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