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Toronto Seniors pay tribute to Doris Matyas

SURPRISE! — Doris Matyas, who served as president for 13 years of the Toronto Seniors, was surprised with flowers and presents at the group’s recent meeting. -- Contributed

TORONTO — The Toronto Seniors paid tribute at their Sept. 16 meeting to Doris Matyas, surprising the longtime leader with presents and celebrating her 13-year reign as the group’s president.

While serving as president she planned clubs trips every year. Her community service includes helping juveniles find jobs, working at the health department, serving as a past grand marshal at the city’s Christmas parade, being awarded Jefferson County Caregiver of the Year honors and being one of the Herald-Star/Weirton Daily Times’ Community Stars.

Matyas was an accomplished seamstress, doing wedding dresses and prom formals, and walks the streets of Toronto with a garbage bag in hand to pick up litter from the North End to South End on both sides.

Her activities also include having served as president of the Toronto Beautification Committee, which included participating in its geranium fundraiser sale and maintaining flower beds.

Matyas organized a highly anticipated community activity sponsored by the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization, of which she is a committee member. She made at least 50 gingerbread houses that would be decorated by children every November as part of a fundraiser to generate money that benefited local causes, helping the less fortunate in Toronto.

She is a regular participant in the Campbell-Dickinson Bike, Walk and Run,

A veteran nurse before her retirement, Matyas and her husband, Fred, have been married for 60 years. They have two sons, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

“Doris is one amazing woman — Toronto is very lucky to have such a great lady,” noted club President Judy Bickler, who opened the meeting.

Mary Alice Meyer led the members with prayer and in the pledge.

Reports were given by the social secretary on birthdays and anniversaries for the month. The treasurer’s report was given. Times for the Amish trip were discussed. A vote was taken on whether to buy dinner or bring your own for the next meeting.

Mary Alice Meyer won the door prize, and Mary Scott won the 50-50.

Bingo winners were Mary Kay Petras, who won twice in a row, then Linda Livingstone, Richard Dobbs, Mary Koth and Pat Simpson.

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