Category Archives: President’s Corner

President’s Corner – July 2016

Presidents CornerDear Members,
I want to apologize to Millie Linderberger, Chair of our Food Service Committee, to her Committee members, and additional helpers who served our Honorees at our May Special Birthday Party Celebration Luncheon for not recognizing them in last month’s Newsletter. Everyone who served went out of their way to make sure every Honoree was served in a timely manner.

A very “Special Thank YOU” to the following members: Millie Linderberger, Margaret Baker, Millie Bartlett, Ramona Britt, Margaret Chandler, Terry Duarte,
Bob Dykes, Joanne Garrison, Iris Gorman, Jean Flannick, Barbara and Joe Johnston, Carol Klein, Carol Kosydar, Judy Palmer, Vera McDonald, Ruth McElroy, Claudia Raup, Tommie Ronemus, Laverne Schaffer, and Carol Skladany.

Our Picnic Lunch at the June General Meeting was enjoyed by all. I want to say “Thank YOU” to JoAnn Garrison who was so thoughtful and willing to help other
members by clearing off plates for them. This was special for her to do – that’s being part of a friendship club – helping older members of which I was one she helped!

“Joy comes from putting another’s need ahead of our own.”
God Bless,
Ron

President’s Corner – June 8, 2016

Presidents CornerDear Members,
I was happy to welcome 88 of our members to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. This is a time for the President to express the Club’s deep and sincere appreciation for all our volunteers that help make our Club what it is today. A very special Thank You to each one of you.

In recognition of our 50th anniversary year, I was especially honored as President, on behalf of our Club, to recognize six of our most dedicated volunteers who have served continuously for more than 20 years. These volunteers are as follows:

  • Jean Flanick: (26 yrs.)-served on the Telephone, Decorating,
    and Food Service Committees.
  • Pauline Pivowar: (25 yrs.)-served as Chair of the Entertainment
    Committee, Story Teller, Historian, Chaplain, and RSVP
    Coordinator for the Center.
  • Nan Tripp: (25 yrs.)- served on the Newsletter Dist. Committee,
    Chair of the Membership Committee, 3rd V.P., 2nd V.P.,
    President (10 yrs), Newsletter Editor, and many other
    services.
  • John Kalie:(23 yrs.) – served as Video Photographer and parade
    coordinator providing his Display Float for the annual Main
    Street Parade.
  • Helen Rushing:(23 yrs.)- serves on the Newsletter Distribution
    Committee and the Telephone Committee.
  • Joyce Weir: (23 yrs.) serves as Club Secretary, on the Telephone
    Committee, and also helps at our Craft Shows and Flea
    Markets.
    We are blessed to have these folks serve in our Club.

What a pleasure it was to see 152 individuals attending our 88+ Annual Birthday Party on May 11th, 2016. Mr. James Martell and Mrs. Jeanne Noe, two of our eldest attending members, cut the birthday cake. We were then entertained by Tony Cothran on the Guitar and our own singer Lin Spencer. This was a special meeting to honor our life members; and I’m sure they all enjoyed the fellowship
and delicious meal provided by “Miles of Smiles”. I want to thank our 3rd VP, Margaret Field, for arranging this event and obtaining corsages for the honorees; Joyce Weir for contacting all of our life members to make sure they were aware of the event and had received their invitations; our Host & Hostess Committee for ushering our honorees to their seats; and Nan Tripp who provided a beautiful program for the event. Thank You all for another job well done.

“Our love for God is only as real as our love
for our neighbor.”
God Bless,
Ron

President’s Corner – May 11, 2016

Presidents CornerDear Members,
I hope that all our members read our Newsletter to keep up with the activities that are planned for each month. Our Editor, Nan Tripp, continues to produce an outstanding Newsletter every month. Thanks Nan for a job well done. But of course, Nan does so much more for our Club.

For April’s General Meeting, “Miles of Smiles”, our Caterer provided Spaghetti & Meat Balls; Tossed Salad; and Roll and Butter which is my favorite meal. I’m happy to note our attendance of 120 individuals. Our attendance is improving. We had 63 people stay for lunch. I want to encourage our members to please sign up for lunch, not only for delicious meals but for fellowship with friends and for making new friends.

