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General Meeting Minutes – April 12, 2017

The Laurel Senior Friendship Club met on April 12, 2017, at the Laurel/Beltsville Senior Activity Center. President Margaret Field opened the meeting at 10:30a.m.. Chaplain Pauline Pivowar offered an April prayer on volunteers; and we followed with the
Pledge of Allegiance. Our Choir gave us “God Bless the USA”, “April Showers”, and “Blue Skies”.

Margaret welcomed new members and reminded us to pick up the new Membership
Roster. She also announced April 19th as the cut-off date to sign up for the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon scheduled on April 26th. In order to include the coupon clippers for veterans as volunteers, we need to know their names. So please, be sure to include
your name and phone number when you return the coupons.

Margaret asked for our help in taking the shuttle next month for our May 10th Life Members Birthday Celebration. The shuttle will be available in the hospital parking lot, just before our entrance, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30a.m. and from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in 15
minute intervals. We have asked for the shuttle for our May, November, and December general meetings, since they have the largest attendance. Attendance today was 120 individuals.

The greeters were Ann and Mike Mecanko.

Gail Johnson reported on our finances. The budget is on track; and we can always
use the interest from the investment account if necessary. This investment account is stable and in good hands with Lee Brangan.

Carol Kosydar reported her Helping Hands Committee sent 26 cards, made
18 calls, made three visits, attended one service during March, had one piece of equipment returned, and had one piece of equipment loaned out. She told us Howard Fenton and Sally Parks are now in the Cherry Lane Nursing Home. Carol also said Weis on All Saints Road has agreed to give us fresh cakes each month for our general meeting.

Our Travel chair, Pary Harris, has our first trip to Delaware Park Casino in May sold out. There is now only a waiting list. Our next trip is to Smith Island on September 21st for a cruise, a family style luncheon with their famous cake, and time to walk around the island. December 11th will be the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg featuring “A Christmas Carol” and a buffet lunch. Pary has been asked for a train trip, possibly in October.

Barbara Dorney announced that the Fund Raising Committee will be raffling the Beijo Purse this month and next month. The drawing will be at the May General Meeting. In September Barbara will have a jewelry sale. On June 15th we will have an opportunity
to ―Dine to Donate” with Applebee’s. If we have lunch there and give them the flyer, they will give 20 percent of our purchase to our Club. Be sure to get your flyer. The $25 gift cards were won by James Levan, Mildred Bartlett, Denise Havenner, and Mary Barrett.
Esther’s Treasures brought in $41. The 50/50 Raffle resulted in $67 for the Treasury and $33 each to Marie Janios and Denise Havenner.

Vice President Dominic Giachino introduced Robin Zahor, a registered nurse, who was asked to return after last year’s visit. Her very first words were to congratulate us all for being part of this Club and keeping our brains active. She was off to a good start; and she proceeded to explain that our brain is a very active computer made up of 100 billion neurons. She helped us out a little with some ideas on how to remember the name of
someone you just met. She was a very stimulating speaker.

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

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

General Meeting Minutes – January 11, 2017

The Lauel Senior Friendship Club met on January 11, 2017, at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. President Margaret Field opened the meeting at 10:30a.m. Chaplain Pauline Pivowar offered a prayer; and we followed with the Pledge of Allegiance. Our Choir gave us “This Land is Your Land,” “Let It Snow”, and “Frosty the Snowman.” Margaret welcomed new members.

Nan Tripp presided over the 2017 installation of our officers who are as follows:  Margaret Field, President; Tom Dernoga, Vice President; Dominic Giachino, 2nd Vice
President; Barbara Dorney, 3rd Vice President; Gail Johnson, Treasurer; Barbara Brent, Assistant Treasurer; Joyce Weir, Secretary; and Jeane Kidwell, Assistant Secretary.

Margaret noted the attendance of 102 individuals and thanked our greeters who were twins Margaret Barker and Millie Bartlett. She told us the Center is very concerned about our parking situation. She further said we are not permitted to park on the street.
The only options are possible carpooling, walking from the hospital lot, or, trying the shuttle again. Approximately six people indicated they would use the shuttle. She asked for any additional ideas. Margaret also pleaded for VOLUNTEERS for many of our committees.

There will be a meeting on January 23rd, beginning at 8:00 am. Anyone interested in
maintaining our Travel Committee, not being our Travel Committee, but to give us thoughts and ideas. All are welcome to attend. We also desperately need help with our
Office Committee and Food Service Committee. Questionnaires were distributed in the hope of getting help in these areas. It is very possible our lunch prices could go up this year. Most of the membership wanted more variety in our caterers and with that comes higher cost.

