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Dundee Senior Citizens Organization disbands

November 7, 2012

Pictured, L to R, are: Diane Legler, Barb Amundson, Jerrie Magnussen, Doug Schipper, Mary Schipper, Edna Lyons, and Betty Norton.  
 Fulda Free Press/Norma Dittman
Fulda Free Press/Norma Dittman
Pictured, L to R, are: Diane Legler, Barb Amundson, Jerrie Magnussen, Doug Schipper, Mary Schipper, Edna Lyons, and Betty Norton.
By Norma Dittman
With thirty-two years of history behind them, the Dundee Senior Citizens organization has announced that it will disband effective Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

The Dundee Senior Citizens organization began on June 17 of 1980. Their first meeting was held in the basement of the First Lutheran Church in Dundee. They elected officers and the results were that Francis Knott became the organization’s first president. Vice-president was Edna Johnson and Raymond F. Nelson was elected as secretary and treasurer.

On October 15, 1980, the Dundee Senior Citizens organization took possession of the Dundee Hotel, which they had paid $5,000 for. The letter from seller Gladis Schmidt to the Dundee Senior Citizens Organization stated, “I hope you will have as many good times in the old Dundee Hotel as we have had in the many years my family lived here.”

Preserving the Dundee House Hotel, which was constructed in approximately 1890, was a top priority for the Dundee Senior Citizens. They insulated the building, put in handicapped accessible bathrooms, and braced the floors by installing beams in the basement. They had agreed that they would leave the building as close o original as possible.

According to current Dundee Senior Citizen’s president, Betty Norton, their building was used for elections, family reunions, social functions and Dundee Nothing Days.

One time per month the Dundee Senior Citizens would gather for a meeting which was always began by reciting The Pledge of Allegiance. It was also always accompanied with a cup of hot coffee, and time of warm fellowship, and great conversation.

Another day each month was set aside just for the fun of playing cards and socializing together.

The Dundee Senior Citizens usually held two fundraisers each year which included their much looked forward toannual breakfast and lunch during the Dundee Citywide Rummage Sale.

When asked why the group made the decision to disband, President Norton, said, “We are disbanding because we have so few members. With the City of Dundee putting in a new sewer in 2013, the members were not going to be able to afford the monthly bills at the Senior Center. It was time for someone else to have the use of the building and enjoy it like the Dundee Senior Citizens have.”

As the era of the Dundee Senior Citizens comes to an end, they leave behind a legacy of supporting the community and one another.

They chose to honor the thirty-two years of their existence by placing a commemorative rock in Dundee City Park. “The rock came from Nelson Landscaping. We had Worthington Monument Company engrave the rock,” Norton stated.

The Dundee Senior Citizens have been a valuable organization within the City of Dundee. There are many fond memories of times spent together and a deep appreciation of their volunteerism and all they have done.

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