We had our New Member Orientation on March 23rd with 18 new members in attendance. Nan Tripp provided each member with a folder of information pertaining to all aspects of our Club. Our Officers and Chairs did a great job explaining the operations of our Club. Each speaker encouraged our new members to become involved in and participate in any committee activities that interest them. We had several members sign up! A very special “Thank You” to Diane Bicjan who arranged the slides for the presentation, made up new ones,
and also ran the slides. She put a lot of work into making sure the correct wording went with the appropriate slides – a job well done!

A special “Thank You” is extended to Paul and Sandy Heroux for picking up Donuts from All Saints Road Weis for every general meeting, which means they get up very early for that pick-up.

“The Bible is the bread of life, and it never gets stale.”
God Bless,
Ron

President’s Corner – April 13, 2016

Presidents CornerDear Members,
Again Thank You All for attending our March General Meeting. There were 125 in attendance. What a blessing it is to see so many of our Club members attending our meetings. I know we all were blessed to have “The Plummer Family” entertain us. What a talented and gifted family. To think Mr. Plummer has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, and in many other places in other countries. And to think we were fortunate enough to have them perform for us. A special thanks to Wanda Bell who recommended them to Jack Wittmann, our Entertainment Chair. In observing the reaction from our members during their performance, I know that we all enjoyed them to the fullest. Please know they will be invited to come back next year. Dominic and Jack have scheduled speakers and entertainment for the rest of the year –
good job men – you work well together.

I want to encourage our members to sign up for our Dinner/Dance in September and our October Cruise. Our 50th Anniversary only comes once in a life time. So, don’t miss any meetings/activities that our Anniversary Committee has planned.

Its my honor to serve as your President –
Thank you!
Music washes from the soul the dust of every day life.
God Bless,
Ron

President’s Corner – March 9, 2016

Presidents Corner

Dear Members,
I was very pleased with our attendance at the General Meetings in January and February. We had over 100 individuals each month. A special Thank YOU to  each ONE who came out! I know it was very cold.

We are very aware of the Center’s problem with the lack of parking. Some people
have come for meetings and had to go home either because of no available spaces or having too far to walk. As you know, we tried for several months to have a shuttle service from the hospital parking lot to the Center; but no one wanted to park there, so we discontinued it. The Center wants us to try it again. The Executive Committee plans to discuss this at our March Meeting.

Our Club also is in need of more storage space for our Bingo, Esther’s Treasures,
and other supplies.

The Executive Committee wishes to express our special “Thank YOU” and Appreciation to our Bingo Team lead by Eileen Pastore and Margot Thies. The Bingo team members include Pat Harding, James Levan, Larry Johnson, Yang Gomez, Diane Bicjan, and others. This Team works with a hundred or more Bingo players every Tuesday. They are doing a very special service for our Club. We have added additional new members to our Club because of our bingo activity. May I say a job well done by the team.
“A good leader is a good servant”
God Bless,
Ron

President’s Corner – February 10, 2016

Presidents CornerDear Members,
I was very pleased with our attendance at the General Meetings in January and
February. We had over 100 individuals each month. A special Thank YOU to each ONE who came out! I know it was very cold. We are very aware of the Center’s problem with the lack of parking. Some people have come for meetings and had to go home either because of no available spaces or having too far to walk. As you know, we tried for several months to have a shuttle service from the hospital parking lot to the Center; but no one wanted to park there, so we discontinued it. The Center wants us to try it again. The Executive Committee
plans to discuss this at our March Meeting.

Our Club also is in need of more storage space for our Bingo, Esther’s Treasure’s,
and other supplies. The Executive Committee wishes to express our special “Thank YOU” and Appreciation to our Bingo Team lead by Eileen Pastore and Margot Thies. The Bingo team members include Pat Harding, James Levan, Larry Johnson, Yang Gomez, Diane Bicjan, and others. This Team works with a
hundred or more Bingo players every Tuesday. They are doing a very special service for our Club. We have added additional new members to our Club because of our bingo activity. May I say a job well done by the team.
“A good leader is a good servant”
God Bless,
Ron

President’s Corner – January 13, 2016

Presidents CornerDear Members,
We all have so much to be thankful for. On behalf of your Officers, we express our deep and sincere appreciation for your support as we lead our Club in 2016. We are looking forward to serving you during this our 50th Anniversary year.
I especially want to acknowledge, with gratitude, all the Chairs and their committee members who have given so much of their time and talent to making our Club successful. It is hard to believe that we are celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year. Our gratitude goes to those few brave folks who got together, had a vision, and decided it was time for Laurel to have something for its senior citizens.

