The Laurel Senior Friendship Club met on August 14, 2013, at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. President Ron Mayhugh opened the meeting at 10:30 am. Chaplain Eileen Pastore offered a prayer. Ron introduced his granddaughter, Lauren Waller, who was our pianist for the day. We followed with the Pledge of Allegiance. Our Choir gave us “This Land is My Land,” “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” and “Whispering Hope.”
Ron welcomed Patsy Faddis back from her illness; and introduced Tracy Phillips who is working on her doctoral degree. As part of her degree, she is doing a survey on how men, 65 and older, interact and connect with others. Four of our members completed the survey for her.
Our Treasurer, Betty Mannas, provided a full report. We gained $21 for the coffee fund. Betty praised our two new Fund Raising Chairs, Jackie Sanders and Carol Koppal, for their enthusiasm. They will be doing several new raffles this year. Betty also reported that this year’s craft show will be on Saturday, October 19th.
Jackie announced that she and Carol are now selling tickets for a $100 WalMart gift card which will be raffled in September. They will have a bag and box gift raffle in October/November. Jackie asked that we participate in all the fund raising activities. Several donated items were raffled.
Carol Kosydar reported that both Helen and George Turley recently suffered heart attacks. During July, her Helping Hands Committee sent 30 cards; made 30 phone calls; attended 3 services/funerals; and made 2 hospital/nursing home visits.
Our greeters today were Marion Fine and Kay Miller. Joanne Garrison reported two of our trips were in danger of being cancelled: the Wait Till Dark theater trip and the Wheeling Festival of Lights trip. She encouraged everyone to sign up for these trips as soon as possible. Complete travel information is located elsewhere in this newsletter.
The 50/50 resulted in $67 for the Treasury and $22 each to Odessa Jones, Anna Cardone, and Barbara Johnston.
Copies of a proposed change to our Constitution were given to the membership. This proposal would change the free lifetime membership age from 85 years to 88 years. The change is being made because we are losing $3,000 plus in dues each year, since we have almost 200 members who are age 85 years or over. This proposed change will be voted on at next month’s meeting.
Ron announced this year’s Nominating Committee which consists of Ann Mecanko, Gloria Lewis, and Pat Harding. They will present a slate of officers for next year in Sept.
Eileen announced that Diane Bicjan has agreed to serve as our Publicity Committee Chair.
Pauline Pivowar introduced Pam Sparks from the Prince George’s County RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer Program). Pam encouraged us to register our volunteer hours with Pauline so that we could participate in this program and, in return, attend a very nice luncheon in May 2014. Eileen gave the benediction; and we adjourned at 11:40 am.