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PRESS PHOTO BY STEPHEN ALTHOUSEMembers of Retirement Age’s leadership include Bill Scheirer, vice president, Sandy Litzenberger, secretary, and Dale Stephens, president. PRESS PHOTO BY STEPHEN ALTHOUSEMembers of Retirement Age’s leadership include Bill Scheirer, vice president, Sandy Litzenberger, secretary, and Dale Stephens, president.

Food, fun and music highlight Members of Retirement Age luncheon

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by Stephen althouse Special to The Press in Local News

It’s noon on a Thursday and by all appearances, nothing is happening at Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Allentown.

But looks can be deceptive.

Go to the back of the church and head down the flight of stairs.

Enter the large room on the right, and discover there is a festival going on.

There is fellowship. There is friendship. There are jokes (some are good), laughs, plenty of tasty food and plenty of good cheer.

There’s talk of the old days, the current days, and yes, the future days. It’s a celebration.

Welcome to the 61st annual luncheon of the Members of Retirement Age Club.

MORA’s members are interested volunteerism, but also in getting together and enjoying each other’s company.

“The spirit of volunteerism is still alive,” Bill Scheirer said, the group’s vice president.

The luncheon began under the direction of Dale Stephens, the group’s president.

A prayer was given, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the a stirring rendition of “God Bless America.”

Then it was time to enjoy a scrumptious meal.

A buffet featuring cauliflower, salad, mashed potatoes, roast beef, turkey, ham and warm roll.

MORA members were only getting started.

What meal would be complete without dessert? Members enjoyed a tasty slice of pie, along with a sharp coffee blend.

But what would a party be without music? At 12:45 p.m. the members of the Parkland High School Strolling Strings arrived.

The festive touch was fitting to close the luncheon as the group provided a musical buffet of all-time favorites, including several numbers from the 1940s.

“It’s something for retired people to do,” Scheirer said. “The youngest member is in their early 60s and the oldest in their 90s.” This MORA features about 60 members, most of whom attended the luncheon.

So the next time you think nothing is happening, remember sometimes a celebration may be happening ... somewhere.