Lw Weekly Vie/Trans. Ed. 3-28-19

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LW Minibus system offers shareholders convenience to travel near and far

by Cathie Merz

cathiem_news@lwsb.com

The Golden Rain Foundation Minibus system is a Leisure World gem with friendly drivers who “want to help, not because the have to,” says Sue Kwak. The system transports shareholders daily throughout the community and to the Seal Beach Village shopping center, and weekly shuttles take people to nearby shopping, medical, restaurants and entertainment areas. 

A majority of the bus riders enjoy each other’s camaraderie and spend time socializing. “It’s the best thing,” says Barbara Flores, who is happy she doesn’t have to pay for driving expenses such as auto insurance and vehicle maintenance anymore, yet can still travel around.

Rodolfo Garcia says, “Sometimes I have to pinch myself,”  when he realizes that the wonderful service is provided free. “Grant (Winford) is doing a good thing with the bus service.” Garcia is looking forward to when the new shopping center at PCH and  Second Street opens so that he can go “hang around with the younger generation.”

The LW Minibus system is composed of four components—the daily and weekend buses that traverse the community on regular schedules throughout the day; the Access Bus for those who are unable to use the regular buses; the on-call bus for after-hour transportation needs; and shuttles that travel to places outside of LW. 

Additionally the Transportation Department supplies rides to various activities sponsored by the GRF that fall outside the realm of the regular service, such as to the Amphitheater shows and the annual tree lighting event. The department also supplies shuttles to Old Town events, including the annual Car Show and shopping shuttles to the mall during the holiday season. 

Shareholders can catch a bus from anywhere in the community and con-

nect with other shuttles to destinations around the area at the Amphitheater Hub, including outside agencies such as the Seal Beach Senior Shuttle that takes seniors to the Rossmoor shopping centers and Senior Center, weekdays.

One of the newest services is the weekly shuttle to Old Town Seal Beach, Pavilions and the 99 Cents Only store on Valley View Street. After the city  discontinued the weekly shopping shuttle to Old Town and Pavilions, the GRF Transportation Department added the route to its weekly shuttles that travel outside the walls of LW and as an added bonus included the popular 99 Cents Only store to the route. 

The Access drivers are the only drivers qualified to drive outside of LW because they are trained to drive wheelchair bound residents. The current drivers are Chris Altenes, Heidi Hoffman and Pam Bartleson, the first all-female team.

“I try to encourage everyone in LW to practice riding all of the buses before they even need to,” said Bartleson. “It takes a bit of the fear and intimidation out of it, so that when the day comes that they may need the bus, whether due to injury, illness or giving up their driver’s license, they are familiar with how to ride them.” 

“By the way, they aren’t just for residents who don’t drive, they are for all residents.  Have you ever seen the parking at Trader Joe’s?,” she asks. “Taking the shuttle bus there is so much easier than trying to navigate that parking lot.” 

Four daily bus routes traverse the community making several stops throughout the day at each of the clubhouses, the Health Care Center, the Amphitheater Hub and the Seal Beach Village Shopping Center. 

Riders can pick up the  bus anywhere along the bus route inside LW by waving a hand.  If a bus approaches and you do not want to board, turn your back or shake your head “no.” This helps eliminate unnecessary stops. 

Only a limited number of stops are made in the shopping center, due to safety.

Some people ride the buses for companionship,  to see other people, to break up their day, in addition to, of course getting to where they need to go.

An early bus runs throughout the community from 7:20-8:35 a.m. and an evening bus makes a run through the community and shopping center  from 4:15-4:55 on weekdays.

After hours, an “on-call” bus will pick up passengers anywhere within the community or at the shopping center between 5:10-6:30 p.m. and deliver them as close to home as safe. Passengers  must call 431-6586, ext. 379, when they are ready to be picked up and a bus will arrive within 10 minutes of placing the call. This service is often available for extra curricular GRF activities.

The Access Bus is a reservation system bus that transports  shareholders who cannot ride the regular minibuses. Reservations are required for the Access Bus and can be made up to three days in advance by calling 431-6586, ext. 379. It is best to  schedule a return trip  when making the reservation. Return trips that are not  scheduled will be made on a  time available basis.

The Access bus can accommodate two  wheelchairs. Companions and/assistants may accompany the wheelchair bound passenger. These buses travel  anywhere the minibuses travel.

Monthly  Minibus orientation meetings are conducted by  Grant Winford, GRF fleet manager,  on the first Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. In addition to LW Minibus information, outside services are also covered.

For information on Minibus service or orientation meetings, call Winford at 431-6586, ext. 372.

TOWN HALL

Rep. Rouda makes surprise visit amid standing room only crowd

by Cathie Merz

cathiem_news@lwsb.com

Harley Rouda, 48th District U.S. House Representative, made a surprise visit to Leisure World last week at the Town Hall meeting about the Facilities and Amenities Review (FAR) sub-committee proposals. The meeting was held to dispel rumors that are circulating around the community. The Town Hall drew a standing-room only crowd of more than 400 shareholders.

Rouda was in town after opening his new field office in Newport Beach the day before. He was reaching out to his constituents to find “common ground” to talk about the issues and offer help from his office. 

A press release from his office states that “Rouda is a businessman and advocate who ran for Congress to protect the California way of life for the next generation. Harley has built and managed companies that are leaders in the sustainability movement and is a longtime community leader in Orange County.”

In Congress, he’s working to build economic opportunity, ensure quality affordable health care for all, prevent gun violence and reverse the climate crisis.  In 2018, he built an historic grass-roots campaign that was supported by tens of thousands of Orange County residents. 

He lives in Laguna Beach with his wife, Kaira, and their four children.”

The crowd was less than enthusiastic about the guest, since they were there for one purpose and one purpose only, to express their concerns about fees rumored to be charged to clubs for the use of  GRF facilities.

Executive Director Randy Ankeny, Recreation Committee Chair and GRF President were there to dispel rumors and stress to the crowd that the GRF Board of Directors is committed to transparency and that there are no “behind closed doors” decisions made or votes taken. 

The president informed the crowd that Shareholders have opportunities to comment on board actions at the GRF Board of Director meetings and that before any policy is put into effect, the changes must be posted in LW Weekly and Shareholders have 20 days to comment in writing before the final vote is taken. 

“All documents are posted on the LW website,” the president said.

The directors commented on how they have changed their votes in the past because of comments from Shareholders. 

The Recreation Chair advised the crowd that the Facilities and Amenities Review (FAR) Ad Hoc Committee was established to determine the best use of GRF facilities and amenities by establishing who is using them; how often are they being used; for what purpose; and if the facilities should be open to non-members. 

The purpose of the subcommittee is to “Take a look!” she said, “Review the costs and to be fair and equitable. Are there abusers that all of us are paying for?” she asked. 

The audience answered “yes.”

The chair said that the “draft” that has been passed around, fueling the rumors, “is just that, a draft. It is solely for review.”

The need to corral the abusers, and those who are not members, who tie up clubhouse and facility space was stressed. 

Ankeny and the GRF President presented a PowerPoint presentation that can be found on the LW website at http://www.lwsb.com/grf/committees/far-committee/, breaking down monthly fees assessed per unit, additional GRF income and clubhouse usage.

