I've mentioned Silver Stampers several times on this blog, but I want to mention them again. I've just received over 30 birthday cards this past week--today is the day!--and it has been so uplifting. If you are over 50 and love to send (and receive) cards, then you would surely enjoy this wonderful group of stampers. The annual dues ($12) cover the cost of maintaining and mailing the annual directory and birthday list.
Membership gives you the opportunity to make some new friends by mail, or sometimes in person. You can correspond with one or two on the list or 50 or more--it's up to you. There are over 100 members from all over the country. I keep in touch with about 10 or 12 on a regular basis, send birthday and Christmas cards to about 50 and receive as many back. Some write or type long newsletters, some just sign the card and others enclose a separate note so their card can be re-used. You could start out by picking one name from each month of the birthday list, which would give you just one a month.
If you think this might be something you'd enjoy, you can contact the current coordinator, Gretchen King. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. (All levels of stamping are welcome, beginners to advanced.) Just tell her Doris sent you!