Senior citizens of Swarthmore and surrounding communities consider themselves an integral and active part of our Borough.
We are here to promote the well-being of seniors, as well as others in the community, by providing a welcoming environment for social interaction, learning opportunities, and exploring resources through a variety of activities and programs.
You are welcome, no matter your age or interests, to participate in our programs and services.
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Board members are elected by the membership to three-year terms. Officers are elected by the Board.
Sheila Bell, Secretary
Louise Coffin, Vice President, Communications Chair
Nancy Daniel, Development Chair
Bill Davis, Senior Wellness Fair Chair
Sue Dawes, Intergenerational Chair
Ann Foster, Membership Chair
Maria Mooney, Director
Judie Neale, Director
Linton Stables, President
Gudrun Weinberg, Treasurer
Alice “Putty” Willetts, President Emerita
who are not Board members:
Barbara Bernhardt, Sunshine Chair
Sue Lawson, Dew Drop Inn Liaison
Carol Menke, Swarthmore Trails and Walks Chair
Advisers are eminent members of the community who act as mentors to the Board and keepers of the flame.
G. Guy Smith
Our Administrator keeps everything moving and in good order. She schedules speakers, trips, and other programs, and she keeps our communications flowing.
Our Administrator is
Contact Stephanie using the Contact Us link below.
After much thought and discussion among the Board of Directors of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association, including discussions with our founder Putty Willetts, we have determined that consolidating all of our senior activities in one location will serve our community better. We have decided to move the activities that are now currently at the Dew Drop Inn at 7A South Chester Road to spaces that we will be renting at Swarthmore United Methodist Church (SUMC) at 129 Park Avenue, thus bringing all our indoor activities under one roof. We expect to accomplish this by the middle of November 2019.
The location on Park Avenue offers many advantages. Parking is plentiful, and there is no-cost 2 hour parking nearby. We are hoping that a number of activities can be accommodated simultaneously in separate rooms, with fewer distractions. In addition to the Gathering Place, which already meets in this location, there will be room for crafts, board games and card games, small-group meetings, and exercise classes. There will also be space for just "hanging out," one of the original purposes of the Dew Drop Inn which hasn't been possible in the last several years. We will be working with the church to upgrade the rooms where we meet, including improvements to the finishes and the lighting. We propose to furnish a space with new high-quality card tables and comfortable chairs, and to provide a comfortable and inviting living room space for drop-in gatherings. There is free wi-fi and access to audio-visual resources that the Dew Drop Inn does not have. We have reached an agreement with SUMC for rent, utilities, and maintenance, and will have funds remaining from what we had been spending at DDI to allow us to do additional programming in the new space.
For those who have called the Dew Drop Inn home for many years we will be honoring the history of that location, acknowledging the love and time that has been devoted to it since it was established. We wish to make the transition as easy as possible for everyone and are open to suggestions on how to make the new spaces inviting and conducive to all kinds of senior and community activities. Please email SwarthmoreSeniors@gmail.com with your comments and suggestions.
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Every Wednesday we have a noontime program with interesting and entertaining topics. We start at noon with lunch (on the first Wednesday of each month lunch is provided for everyone; otherwise bring your own). The program starts at 12:30 and lasts until 1:30 p.m.
at The Gathering Place.
On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are bridge games, other card games, and board games at the Gathering Place.
On Mondays at the Gathering Place is a time for Crafts.
On Fridays at the Swarthmore Co-op Cafe is a time of informal conversation.
129 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081, United States
Call the president at 610-544-3876
Swarthmore United Methodist Church
129 Park Avenue, Swarthmore
Please note that Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association and the Gathering Place are not affiliated with our host congregation. Ours is a civic organization and our activities are open to all who reside in Swarthmore and the surrounding communities.