The Laurel Senior Friendship Club met on February 10, 2016 at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. Vice President Dominic Giachino opened the meeting at 10:30 am; and Chaplain Eileen Pastore offered a prayer. We followed
with the Pledge of Allegiance; and our Choir sang “This Land is My Land”, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”, and “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.”
Our Treasurer, Gail Johnson, reported on our January income and expenses. She has given our financial information to Terry Duarte, our Tax Consultant,
who will be preparing the 2015 tax forms.
Dominic reported 102 individuals in attendance. He thanked our greeters,
Shirley Denell and Bill McLaughlin, and welcomed new members. Carol Kosydar reported her Helping Hands Committee sent 49 cards, made 17 calls, and loaned out 2 pieces of equipment in January. She also thanked Naoko Altfeld and
Ramona Britt who do so much for the committee. Carol further asked us to give her a written note when we want her to remember something, instead of just telling her. She has a full report and comparison (elsewhere in this newsletter) of
how much the activities of the committee have increased in 2015 from
Nan Tripp reported that the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon has
been changed to April 22. She also reminded us to enclose a self-addressed,
stamped envelope with our check to attend the 50th Anniversary Dinner/Dance in September.
In celebration of our 50th anniversary and Black History month, Nan
prepared a remembrance brochure of Catherine Brent, our President in
1999. Nan introduced Catherine’s family to us and we shared remembrances
of Catherine, whom we all remembered as a “classy lady with a soft elegant voice”. Catherine was a good friend to many of us and she would certainly
have wished us well in our 50th year. Catherine’s son-in-law remembered
how hard she and the family worked on our 33rd anniversary program.
Dominic suggested we think seriously about taking any of the computer
classes Mike Boivin is conducting. He introduced Ralph Birt who spoke to us about Benjamin Banneker, a black man. Benjamin was a contemporary of Washington and Jefferson, a very intelligent person, and a unique man for his time or any time. There is a museum in Baltimore dedicated to him.
The 50/50 raffle resulted in $82 for the Treasury and $41 each to Gail
Johnson and Joe Johnston. Lots of little treasures were raffled from Esther’s
collection and brought in $42. Chaplain Eileen Pastore gave the
benediction; and we adjourned at 12 noon.