Your Executive Committee has decided to reduce our lunch fee from $7.00 to $5.00 starting in February 2016. We hope that this will encourage more  members to stay for lunch, visit with friends, and enjoy fellowship/friendship around our dining tables.

Also starting on January 13th, 2016, I asked Barbara Brent to stop collecting donations for coffee. Coffee is freely served and sponsored by the Club. Thank you to all members who have willingly donated to the coffee fund.
“Reach out in friendship and encourage the lonely”

God Bless,

Ron

President’s Corner – January 2016

Presidents CornerDear Members,
Your Executive Committee wishes to thank each volunteer on every committee for making our Club so successful during 2015. We are looking forward to more members volunteering on a committee that interests YOU – don’t you want to be a part of the team – remember, its “Your Club”!

Our Helping Hands Committee, under the leadership of Carol Kosydar and Romona Britt, continues to bring cheer and comfort to our under-the-weather members by sending cards, making visits, and providing medical equipment as needed.

Jack Wittmann, our Entertainment Chair, provided great entertainment this year; and we know he will continue to provide outstanding entertainment for 2016 . Dominic Giiachino, 2nd VP, will also provide good speakers on subjects of interest.

A special thank you to the Food Service Team, under the leadership of Millie Lindenberger, and to “Miles of Smiles” for our delicious meals. I could go on and on about our other committees, but I will cover them in future issues.

May we all look forward to 2016 as an outstanding year as we celebrate our 50th year as The Laurel Senior Friendship Club. Your leadership team is grateful for our former leaders over the past 50 years of service who have helped make our Club what it is today!

Obedience to God flows freely from a heart of love.
God Bless,
Ron

President’s Corner – December 2015

Presidents CornerDear Members,
On behalf of the Officers, Chairs, Co-Chairs, and Membership; I extend our deepest appreciation to Betty Mannas for the many years she served as our Treasurer. We are very pleased that Betty will continue to serve as our Telephone Coordinator.

I’m pleased to see our monthly meeting attendance has improved. Thank you ALL for your support and please encourage others to attend.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU is extended to our Nominating Committee which included Millie Lindenberger, Ann Mecanko, Shirley Denell, and Giles Mills. At our October meeting, Millie extended an opportunity for the membership to
nominate perspective officers from the floor. My sincere thanks, to you the membership, for electing me for a fifth year to serve you as president. Along with the other Officers, we will do our best to live up to your expectations.

I also want to thank our members who worked our annual Craft Show, especially Pat Harding who got the Crafters and organized the Show. Her team of workers included: Esther Mills, Barbara Brent, Chris Cole, and Jane Hundertmark (who
manned the LSFC tables) and Iris Gorman, Elaine Headley, and Dottie Seligh (who handled the Kitchen). A Special Thank You to Carol Kosydar and her workers Margaret Barker, Millie Bartlett, Barbara Hall, and Tommie Ronemus who held the Bake Sale.

I am looking forward to 2016, our 50th Anniversary year. Special plans are being made under the capable leadership of Nan Tripp and Dominic Giachino. The Anniversary Committee is planning some special events at several meetings, i.e. coming in September a “Dinner and Dance” and in October a Special 50th Anniversary Royal Caribbean Cruise on October 22-31, 2016. So, please make plans to support each monthly meeting and sign up for the Anniversary Cruise. The Mayhugh’s have already signed up and are on the 3rd deck. Let’s have a
good number of us go on this very special cruise.

The Leadership of the LSFC wishes each member a blessed, healthy, and prosperous holiday season.

Even when we don’t sense God’s presence, His loving care is all around us.
God Bless,
Ron

President’s Corner – October 2015

Presidents Corner

Dear Members,
November is the month in which we acknowledge our Veteran Members (Men and Women) who have served our country in time of war and peace. No words can adequately express our deep and sincere appreciation to all veterans. May God Bless each one. November is also the month to give thanks for the many blessings we receive!

It’s also a time for me, as your President, to say and express from my heart “Thank You” to our Officers, Chairs, and Committee members
who have and are serving our Club to the fullest. Please know that without you our Club couldn’t function. As we all approach this season, let us give thanks to each other. To each member of the LSFC your Officers wish “YOU” a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving.

Psalm 106:1 says “O give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name: make known His deeds among the people.” “It is only with gratitude that life becomes
rich!”
God Bless,
Ron