes part of what he can help with is increasing the membership of the center.

Well, I tell you I agreed to serve because I think the Clarence Senior Center is a wonderful organization,” he said. “I have been completely thrilled with all of the activities I have participated in over the last seven years and have wanted to give something back.

“I think it’s one of the best kept secrets in the town, and people would be amazed if they saw all of the things that go on, so hopefully I can help raise visibility as a board member.”

Oldenski agrees with Poczik. One of the reasons she values the center is the camaraderie it provides.

“I just like talking to the other members of the center,” she said. “It can be such a godsend for us.

“You have children and a family, but being in the center you can be with people that can empathize with you. We have all lost family or spouses, and it’s a good place for companionship.”

email: sjagord@beenews.com

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