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ROMEO Club gives bikes to two area youth

June 29, 2011
The Alpena News

Members of the Alpena ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) Club presented two bikes and helmets Tuesday to two members of the Alpena Boys and Girls Club.

Receiving the bikes, which came as a surprise to both, were Kaitlyn Dickey and Ian Simon. The gifts were a result of member donations to the ROMEO Giving Fund, which was started in February of this year.

The ROMEO Club was formed in 1997 and today consists of 25 retired senior gentlemen ranging in age from the mid-60s to the upper-80s, from all walks of life and occupations.

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News Photo by Diane Speer
Kaitlyn Dickey, left, and Ian Simon, right, were presented bicycles and helmets Tuesday by the Alpena ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) Club. Making the presentation, from left, were Bud Huiting, Don Benac and John Kreft, founding members of the ROMEOs. Also shown is Helen Wilke, program director of the Alpena Boys and Girls Club, along with other ROMEO members.

The group gets together once a week throughout the year, and in the summer rides bicycles 12 to 20 miles throughout Alpena, ending at a local eating establishment.

Members also have ridden in Rogers City, Petoskey, Harrisville and Oscoda.



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