Gillitt looking for more seniors at Wolfforth center

Ray Gillitt, the president of the Friendship Senior Citizens Center, wants to see more seniors use the facility.

“We are really hurting for people,” he said.

Less than a dozen seniors have been using the center when it is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, he said. “We met yesterday and had four people,” said Gillitt.

The senior citizens meet for lunch and games 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays. It also meets for games 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Fridays.

The center was built in the 1970s or early 1980s by many of Wolfforth’s senior citizens.

The city of Wolfforth purchased a building from Reese Air Force Base and placed it at Fifth Street and Dowden Road.

“The senior citizens remodeled it and fixed it up pretty nice,” said Gillitt.

Ray Gillitt

• Age: 77.
• High school: Frenship High School, 1949.
• Family: Was married to the late Mozelle Gillitt; son, Leslie; daughter, Tracy.
• Military service: Served in the Army during the 1950s.
• Community involvement: President, Friendship Senior Citizens Center.

Gillitt, 77, is taking on the task of helping rebuild the center’s numbers.

“We are going to try to stir up some new members,” he said.

The group is in the initial stages of having a welcoming party for the senior citizens, he said, but the date will be determined, said Gillitt.

“The city, American Bank of Commerce and other area businesses have been good to us or we wouldn’t even be there,” he said.

The senior center is a place to meet people in the same age group. It also gives Gillitt a day to relax.

“The main thing I like about the senior citizens is it’s a day I don’t worry about what I am going to do,” he said. “I’ve got it planned. I know what to do and I don’t worry about it. I just go and relax and enjoy myself.”

Usually they eat and play dominoes. The game of 88’s is the most popular, said Gillitt.

He’d even try a few new games if it would get the numbers up.

“Whatever they want to play,” said Gillitt.

He said he’s ready for more seniors to begin taking advantage of the senior citizen’s center.

Gillitt said, “I am the youngest one out there right now. That means everybody else is getting old.”

Ray Gillitt

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