The Laurel Senior Friendship Club met on February 12, 2014, at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. Vice President Eileen Pastore opened the meeting at 10:30 a.m. with a prayer. We followed with the Pledge of Allegiance;
and our Choir gave us ―You’re a Grand Old Flag, ―Love Me Tender and ―Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.
Betty Mannas reported on the Treasury. The date of the Flea Market/Craft Show has been changed to April 26, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Betty also reported that
Lorraine Miller is collecting coupons that will go to the military. The Valentines we received today were put together by Nan Tripp. Our greeters were Sandy and Paul Heroux; and our attendance was 109 individuals.
Eileen introduced new members and read a thank you note from Mary Beth Dugan our past Center Director. Jackie Sanders reported that she has a new co-chair (also a new Club member) Vivian Colbert. They have previously worked
together; and we are glad to welcome Vivian to the Club. Jackie has new ideas for fund raising but she would also like to hear our ideas. She will have a small Fund
Raising box available for us to place our ideas in. Her next project is a hand painted Easter Egg tree featuring a $100 Visa card.
Several items were raffled. The 50/50 resulted in $58 for the Treasury and $29 each to Iris Gorman and Douglas Rhodes. Carol Kosydar reported that her committee sent 36 cards, made 29 calls, made three hospital visits, attended three viewings, and received one donation in January. Carol also said Ramona Britt will be taking over while she is on a cruise.
Joe Skladany reported on the Caribbean Cruise this month. The Harrington Casino trip in March needs two more people; and a new trip to the Totem Pole Playhouse is planned for July.
Eileen said we still need a Program Chair. She explained that this position involves finding a speaker, on subjects of interest to seniors, 4 or 5 times a year.
Jack Wittmann, our Entertainment Chair, has an Irish trivia quiz scheduled for March.
Eileen asked if we wanted to participate in the Main Street Festival on May 10th. Betty Mannas is trying to find a convertible for our President to ride in; and
John Kalie said the float is still available. Since there was a positive response, we were asked to sign up today. The float needs 24 people. Eileen gave a special
thank you to those who brought desserts and those who set up the coffee and pastries.
Ron Mayhugh told us we will no longer be getting bread from the Giant. New regulations require the bread to be returned to the distributers. Eileen asked us for caterer suggestions for next year. We have already contracted for caterers this
Eileen gave the benediction; and we adjourned at 11:30 a.m. to participate in a fun quiz on the Presidents, Black History, and some miscellaneous trivia questions.