SPRYE SENTINEL
Vol. 8/No. 1 Winter/2018
 

  
From the Director's Desk  

As we welcome 2018, SPRYE looks forward to another exciting year. Look for a redesigned web site in the coming months. We hope you will find it user friendly and more visually attractive. Many  potential members are introduced to SPRYE through our website and a refresh is long overdue. The new Care Team initiative,  launched at the end of 2017, is  up and running with a dedicated group of volunteers ready to assist members in times of need. Supporting our members during short or long term vulnerabilities is one of our top priorities. SPRYE prides itself on keeping a pulse on the needs of its members. We are continually improving our services to enhance the lives of members and their families. 
This past year many people have helped SPRYE achieve our goals and we are so grateful that they have embraced this community-oriented approach to aging in place. Here's to another successful year!

Betti Weimersheimer
Executive Director
  
SPRYE welcomes
volunteers!
We especially need drivers. What better way to get to know your neighbors than to volunteer for SPRYE. Just two hours of your time each week can make a tremendous difference in the life of a local resident who can no longer drive. As SPRYE membership grows, we need to increase our volunteer corps. It's easy to get involved: call 481-5706 for more information.   
  
  
  Board of Directors
President
Barbara Brunner
Chair, Exec. Comm.
Nancy Haneman
Vice President
Joan Feinstein
Secretary
Michele Thomas
Treasurer
Gene Collins
  
Lisa Aaronberg
Valerie Barrett
Geraldine Bowling
Kathy Carley-Spanier
Richard Falanka
John Gray
Svend Hansen
Paul Hicks
Lee Katz
Dale Mintz
Katherine Moore
Dan O'Day
Isobel Perry
Hal Schwartz
Arthur Stampleman
Wendy Weinreb
Gil Weinstein
 
Executive Director
Betti Weimersheimer

Administrative Asst.
Margie McCabe
  
            Office:
    One Gateway Plaza 
        55 S. Main St.
          3rd Floor 
Port Chester, N.Y. 10573
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 748
Rye, N.Y. 10580
914-481-5706


















Sprye brochure photo   
Sprye Logo

  Fun and Cheer at Annual Holiday Luncheon

 

SPRYE members and volunteers gathered on a bright, sunny day at Shenorock Shore Club for SPRYE's annual holiday lunch. The atmosphere was festive and full of good cheer. Administrative Assistant Margie McCabe outdid herself, entertaining the crowd with song and banter. She was accompanied by Mady Tiktin on keyboard and enthusiastically enjoined everyone to sing some old favorites. It also happened to be Pearl Harbor Day.  Margie recognized all the branches of military by asking those in attendance to stand when the branch they served in was mentioned. It was gratifying to see some new faces at the lunch who were eager to get more involved and take advantage of our social events. Proving once again that the generosity of SPRYE members and volunteers knows no bounds, over 130 non perishable food items were collected for donation to Caritas in Port Chester. All agreed it was a wonderful event that exemplified the spirit and camaraderie of SPRYE. To show our appreciation, each person went home with a miniature poinsettia. 

 

                      Guests arrive at Shenorock for the holiday lunch.

 

          Raising glasses in a holiday toast!

 

 

Margie McCabe leads the room in song.


 

SPRYE members Mary Morrissey and Kathleen Duffy.

Friends greet each other before lunch.

 

 

Violande Acowitz, Margaret Valeri and Jessie Straface bedecked in red and ready for the holidays.

 

Nancy Haneman,Vivian Patarino and Lee Katz share a special moment. 

 All holiday lunch photos courtesy of Julieane Webb Photography.

 
SPRYE Treasurer Gene Collins Inducted into Senior Hall of Fame 

Newly elected Westchester County Executive George Latimer and SPRYE Board member Arthur Stampleman congratulate Gene Collins (center). 

The pride was evident on SPRYE Treasurer Gene Collins' face as he was inducted into the Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame at its 35th annual awards luncheon on December 1. Over 800 people filled the room to acknowledge 70 extraordinary adults over 60 years old who not only remain active as they age  but who dedicate their time and energy to helping others and enhancing the quality of life of the residents of their Westchester communities. As Treasurer, Gene has used his expertise to make sure SPRYE remains solvent and that all the financial aspects of the organization are kept up to date and meet the highest standards.  Gene has been able to impart his impressions about other cultures through his world travels and exposure to different ways of living, thus broadening the knowledge of the SPRYE Board and members. His involvement in SPRYE has enhanced the organization's operations in myriad ways and has increased its ability to serve members' needs. Gene and his wife Dr. Nancy Collins have lived in Westchester County for 36 years. He and his wife raised their son and daughter in Rye and now have four grandchildren.  All of us at SPRYE congratulate Gene on this honor and are grateful for his involvement. 

