GREENVILLE — The VFW on Ohio Street in Greenville holds special memories for Vivian and Walter Nieport of Greenville.
It was the place where they chose to hold their wedding reception. It was the place where they entertained and enchanted their guests with a waltz they had learned while taking ballroom dance classes together. Reminiscing about how they had easily glided across the floor while performing graceful lifts and turns, they say they will never forget the place or the waltz, which will always be their favorite dance.
Now, 25 years later, Vivian and Walter are still dancing and will again waltz at the VFW as they perform for the Darke County Chapter of Public Employee Retirees, Inc. (PERI) during its bimonthly luncheon meeting on Dec. 5 at 11:30 a.m.
Even though they no longer do lifts and each admits to having a few aches and pains, folks who know them say they still love to see them dance. As for the Nieports, they say that the dance that brought them together has helped keep them together while paving the way to a healthier and happier life style — a life style that exemplifies that even retirees can remain fit while participating in an enjoyable and energetic activity.
Vivian, who is also the attendance and contact chairman of PERI, will be taking reservations for the Dec. 5 meeting, which must be in no later than Nov. 30. PERI members will be contacted by the calling committee which she oversees. Other public employees, who are retired or are planning to retire and who are not members of PERI, are also welcome to attend by calling her at (937) 548-3961. Cost for the luncheon is $9 per person.
Highlighting the meeting will be a special performance by Alex Vehre, son of Beth and John Vehre, who will be playing a medley of Christmas music. Alex, who is a junior in high school, has studied violin, viola and piano under the direction of Michelle Dree. In addition, he is the principal violinist with the Greenville High School Strings Orchestra which is directed and conducted by J.R. Price.
Frequently invited to perform at churches, weddings and other events, he also has the distinction of being selected four years in a row to perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings Orchestra, which is sponsored by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in collaboration with the Dayton Art Institute. According to participation regulations, every student selected for this Orchestra must pass an annual audition in order to be eligible to perform.
“Although the meeting will begin by addressing hopefully resolved insurance issues and other concerns, as well as the need to elect a new secretary, it will end with games and prizes — a positive ending to a year that has been full of challenges and changes for PERI members,” said a spokesperson.