The Laurel Senior Friendship Club met on June 12, 2013, at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. President Ron Mayhugh called the meeting to order at 10:30 am. Chaplain Bob Gignilliat offered a prayer. We followed with the Pledge of Allegiance; and our Choir gave us God Bless America, Blue Skies and By the Light of the Silvery Moon. Ron announced that today’s “Bring Your Own Lunch Day” was his suggestion.
Ron also reported that the new Member Orientation on May 30th had 10 members in attendance and 9 members volunteered for different committees. We gained two volunteers who agreed to Chair our Dung Raising Committee. These two volunteers have 25 years of fund raising experience and we are thankful to have them. Ron thanked Jim Gordon who has been temporarily serving as the Fund Raising Chair.
Ron asked our members to donate desserts when they can because this month he had to ask our officers and committee chairs to bring desserts. He has found a new member, Em Danh, who is a beautician and has offered to cut our members hair for $5. She will donate this money to the Club. Any members who are interested in this service should contact her.
Attendance today was 108 attendees and our greeters were Jean and Bill McMahon. We gained $22.80 for the coffee fund. The Treasurer made a full report on our funds. The 50/50 resulted in $73 for the treasury and $24 each to Jo Ann Barber, Harry Rosenbluh and Ellie Lanham.
Carol Kosydar, Helping Hands Chair, reported last month her committee sent 39 cards; made 58 calls; made 17 visits to homes, hospitals and nursing homes (Ramona Britt made 12 of these); gave 9 gifts; received 1 piece of equipment; and received one thank you card. Carol has a new walker with a seat for any member who needs it. She asked for donations of any items suitable for the baskets she makes up for our shut-ins.
Jo Skladany reported the Harrington Casino trip next week and the new York October trip are definitely a go. However, each trip still has openings. A full travel report is elsewhere in our newsletter.
Our new Fund Raising Chair, Jackie Sanders, presided over the 200 Club prize drawings. Winners of the $50 prizes were Joanne Garrison, Judy Palmer, and Margaret Field; and the $200 winner was Lorraine Miller. Several donated items were raffled off to the membership.
The Prince George’s County Sheriff, Melvin High, spoke to us on their efforts to make prince George’s County a safer place to live in and to attract new businesses. The Sheriff’s Office is very active in going after “dead beat dads” and having advocates try to prevent domestic problems from escalating into homicides.
Chaplain Bob gave the benediction and we adjourned at 12 noon.