It was stated that the GRF is not in a financial bind and that nothing has been done except to take a look at and limit abuse.

Following the presentation questions and comments were addressed from the floor. 

Most of them referred to charging clubs to use facilities and clubhouses, and to the large quantity of misuse of the facilities by non-shareholders.

Susan Simon, Mutual 4, said that the proposal would be like double dipping. “It is reprehensible to charge for amenities already paid for,” she said referring to the fee charged when purchasing in LW.

Sandy Geffner, Mutual 3, said that the proposal “was like using a shotgun to kill an insect. Take the fees off the table and address the real issues. Fees won’t solve the problem.”

Mike Supple, Mutual 14, was pleased with the presentation and asked that the GRF take care of the abuse.

“We will work with you,” he said. “We are informing you, we don’t want it!”

GRF security

Town hall meeting is tonight CH4

The monthly Security town hall meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 28, at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

Security Services Director Victor Rocha will review the enhanced access control system proposed for the community, and will answer questions from the shareholders regarding security and safety.

General News

American Legion, Post 327 

All invited to Super Bingo on Sunday

American Legion, Post 327, is sponsoring Super Bingo on Sunday, March 31, in Clubhouse 2.  Doors open at 1 p.m. and the first game will be called at 1:30 p.m. 

The buy in for 10 games is $15 and the jackpots will pay $100 each.  Extra six-packs will cost $5 each.  

Other games will also be available for purchase at $1 each.  

There will be an opportunity drawing during the intermission.  The Auxiliary ladies are planning a special treat for the complimentary munchies.  

For information or to purchase tickets in advance, call Lee Esslinger at (310) 491-8990.  Invite family and friends to come and spend the afternoon having a good time and possibly win some money.  All the funds raised will be used for veterans in the local area.

Children-A-Priority 

Speaker from Stepping Up is guest April 4

Come help Children-A-Priority welcomes guest speaker Tara Tach-Le, development director for Stepping Up, the club’s charity partner, on Thursday April 4, at 11:45 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. 

Stepping Up’s mission is to transition extremely low income families toward greater self-sufficiency by assisting them with education.  

As early as sixth grade, “Stepping Up” provides guidance and support to young students encouraging them to become the first college graduates in their families. 

Club members welcome all who enjoy a good time, a catered lunch for $12 and an opportunity to learn about and help local disadvantaged children. 

Tell neighbors and bring a guest and feel good about sharing time and talents for those in need. Call Maria Swift, 493-1924, or Rosemarie “Romy” Brannon,  (714) 345-5314 for  lunch reservations.  

CAP’s Board of Directors thanks its loyal, dedicated members who have been working many years to keep children a real priority. 

Reminder, the club is escorting a trip to see “Beauty and the Beast” on June 6 at the La Mirada Theater. Tickets are going fast. Call Juanita Townsend, 431-4026.

GAF

Tax appointments are nearly full

The filing deadline for 2018 federal and state income tax returns is Monday, April 15.

Only a few appointments are still available for the AARP income tax program sponsored by the Golden Age Foundation in Leisure World. For an appointment, call 596-1987 and leave a name and telephone number.  Calls will be returned to schedule an appointment.

The following AARP sites can be contacted for possible appointments:

• Seal Beach Community Center, Mondays at the fire station, 3131 North Gate Road, Seal Beach, 431-2527, ext. 1344

• Surf City Church, Tuesdays at 2721 Delaware St., Huntington Beach. Schedule an appointment online at www.http://bit.ly/OCTaxes or call (916) 538-2276

• Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 E 4th St., Long Beach, 570-3506

In addition to the AARP Sites, IRS-certified volunteers in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offer free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their tax returns.

The Orange County United Way sponsors the Orange County VITA program.  Call the United Way VITA Hot Line Number (888) 434-8248, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. to schedule appointments or for other free tax assistance.

LW WOMAN’S CLUB

Come dressed for spring on April 2

The next Woman’s Club’s tea meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, in Clubhouse 2. The theme for the meeting is “April Showers” and members are encouraged to dress in pastel colors.  

This meeting will be a fun member’s participation event in lieu of a professional entertainer.  Everyone will play bingo for prizes, so bring lucky charms and plan to have a lot of fun. There will also be the opportunity raffle.

Our philanthropic recipient this month is “The Day You Were Born.” This volunteer group provides a small birthday party for children who are in shelters and would not otherwise have a birthday celebration. The child is given wrapped gifts of clothes and toys for their birthday. Woman’s Club members are asked to bring donations appropriate for age 3-10. The wish list is for soccer balls, Barbie clothes, baby dolls, rolls of children-themed wrapping paper, dinosaur-themed, preschool-age and coloring books, plus toys, but no stuffed animals. Girl or boy clothes for age 4-12 are also needed. 

The Woman’s Club, a charitable organization, invites all Leisure World women to become a member. For membership information, contact Penny Wright at 799-9486, by email pennyw65@gmail.com, or at home, 13902 Thunderbird Drive, 8-C.

AMERICAN LEGION

Auxiliary fashion show successful

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327 thanks everyone who attended the 38th annual fashion show luncheon. The event was sold out.  

Thanks to everyone, the scholarship fund for Golden West College nursing scholarships is funded for next year.  

Thanks to Carol’s on Main for the wonderful outfits, Ameci’s Pizza for the Italian lunch and Santa Fe Distributors for the spumoni ice cream.  Extra special thanks to Cathy Weissman and the Navy Sea Cadets for serving the lunch and bussing the tables.  These are our future leaders in action.  

The next project the Auxiliary will be working on is providing desserts for the Military Children’s Ball to be held at Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos. Unit 327 has been asked to provide desserts for over 300 military kids who are the guests at a special party held in their honor.  It’s a big job but the ladies love to bake for this special occasion.  

The ladies continue to make poppies every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 1.  If you are crafty, feel free to come and join our group.

Members who want to order name badges should contact Pat Fellers at 430-0288.  

Be sure to attend the April meetings. Information on poppies and the elections will be provided.

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The District meeting is Saturday, April 13.  It will be a luncheon honoring all past presidents.  The cost is $10 per person and is close by in Midway City.  To go, call President Jean Sudbeck, 594-0209, and make a reservation.

Earthquake  expert coming to LW, May 9

Earthquakes threaten Southern California, are you prepared?”

The Emergency Information Council  will host an earthquake presentation by Margaret Vinci, from the Caltech, Office of Earthquake Programs, Earthquake Country Alliance and Pasadena Fire Dept. Advisory Council, on May 9 from 1-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.

Vinci will share the latest understanding of earthquake hazards and potential losses and provide earthquake preparedness resources and information for home, work and business.

All are invited to empower themselves to be ready for the next disaster.

CalTRA

Singer, dancer is guest entertainer

The California Retired Teachers Association will have its luncheon/meeting at noon on Friday, April 5, in Clubhouse 2.  All attendees are required to have a reservation.  The cost is $15, which covers lunch and the program.  Payment is due at the door and reservations can be made by calling Sue Grimsley at 431-3083. Payment is required unless cancellations are made by April 3.  

