It may be the ideal club — no dues, no committees, no officers, no reports to fill out — and there’s not even a regular meeting date. The only requirements for membership in Club 62+ are meeting the minimum age, and residence within what Pratt Community College considers to be its service area.
Membership is very informal, said Leighanne Dean, coordinator of marketing and communication at the college and sponsor for Club 62+. About 150 people have signed up to receive the newsletter. They’re given the opportunity to suggest activities of interest. Activities carry a minimum fee to cover expenses.
There are other perks: Club 62+ members get into home athletic events at half price, are admitted free to anything for which students get in free, and are offered free tuition to any class. A few take advantage of the free tuition, Dean said. Most enrollees are in the art department.
The club started several years ago, said Dean, who is in her first year as sponsor.
“We enjoy offering additional value to our taxpayers,” she explained. “They’re the people who fund our educational opportunities.”
Special activities this year included a cupcake decorating workshop taught by PCC Board of Trustees Chair Michele Hamm and a container gardening workshop by Georgia Perry, a multi-tasker who serves as head of the campus greenhouse, teaches horticulture classes and is also a custodian.
Perry’s workshop was so popular it grew to two sections. She provided an assortment of plants that have similar soil and water requirements — important for successful gardening — a pot with a hole in the bottom for drainage and a repurposed salad bar full of potting soil, plus the benefit of her expertise, all for $5.
She encouraged the gardeners to choose plants of various heights, to add some for fullness and some to trail over the edge, and told them, “build it to suit yourself.”
Out-of-town trips were taken to Crown Uptown Theatre in Wichita for “Godspell,” the Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City — that’s a given, they go every year, Dean said — to a Dillon Lecture Series presentation in Hutchinson, and an outing in Wichita for quilters.
Club members like the bus trips, Dean said. They don’t have to drive, find a place to park and walk a distance to the event. Best of all, somebody else does all the planning. She counts heads on the bus — not exactly like a school field trip, but an important security precaution.
PCC’s service area includes Barber, Comanche, Harper, Kingman, Kiowa, Pratt and Stafford counties. For information about Club 62+ contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 620-450-2113.l