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Ladies of Leisure strive to help Plant City

Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 05:50 PM

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In 2007, former county social services employees Patricia Walton and Rose Mobley got together over breakfast to share memories.

They soon struck on the idea of regular get-togethers and inviting other retirees who worked for the county.

Five years later, the Ladies of Leisure group is going strong, its ranks having grown to 28 regular members.

The group does more than meet for camaraderie and reminiscing. The members also help the needy, particularly around the holidays from donating bicycles to underprivileged children to gathering toiletries for retirement homes.

"A lot of us worked in social services, and we like to help people," Walton said. "We know there are a lot of needy people out there. That's what our group is all about.

"Whatever we can do to help, we do."

The Ladies of Leisure also includes former school teachers and other retirees who have an interest in helping the community. Visitors are welcome and don't have to be retired county employees.

The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at Fred's Southern Kitchen, 1401 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The meetings officially start at 9:15 a.m.

"But sometimes don't get there until 10," Walton said. "We are the Ladies of Leisure."

dnicholson@tampatrib.com (813) 394-5103

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