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FWBC honors senior members with banquet

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The Golden Agers give older members fellowship

From release
The members of First Washington Baptist Church, 1300 E. Meeting St., honored their senior members at a banquet in June.

In 1996, Rev. Frank Butler, pastor at First Washington Baptist came up with the idea of a program for senior members of the church.

An advisory board headed by Mrs. Mary B. Mackey and Mrs. Reola McGriff brought the idea to life through The Golden Agers. McGriff served as The Golden Agers first president.

Since its creation The Golden Agers have filled a need for recreation, socialization and fellowship for older members of First Washington Baptist.

Each year, The Golden Agers hold an annual banquet with a featured guest and an awards ceremony for perfect attendance and outstanding contributions.

Past guests have included singers Gayle Brevard and her sister Brenda Pogue, minister and vocal artist the Rev. Deborah Wadell, and the Rev. Lloyd Reid.

The Golden Agers held their sixteenth annual banquet in June.

The guest speaker was the Rev. Eddie Moore, pastor of Saint John Missionary Baptist in Liberty Hill and councilman for the town of Heath Springs.

The members have the option to travel to various events and locations – like the Harlem Boy’s Choir concert at Winthrop University, the McAdenville Christmas lights and Myrtle Beach.

The group celebrates Christmas and Thanksgiving with an evening of fine dining at nearby restaurants.
The Golden Agers meet on the third Thursday of each month, with the exception of April, which is used as a vacation month.

The monthly meetings feature presentations, attended by both members and non-members of First Washington Baptist, on exercise, voting concerns and caring for themselves and others.

The meetings also include games – like Bingo – and a light meal.

The present president of The Golden Agers is Mrs. Renee T. Addison.