Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association

Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association


About Us

Why we're here

Senior citizens of Swarthmore and surrounding communities consider themselves an integral and active part of our Borough.

What we do

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. 

Be a part of us

You are welcome, no matter your age or interests, to participate in our programs and services.


Sign up to hear from us about our upcoming programs and events, and ways to get involved in your community.

Our Leadership

Board of Directors

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


Committee Chairs

who are not Board members:

Barbara Bernhardt, Sunshine Chair

Sue Lawson, Dew Drop Inn Liaison

Carol Menke, Swarthmore Trails and Walks Chair

Council of Advisors

Advisers are eminent members of the community who act as mentors to the Board and keepers of the flame.


Doug Bender

Peter Bloom

Eck Gerner

Gudmund Iversen

Christine Polito

G. Guy Smith

Ann Torregrossa


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

Stephanie McDonough.

Contact Stephanie using the Contact Us link below.

A NOTE To THE Community

The Dew Drop Inn

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.


Contact Us

Better yet, come to one of our events!

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.

Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association

129 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081, United States

Call the president at 610-544-3876

The Gathering Place




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.

Drop us a line!