General Meeting Minutes – June 10, 2015

LAUREL SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB’S
GENERAL MEETING MINUTES
June 10, 2015
Joyce Weir, Secretary

The Laurel Senior Friendship Club met on June 10, 2015, at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. Vice President Tom Dernoga 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 “My Country Tis of Thee”, “Always”, and “Don‟t Sit Under the Apple Tree”.

Tom gave us a brief summary of the action on Prince George‟s County Executive‟ s request for a property tax increase. The public had a large impact on what happened. Councilwoman Mary Lehman voted against the request. The final result was an increase of 5 ½ cents on our property tax (4
cents on County property & 1 ½ cents for Park & Planning).

The attendance was 110 individuals. Our greeters were Bill McLaughlin, Margaret Barker, and Mildred Bartlett. Betty Mannas, Treasurer, reported
on our income and expenses. She did not have a complete report because she received the bank statement very recently and was not able to reconcile the balance. She stated the Club does have money. Betty also noted that the Club needs fund raising. There are individuals who are willing to do fund raising but they need our ideas. Tom noted the Fund Raising Committee is planning to raffle a $50 gift card for one of the Darden restaurants, which includes Olive Garden.

Wanda Bell, our Travel Committee Chair, reported the Hershey PA trip was fantastic. The state Capital was magnificent and lunch was great. Everyone had a good time. Future trips include the following: a railroad trip to New Freedom, PA; the Pennsylvania Opry which needs ten more people; the Grand Canyon, PA which also needs people; the Rainbow Comedy Theater; the New  England/Canada cruise; and the Sight & Sound Theater Christmas program in November.

Ron Mayhugh, our President, told us we disappointed him when the Travel Committee cancelled the South Dakota trip which he & Nell had planned to take. Now they signed up for the Pennsylvania trip and better not be disappointed again.

Carol Kosydar, our Helping Hands Chair, reported that Anne Curtis and Emily Pullen are in Cherry Lane Nursing Home; and Bill & Betty Girvan are in  Morningside. She took baskets and flowers to Anne and Emily. Carol suggested
we send cards to their homes. During May her committee sent 33 cards, made 30 calls, made four visits, attended one viewing, and gave four gift baskets.

The 50/50 raffle resulted in $64 for the Treasury and $21 each to Bob Dykes, Wanda Bell, and Margaret Chandler. “Esther‟s Treasures” raffles brought in 62.

Gail Johnson, our Publicity Chair, has placed an orange bucket in the LSFC office for a LARS summer food drive. She is asking for items for children, such as applesauce, fruit cups, and spaghetti O‟s. This will run for the next three months. Gail will load her van and deliver everything to LARS. If everyone attending today could bring one item to next month‟s meeting think what a tremendous help that would be.

Tom announced that Nan Tripp and Dominic Giachino will co-chair a committee
to work on our 50th anniversary celebration next year.

Tom introduced Senator Rosapepe and Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk who told us the results of the 2015 legislative session. They reported that transportation
has been a big problem; trains were added to the MARC line; and Route One in College Park and Route 175 in Odenton are being improved. They have boosted state funding for Prince George‟s & Anne Arundel schools, created construction jobs in repairing buildings & local schools, balanced the budget to keep Maryland‟s triple A rating which is the highest rating a State can have,  authorized $30 million to help build a new Prince George‟s hospital, and are encouraging Governor Hogan to approve the light rail Purple Line which will
help people travel without using the Beltway. Joseline Pena-Melnyk has been a delegate for 9 years. She has been working on a committee to reduce the number of individuals without health insurance in Maryland. She is also running for the
4th Congressional District and is very committed to public service. Tom told
us the most important thing these two people had done was HELP HIM GET
THE MONEY TO BUILD THIS BUILDING WE ARE IN. Dominic Giachino questioned how they could do all they wanted to do without raising taxes. Senator Rosapepe stated they did raise taxes somewhat; but some of the
needed money does not come from taxes. He noted that casino money is
bringing in a net of 600 million to the state this year. This money goes in the
general fund for education and health services. He further stated that when the National Harbor casino opens, the state and county will get more money. Delegate Joseline asked us to encourage our neighbors to apply for scholarships.
She said many students are now able to receive college credits while still in high school, thus saving them a lot of money.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m. jvw

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