A motion was made by Pauline Pivowar and seconded by Jack Wittmann that we  approve the proposed change to our Constitution in the way signatures are done on Club checks. Because checks must be done in a timely manner, the Treasurer or Assistant
Treasurer will sign any check under $4,000. Anything over that amount would also carry the signature of the President or Vice President. After a few questions were answered, the motion was passed.

Treasurer Gail Johnson reported on our finances. She has created the budget for 2017 and said the Club is in good financial standing for the beginning of the year. Gail has written refund checks to all the people who paid for the BSO trip which was cancelled
because of icy conditions.

Carol Kosydar reported her Helping Hands Committee had sent 42 cards, made 19 calls during December, had no visits, had one viewing, and received one walker donated by Sandra Olek. Carol will have the year’s total report in the newsletter, including 415
cards sent by Naoko Altfeld and 222 calls made. This is Carol’s 15th year with Helping Hands and she thanked all of her committee members. She still needs get well and thinking of you cards.

3rd Vice President Barbara Dorney noted fund raising had gone very well last year. For today’s meeting and next month’s meeting they will be raffling an afghan. Margaret noted the Center is currently doing a food drive. Esther’s Treasures brought in $51.
The 50/50 raffle resulted in $50 for the Treasury and $25 each to Carol Skladany and Joyce Weir. The four $25 gift cards were won by Angie Davison, Millie Bartlett,
Dorothy Zagby, and Joyce Weir. Tickets for these gift cards are given to you when you sign the attendance book with Barbara Brent.

Dominic Giachino introduced Aaron Marcavitch who spoke on our Maryland Heritage Areas and took us on a tour of Maryland milestones. This included the oldest still operating airfield in College Park to the earlier “honky tonk” area of slot machines, gin
joints, and drive-ins on Route 1 between Washington and Baltimore.

Pauline gave the benediction; and we adjourned at 11:55 a.m.
Respectfully submitted, Joyce
Weir.

General Meeting Minutes – December 14, 2016

The Laurel Senior Friendship Club met on December 14, 2016, for our annual Christmas party at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. President Ron Mayhugh opened the meeting at 10:30am. Chaplain Dominic Giachino offered a prayer. We followed with the Pledge of Allegiance. Ron expressed his appreciation for our support to him in his years as President. Our Choir gave us “America the Beautiful”, “Go Tell it on the Mountain” and “Joy to the World”.

Gail Johnson, our Treasurer provided a financial report. She announced we will have an audit late next month; and thanked the Chairs and the Executive Committee for being so supportive this year.

Ron announced attendance of 145 Individuals. He thanked our greeters, Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus, (whose secret identity was, Jeane and Dominic Giachino).

Esther’s Treasures bought in $150. Way to go Esther, good work!! The 50/50 Raffle resulted in $74 for the Treasury and $37 each to Barbara Johnston and Phyllis
Ross.

An effort by Barbara Brent for us to give something to our members was initiated. When you sign the membership book you will receive a free raffle ticket and you could
end up a $25 winner. The four winners of the $25 gift cards this time were Hazel Patterson, Jewell Warden, Winnie Morgans, and Pat ____________(sorry did not get
the last name).

A proposed change to our Constitution, regarding signing checks was distributed and will be voted on at next month’s meeting.

Nan Tripp welcomed new members and honored Ron for his years of service to our Club. He received a standing ovation, a commemorative clock, and his favorite restaurant gift cards.

Jack Wittmann introduced our perennial favorites, The New Dimension Singers, with their beautiful Christmas program. We enjoyed the Decorating Committee’s lovely combination of white tablecloths and red poinsettias. The poinsettias were purchased
from the Fehr Nursery in Burtonsville and given to one member at each table.
Dominic gave the benediction; and we adjourned at 12:05 pm.
Respectfully submitted, Joyce W
Weir.

General Meeting Minutes – November 9, 2016

The Laurel Senior Friendship Club met on November 9, 2016 at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. Vice President Margaret Field opened the meeting at 10:30am.
Chaplain Pauline Pivowar offered a prayer. Our Choir gave us “The Marine Hymn”, “Getting to Know You”, and “We Gather Together”. Frances Notley of the DAR and
Marcia Richards paid tribute, presented mementos, and gave a Proclamation from President Obama to our Vietnam veterans. They thanked each one individually for their service. Members of Laurel High School ROTC presented the colors; and we responded with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Margaret welcomed new members and invited them to the New Member Orientation on November 17. She announced attendance of 130 individuals and thanked our greeters who were Phyllis Ross and Carol Klein.

