Meet the vibrant Mount Clemens Seniors

Local club, formed in ’81, still enjoys weekly gatherings at former community center

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published March 27, 2015

 Mary Warnick, center, celebrates her 92nd birthday with friends from the Mount Clemens Seniors on March 20.

Mary Warnick, center, celebrates her 92nd birthday with friends from the Mount Clemens Seniors on March 20.

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MOUNT CLEMENS — When the Second Horizon Club of Mount Clemens formed in 1981, there were more members than Mary Warnick can recall.

“At our highest, we had more than 100 members,” said Warnick, 92, a founding member. “It was very, very popular.”

And a lot of good times were had, with regular gatherings, parties to celebrate milestones or just because, and the Second Horizon Club, which soon became called the Mount Clemens Seniors, was a vibrant asset in the community, giving those involved an opportunity to stay both active and social.

The group meets each Friday from noon until 4 p.m. at The Center, the former recreation center at the corner of Groesbeck and Lafayette. Weekly dues are $2. The club has an elected president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

“We bring a snack or lunch, play cards, and we just enjoy ourselves,” said Warnick during a March 20 Euchre game that followed a birthday celebration in her honor.

Unfortunately, the seniors club has dwindled to around 20 members, and Warnick and other members want to spread the word about what they do and the benefits that can be gained.

Linda Krantz said the club is open to seniors 55 and older.

“It’s a getaway,” she said. “It gives seniors something to do once a week.”

Senior Diana Bennett agrees.

“Every Friday is a social gathering,” she said. “It keeps the mind strong and it keeps seniors active.”

Dawn Malek and Kathy Hinchman, co-owners of The Center, run CCPlus @ The Center, offering an array of fitness classes for people of all ages and fitness levels.

“When we bought the building four years ago, we inherited the senior club,” said Hinchman. “That’s a good thing because we have exercise programs designed for seniors.”

Those programs include, but are not limited to, Zumba Gold and Karma Yoga. The Center is housed in the former Mount Clemens Community Center building near the Mount Clemens Ice Arena.

“We have clientele in some classes that are over 65,” said Malek.

Other popular classes offered at CCPlus @ The Center include Belly Dance, Rock Star Yoga, Karma Yoga, Zumba Kids, Basic Mixed Yoga, Fully Figured Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Beginner Yoga, TNT (tone-n-tighten), KickboXX, Fusion Fitness, Glow Yoga, Booty Boost and My Chance to Dance, a dance/exercise class designed for kids and adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities.

“Karma Yoga is free with a donation,” said Malek. “The donations we receive are given to a new local charity each month. Last month (February) was Turning Point. We like to give back to the community.”

In the meantime, Warnick and the rest of the Mount Clemens Seniors said they are always welcoming new members and hope they’ll soon see an influx of participation now that spring is in full bloom.

“We do have a lot of fun,” said Warnick. “We’re all good friends.”

The Center is located at 300 N. Groesbeck Highway in Mount Clemens. Check out CCPlus @ The Center’s full lineup of classes at www.ccplusfitness.com or call (586) 707-0079.

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