Special to The Hays Daily News

ELLIS -- It was 21 years ago the Ellis AARP chapter thought the older residents in the Ellis area reaching a special milestone in their lives should be honored for their positive contributions.

The chapter decided to have an annual celebration inviting those who were 80, 90 and 100 years old to be honored guests. The 21st annual birthday dinner sponsored by Ellis AARP was Sept. 29 at the Ellis Knights of Columbus Hall.

The honorees, born in 1932 and 1922, and their special guests were seated at decorated tables and served a meal prepared by the St. Mary Catholic Church Daughters of Isabella ladies.

The welcome was given by Shirley Gerhardt, AARP chapter president, with a response given by Dena Patee, director of the Ellis Alliance. The opening prayer was given by Father Richard Daise of St. Mary, and the closing prayer was offered by intern Paul Rosin of St. John Lutheran Church.

The honoree presentation was given by Opal Flinn, AARP chapter secretary/treasurer. The three men and three women honored shared stories of their families, where they grew up, who they married, how they made a living and interesting happy memories.

In 2013, those born in 1933, 1923 or 1913 will be honored.