Forty years ago Helping Hands of Matilda was formed, and Corrie Byker was there.
Byker, pictured left, has been part of the organization since day one, and still attends the monthly meeting of the seniors group regularly.
She was among the 75 members and guests who were at the December 5 holiday luncheon, which featured a special turkey dinner catered by the Iroquois Legion Ladies, followed by an afternoon of entertainment.
Byker recalled the first time the Helping Hands met. “We started in the fall of ‘72. Mrs. Leverdink was the president and I was part of the kitchen committee that looked after the meal and refreshments.”
The group has changed over the years, but it remains today a regular place for seniors to gather and socialize. “I have always liked it,” said Byker.
“When it first started it mas more about making crafts that we sold,” said Byker, recalling that they later met and invited guest speakers to help the group learn about things they were interested in.
The group has always recognized members anniversaries and birthdays, and now enjoys a potluck meal at their monthly meetings, which take place the first Wednesday of every month.
“The potluck works really good,” says Byker.
Anyone over 50 is welcome to attend any meeting. They can join in the meal by bringing something to share with the other club members.