The luncheon will be a Chinese menu. After the business meeting the entertainer will be singer Tony Odell Rogers. Tony is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a BA degree in visual arts where he also studied voice, dance and theater.  He then moved to California where he began his music career. LW Olympic GAMES

Tournaments are being scheduled

Tournaments are underway to determine the medal winners who will be recognized at the Golden Rain Foundation Olympics ceremony in June coinciding with the Special Olympics events planned in LW. 

The medals ceremony will include entertainment and refreshments. 

Tournaments are in the works for men’s and women’s golf, pickleball, bocce ball, billiards, bowling, table tennis, shuffleboard, chess and more. 

Shareholders are invited to participate in various games by contacting the groups conducting tournaments. All competitors must be members of the GRF. 

The top three participants in each tournament will receive a medal at the ceremony.

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community service organization that delivers a variety of freshly prepared meals to homebound and active Leisure World shareholders. The discounted daily fee is $8.25 for a complete hot dinner, lunch consisting of a large salad or sandwich with a small side salad, dessert and carton of low-fat milk. Meals with a “friendly visit” are delivered weekdays between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. To start a new client application online at www.mowlb.org or call Caron Adler at 433-0232.

Monday, April 1: Beef stew with potatoes, onions and celery, biscuit, pear with mango chunks, egg salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, carrot and raisin slaw.

Tuesday, April 2: Chicken cheddar macaroni, dinner roll, zucchini medley, fresh orange, Mediterranean salad with chicken, red bell pepper, red onion, black olives cucumber, cherry tomatoes,vinaigrette dressing and crackers.

Wednesday, April 3: Roasted pork loin with mustard sauce, au gratin potatoes, roasted corn, chocolate and vanilla swirl pudding, turkey, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, tri-color slaw.

Thursday, April 4: Whole wheat spaghetti and meatballs, dinner roll, lemon pepper broccoli,fresh banana,chicken salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato, homemade potato salad.

Friday,  April 5: Chile relleno casserole, black beans, mixed vegetables, carrot cake, chicken pasta salad, green, yellow and red bell peppers, black olives, Feta cheese, dressing and crackers.

HHUG collects items for local homeless

Hearts and Hand United in Giving (HHUG), a local non-profit, donates clean used towels and washcloths, new disposable razors, toothbrushes, travel size shampoos, lotions, bath soaps and toothpaste to the Long Beach Multi-Service Center that provides a variety of services to homeless men, women and families in the community.  

HHUG makes two deliveries every month.

If you have any of these items to donate, call Susan Hopewell at 430-6044 or Linda Neer at  430-3214 for pick up or leave on porch, Mutual 6, 1320 Mayfield Road, 62-A or Mutual 2, 1503 Merion Way, 48-A.

Government

Security Corner

by Victor Rocha

Security services director

I wanted to share the monthly recap of incidents that involved the Security Department during the month of February, 2019:

Fires – 2

One small fire was caused by a smoke alarm short causing some smoke damage to the wall, while another was a stove that was left on causing food to burn and the unit to fill with smoke.

Burglaries – 0

There were no illegal entries (sometimes referred to as “breaking and entering”) that occurred in the community.

Thefts – 4

All thefts reported were minor petty thefts, including:

• Ornamental brass figures taken from a garden

• Beach towel taken from patio

• Screen door taken off unit

• Contractor equipment missing

Vandalism – 3

• Security cameras vandalized in the RV lot.

• Side window screen cut

• Resident found broken items in her patio area.

Traffic Incidents – 10

Eight traffic incidents involved vehicles colliding with other parked vehicles and fences.  The other two involved a near miss with a pedestrian and a driver getting stuck in the median.

Miscellaneous Issues – 55

The Security Department handled a wide variety of miscellaneous calls for service, the majority being noise complaints.  Please be courteous and monitor the volume of your TV and radio, along with limiting loud noises during the hours of darkness.  

If you have an emergency, always dial 911 first, then the Security Department at 431-6586, ext. 377. 

Recap of Golden Rain Foundation Board Activity of March 18, 2019 

General – Election for GRF Director Representing Mutual Sixteen

MOVED and duly approved to seat Janet Isom, as the GRF Director for Mutual Sixteen, per elections, in accordance with GRF Bylaws, term ending 2020.

General – Ratification of Committee Member Assignments

MOVED and duly approved, in accordance with the Bylaws of the Golden Rain Foundation of Seal Beach and Policy 5100-30, the following standing Committee appointments for Janet Isom, GRF Representative for Mutual Sixteen: The Communications and the Information Technology Committees.

General – Approve Copy Machine Contract

MOVED and duly approved the Kyocera copier contract, for a cost of $2,435/month, for 63 months, grant a variance to the limitation of contract period, and authorize the President to sign all applicable contracts.

Recap of Golden Rain Foundation Board Activity of March 26, 2019

Approved Minutes

MOVED and duly approved the minutes of the February 26, 2010 Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors (BOD) meeting and of March 18, 2019 Special meeting were approved, as presented. 

General – Rescind GRF Board of Directors’ Motion of August 28, 2018 re: Front Gate Delineators

MOVED and duly approved to rescind the GRF Board action of August 28, 2018, approving installation of Main Gate delineators, due to the fact that this equipment is no loner needed due to the proposed new access system.

General – Supplemental Request to the City of Seal Beach re: Exemption for Golf Carts

MOVED and duly approved to refer the item back to the Security, Bus & Traffic Committee, including determination of vehicles within the community that would not qualify as “carts”.

General – Approve March GRF Board Report

MOVED and duly approved the March GRF Board Report, as presented.

General – Ratify Emergency Replacement, Water Heater, Clubhouse Four

MOVED and duly approved to ratify the emergency actions and related Reserves expenditures, taken by the Executive Director, to replace the Clubhouse Four water heater, Reserve Asset ID 332.

Executive Committee – Non-budgeted Operating Funding Request – Employee Recognition Plaque

MOVED and duly approved non-budgeted Operating funding, Cost Center 20, Human Resources, not to exceed $3,000, to purchase the materials for creating an Employee Recognition Display, as described above. 

Finance Committee – Accept February Financial Statements

MOVED and duly approved to accept for audit the financial statements for the month of February 2019, for audit, as presented by the Director of Finance.

Finance Committee – Approve Funds Transfer Request – Reserve Funds

MOVED and duly approved a transfer of $800,000 of reserve funds, from First Foundation Bank to US Bank, following the maturity of an $800,000 CDAR on April 4, 2019, for the purposes of maximizing insured funds and to invest in higher yielding CDs with the US Bancorp.

Finance Committee – Acceptance of the Final Draft, 2018 Audited Financial Statements and Excess Income Distribution

MOVED and duly approved to accept the final draft 2018 Golden Rain Foundation Financial Statements, as of December 31, 2018, for the year then ended, and the proposed Independent Auditors’ Report, as submitted by CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP, hereby accepting the above mentioned Finance Statements and reports therein (Exhibit A in the agenda packet), reflecting excess income of $41,026 to be distributed in its entirety to the Mutual Corporations, pursuant to Policy 5528-31, Refund of Excess Income, and to authorize the President to sign the management representation letter (Exhibit B in the agenda packet).

