COAL TOWNSHIP - The first meeting of the year for the Rainbow Club at Our Lady of Hope Church was opened by president Ruth Romanoski with the Pledge of Allegiance, prayers and the Over 50 song.

Birthdays for January were announced, followed by song and applause.

Minutes, read by Donna Mordan, were approved.

Florence Verano, treasuer, gave a financial report on expenses and balances.

She announced upcoming trips, including March 20 to Sight and Sound, May 8 to the American Music Theater, July 10 to Hunterdon Hills, Aug. 14 to Dutch Apple Theater, Sept. 18 to Allenberry Playhouse and Nov. 13 to the Christmas show at Dutch Apple.

The bus for the trips leaves from the church parking lot. Anyone interested should contact Verano for reservations.

The club received thank-you cards from the Rev. Adrian Gallagher and Dolly Yocum.

Prayers were recited for sick members and a moment of silence was observed for deceased members.

A Mass for living and deceased members will be held May 18.

Dues were collected and bingo played.

The next meeting will be held Feb. 9.