Esther’s raffles brought in $107. The 50/50 raffle resulted in $65 for the Treasury and $32 each to Mary Hooper and Jean Flanick. Barbara Brent conducted the raffle which
gave a $25 gift card to four winners.

Vice President Dominic Giachino introduced Dr. Cindy Gueli who spoke about her book, “The Lipstick Brigade”. The book is about the young women who came to work in
Washington, D.C. to replace the men who went to war. These “government girls” fought the war with typewriters. Federal offices put out ads asking for girls to come work in D.C.
Julia Child, who worked for the OSS, is perhaps the best known of the some two hundred thousand girls who answered the call. Many worked in those “temporary buildings”
on the mall and many found much dating available with those thousands of servicemen who came to D.C. each month. Many social activities took place at Arlington Cemetery which was secluded and very quiet. Dr. Gueli was a vivacious speaker with tremendous knowledge of those days; and she gave a very entertaining overview of that period
which changed womens lives forever.

With our Club’s election votes counted, Carol Skladany reported that Margaret Field had been elected as President of the Club for 2017. Chaplain Pauline Pivowar gave the benediction; and we adjourned at 11:55am.
Respectfully submitted, Joyce Weir

General Meeting Minutes – October 12, 2016

The Laurel Senior Friendship Club met on October 12, 2016 at the Laurel- Beltsville Senior Activity Center. Vice President Tom Dernoga opened the meeting at 10:30; and Chaplain Dominic Giachino offered a prayer. We followed with the Pledge of Allegiance;
and our Choir gave us “Columbia the Gem of the Ocean”, “Zippidy Doo Dah”, and “Shine on Harvest Moon”.

Tom welcomed a new member and acknowledged Ann and Mike Mecanko who were our greeters costumed as an Amish couple. We had some other great costumes too. He
reminded us of the Craft Show on Saturday and stated that at next month’s meeting veterans will get a free lunch.

Gail Johnson, our Treasurer provided a report on our finances. She announced there
are some events we may lose next year for want of volunteers. We will lose our Travel Committee if we don’t find volunteers. She encouraged us to think about what we could
do to help the Club.

Carol Skladany reported that the Nominating Committee is proposing the following slate of officers for next year: President, Margaret Field and Jim Gordon; 1st Vice President,
Tom Dernoga; 2nd Vice President Dominic Giachino; 3rd Vice President, Barbara Dorney; Treasurer, Gail Johnson; Assistant Treasurer, Barbara Brent; Secretary, Joyce Weir; and Assistant Secretary, Jeane Kidwell. Each of these individuals introduced themselves to the audience. All of them have had experience doing other jobs in the Club. The election will be held next month.

Our current Travel Chair, Wanda Bell, reported last month’s trip was very successful. The last trip of the year will be the Baltimore Symphony on December 17.

Esther’s Treasures brought in $77. The 50/50 raffle resulted in $52 for the Treasury and $26 each for Phyllis Ross and Marjorie Wood. Barbara Brent conducted a raffle which gave a $25 gift card to four winners.

Dominic Giachino reported that Mike Boivin has made out the schedule for next year’s computer classes. Sign-up sheets are in the Office.

Margaret Field reminded everyone that the New Member Orientation is next Wednesday and November 9th will be our next meeting.

Jack Wittmann, our Entertainment Chair, introduced the Seasoned Players which included our own Lin & Helen Spencer and Jo Ann Wittmann at the piano. We had some powerful solos and dance routines. The flapper era fringed dresses on the ladies were
the cats meow.

Dominic Giachino gave the benediction; and we adjourned at 12 noon.
Respectfully submitted Joyce Weir

General Meeting Minutes – August 8, 2016

The August 8th general meeting of the Laurel Senior Friendship Club was called to order at 10:30 am by Vice President, Tom Dernoga. Chaplain Dominic Giachino gave the invocation; after which we had the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. The choir sang: “God Bless America”, “Good Ole Summer Time”, and “Let There Be Peace”. There were 130 individuals who attended the meeting. Two new members were introduced. Our greeters were Dominic and Jeane Giachino.

Our Treasurer, Gail Johnson provided a report on our finances.

There is a food drive currently going on at LSFC to help LARS. It will continue through the next meeting. Members are encouraged to donate canned/boxed foods whose dates have not expired.

