Amherst Club going strong, seeks members

The Amherst Club has been a part of the area community for 37 years. The board of directors and I, as club president, worked to hold toge...

The Amherst Club has been a part of the area community for 37 years. The board of directors and I, as club president, worked to hold together our membership during the last 14 months. Before the pandemic, we had been meeting twice each month at Bistro 63 for lunch and a speaker. COVID stopped us, and then it didn’t.

Our Community Foundation Endowment funds and dues and donations from our Amherst Club members allowed us to continue to give support to two or three service agencies in our community every month. I am pleased to report that, in total, we gave $12,263, with amounts ranging from $50 to $5,500, to the Amherst Survival Center, including the Senior Mobil Program, Food Bank of Western Mass, Not Bread Alone, Family Outreach of Amherst, Craig’s Doors, Amherst Senior Center, All Out Adventures, Sanctuary Fund, Center for New Americans, Hospice of the Fischer Home, Amherst Media, Dakin Animal Shelter, and the Literacy Project.

We also chose to support a local business, our host restaurant, Bistro 63. First, we donated the money we would have paid for our luncheons in order to support their Shift Meal Project (total $2,263), and then the Amherst Club continued its support of Bistro 63 by ordering 22 take away lunches once each month for five months. They were always delicious and gave us a wonderful break from the Covid monotony.

It was so important to each of us that we could communicate with and support each other and help our community at the same time. We felt we were doing all the good we could with all the means we could.

This month we are able to gather again at Bistro 63 (with safe protocols). We will meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month (except August) from 12:15-1:30 p.m. at Bistro 63. We will return to having speakers in the fall and would love to welcome new members for friendship, conversation and to join in our service to the community. And as we all have found, times change and we with time, but friendships continue.

Anyone who is interested and vaccinated is invited to come by Bistro 63, introduce yourself, and join us for an introductory lunch. Contact the current Amherst Club President, Joan Hanson, at for more information.

Joan Hanson


The writer is president of the Amherst Club.

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