Who wants to make some new friends and have fun? Are you a senior? Then Phillips’ Seniors may be the group for you.
This October, Phillips’ Seniors is celebrating 20 years.
“The idea of having a senior group sponsored by the Phillips Auxiliary was an idea proposed by Polly Eggleston,” said Jackie Ferguson, Eggleston’s daughter and a member of Phillips’s Auxiliary.
“She requested that the auxiliary think about the increased number of seniors in the community.”
The auxiliary membership began discussing the outreach project and decided to sponsor a monthly luncheon and a senior-related program from September to June.
Eggleston mailed out invitations to community churches. Twelve members attended the first meeting. For the second meeting, the group hosted over twenty members. “The group continued to grow to a whopping thirty!” Ferguson said excitedly.
Each month the auxiliary members take turns preparing a luncheon with favors and door prizes. Informative programs have been made available from fire prevention, to living wills, fall prevention, fraud, and what has proven to be a popular favorite, Bingo.
The county’s CERT program was the beneficiary of members of Phillips’ Seniors who was encouraged by Eggleston, signed up for the classes. Five of those members graduated with knowledge on what the county provides and how they can support their community further.
Members can be heard saying such things as “It’s the only time I get to see my friends.” “I love my extended family.” “ I just can’t wait until the next meeting.”
Phillips’ Seniors has a current membership of 15.
For anyone wishing to join, the group meets the third Tuesday of every month, September through June (excluding January), at 11 a.m. at the Phillips Volunteer Fire Station, Inc, 10630 River Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23838. You can also call Jackie Ferguson at (804) 590-2744.