Members of the Key Peninsula Senior Society Celebrate 35 years of fun, food and good company at the KP Civic Center this September in Vaughn. Photo by Karen Lovett, KP News

Local seniors get together every Thursday for games, food and good company.

“This is the best kept secret on the Key Peninsula,” says Sondra Baillargeon, the newest member. “If it werent for my neighbor, I wouldnt know about it. I felt like I belonged here the first week,” she said.

“Well play anything anyone wants to play,” added Bill Barber. “The club is run by the members and we all have input. Bingo is $1 a card, and the oney goes to winners.”

According to the members, they play dominoes, Mexican Train, and whatever card games anyone wants to play. There are special parties every month, birthday celebrations, food for potluck every meeting, cards and coffee, friends and fun –– with plenty to eat.

“We are a fun group and have lots of laughs,” said Judy Pinter. “We enjoy each others company.”

Erma Dunn has been a member for about 25 years. The former president and treasurer have the longest active membership.

Current officers: Charlene Haglund, president; John Ball, vice president; Jack Rickansrud second vice president; Flo Williams, treasurer; Lou Mauk, secretary; Sharon Rickansrud, corresponding secretary; Erma Dunn and Bob Mauk, members at large.

The group goes on trips occasionally. Recent outings include the LeMay Car Museum and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.

Entertainment is provided sometimes and they welcome local musicians who except voluntary donations.

The nonprofit organization charges no dues. Anyone over the age of 55 is welcome.

The group meets at the Key Peninsula Civic Center every Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. with the potluck starting shortly after noon.