General Meeting Minutes – April 8, 2015

Apr 8, 2015
Joyce Weir, Secretary

The Laurel Senior Friendship Club met on April 8, 2015, at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. Vice President Dominic Giachino opened the meeting at 10:30 am. Chaplain Pauline Pivowar offered a prayer. We followed with the Pledge of Allegiance; and our Choir gave us “This is my Country”, “I Want A Girl”, and “He”. Attendance was 95 individuals (on this wet and very dreary day).
Our greeters were Ann and Mike Mecanko.

Betty Mannas, our Treasurer, called in her report. She asked for our help in   finding more vendors for the Flea Market/ Craft Show. She also reported
that she received a $1,000 grant from County Councilwoman Mary Lehman.

Mike Boivin, our Computer Lab Facilitater, told us the May newsletter will cover the upcoming computer classes. He is doing some one and two day classes. There will be classes on Genealogy, Level 2 Computer Skills, Working with Digital Photos, Spreadsheets, and a short class on Scanning Documents
and Photos. Software has been ordered for the Hallmark card class.

Carol Kosydar, our Helping Hands Chair, reported that during March her Committee sent 41 cards, made 22 calls, attended the viewing and service
for Leonard Becraft, had one piece of equipment returned, and two pieces of equipment were loaned out. She also reported that everyone on the sick list is doing well.

The 50/50 raffle resulted in $58 for the Treasury and $19 each to Ruth Embrey, Harold Basey, and Joyce Weir. “Esther’s Treasures” raffles resulted in $114 for the treasury.

Wanda Bell, our Travel Committee Chair, reported that the June Totem Pole Playhouse trip and the July Atlantic City casino trip had to be cancelled due to lack of interest. The Hershey Park and the New Freedom Railroad trip will go
as scheduled. The raffle ticket for the Elvis Pennsylvania Opry trip will be drawn at our July meeting. Other trips are listed elsewhere in this newsletter. Joe Skladany, past Travel Committee Chair, stated that they need at least three more
people for the Black Hills, South Dakota trip. This trip has only 17 people signed up, and 20 people are needed for it to be a go.

Vice President Tom Dernoga reported on recent developments in Prince  George’s County. The County Executive asked for a property tax increase.
The County Executive felt he could do this because several years ago the General
Assembly created a loophole which allowed taxes to be raised if necessary to support education. If we feel strongly about this, instead of complaining to each other, we should send letters to Councilwoman Mary Lehman, our state legislators, and our County Executive Rushern Baker.

Chaplain Pauline Pivowar gave the benediction; and we adjourned at 12 noon.


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