Gene Collins with wife Nancy and daughter Sarah. 


Member Profile: Dorothy Cunningham

Known to her friends as Dottie, Dorothy Cunningham joined SPRYE in the late Fall of 2017. She has lived in the area her entire life, growing up in Mamaroneck, then moving to Harrison, and now residing in senior housing in Port Chester since 2003.  She worked for many years as an LPN in the nursery at United Hospital before transferring to the private practice of a local doctor. She also worked part-time at the A.I. Friedman store in Port Chester, retiring last year after 32 years at the age of 86. "When I told my boss I was leaving, he said no, we don't want you to go," she said. "But I told him I have to retire because my back hurts and I cannot spend so much time standing anymore."  Shortly after retiring Dorothy had problems with her hip. That's when her only nearby family, a niece, contacted SPRYE to obtain some assistance for her aunt. "All the volunteers who have driven me have been wonderful," she said. "I am so grateful my niece signed me up."  Until recently, Dorothy attended art classes at the Rye Brook Senior Center.  She enjoys painting and quilting and hopes to resume the classes when her health improves. 

Dorothy Cunningham
A painting completed by Dorothy Cunningham in art class.
 
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SPRYE News
 
SPRYE members are always on the go, whether attending Saturday Night Out for a movie and dinner, or participating in 
community events like Mistletoe Magic, which attracts hundreds of local residents. This year the SPRYE activity was as popular as ever and we were fortunate to have the volunteer help of two middle school eighth graders.

The SPRYE table set up for Mistletoe Magic in downtown Rye.


Eighth grade volunteers Peyton Woods and Jolie Pineault ready for the crowds. 

SPRYE 's new initiative, The Care Team,  launched in late November. The goal of the Care Team is to provide access to needed support and services to SPRYE members when they require some extra support due to home confinement as a result of injury or illness, the death of a loved one or other events that might occur unexpectedly. Please contact the office for more information or to request help.

If you want to stay connected and engaged consider joining SPRYE as an Associate Member. To better serve our membership demographic this option allows a greater number of local residents to participate in our social and educational programs.  Associate Memberships are available now.  For full details and a fee schedule, please click on the following link: http://www.sprye.org/membership.html

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UPCOMING PROGRAMS: January-July 2018

Please make sure to  RSVP: 914-481-5706.  All programs are for SPRYE members and volunteers only unless otherwise noted. The monthly program at Wainwright House is open to the general public. Rides are available to all programs for members only. 

Friday, January 5, Monday, January 8 and Friday, January 12 from 12:15-1:15 pm: Gentle Chair Yoga.  (There will be no classes in February. Notification will go out about when classes will resume). Led by SPRYE member Joan Gibbons. Please wear comfortable, loose clothing. Port Chester/Rye Brook Library. 1 Hanseco Ave., Port Chester. Free.

Friday, January 5 at 9 am:  Monthly current events discussion/breakfast at  Ruby's Oyster Bar, 45 Purchase St., Rye. Breakfast a la carte.

Tuesday. January 9 at 12 pm: Lunch at Rela Cafe on S. Ridge St. in Port Chester. Enjoy an Italian meal in a contemporary setting. $20/person.
 
Wednesday, January 17 from 3-4:30 pm:    Ted Roman will present Planning for Longevity: Making sure your financial house is in order. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. Free.
 
Saturday, January 20: Saturday Night Out.  Time to be determined. Depending on interest and what is available in local movie houses, there will be an offering of movie and dinner. Please check with office if interested in attending.
 
Thursday, January 25 at 11:30:  Matinee of the Broadway hit A Chorus Line at the Westchester Broadway Theater in Elmsford. Lunch and show: $65.  SOLD OUT.
 
Tuesday, February 6 at 11 am: Docent led tour of American Abstraction: The Print Revival of the 1960s and '70s. Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT. $12.
 
Friday, February 9 at 9 am:  Monthly current events discussion/breakfast at  Ruby's Oyster Bar, 45 Purchase St., Rye. Breakfast a la carte.
 
Thursday, February 15 at 12 pm:  Chinese New Year lunch arranged by SPRYE member Frank Woo.  Location and price to be determined.
 
