General Meeting Minutes November 12, 2015

November 12, 2015
Margot Thies, Assist. Secretary

On November 12th, the General Meeting was opened at 10:30 am by 2nd Vice President Dominic Giachino. Chaplain Pauline Pivowar offered a reading in memory of those who have gone before us, Veterans and others. In honor of Veterans Day, the Colors were presented by Veterans Paul Heroux, Jim Gordon, and Harold Basey. The membership followed with the “Pledge of Allgiance”.
The choir led us in “God Bless America”, “Oh What a Beautiful Morning”, and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”.

Dominic introduced the Veterans that were in attendance; and all Club members who are veterans were listed in a program. The program was handed out by
hostesses Phyllis Ross and Jane Hundertmark.

Our Treasurer, Betty Mannas, announced that she had to resign her position as Treasurer due to her health. Betty plans to remain active in the Club as Telephone Committee Coordinator and elsewhere as her health permits. The membership gave Betty a standing ovation for her many years of dedicated service.

Vice President Tom Dernoga announced that he had literature regarding the proposed changes at the hospital. He said that several alternatives have been mentioned. He also said there will be a support group leaving Laurel from the Municipal Building on Thursday Nov. 19 to rally in Annapolis against the hospitals closing of needed services.

Dominic introduced six new members, The Club is always glad to receive new members. There were a total of 120 individuals present at the meeting.
Helping Hands Committtee Chair, Carol Kosydar, reported her Committee sent 34 cards; made 19 calls; made three visits; gave two baskets; loaned out one piece of equipment; and received back five pieces of equipment. She welcomed back Harold Basey and Paul Heroux who have been sick for sometime. Carol said her Committee could use any cards anyone wants to donate. Carol also thanked everyone for helping and participating in the Craft Show. The bake sale table did very well. She did, however, express disappointment that more members did not support this Fund Raiser.

Our Travel Committee Chair, Wanda Bell, reported that Nov. 13th was the last day to sign-up for the American Music Theater Christmas Show Trip on Dec. 12th. There is a wait List. Departure time is 7:45 am from Liberty Grove Methodist Church and 8:00 am from Laurel Hospital Parking Lot. Return time will be 4:30 pm at Laurel and 4:45 pm at the Church.

Mike Bovin, Sr., Chair of the Computer Learning Facility, reported there were 10 classes available encompassing 40 days. Some classes are new; and a phone call to him with questions or signup would be appreciated. His phone No. is 301-776-4943.

Nan Tripp Introduced the Slate of Nominated Officers for 2016 and the membership unanimously elected them. They are as follows: President: Ron Mayhugh, Vice President: Tom Dernoga, 2nd Vice President: Dominic
Giachino, 3rd Vice President: Margaret Field, Treasurer: Gail Johnson, Assist. Treasurer: Barbara Brent, Secretary: Joyce Weir, and Assist. Secretary: Margot Thies.

The 50/50 Raffle brought in $123. The treasurer received $63 and $30 each was received by Tommie Ronemus and Denise Havenner. “Esthers Treasures” took in $104 (good job). A new Raffle, a “Basket of Bath & Beauty Care Products”, was started and tickets will be on sale next month with the drawing at the Dec. 9th General Meeting.

Dominic introduced the guest speaker, Tom Jones a 30 year veteran representing Post 248 in Temple Hills. The Laurel Post is also a member of the same Post Group. Mr. Jones spoke about the purpose and support the Legion

Jack Wittmann, our Entertainment Chair, reminded us that the “New Dimension Singers” would be our entertainment for the Dec. 9th General Meeting. He also mentioned that the Dec. lunch would be free.

The meeting adjourned at 11:35 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Margot Thies


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