The Laurel Senior Friendship Club met on January 8, 2014, at the Laurel/Beltsville Senior Activity Center. President Ron Mayhugh opened the meeting at 10:30 a.m. and introduced Susan Ardolini who is the new Rental Manager of the Center. Chaplain Pauline Pivowar offered a prayer. We followed
with the Pledge of Allegiance; and our choir gave us God Bless America, Jingle Bells, and Frosty the Snowman.
On this first meeting in the new year, Ron thanked each Vice President and Committee Chair for their devoted service. Ron then announced that we have
two major problems facing us this year. First, the current vice presidents do not want to move up to the President position so we need to be thinking about someone to fill this job next year. The second problem is the cost of luncheons.
Since caterers are now charging $8 to $10 per meal, we are subsidizing this cost by charging only $7. We can tell from our own grocery bills that prices are going up.
Ron has invited Mary Lehman, County Councilwoman, to attend our February
meeting. It might be possible for us to get a grant from her to help with our lunches. We have received a $2,000 grant from her which was requested last year to partially defray the cost of the 85+ luncheon and our Volunteer Appreciation luncheon.
Ron introduced Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin who acknowledged the importance of retaining our independence and our drivers license. He summed
his message up with: BE AWARE, BE KNOWLEDGEABLE, and BE PREPARED. If we are not confident driving at night, don’t drive.
Carol Kosydar reported that her committee sent Christmas cards to everyone on her Helping Hands list; sent 35 other cards; made 25 calls; made 2 visits; and delivered 3 gifts during December. She further said she had enough money in
donations to purchase a transport wheelchair and would like to purchase another one. She asked us all to send cards or notes to Normand Chagnon who is ill.
Jackie Sanders thanked us for participating in the raffles last year. These raffles made a good sum to add to our Treasury. There will be no new fund raising projects until March. The 50/50 resulted in $58 for the Treasury and $29 each for Joe Johnston and James Levan. The last Club 200 drawing resulted in $50 each for Jean McMahon, Millie Lindenberger, and two $50 tickets for Sondra Sewell. The two $500 winners were Winnie Morgans and Helen Coaplin. The
first and second prizes for the Christmas tree raffle were won by Nancy Franklin and Shirley Stevenson respectively. The tree itself with its gift certificates and
chocolates was won by Joyce Weir.
Joe Skladany noted that the Caribbean cruise in February and the Pittsburgh Falling Water trip in April are both filled. More travel information is located elsewhere in this newsletter as well as online on the LSFC website.
Attendance was 93 individuals; and our greeters were Jean and Bob McMahon.
Chaplain Pauline Pivowar gave the benediction; and we adjourned at 12:05 p.m..