Saturday, February 17: Saturday Night Out.  Time to be determined. Dependingon interest and what is available in local movie houses, there will be an offering of movie and dinner. Please check with office if interested in attending.
 
Wednesday, February 21 from 3-4:30 pm:  California Dreamin'- The sound of Southern California in the 60's & 70's, a journey of songs and the stories behind them performed by Gary Adamson. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. Free.
 
Friday, March 9 at 9 am:  Monthly current events discussion/breakfast at  Ruby's Oyster Bar, 45 Purchase St., Rye. Breakfast a la carte.
 
Tuesday, March 13 at 10 am:  Trip to Yale Museum of Art in New Haven. Van seats 10 people. Museum admission is free. Lunch on your own.
 
Saturday, March 17: Saturday Night Out.  Time to be determined. Dependingon interest and what is available in local movie houses, there will be an offering of movie and dinner. Please check with office if interested in attending
 
Wednesday, March 21 from 3-4:30 pm .:  WRITING ABOUT HISTORY:   The ever-popular Paul Hicks will share with us some of his favorite people and stories Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. Free.
 
Friday, April 13 at 9 am: Monthly current events discussion/breakfast at  Ruby's Oyster Bar, 45 Purchase St., Rye. Breakfast a la carte.
  
Wednesday, April 18 from 3-4:30 pm:  Pam McGuire will present another fascinating, in-depth travelogue about her recent trip to India. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. Free
 
Saturday, April 21 at 2:30 pm: Free movie at Rye Free Reading Room. To be determined.
 
Thursday, April 26 at 10:30 am: Tentative- trip to the Cloisters in Upper Manhattan.
 
Friday, May 11 at 9 am: Monthly current events discussion/breakfast at  Ruby's Oyster Bar, 45 Purchase St., Rye. Breakfast a la carte.
 
Wednesday, May 16 from 3-4:30 pm:  iPhone Photography lesson. Rye Arts Center staff will demonstrate how to perfect your photography skills using your iPhone. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. Free
 
Saturday, May 19: Saturday Night Out.  Time to be determined. Dependingon interest and what is available in local movie houses, there will be an offering of movie and dinner. Please check with office if interested in attending.
 
Thursday, May 31 at 10 am:  Take a leisurely stroll on the Highline in New York City combined with lunch at a nearby restaurant.  Van (room for 10 people) will depart Rye at 10 am and return by 3 pm. Cost of lunch to be determined.
 
Tuesday, June 5 at 11 am: Trip to Untermeyer Gardens in Yonkers. Brown bag lunch. Free.
 
Thursday, June 7 from 6-8 pm: Board and member barbecue. Location to be determined.  Free.
 
Friday, June 8 at 9 am: Monthly current events discussion/breakfast at  Ruby's Oyster Bar, 45 Purchase St., Rye. Breakfast a la carte.
 
Tuesday, June 12 at 11 am:   Tentative - tour of Pepsico Sculpture Garden, Purchase. Free.
 
Saturday, June 16: Saturday Night Out.  Time to be determined. Dependingon interest and what is available in local movie houses, there will be an offering of movie and dinner. Please check with office if interested in attending.
 
Wednesday, June 20 from 3-4:30 pm:  Try Tai Chi. Rita Stewart has been  a Tai Chi Chuan practitioner for over 25 years. Her presentation will include an introduction to Chi Kung, simple exercises to enhance Chi (energy) and the first section of the long form of Tai Chi.  The movements are done slowly. Tai Chi and Chi Kung can have major positive effects on osteoarthritis, balance, depression, pain management, etc., and have a positive overall effect on energy and one's immune system. It is suggested that attendees wear sneakers and pants without a tight belt. W ainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. Free
 
Friday, July 13 at 9 am: Monthly current events discussion/breakfast at  Ruby's Oyster Bar, 45 Purchase St., Rye. Breakfast a la carte.
 
Wednesday, July 18 from 3-4 pm:    A repeat of the popular Cruise to Nowhere. Details to follow.
 
Saturday, July 21: Saturday Night Out.  Time to be determined. Depending on interest and what is available in local movie houses, there will be an offering of movie and dinner. Please check with office if interested in attending.
Tell your friends about SPRYE. We have many services to offer that can make a difference in the lives of older adults in our communities who want to remain active, independent and socially connected.  We can help with grocery shopping/delivery, mail sorting, and home tech help.