Over 50 local seniors packed The Bridge in Webster City on Tuesday for the inaugural meeting of the 90+ Club.
Following an introduction from Webster City Mayor Doug Getter, brunch was served. The program featured several speakers. Nancy Kayser gave a presentation on local history with hundreds of photos. Other speakers included Connie Gilbert and Mark Dohms.
Gilbert, who is on the club's committee, said the group was formed after Paula Brownell came up with the idea. Brownell said when her stepmother reached the age of 100 several years ago, she was not recognized by her community. Gilbert said it was important to honor the oldest members of a community.
Mark Dohms, standing, talks to the 55 local seniors who attended Tuesday’s meeting of the 90+Club. The pictured flowers were donated to the club for their event. Local businesses also donated their time and food for the club’s brunch.
"Knowledge, experience, service, that's what you represent to us," Gilbert said to the seniors at the event.
Brownell partnered with several of her friends to begin organizing the club. Gilbert said from that point, everything began to fall into place.
"When we asked for something, nobody said no," Gilbert said.
Contributions to the brunch came from Second Street Emporium, Webster City Custom Meats, Fareway and Fuhs Pastry Shop. Gilbert said the committee is thankful for those businesses and speakers who agreed to help with the event.
With the good turnout and reception from the community, Gilbert said the committee will plan to hold another meeting of the 90+ Club in the future. No date has been set.