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Lodi Seniors Flock To Weekly Club Meeting

Dan Galvo prepares lunch for the weekly meeting of the Lodi Senior Citizens Club Thursday, Oct. 8.
Dan Galvo prepares lunch for the weekly meeting of the Lodi Senior Citizens Club Thursday, Oct. 8. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Lisa Cuba leads an exercise session at the weekly meeting of the Lodi Senior Citizens Club Thursday, Oct. 8.
Lisa Cuba leads an exercise session at the weekly meeting of the Lodi Senior Citizens Club Thursday, Oct. 8. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Hedy Hirsch greets people at the front door for the weekly meeting of the Lodi Senior Citizens Club Thursday, Oct. 8. Hirsch set up 65 coffee cups at the front table, one for each expected guest.
Hedy Hirsch greets people at the front door for the weekly meeting of the Lodi Senior Citizens Club Thursday, Oct. 8. Hirsch set up 65 coffee cups at the front table, one for each expected guest. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma

LODI, N.J. — The only thing that Gloria Sysak doesn't like about the Lodi Senior Citizens Club's weekly Thursday meetings is that they don't happen more often.

"People love it because this is a big part of their life," Sysak, the club's vice president, told Daily Voice. "Most of them ... it's either come here or stay home.

"I look forward to these Thursdays."

How many of the 150 members 55 and older come to the Walnut Street center each week fluctuates.

They can choose from card games, pool, shuffle board and more -- or exercise, stretch or join Lisa Cuba for line dancing.

"The main idea is to keep seniors active," Club President Donald Stein said.

There are also trips to casinos, plays and dinner.

"If we don't go on a trip, we have entertainment here," Stein said.

It's not all fun and games: The club also does health screenings.

Longtime member Etta Yarmula said her tenure began as a family affair.

"My mother came, my aunts came," Yarmula said. "I was leaving work, retiring, and I came with them.

"I thought I would never join a club ever," she said. "I'm still here after 25 years."

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