The Alta Senior Citizens Club has been in existence for well over 20 years. The membership has changed over the years but the purpose has remained the same - to provide an outing, socialization and meal for its members.
At one time, the group was primarily senior couples from the community. Today, a majority of the members are widows.
The Alta Senior Citizens Club for several years met in the basement of the legion hall. They now meet in the former Alta Community Library building in the community center. The members like the new location.
It doesn't take much to be a member of the group. Dues are only a dollar per year (up 50 cents from its original requirement.) There is no age requirement. "Anyone is welcome if they're a senior; they know they're a senior if they have arthritis," laughed member Genevieve Smith.
Though the dues are low, the money does add up. Each year, the Alta Senior Citizens Club adopts a family from the Adopt-A-Family program at Christmas time with some of the gifts coming from that fund. Club member Fern Lietz makes a quilt for the adopted family and other club members help her tie it.
The group also "splurges" every so often and purchases chicken for the potluck. That's also a treat for the members.
The senior citizens gather together the second Wednesday each month for a wonderful potluck dinner (where else can you get a buffet for free?) during the winter months. During the summer months, the group meets twice a month, the second and fourth Wednesdays, for a supper potluck.
After all that good food, most would think that a nap would be good, but not these seniors! After the tables are cleared and the leftovers are safely put away it's time for cards - 500 to be specific - and it's taken very seriously.
The club draws not only Alta seniors but seniors from area communities. Alma Hogrefe comes form Albert City. She commented with a smile, "I wouldn't come to eat if they weren't going to play cards."
The group continues to play cards into the afternoon and enjoys the time together.
They are always disappointed when it is time to put the cards away and call it a day but they always look forward to getting together the next month. "It's always a good day out," commented club member Dorothy Kirkpatrick.