Houstonian Seniors’ Club 65 Picnic

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From left: Paru McGuire, Rozina Jafferali, Fatehali Chatur, Asghar Alibhoy

By Jaseem Pasha MD

HOUSTON: The Houstonian Seniors’ prestigious Club 65 is well known for its hospitality, including good food, educational seminars, delightful outings, picnics and great entertainment. The well-planned superb quality of all the fun programs for the seniors provides an experience of a lifetime.

The success of the programs would be impossible without the Club 65’s team of trusted pros, like Club 65’s leaders Paru McGuire, Rahat Kalle, Latafath Hussain and Fateh Ali, who are well versed in invigorating and inspiring the seniors. This also explains why more and more seniors of the Greater Houston Area are seeking to join the Club 65 to be included in the regular picnics and entertainment put together by the Club volunteers.

A group picnic is always a great fun and therapeutic too. Such picnics provide not only opportunities to relax andunwind, but also humor, laughter, poetry, and sing-along, which strengthen immune system, boost energy, diminish pain, and protect the seniors from the damaging effects of stress, and keeps them focused and alert.

And that’s what happened when the Club arranged a picnic on October 4, at the Beach Front Pavilion in Rockport, TX. The beach is about three miles bus ride. A two and a half hour bus ride brought the Club 65 members to this beautiful location. It was a custom ordered day with the warm sand, blue sky and an air-conditioned room with a beautiful patioset with Picnic Tables and a view of the ocean. One had to just walk down the steps to the sand.

The Club 65 volunteers greeted the 85 plus individuals with a cold glass of chaas, perfect for the Texas heat. People wandered off to take a walk on the beach and sink their feet in the cold waters, while others played Frisbee in the sand and yet some of them just relaxed on the picnic benches socializing and admiring the beautiful view.

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Club 65 members enjoying a game at the Rockport Beachfront Pavilion

There was plenty of entertainment in both the buses, including a game of Trivial Pursuit, sing-along. Some sang with an international flair, sung in Swahili, Gujarati, English and Hindi as well as jokes, and shayaris. In the other bus members watched an all time favorite Bollywood movie. Seniors participated in various games. Lunch was sumptuous with Pav Bhaji, garma garam pooris that were fried right there in the kitchen with chole, chicken, salad, and sooji halva for desert.

In addition to Paru McGuire, Rahat Kalle, Parvin Saiyed, Rozina Jafferali, Farida Jinnah, other Club 65 Committee members and Volunteers, Noor Pasha, Antakshari,Diamond and Zarina Mohamed, Taiyeb Shipchandler, Nasir Ali, N.G Daredia,, Jamil Chunawala, Rashida Abdullabhoy, Omaina Tambawala also helped rock the day.

Club 65 is a non-profit organization under the umbrella of IMAGH (Indian Muslims of Greater Houston).

To find out more about Club 65 or to become a member, please visit, www.imagh.org or call Paru Mcguire at 440-390-1763.