Our Helping Hands Chair, Carol Kosydar, reported her committee sent 36 cards, made 19 calls, gave out two pieces of equipment, and received one piece of equipment. No visits or attendance at funerals were made.

Our Fund Raising Co-Chair, Barbara Dorney, needs help with the Craft Fair to be held on Saturday October 15. She especially needs to get the word out to the community. So,
make sure that members of any groups you belong to are encouraged to attend.

Our Travel Chair, Wanda Bell, reported that the next event is the crab feast on August 18. There are still 10 seats available. The October 6 Harrington trip has only a couple of seats left. Anyone who is interested in going on the cruise that hasn’t signed up yet should do so soon.

There were a lot of nice prizes won at Esther’s Raffle. The 50/50 raffle resulted in $22 each for Mary Jane Bodner, Ginger Shortt, and Pat Thornberry.

Mavreen Veihmeyer is attempting to start an introductory art class through LSFC . The class will consist of a demonstration at the beginning of the class and a critique at
the end of class. Topics covered will be changing shapes using shading and shadowing, creating a stilllife drawing in pencil with emphasis on design/composition, and introduction to watercolor and portraiture. Classes will last 4 weeks. Dates, times, and cost, are yet to be decided. If interested, or for more information, contact her at 301-776-
6264 or mkveih@aol.com.

Our Financial Advisor, Lee Brangan, advised members that if threatening calls are  received from the IRS you should just hang up. IRS does not call people on the
phone.

Dominic introduced our guest speaker, Linda Dennis from ―Partners in Care.‖ She said
―Partners in Care‖ is a non-profit organization created to provide help for older adults (50 and over.) It consists of neighbors helping neighbors mostly through providing
transportation and maintenance help. It is a much needed service and they are in need of helpers. There is no cost to join and hours of help can be earned by helping. The
Anne Arundel County Site can be reached at 410-544-4800 or Partnersincare.
org. Applications for membership and information were available at the meeting.

Dominic offered the Benediction; and lunch was provided by ―Miles of Smiles.‖
Respectfully Submitted,
Phyllis Ross, Acting Secretary

General Meeting Minutes – July 13, 2016

The general meeting of the LSFC was called to order on July13, 2016 by 3rd Vice President Margaret Field at the Laurel Beltsville Senior Activity Center. Our Chaplain, Pauline Pivowar, gave the invocation. We had the Pledge of Allegiance. Our greeters were Margaret Barker & Millie Bartlett. We had 100 individuals in attendance. The Choir sang “The Star Spangled Banner”, “On The Sunny Side Of The Street”, and “What A Wonderful World” .

Margaret then announced that Helen Coaplin won $150 on the Pull Tabs. Our Treasurer, Gail Johnson, gave a report on our finances.

Our Helping Hands Chair, Carol Kosydar, reported her team had made 31 phone calls and received one Potty Chair, four Wheel Chairs, and $75 towards medical equipment.
Carol also asked that we send cards and good wishes to Jane Stewart for her birthday on
7/29/16. Carol also mentioned that our Secretary, Joyce Weir, will be undergoing knee surgery soon and asked us to keep her in our prayers.

Our Travel Chair, Wanda Bell, reported that the Harrington Casino Trip has been postponed to 10/6/16 and there are still seats available on the Crab Feast Trip on Aug. 18.

Margaret announced that the last day to sign up for the 50th Anniversary Dinner/Dance is 7/31/16. You may get your name in the Commemorative Book as a sponsor for $10
and receive a copy of the book.

Margaret welcomed five new members since our last meeting. They are: Diane McFarland, Mary Ann Harris, Maria Hille, Lois Massari, and Karen Stewart.

Esther’s Treasurers brought in $84 and several individuals won some nice prizes. The 50/50 raffle resulted in $50 for the Club and $25 each for Howie Fenton and Carol
Skladany.

Margaret presented prizes to our members who came dressed for the “Sock Hop”. Chaplain Pauline gave the benediction; and we adjourned 11:15am. Jack Wittmann, our Entertainment Chair, introduced Craig Satchell who entertained us with some “oldies”;
and we all sat back and enjoyed his music.

General Meeting Minutes – March 9, 2016

LAUREL SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB’S
GENERAL MEETING MINUTES
MARCH 9, 2016
Joyce Weir, Secretary

The Laurel Senior Friendship Club met on March 9, 2016, at the Laurel- Beltsville Senior Activity Center. Vice President Dominic Giachino opened the
meeting at 10:30a.m.. Chaplain Pauline Pivowar offered a prayer. We followed with the Pledge of Allegiance; and our Choir sang “Bless This House”, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”, and “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover”, with a solo by Marcia Richards. Our Treasurer, Gail Johnson, reported February income and expenses.

