In the early 70's, the council tried to provide emotional and physical assistance to the widows of the council. No matter what was tried, the program couldn't get started. Out of this effort, a group of senior men and women got together and established a retirees group. The group was to provide a simple social setting for its members that numbered about 25 to 30. The programs started by this small group caused a great demand for membership in the group. Their membership swelled to over 300 and they became a prime supporter of all council functions. 1