Finance Committee – Approve Investment Advisor

MOVED and duly approved to authorize the Finance Department to open an account, in the name of the Golden Rain Foundation, with Morgan Stanley, as represented by the Shadden Group, to invest reserve funds from CDARS held at First Foundation Bank, as they mature.

Mutual Administration Committee – Amend Policy 5-2114-4, Copy and Supply Center Fees

MOVED and duly approved to amend Policy 5-2114-4, Copy and Supply Center Fees, adding the service of passport photos, at $10 for passport photos, as presented.

Mutual Administration Committee – FINAL VOTE: Amend Policy 1201-33, GRF Identification Cards

MOVED and duly approved to amend Policy 1201-33, GRF Identification Cards, changing the title of the policy to “GRF Identification Cards,” increasing the fee for the second and subsequent losses of ID cards to $50, removing the reference to Policy 1801-33, amending the term “renter” to “renter/tenant,” and stating that the non-surrender fee “may” be waived, rather than “will” be waived in the case of a deceased member.

Physical Property Committee – Capital Funding Request – Reconfiguration, Building Five

MOVED and duly approved to award a contract to Custom Glass, for the installation of doors and windows as proposed on estimate #11718, at a cost of $4,925, and authorize the Service Maintenance Department, to prep and finish the project, as proposed on two estimates dated 2-4-19, for a cost of  $4,800, (materials)  and Talimar for work stations, as proposed on estimate dated 3-1-2019, for cost of $5,998, adding a contingency of $1,500, for a total cost not to exceed $17,223, and authorize the President to sign any contracts and the Physical Property Chair authorize any contingency funds.

Physical Property Committee – Capital Funding Request – Improvements, Clubhouse Four

MOVED and duly approved to award a contract to Custom Glass, for the replacement of two side doors in the Clubhouse Four hallway, at a cost of $3,450, and approve the purchase and installation of lockers and display cabinets, through the Service Maintenance Department, for a cost of $15,900, adding a contingency of $1,500, for a total cost not to exceed $20,850, Capital funding, and authorize the President to sign the contract and the Physical Property Chair authorize any contingency funds.

Physical Property Committee – Reserve Funding Request – Phase 1 and 2, Slurry Seal and Crack Fill, Trust Streets

MOVED and duly approved to award a contract to MJ Jurado, to slurry seal and crack fill Phase One and Two of Trust Streets, for a cost not to exceed $300,000, Reserve Funds, and authorize the President to sign the contract, and Physical Property Chair authorize any contingency funds. 

Physical Property Committee – Capital/Operating Funding Request – Automatic Door, News Building

MOVED and duly approved to award a contract to Axxess Doors, for the installation of an automatic door opener at the News Office, for a cost not to exceed $3,626, including $500 contingencies, Capital/Operating funding, and authorize the President sign the contract.

Physical Property Committee – Reserve Funding Request – Replacement of Asphalt/Concrete, Trust Property

MOVED and duly approved to award a contract to  MJ Jurado, for the repair and replacement of the existing asphalt at the Building Five and Clubhouse One locations, Fresh Meadow Lane area, and replace portions of Trust property in conjunction with the Mutual One project, pending Mutual approval,  for a cost not to exceed $69,516,  including $4,000 contingencies, and authorize the President to sign the contract and the Physical Property Chair authorize any contingency funds.

Physical Property Committee – Operating Funding Request – Approve Elevator Maintenance Contract

MOVED and duly approved to award a contract to ThyssenKrupp Elevator, to service and maintain elevators at Building 5, Clubhouse 6 and the  Administration Building, for a five-year period, at an annual cost of $8,280, and authorize the President to sign the contract.

Recreation Committee – Reserves Funding Request – Window Blinds Replacement, Clubhouse Three

MOVED and duly approved the purchase and installation of new blinds, from Coast Factory Blinds, in all the rooms in Clubhouse Three, in an amount not to exceed $8,296.23, Reserve funding, and to authorize the President to sign any applicable contracts.

Recreation Committee – Operating Funding Request – Approve Janitorial Contract

MOVED and duly approved to award a contract to Innovative Cleaning Services to provide community cleaning Services, for a cost not to exceed $4,586,544.00, for a three-year period, Operating funding, and to authorize the President sign the contract.

Recreation Committee – Operating Funding Request – Contract for eBook Content

The motion to approve a contract with OverDrive, to add eBook content to the Library catalogue, at a cost not to exceed $6,000, Operating funding budgeted in 2019, and authorize the GRF President to sign all applicable contracts failed.

GRF Committee Meetings 

Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The following is a tentative schedule of meetings on the Golden Rain Foundation master calendar, maintained by Administration:

Thursday, March 28 Service Maintenance Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, March 29 Recreation/Finance Committees (special)

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, April 1 Recreation Committee

  Administration 1 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3 Physical Property Committee

  Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, April 5 GRF Board Executive Session 

  Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, April 8 Mutual Administration Committee

  Administration 1 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10 Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

  Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 11 Communications Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, April 12 Executive Committee 

  Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, April 15 Finance Committee

  Administration 9 a.m.

Tuesday, April 16 Information Technology Committee

  Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 18 Restaurant/Bar Subcommittee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, April 19 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, April 22 Management Services Review Ad Hoc

Administration 1 p.m. 

Tuesday, April 23 GRF Board of Directors

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Wednesday, April 24 Architectural Design Review Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 25 Service Maintenance Committee

Administration 1 p.m. 

Friday, April 26 Facilities and Amenities Review Ad Hoc

Administration 1 p.m.

Schedule of Mutual Meetings 

Mutual meetings are listed below. Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards as follows:

Tuesday, April 2 Mutual 16

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, April 2 Mutual 17

Administration 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3 CFO Council

Conference Room B 10 a.m.

Thursday, April 4 Presidents’ Council

Clubhouse 4 9 a.m.

Monday, April 8 Mutual 9

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 10 Mutual 4

Administration 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, April 11 Mutual 12

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, April 12 Mutual 3

Administration 9 a.m.

Monday, April 15 Mutual 15

Administration 1 p.m. 

Tuesday, April 16 Mutual 14

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday April 17 Mutual 5

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, April 17 Mutual 7

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 18 Mutual 2

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, April 18 Mutual 11

Clubhouse 3, Room 9 1:30 p.m.

GRF Board Executive Session

1 p.m., April 5, 2019

Administration Conference Room

NOTE: This meeting is closed to Shareholders/Members per Civil Code §4935

A. Call to Order – President Stone

B. Roll Call

C. Legal

D. Contracts

E.  Member Disciplinary Actions

F. Personnel

G.  Adjournment

“Agenda is Subject to Change”

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

GOLDEN RAIN FOUNDATION

February 26, 2019

CALL TO ORDER

President Linda Stone called the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors (BOD) of the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) to order at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, in Clubhouse Four.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Aaron Hensley, Service Maintenance Assistant Supervisor, led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

ROLL CALL

Following the roll call, the Corporate Secretary reported that Directors Perrotti, R. Stone, Snowden, L. Stone, Gerber, Gould, Hopewell, Fekjar, Dodero, Winkler, Heinrichs, Findlay, Lukoff, Friedman, and Moore were present. The Executive Director and the Director of Finance were also present.  Directors Friedman and Pratt were absent. 