Vice President Margaret Field said the 50th Anniversary Committee is preparing a 50th anniversary commemorative book and needs funds to publish it. She has written a letter to encourage our friends and businesses to donate or purchase an ad.

Dominic reported 125 individuals attended the meeting. Our greeters were Sandy Heroux and Jeane Kidwell.

Carol Kosydar reported that during February her Helping Hands Committee
sent 38 cards, made 15 calls, made four visits, gave two gifts, and lent out one
piece of equipment. She also said that Eileen Pastore was out of the hospital
and now in rehab.

Our Travel Chair, Wanda Bell, told us she had to cancel the Baltimore and the
Natural Bridge trips. This means the next trips will be as follows: in June the
Father’s Day Outing in Annapolis, in July the Harrington Casino, and in August
the Crab Feast. She reminded us that the prices for the 50th Anniversary Cruise are good only through March 15th. Wanda is working on the Wheeling trip in November and the BSO trip in December.

Barbara Dorney, our Fund Raising Co-Chair, announced that Margaret Field has donated her Ocean City condo for the “Three Nights in Ocean City Raffle” going on now. Tickets are $5 and the drawing will be in May. Our Flea Market, run by our Fund Raising Co-Chair Pat Harding, will be April 30.

Dominic reported that 74 tickets have been sold for the 50th Anniversary  Dinner/Dance. The 50/50 Raffle resulted in $68 for the Treasury and $22 each to Ginger Shortt, Evelyn Potter, and Bernie Buczynski. ―Esther’s Treasures‖ Raffles brought in $85.

Dominic adjourned the meeting at 11:00a.m. so that Wanda Bell could introduce the talented Musical Plummer Family, Father Frank and his three children. They have appeared at the White House and at Carnegie Hall. Dad, a great showman, began his musical career at age four and started his son, Tony, off at age three. Their piano selections were riveting. Theirs was a truly delightful, professional performance; and if you were not at today’s meeting, you missed a treat.

Chaplain Pauline Pivowar gave the benediction.

General Meeting Minutes – June 8, 2016

LAUREL SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB’S
GENERAL MEETING MINUTES
JUN 08, 2016
Phyllis Ross, Acting Secretary

The general meeting of the LSFC was called to order on June 8, 2016 by Vice President Tom Dernoga at the Laurel Beltsville Senior Activity Center.
Dominic Giachino gave the invocation after which we participated in the Pledge of Allegiance. The choir sang: ―Grand Ole Flag, ―Young at Heart, and ―By The Light of the Silvery Moon ―. Our greeters were Barbara Wargo and Dorothy
Zagby. New members Carol Gatto, Darlene Grace, and Dorothy Fleischman were introduced.

Our Treasurer, Gail Johnson, reported  income and expenses for the month. The Condo Raffle resulted in $793.00 profit and the Flea Market profit was $1047
after expenses. Gail said she has received new VISA cards from PNC bank.

Our Helping Hands Committee Chair, Carol Kosydar, thanked her helpers and those who made donations. The committee sent 32 cards, made 16 calls, and received two wheelchairs. The bake sale resulted in $283.00.

The Travel Committee Chair, Wanda Bell, said the Father’s Day outing on June 23 is a go, as well as the Harrington Casino Trip on July 20. There are still
openings for the Crab Feast Trip. Details for the December 17, BSO Trip will be out soon.

Nan Tripp reported that 103 individuals have signed up for the 50th Anniversary Gala in September. There is still more room for this event. The cut off date to sign up for the gala is the end of June.

The 50/50 Raffle resulted in $27 each for Hazel Patterson and Ann Mecanko. Several nice items were won at Esther’s Treasures Raffle.

Tom Dernoga said that we should spread the word that we now have a facebook page.

Dominic introduced our guest speaker, Senator Jim Rosapepe, who updated us on the State Government’s recent achievements. He said taxes weren’t raised nor were they cut. The main focus was to fully fund local schools and protect investment in local transportation improvements which includes increasing
MARC service and widening RT 198. He said the Laurel Train Station would not
close and there would be additions to the Racetrack Station. There are ongoing discussions with the University of Maryland Medical System with regard to Laurel Regional Hospital; and it is hoped that the hospital will not close. He then took questions on a number of subjects which included annexation, affordable
education, and location of a new FBI building.

Dominic gave the benediction; and the meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.