General Meeting Minutes – August 13, 2014

The Laurel Senior Friendship Club met on August 13, 2014, at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. Vice President Eileen Pastore opened the meeting at 10:30 a.m.; and Chaplain Gloria Laura offered a prayer. We followed
with the Pledge of Allegiance; and our Choir gave us “This is my Country”, “Oh What a Beautiful Morning”, and “Precious Lord Take my Hand”.

Betty Mannas, our Treasurer, reported on our treasury accounts. She told us the Center is having a luncheon and entertainment on November 7th for veterans to commemorate Veterans Day. The Center is also collecting hats for the homeless in September and will have a “Pack the Pantry” food drive for local organizations
in October. She would like us to participate in these drives to help the needy in our local area. Also, Betty has found that Bergmanns still collects coats and cleans them for homeless people. She would gladly accept any coats, in good quality, which we would be willing to donate.Betty is also involved in purchasing wreaths for military cemeteries, which run about $15 each, if anyone is interested.

She has also arranged very unusual entertainment for us at our September General Meeting; and she is planning a Craft Show on October 18th. At the Craft Show there will be one table for LSFC items. Betty also noted that Lorraine Miller is appreciative of the coupons we have given her which help support the military overseas. She asked that we be sure they are no older than SIX

Eileen noted we are still looking for a Fund Raising Chair and a Program Chair. The Program Chair arranges for a speaker or some sort of program six times a year. This is a job that can be done in your home. Today we played Bingo
as our entertainment. Eileen invited us to come to Bingo every Tuesday. Participants have fun and lots of snacks. Bingo Mania will be August 19th and will include a free lunch.

Joe Skladany reported the Casino trip was cancelled; the Star Spangled Banner anniversary trip on 9/12 has four seats open; the Niagara Falls trip is on 9/29; the Mt Vernon trip is on 10/13 and includes the new museum and education center; and the BSO trip is on December 14th.

Carol Kosydar reported the death of Sallie Carroll. She asked us to send cards to Leonard Becraft and donate some get well cards or thinking of you cards. Carol mentioned November 11th, which would be our normal decorating day, is a holiday. So, the Decorating Committee will have to decorate in the afternoon of Monday November 10th. She has set a goal for her Helping Hands Committee
to make $305 this year at the bake sale table during the Craft Show. During July, her committee sent 30 cards; made 27 calls; made two visits; gave two gifts; received one piece of equipment in; and gave out one piece of equipment. She said the money we put in the coffee jar will go toward replacing one of the hot water pots.

Eileen welcomed new members. Several items were raffled; and the 50/50 raffle resulted in $52 for the Treasury and $26 each to Nan Tripp and Charlotte Watts. Attendance was 90 individuals. Our greeters were Shirley Denell and Mazie Coon. Eileen mentioned that our office would open at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, rather than 10:00 a.m.. Gloria Laura gave the benediction; and we adjourned
at 11:30 a.m. to enjoy lunch by Too Blessed to Be Stressed.

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