Fifteen Directors were present, with a quorum of the voting majority.

PRESIDENTS COMMENTS

Welcome members and thank you for coming today! I am pleased to see so many residents attend on such a beautiful morning. 

Today I want to talk about rumors – one in particular.

The rumor is that we, GRF, are going to start charging for amenities and clubhouse reservations.

If you remember, in my President’s comments last month, I asked you to please not be alarmed or listen to rumors about this subject. 

The February 22nd Facilities and Amenities Review Ad hoc (FAR) Committee meeting was cancelled because of a predicted large attendance due to the rumor. The room that was scheduled for use, Conference Room B, cannot accommodate large numbers. Therefore, there will be a Town Hall meeting on March 20th, at 1:00 p.m., here in Clubhouse 4. Your comments, concerns, ideas and solutions will be sought. This journey will take place in full view at all committee meetings, which are open to all shareholders. That means you have 20+ days to do your research.

Why not sooner? Because there wasn’t a room available until then. Of note, last month, the Recreation Department made 859 reservations for clubhouse use. As you can see, our clubhouses are very popular.

I cannot deny that GRF is investigating ways to increase revenue for the remainder of this year and for the 2020 Budget. By increasing revenue, we can hopefully offset your monthly assessments next year. 

GRF is in the early stages of our due diligence and are exploring a variety of options. Community feedback is very important in discovering possibilities. So, there will be plenty of opportunities to voice your comments, concerns and hopefully suggestions for solutions!

If you are here today, you’re concerned. Help us find the right answers. But be aware that sometimes the best solution for the majority is not the most popular solution for the minority.

And, remember, all Committee recommendations or policy changes must be brought to the BOD for final approval before they are put into effect. 

Ms. Stone MOVED, seconded by Mr. Lukoff and carried unanimously by the Directors present-

TO remove agenda item 10.c. ii. from today’s agenda. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The GRF Board of Directors met in Executive Session on February 1 and February 19, 2019, to discuss legal and contractual matters.

SERVICE ANNIVERSARIES

Five employees were recognized with a service award.

Aaron Hensley Service Maintenance Department 5 years

Fatima Angeles Finance Department 5 years

Tommy Fileto Recreation Department 10 years

Nancy Hilaman Fleet Department 20 years

William Marquardt Security Department 25 years

SEAL BEACH COUNCIL MEMBER’S REPORT

Seal Beach Council Member Sandra Massa Lavitt provided an update on the Seal Beach City Council meeting.

SHAREHOLDER/MEMBER COMMENTS

In accordance with Policy 5610, Participation by Foundation Members, members may enter into a comment period prior to the beginning of business.  NOTE:  Foundation members are permitted to make comments before the business of the Board begins.  Requests must be registered in advance of the meeting. The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §4925(b).) Time limits, per speaker, are limited to:

4  minute limit per speaker, when there are no more than 15 speakers

3  minute limit per speaker, 16 – 25 speakers

2  minute limit per speaker, over 26 speakers

Five members offered comments.

CONSENT CALENDAR – APPROVAL OF BOARD COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

In accordance with Civil Code 4090, the Foundation will make available a summary of the meetings where a quorum of the Board was present.  A quorum of the Board was present at the following Committee meetings: 

• Minutes of the Recreation Committee Board Meeting of January 7, 2019

• Minutes of the Security, Bus & Traffic Committee Board Meeting of January 9, 2019

• Minutes of the Executive Committee Board Meeting of January 11, 2019

• Minutes of the Facilities and Amenities Review Ad hoc Committee Board meeting of January 25, 2019

APPROVAL OF BOARD MEETING MINUTES

The minutes of the January 29, 2019 meeting and the February 12, 2019 Special meeting were approved, as presented.

REPORTS

The Chair of the Facilities and Amenities Review (FAR) Ad hoc Committee presented a report on the progress of the Ad hoc Committee.

The Chair of the Management Services Review Ad hoc Committee was not available to present a report on the progress of the Ad hoc Committee.

The Chair of the Strategic Planning Ad hoc Committee presented a report on the progress of the Ad hoc Committee.

The Health Care Center Advisory Board presented a report on the progress of the Board.

NEW BUSINESS

General

Adopt Policy 5177-31, Health Care Center Advisory Board

At its meeting on February 12, 2019, the Health Care Center Advisory Board recommended that Policy 5177-31, Health Care Center Advisory Board, be adopted by the GRF Board of Directors.

Ms. Stone MOVED, seconded by Ms. Hopewell and carried unanimously by the Board members present-

TO adopt Policy 5177-31, Health Care Center Advisory Board, to oversee all matters pertaining to lease compliance, community feedback of the Health Care Center and programs of mutual benefit and the exchange of pertinent information.

CAMUTCD, Authorization to Allow Seal Beach Police Department onto Property for Traffic Enforcement

The Physical Property Committee (PPC) has been working on improving street marking and signage in the Community since 2015. The GRF Board approved funding in the amount of $272,800 to bring our Trust streets into compliance with State and City Codes under The California Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CAMUTCD) from recommendations of the PPC. 

Ms. Rapp MOVED, seconded by Ms. Snowden and carried unanimously by the Board members present-

TO move to approve sending notification to the City of Seal Beach that the Golden Rain Foundation Trust Streets within Leisure World Seal Beach comply with CAMUTCD and submit Certification with a request to the City of Seal Beach to adopt, by ordinance or resolution, regulating vehicular traffic on Golden Rain Foundation privately owned roads, per California Vehicle Code (CVC), Section 21107 (Attachment A), with City of Seal Beach Police traffic enforcement. Required signage shall be posted by Golden Rain Foundation on the affected roads, per Attachment B. 

Ms. Rapp MOVED, seconded by Mr. Dodero-

I further move to authorize the Executive Director to place the required signage, in accordance with the CAMUTCD, that the provisions of the Vehicle Code and Seal Beach Municipal Code are applicable to all Trust property streets within this Community   C.V.C 21107.5.

Two Directors spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried unanimously by the Board members present.

Approve February GRF Board Report

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Executive Committee on February 9, 2019, the Committee moved to recommend the GRF Board establish a standard monthly report for distribution to all Mutual Boards; the monthly GRF Board report shall contain the GRF BOD meeting recap, GRF Committee and Ad hoc Committee monthly summaries of action and a general report on all major projects (projects generally over $10,000).  

Ms. Hopewell MOVED, seconded by Ms. Rapp- 

TO approve to establish a monthly GRF Board Report for distribution.

Three Directors and the Executive Director spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried unanimously by the Board members present.

Ms. Hopewell MOVED, seconded by Ms. Fekjar-

TO approve the February GRF Board Report, as presented.

Seven Directors spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried with three no votes (Gould, Snowden, Winkler).

Architectural Design and Review Committee

Reserve Funding Request – St. Andrews Median Landscape

The Physical Property Department was tasked with providing cost for landscaping and boulder installation on all medians on St. Andrews, except for medians #2 and #3 which were completed as samples. Our current landscape contractor provided a cost, not to exceed $184,282, to complete the remaining medians, not including median #2 and #3 (already completed) and use the #2 median as the model. Cost was provided for boulder installation, based on cost from two suppliers, from the sample medians, not to exceed $52,000. 

