The Laurel Senior Friendship Club met on April 9, 2014, at the Laurel/Beltsville Senior Activity Center. Vice President Eileen Pastore opened the meeting at 10:30a.m. Chaplain Pauline Pivowar followed with a prayer. We then said the Pledge of Allegiance; and our Choir gave us “America the Beautiful”, “April Showers”, and “Amazing Grace”.
Eileen thanked our greeters, Patty & Kent Goodger, as well as Ann & Michael Mecanko for the table decorations. Eileen also announced that a new column, “Ask the Editor”, has been added to the newsletter. Today is the deadline for this new newsletter section. Any questions will be researched by the Editor, Nan Tripp, and answered in upcoming newsletters.The next newsletter will be a combined May/June issue. Eileen said today is the last day to sign up for the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. She also mentioned that the “coffee money jar” had been brought back at the request of many members. She welcomed Patsy Faddis and Jane Stewart back to our general meeting following their long illnesses.
Betty Mannas reported that the Flea Market/Craft Show will include a table for our members to bring in donations. She said Lorraine Miller is still collecting coupons for the military which she has been told are very much appreciated. Betty was working on getting the Kalie’s float for the Main Street Festival. However, she had to cancel it and just go with a convertible for our President and possibly one or two of our officers. Betty has also completed the new telephone books for our callers. Because this was such a big job, she did
not have time to work on the treasurer’s report.
Tom Dernoga reported that Mary Lehman, Prince George’s County Council Member, attended our recent Executive Committee meeting and is looking into some of our concerns. We are asking her for a grant to help defray the cost of our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and our 88+ birthday luncheon. He noted she was very attentive and will try to help us. Tom suggested we send her a membership application, since she recently had a birthday. He also mentioned that the Laurel Library has temporarily moved behind City Hall until the old building is totally renovated and enlarged.
Joe Skladany reported on the following upcoming trips: April 22, Pittsburgh; July, the Totem Pole Playhouse; August, the Delaware Casino; September, Niagara Falls and Baltimore to honor the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner; October, Mount Vernon; and December, Baltimore for the BSO.
Eileen introduced two new members.
Carol Kosydar reported on our sick members. She also told us that last month her Helping Hands Committee sent 29 cards, made 28 calls, and made three hospital visits. Carol will be selling baked goods at our Flea Market/Craft show and is looking forward to our support.
Attendance was 120 individuals. The 50/50 raffle resulted in $59 for the Treasury and $29 each to Patty Goodger and Bert Carlson. Several items from “Esther’s treasure chest” were raffled and brought in $72. Jackie Sanders pulled the winning ticket for the Easter egg tree that included a $100 Visa gift card. The lucky winner was Gayle Lovelace. Jackie will have information on a Mother’s Day gift item later. She appreciates our support in buying tickets for these raffles.
Eileen thanked those who brought desserts; and reminded us of the upcoming
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, the New Member Orientation, and the Flea Market/Craft Show. She also mentioned our new web site, asked for help finding a Program Chairperson, and invited us to Tuesdays Bingo.
We were given Easter eggs when we entered the meeting, several of which had special gifts inside. Bingo was our entertainment for the day. Eileen gave the benediction; and we adjourned at 11:45 .a.m..