General Meeting Minutes – October 8, 2014

The Laurel Senior Friendship Club met on October 8, 2014, at the Laurel/Beltsville Senior Activity Center. Vice President Tom Dernoga opened the meeting at 10:30 am. Chaplain Pauline Pivowar offered a prayer. We followed
with the Pledge of Allegiance; and our Choir sang “This Is My Country”, “When The Saints Go Marching In”, and “I‟ll Fly Away”. Tom thanked our greeters, Jane Hundertmark and Bill McLaughlin. He also announced that our attendance was 120 individuals. Tom also introduced three new members and thanked those who brought desserts.

Betty Mannas, Treasurer, reported on our treasury accounts as of the end
of September. She has requested a grant from Councilwoman Mary Lehman. Betty said it will take three or four weeks for a response. Betty is extending
our collection of non-perishable food, hats, scarves and gloves through next month. All of these items will go locally to the homeless. She also said any donated coats will be picked up by Bergmann‟s, cleaned, and distributed
in Virginia. Betty plans to call the Police Department and the Chamber of Commerce to see if they can identify a local family in need of these items. For the
Wreaths Across America project, we can order a wreath for a specific person at a specific cemetery or donate a wreath to the organization. Complete information can be found on These wreaths cost $15 each and the cemeteries will be decorated in November.

Betty has 24 tables reserved, so far, for the Craft Fair. There is a tremendous amount of jewelry to be sold; and help is needed in the kitchen or at the baked goods table. Betty also asked for help in cutting coupons Lorraine Miller is collecting for her Rosie the Riveter Group. These coupons will be sent to military families overseas.

Carol Kosydar reported that during September her committee sent 41 cards; made 22 calls; made two visits; gave two gifts; received three wheelchairs; and lent out one walker. She welcomed four of our members back from the sick list; thanked Juliette Williams for the get well cards she created, and thanked us for our donations. Carol asked for baked goods donations for our Craft Fair.
She has set a goal of $305 this year for the baked goods sale.

Joe Skladany reported that everyone was back from the Niagara Falls trip. The next trip is Mt Vernon and then the BSO Christmas show. He reported that next
year‟s trips include the Black Hills, South Dakota and a New England/Canada cruise.

Some of “Esther‟s Treasures” were raffled. The 50/50 raffle resulted in $71 for the Treasurer and $22 each for Bernie Buczynski, Jean McMahon, and Gloria Lewis.

Results of the Nominating Committee, headed by Carol Skladany, were: President, Ron Mayhugh; 1st Vice President, Tom Dernoga; 2nd Vice President, Dominic Giachino; 3rd Vice President, Margaret Field; Treasurer, Betty Mannas; Assistant Treasurer, Barbara Brent; Secretary, Joyce Weir; and Assistant Secretary, Margot Thies.

Jack Wittmann introduced our good friend Dr. Jay who entertained us with his dance music. Dr. Jay reintroduced us to Eddie Cantor, Rudy Vallee, and Al Jolson. He encouraged some of our ladies to do the Electric Slide and
the Macarina.

Chaplain Pauline Pivowar gave the benediction; and we adjourned at 12:05 pm.


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