General Meeting Minutes – October 14, 2015

October 14, 2015
Joyce Weir, Secretary

The Laurel Senior Friendship Club met on October 14, 2015, at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. Vice President Tom Dernoga opened the
meeting at 10:30 am; and Chaplain Gloria Laura offered a prayer. We followed with the Pledge of Allegiance; and our Choir sang “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”, “The Sound of Music”, and “Love Me Tender”.

Tom thanked our greeters, Ann and Mike Mecanko, who came dressed as a serious Priest & Nun. Ninety- five individuals attended the meeting. We also
had a beautiful witch with her broomstick in attendance, who had a hard time in the wind that morning. Tom welcomed four new members and reminded us
that next month’s meeting will be Thursday November 12, since November 11 is a holiday. Tom also encouraged all of us to come to our craft show on Saturday, November 7. He reported the Club’s income and expenses from last month and

The 50/50 Raffle resulted in $48 for the Treasury and $24 each to Anna Cordone and Charlotte Watts. Esther’s Treasures Raffle, combined with profit made from items sold at Bingo, brought in $110.

The Helping Hands Chair, Carol Kosydar, reported that during September her committee sent 36 cards; made 18 calls; made three visits; attended one funeral and one viewing; had two pieces of medical equipment returned; and loaned eight pieces of medical equipment out. She thanked everyone for their donations; and noted that she has enough money to purchase another transport wheelchair which is definitely needed. Carol asked that we let her know when we return any equipment. She encouraged us to support the November craft show by donating something for the Bake Sale table and by coming to buy from the crafters.

Millie Lindenberger reported on the results of the Nominating Committee which included Ann Mecanko, Shirley Denell, and Giles Mills. Millie asked if there were any nominations from the floor. There being none, she presented the slate of officers for 2016 which are as follows: Ron Mayhugh, President; Tom Dernoga, Vice President; Dominic Giachino, 2nd Vice President; Margaret Field, 3rd Vice President; Betty Mannas and Gail Johnson, Treasurer; Barbara Brent, Assistant Treasurer; Joyce Weir, Secretary; and Margot Thies, Assistant Secretary. The election will be held at our November 12 meeting and installation will take place at our January 2016 meeting.

Nan Tripp handed out rewards to our five members who wore Halloween costumes; and Eileen Pastore took their photos. Our Travel Chair, Wanda Bell, reported the cruise will sail on October 15; the Sight & Sound Theater is on schedule and has a waiting list; and the American Music Theater planned for December, a trip combined with her church, is also on schedule. Wanda also mentioned that the latest contract she received asked for payment 50 days before the trip. This is the reason we have to pay far ahead for the trips.

Jack Wittmann introduced the Seasoned Players. This talented group included some of our own members, our favorite pianist Jo Ann Wittmann and Lin &
Helen Spencer. They took us back to the 50’s with full crinoline petticoats under poodle skirts, Rock & Roll music favorites, memorable solos by Karen and Lin (in that gorgeous sparkly vest), and great guitar work by Tony Cothran. They were a wonderfully talented bunch; and everyone had a great time.

Chaplain Gloria Laura gave the benediction; and we adjourned at 12:00 noon.

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