At a Special meeting of the ADR Committee on February 21, 2019,  the Committee recommended the Board of Directors award a contract to Anguiano Lawn Care to install plants and irrigation to all medians on St Andrews, excluding medians #2 and #3 (already completed), for a cost not to exceed $184,282, and to approve funding in an amount, not to exceed $52,000, for boulder installation, upon finalization of firm cost estimates and including contingency funding of $24,000. 

At the February 15, 2019 meeting of the Finance Committee, the Committee determined sufficient Reserve funds exist in the amount of $260,282.

Ms. Heinrichs MOVED, seconded by Ms. Fekjar-

TO approve the replacement of landscaping on St. Andrews medians 1, 4 to 16, in an amount not to exceed $260,282, Reserve funding and authorize the GRF President to sign a contract with Anguiano Lawn Care (plants and irrigation), in the amount of $184,282, and further approve the GRF President to sign a contract, in an amount not to exceed $52,000, for rock boulder installation with the best qualified contractor; funds include a contingent in the amount of $24,000; the ADRC Chair is authorized to review and approve all contingencies.

Six Directors and the Executive Director spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried unanimously by the Board Directors present.

Operating Funding Request – Community Facilities Tree Trimming

It was determined to send the Community Facilities Tree Trimming project back to the Architectural Design and Review Committee to re-evaluate the cost of this project. The Committee asked staff to have the remaining bidding contractors (see below) sample their work and trim similar trees. The Committee, at its January meeting, reviewed cost and workmanship and determined to forward a request to the Board of Directors to award a contract to Anguiano Lawn Care, to maintain the Community Facilities tree inventory, for a two (2) year term, 2019-2020, in an amount not to exceed $87,640, Operating funding.

Ms. Findlay MOVED, seconded Mr. Lukoff – 

TO award a contract to Anguiano Lawn Care to maintain the Community Facilities tree inventory, for a two (2) year term, 2019-2020, in an amount not to exceed $87,640, Operating funding, and authorize the President sign the contract.

Two Board Directors and the Executive Director spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried unanimously by the Board members present.

Executive Committee

Confirm 2019 Election Provider

Policy 5025-30, Election Procedures, states that the Executive Committee (EC) “will recommend that the Board appoint the election services company as its Inspector(s) of Election.”  

At its meeting on September 26, 2017, the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board unanimously awarded a contract to Accurate Voting Services to perform the general election services for the GRF and Mutual corporations for years 2018, 2019 and 2020.

At is meeting on February 8, 2019, the Executive Committee unanimously moved to recommend the GRF Board of Directors confirm the appointment of Accurate Vote Services, as the Inspectors of Election for the 2019 election.

Ms. Fekjar MOVED, seconded by Ms. Snowden and carried unanimously by the Board members present-

TO confirm Accurate Voting Services, as the Inspectors of Election, for the elections, as set forth in Policy 5025-30.

Approve GRF Directors Serving on the GAF Board

By motion approved under “President’s Comments”, agenda item 10.c. ii. was removed from today’s agenda.

Adopt DMS Software Numbering Format

A cataloging system for procedures, rules, forms, etc. assists users in the navigation of documents and both provides logical organization and ensures that a user can find information easily. At its meeting on February 8, 2018, the Executive Committee moved to recommend organizing the GRF policies in a format, as presented in the agenda packet.

Ms. Rapp MOVED, seconded by Ms. Hopewell –

TO adopt the numbering format, for use in the Power DMS tracking system software, as presented.

Ms. Snowden MOVED, seconded by Ms. Hopewell –

TO include “area” IT (20) with the ”area” category of Other (90) departments. 

One Director spoke on the amendment.

The amendment was carried unanimously by the Board Directors present.

The amended main motion was carried with two no votes (Gerber, R. Stone) and one abstention (Findlay).

Director Findlay left the meeting at 11:12 a.m. and returned at 11:17 a.m.

Finance Committee

Accept January Financial Statements

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Finance Committee on February 15, 2019, the Committee duly moved to recommend to the Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors acceptance of the January 2019 financial statements for audit.

Ms. Winkler MOVED, seconded by Mr. Lukoff –

TO accept the January 2019 financial statements for audit.

One Director and the Executive Director spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried unanimously by the Board members present.

Approve Funds Transfer Request – Reserve Funds

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Finance Committee on February 15, 2019, the members discussed the liquid funds held in various financial institutions and noted the total balances in one of the financial institutions exceed the FDIC insurance limit and, therefore, are not in compliance with Policy 5520-31 – Reserves. 

The Committee passed a motion to recommend the GRF Board authorize the transfer of $500,000 of reserve funds from First Foundation Bank to US Bank, following the maturity of a $500,000 CDAR on March 7, 2019, for the purposes of maximizing insured funds and to invest in higher yielding CDs with US Bancorp.

Mr. Lukoff MOVED, seconded by Mr. Dodero-

TO approve a transfer of $500,000 of reserve funds from First Foundation Bank to US Bank, following the maturity of a $500,000 CDAR on March 7, 2019, for the purposes of maximizing insured funds and to invest in higher yielding CDs with US Bancorp.

One Director spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried unanimously by the Board members present.

Approve CD Purchase Request – Reserve Funds

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Finance Committee on February 15, 2019, the members discussed terms and interest rates on CDs offered through US Bancorp. Additionally, the Committee discussed the current investment ladder and reserve funds available for investing to fill in the gaps in the investment ladder.

Following this discussion, the Committee passed a motion to recommend the GRF Board authorize the purchase of brokered CDs, totaling $300,000 of reserve funds, all with a 12-month term, at the prevailing interest rates at the time of purchase.

Mr. Lukoff, MOVED, seconded by Ms. Snowden carried unanimously by the Board members present – 

TO approve the purchase of brokered CDs, from US Bancorp, totaling $300,000 of reserve funds, using funds from the US Bank money market account, all with a 12-month term, at the prevailing interest rates at the time of purchase.

Approve Funds Transfer Request – Capital Improvement Funds

On February 15, 2019, the Committee passed a motion to recommend the GRF Board authorize the Finance Department to close the non-restricted money market account at First Foundation Bank, as the majority of funds are allocated to the Capital Improvement Fund, transferring all funds from this account to the US Bank non-restricted money market account for the purposes of maximizing insured funds and to invest Capital Improvement funds with US Bancorp. 

Mr. Lukoff MOVED, seconded by Ms. Hopewell-

TO authorize the Finance Department to close the non-restricted money market account at First Foundation Bank, as most of these funds are allocated to the Capital Improvement Fund, transferring all funds from this account to the US Bank non-restricted money market account for the purposes of maximizing insured funds and to invest Capital Improvement funds with US Bancorp.

One Director spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried unanimously by the Board members present.

Approve CD Purchase – Capital Improvement Funds

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Finance Committee on February 15, 2019, the members discussed investing some of the Capital Improvement funds in higher yielding investments by establishing an investment ladder with varying maturity dates, as not all funds will be needed within the short-term.

