The Laurel Senior Friendship Club met on June 11, 2014, at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. President Ron Mayhugh opened the meeting at 10:30 a.m. Chaplain Eileen Pastore offered a prayer. We followed with the Pledge of Allegiance and our Choir gave us “Let There Be Peace on Earth”, “A Closer
Walk with Thee”, and “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”. Betty Mannas gave us a brief history on Flag Day; and reported on our financial account. She told us Mary Lehman is working on getting us a grant to help cover our 88+ birthday party expenses.
The attendance was 100 individuals. Our greeters were Barbara Wargo and Dorothy Zagby. Ron introduced Valerie Nicholas who is the volunteer coordinator for Laurel Hospital. Valarie encouraged us to help in some of their new patient programs such as: the book mobile and Comfort Companions. Delegate Jolene Ivey spoke about the General Assembly’s recent accomplishments, such as lowering the tax on rent of senior buildings that accept state funds. She tried, unsuccessfully, to create a Medicaid waiver to
allow seniors to stay in their homes. Karen Straughn, from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, warned us about frauds perpetrated on seniors. Her office will help us out with any disputes we may have with businesses.
Ron introduced 2 new members; and thanked those who brought desserts. Carol Kosydar reported she has no wheelchairs now, but one is on order. She noted
we lost a good friend and member, Jennie Lee Kalie. Jennie Lee was a very active member of ATLAS which helped get this senior center built. During May Carol’s committee sent 34 cards; made 35 phone calls; made two visits; attended one viewing; had three wheelchairs returned; and gave three wheelchairs out. She thanked us for our donations to her medical equipment.
Joe Skladany reported that the next trip is to the Totem Pole Playhouse in July. Delaware Park Casino is in August, and Baltimore for the 200th celebration of
the Star Spangled Banner is on September 12th. Niagara Falls is also in September; Mount Vernon in October; and BSO on December 14th. He currently
has room on all trips.
Some of Esther’s treasures were raffled and brought in $50. The 50/50 resulted in $55 for the Treasury and $30 each to Barbara Wargo and Carol Kosydar.
Carol turned hers into the Helping Hands Committee. Eileen gave the benediction; and we adjourned at 11:50 a.m.