General Meeting Minutes – February 8, 2017

The Laurel Senior Friendship Club met on February 8, 2017, at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. President Margaret Field opened the meeting at 10:30am; and Chaplain Pauline Pivowar offered a prayer. We followed with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Our Choir sang “Columbia the Gem of the Ocean,” “True Love,” “I Want A Girl,” and “Swing Low Sweet Chariot.”

Margaret welcomed new members. She thanked Barbara Hall and Terry Duarte for
their recent review of our financial records. She invited us to attend the Mayor’s Open House on March 5th from 1pm to 4pm. Our attendance today was 115 individuals. Our greeters were Dominic Giachino and Jeane Kidwell who gave out Valentine goodies that Barbara Brent had prepared.

Treasurer Gail Johnson reported on our finances. She was able to get a full refund for the cancelled BSO trip. Each traveler received a full refund.

Carol Kosydar reported her Helping Hands Committee sent 32 cards, made 24 calls, made one visit during January, and had no equipment brought in or taken out. She asked us all to send cards to Gilles Mills who has had knee surgery and has been a special help to her over the years. Carol noted they were able to purchase Valentine cupcakes for dessert
today.

Margaret introduced Pary Harris who is our new Travel Committee Chair. Pary is going to need input from all of us. She invited us to their next meeting tomorrow at 10 am. She wants our ideas and needs more people on the committee.

Third Vice President Barbara Dorney thanked everyone who participated in the afghan raffle which was won by Mary Barrett. The four $25 gift cards were won by Angie Davison, Pauline Pivowar, Carol Kosydar, and Joyce Yarwood. Esther’s Treasures
bought in $47. The 50/50 Raffle resulted in $51.50 for the Treasury and $30.75 each to
Miriam Carlson and Dolores Deutsch.

Dominic introduced Shari Pollard who is our own member and a Docent at the Laurel Museum. She helped us to understand the African American struggles and successes in Laurel. She also invited us to go see the latest exhibit at the Museum on Laurel citizens
in World War I.

Pauline gave the benediction; and we adjourned at 12 noon.
Respectfully submitted, Joyce
Weir

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