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President’s Corner – May 2017

MAY 2017 PresCorner

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.

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President’s Corner – March 2017

MAR 2017 PresCorner

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.

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President’s Corner – January 2017

JAN 2017 PresCorner

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.

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President’s Corner – December 2016

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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

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President’s Corner – November 2016

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