Following this discussion, the Committee passed a motion to recommend the GRF Board authorize the purchase of two (2) brokered CDs, totaling $500,000 of Capital Improvement funds, with a 6-month and a 12-month term, at the prevailing interest rates at the time of purchase.

Mr. Lukoff MOVED, seconded by Mr. Gould and carried unanimously by the Board members present-

TO approve the purchase of two (2) brokered CDs, totaling $500,000 of Capital Improvement funds from the US Bank Money Market account, with a 6-month and a 12-month term, at the prevailing interest rates at the time of purchase and to hold these CDs in a newly established investment account at US Bancorp specifically for holding investments in Capital Improvement Funds.

Director Perrotti left meeting 11:28 a.m.

Amend Policy 5340-31, Capital Improvement Funds

At its meeting on December 17, 2018, the Finance Committee requested Policy 5340-31 – Capital Improvement Fund be amended to include guidelines for investing Capital funds to maximize the yield on these funds. The amended policy incorporates guidelines on appropriate uses, investing, withdrawing and transferring Capital funds.

Ms. Winkler MOVED, seconded by Mr. Stone- 

TO amend Policy 5340-31, Capital Improvement Fund, incorporating guidelines on appropriate uses, investing, withdrawing and transferring Capital funds.

One Director spoke on the motion.

The motion carried unanimously by the Board members present.

Amend Policy 5115-31, Finance Committee

At its meeting on December 17, 2018, the Finance Committee recommended Policy 5115-31, Finance Committee be amended to include the duty of reviewing, on a monthly basis, all financial information as required under applicable sections of the Civil Code.

Ms. Hopewell MOVED, seconded by Ms. Heinrich –

TO amend Policy 5115-31, Finance Committee, to include the duty of reviewing, on a monthly basis, all financial information, as required under applicable sections of the Civil Code.

Three Directors spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried unanimously by the Board members present.

Physical Property Committee

Capital Funding Request – Administration and Amphitheater Roofs

The Physical Property department was tasked with obtaining specifications to re-roof the Administration and Amphitheater Buildings. AWS Consultants provided these specifications and the Project is ready to be sent out to bid. Staff recomends AWS provide services for pre-bidders conference, review of bids received, the interview of bidders, assistance with the selection process, and provide the Construction Contract for the project. The cost for these services is $3,500.

At its regular scheduled meeting on February 6, 2019, the Physical Property Committee requested the Finance Committee review Capital funding for this request and forward to the Board of Directors for approval.  

At its regular meeting on February 15, 2019, the Finance Committee reviewed available funding for this Capital project, and unanimously resolved funding is available.

Ms. Gerber MOVED, seconded by Ms. Snowden and was carried unanimously by the Directors present-

TO approve AWS Consultants to provide services for pre-bidders conference, review of bids received, interview bidders, assist with the selection process, and provide the Construction Contract for the roofing of the Administration and Amphitheater buildings, Capital funding, at a cost not to exceed $3,500, and approve the Executive Director to initiate the action.

Recreation Committee

Capital and Reserve Funding Request – Patio Sets Purchase, Café Patio

At the February 4, 2019 meeting of the Recreation Committee, the Committee provided unanimous consensus to support a Capital Funding request to the Finance Committee for the replacement of the four (4) patio sets, located at the Café patio, due to age and condition (two are damaged, two are at end of their serviceable life). 

At the February 15, 2019 meeting of the Finance Committee, the Committee determined sufficient Capital Funds are available.

Ms. Snowden MOVED, seconded by Ms. Fekjar and carried unanimously by the Directors present- 

TO approve the purchase of four (4) standard patio furniture sets, in an amount not to exceed $8,487.71, Capital Funding, and authorize the Executive Director to initiate the purchase.

Amend Policy 1403-50, Commercial Use

At its regular meeting on February 4, 2019 the Recreation Committee moved to amend Policy 1403-50, Commercial Use, clarifying the conditions pertaining to the sale of alcoholic beverages in GRF community facilities.

Mr. Dodero MOVED, seconded by Mr. Moore –

TO amend Policy 1403-50, Commercial Use, advising that Recreation events, approved by the Recreation Committee, may sell alcoholic beverages in all GRF facilities.

Six Directors and the Executive Director spoke on the motion.

Mr. Lukoff MOVED, seconded by Ms. Hopewell-

TO refer Policy 1403-50, Commercial Use, back to the Recreation Committee for further review.

The motion was carried with one no vote (Dodero).

Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

Rescind Policies 5535-37, Pedestrian Gate Security and 5536-37, Gate Security

At its Special meeting on January 31, 2019, the Security, Bus & Traffic Committee reviewed and determined that Policy 5535-37, Pedestrian Gate Security, is a procedure rather than a policy.  At its meeting on February 13, 2018, the Committee reviewed and determined that Policy 5536-37, Gate Security, is also a procedure rather than a policy.  The Committee recommends the GRF Board of Directors rescind both policies.

Mr. Gould MOVED, seconded by Ms. Rapp and carried unanimously by the Directors present- 

TO rescind Policies 5535-37, Pedestrian Gate Security and 5536-37, Gate Security, as they are procedures, rather than policies.

CONTROLLER’S REPORT

The Finance Director provided a financial report earlier in the meeting.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

The Executive Director provided a written report for the Board.  

BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Twelve Board members spoke on the meeting proceedings.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned was at 11:58 a.m.

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Suzanne Fekjar

GRF Corporate Secretary

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Odd-Numbered Mutuals 

How to be a candidate for GRF BOD

The campaign cycle for the GRF Board of Directors begins soon. During 2019, the Board seats representing the odd-numbered Mutuals are up for election. During even-numbered years, the Board seats representing even-numbered Mutuals are up for election. 

Any member in good standing is eligible to be a candidate for the Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors representing their odd-numbered Mutual. A member in good standing is defined by the GRF By-laws as a Mutual shareholder/owner who is no more than 30 days in arrears of their carrying charge, or in arrears of any fines or fees.

Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by their Mutual’s Nominating Committee or Board of Directors. 

“Application for Candidacy” forms are available in the Stock Transfer Office in the Administration Building. Candidates who are self-nominated must complete an “Application for Candidacy” before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5.

Candidates who are nominated by their Mutual’s nominating committee or board of directors will have their names submitted to Stock Transfer by the Mutual’s secretary. Upon receipt of any submitted names, the GRF board office will contact each candidate and arrange for them to confirm their candidacy by receiving and completing an “Application for Candidacy” and candidate instructions. 

In accordance with Policy 5025-30, Election Procedures, each candidate shall submit a statement, or resume, of 300 words or less, single sided, to the Stock Transfer Office. Statements shall be written in compliance with the election rules, e.g., contain the background, qualifications and platform of the candidate, and shall not contain any disparaging or defamatory content. All statements are due before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5. 

When turning in the Application for Candidacy, Eligibility Disclaimer, and statement, members must show their current Leisure World photo identification card. Candidates will receive a receipt when turning in their application materials.

