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Four decades of happy traveling in Parhamby Julie Druker
Photo: members of the Parham Happy Travelers held a BBQ to raise funds for their annual upcoming trip
Though they have yet to choose a final destination for this year’s upcoming trip, members of the Parham Happy Travelers, a group that has been meeting monthly for over 40 years now, held a BBQ fundraiser beside the Parham post office to raise funds for their next adventure.
Joan Wyatt, the group’s president, said not only does the group take one trip a year (last year it was to Upper Canada Village), they also make annual donations to local community groups or service clubs, which is their way of giving back to the community. The group has 42 members, 25 of whom are active, and they meet every third Wednesday of the month for a potluck lunch, live entertainment and other activities.
Recently the group celebrated their 40th anniversary and close to 70 guests attended the celebrations. Wyatt, who has been a member of the group for 11 years and its president for the last three, said the group especially encourages its seniors to get out, enjoy a meal and some entertainment, but especially one another’s company.
“It definitely gets members out of the house once a month and committed to something that they enjoy and look forward to. It is also an opportunity for members to meet new people in the community, “ Wyatt said.
Anyone and everyone is welcome to join the group, which meets at noon every third Wednesday of the month (except in July and August) at the Free Methodist Church in Parham.