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Plum community center looks to expand membership

| Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Plum Advance Leader Doris Morris takes part in the exercise class during the new member mixer at the Plum Community Center last Friday, March 21. The center hopes to attract new and younger members and volunteers to take part in the centers activities and programs.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Plum Advance Leader Doris Morris, Leona Persetic, George Persetic and Richard Morris attend the new member mixer at the Plum Community Center last Friday, March 21. The center hopes to attract new and younger members and volunteers to take part in the centers activities and programs.

Doris Morris has a lot on her plate.

Morris, 80, of Plum, is a member of the Red Hat Society, the Plum AARP and Golden Agers groups and the Oakmont Yacht Club.

Still, Morris, a borough resident for more than 50 years, wanted something else to do.

When Morris heard about a New Members Mixer last Friday at the Plum Community Center on Center New Texas Road, Morris decided to check it out.

“Everyone has been talking about how great it (the center) is,” said Morris, who was joined by her husband, Richard Morris, 84, and two family members in their 60s.

The four are interested in participating in exercise classes at the center.

Center staff members last year decided to drop the ‘senior' portion of the organization's name and are conducting a series of quarterly sessions to familiarize borough residents and those who live in surrounding area with its programs and services. Visitors receive a packet of information, tour the center and talk with staff and members.

“There are a lot of activities for a lot of different ages,” Adele O'Connor, a member of the center's board of directors said during last week's mixer.

O'Connor told the visitors that she became a volunteer several years ago after she retired.

O'Connor coordinates the book club and has been on the board of directors for about five years.

George Persetic, who is related to the Morrises, said he and his wife had been members of Bally Total Fitness in Penn Hills. The facility closed a few years ago.

“This looks like a nice place,” George Persetic said.

“We want to stay young and feel young,” Doris Morris said.

Nina Segelson, executive director of the center, said the facility has made efforts to appeal to younger seniors.

“With the addition of the café, we have more people in the community coming in,” Segelson said.

Visitors can eat in or order takeout from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

Also, the center conducts a variety of programs for people of all ages, including Sugar Plum Days each December and a pet show, Segelson said.

The center has 1,582 registered members, Segelson said.

Also, the center has 62 members under the age of 60, she added.

More information about activities can be found at www.plumseniorcenter.org or call 412-795-2330.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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