Article VI, Election of Directors, Section 1, Qualifications, of the GRF By-Laws sets forth that Directors of the GRF Board of Directors shall not be qualified to serve on the Board if they are a member, officer, or director of various organizations, entities, or governmental bodies. Examples include a Director of a Mutual Corporation, member of a City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, etc. Further, to avoid any potential conflict of interest, no member of the GRF Board of Directors or their spouse may be employed by the Golden Rain Foundation. GRF Board candidates shall sign an Eligibility Disclaimer stating that they are eligible to serve as a Director. 

Candidates who complete a timely Application for Candidacy (or are nominated by a Mutual’s nominating committee or board, will be listed on the Secret Mail-in Ballot. Packets containing the Secret Mail-in Ballot, postage-paid envelopes, balloting instructions, and deadlines will be mailed to each household in the even-numbered Mutuals on Thursday, May 2. The GRF By-Laws have no provisions for write-in candidates on the ballots or for nominations from the floor. 

For further information on being a candidate for the GRF Board, call 431-6586, ext. 346, for Stock Transfer or ext. 303 for the Board of Directors Office.

Mutual Election Cycle Begins; Directors needed

The community unity displayed in Leisure World Seal Beach is a direct result of all the unpaid volunteer Mutual and GRF board members duly elected to serve their mutuals and the shareholders over many years. What better way to create and sustain a community such as Leisure World then by volunteering time toward the governance of the incredible lifestyle shareholders enjoy?

This community was founded on the premise that the Mutual Boards and the elected board directors would set into operation the day-to-day business of each mutual corporation. Directors address the issues of most importance to their electorate, that is, the shareholders. Board directors find solutions to existing problems, large and small. This is not an easy job. It takes time, effort and a willingness to unselfishly donate a portion of a person’s everyday life to the community in which they live.

Leisure World Seal Beach is full of highly qualified shareholders who have so much expertise to offer, such as knowledge of construction, plumbing and accounting. New ideas and perspectives are always needed and that means volunteers are needed. Consider becoming a candidate for a director’s position on your mutual’s board of directors. 

The schedule below indicates each mutual’s annual meeting date and election. Note the deadlines to apply for candidacy. If you are interested or have any questions relating to becoming a candidate for election to your Mutual’s Board of Directors, contact the Stock Transfer Office at 431-6586, ext. 346.

—Carol Weller, former Mutual Administration Director, updated by Stock Transfer Manager Nancy Ray.

Arts & Leisure

RADIO CLUB

Inter-club disaster drill was successful event

by Donna Gambol

LW contributor

The Leisure World Radio Club hosted its first major inter-club disaster drill on March 20, involving several LW and area clubs and organizations. The event was followed by a debriefing and lunch.

The club has drills to be ready to handle communications serving 9,000-plus shareholders in LW. It prepares for all forms of disasters that might impact the community. In a disaster, cellphones may not be viable, towers may go down or they may become overwhelmed with too many calls at one time.

To ensure the Radio Club is ready to handle the communication needs of the community a major exercise was planned and executed under the leadership of the club’s president Midge Bash (W6LIK). 

The disaster exercise was based on the scenario of a transformer explosion resulting in a community-wide power outage and isolated fires disrupting power, traffic lights and routine operations. 

Midge Bash acted as the drill commander which involved coordinating over 20 LW ham radio operators who were deployed throughout the community. They were to support the security staff not only with communications but being the extra “eyes and ears” ensuring that appropriate aid was called to help any victims.

Drone Club members provided surveillance of the community alerting the radio operators to any major structural damage or hazards. The Drone Club was represented by Don and Mike Marshall, Sunny Lee, a spotter, and Jim Mulcahy.

The Rollin’ Thunder Club provided transportation for radio operators, bringing them into affected areas. Tom Davis, president attended as did member Jim Long.

The LW Biker Group, represented by Mary Ann Murray, went into affected areas to provide reconnaissance with radio operators, she also acted as a “runner”to the Seal Beach Police Department

Two net controls were set up in the radio room, one for ham radio operators, led by Don Kovell, who helped with the design of the drill, former chief radio officer of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos RACES and Rich Erickson, the club’s director of communications, and one for the FRS family radio network led by Dr. Rosa Fabian, director of education, with assistance from Danette McCloud.

Bash also coordinated drill participants from outside the LW community, including  Dr. Mark Chung, the Los Angeles Region disaster communication lead for the American Red Cross; Andrew Variano, a member of the VA Radio Club in Long Beach; Pete Coyle from Westminster; and Dr. Steve Sherman of Cerritos who reported on conditions in their communities.

The exercise was deemed a success with accurate radio reports relayed to Eloy Gomez who was monitoring events at the Leisure World Radio Emergency Operations. The radio club will conduct quarterly cross club drills in the future to continue to build on this event’s success and to further develop the skills of all its and its affiliate members.

The radio club will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in October.

GRF dance

Stardust Trio brings back elegant era

The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Stardust Trio will play on March 30.

A small ensemble, with a big band sound, the Stardust Trio specializes in the dance music of the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s. The nostalgic sound of Alan Shelton’s muted trumpet, along with Jim Miller’s superb rhythm, are a perfect complement to leader Jay C. Munn’s elegant stride piano. 

The Stardust Trio brings back the era of elegant and danceable music from Art Deco hotel ballrooms, dance halls and cozy nightspots with swing.

Residents can party and bring their own snacks.  Guests must be accompanied by the GRF member who invites them as all passes and ID’s are subject to inspection.

Residents should park on the east side of Clubhouse 1. Parking for the clubhouse is across Golden Rain Road at the golf course or on Burning Tree Lane. 

 Residents and guests should sign in so GRF can assess the popularity of bands.  

 • People must be out of the clubhouse no later than 10 p.m.  

• Only the bands can make announcements from the stage.

RECREATION DEPARTMENT

Comedy comes to Veteran’s Plaza

The GRF Recreation Department will present Dick Hardwick in an evening of comedy at Veterans Plaza on Wednesday, April 14, at 7 p.m.

Dick Hardwick’s comedy is unique. He will tell you with a twinkle in his eyes, “I can do an entire routine without using a four-letter work.”  That’s a big part of why his wholesome, zany routines are in constant demand. Working clean is very natural to this hard-working comedian.

Dick, also an accomplished musician,  played on “The Missing Years,” John Prine’s record which received the Grammy award for “Best Folk Album.”  When doing his stand up, the audience is amazed at how many instruments he can skillfully slip into the performance.

As Dick Hardwick’s interest in comedy and music grew, you would find him playing drummer in a rock-and-roll band, playing Dixieland at Molly’s Irish Pub in the French Quarter of New Orleans, touring with Jerry Van Dyke or star of Disney’s Golden Horseshoe Review.

Exciting things began to happen after Dick became a comedy champion on Ed McMahon’s Star Search.  He was in Jackie Gleason’s last movie, “Nothing in Common”,  with Tom Hanks.  You may have seen him with the Statler Brothers, VH1 comedy shorts, the Family Channel’s “Stand Up Comics Take A Stand” and The Fox Network’s “Comedy Express.” 

The show is free to GRF members, but the limited seating will be on a first-come, first served basis.

Inquiries may be made by contacting Recreation at events@lwsb.com or by calling 431-6586, ext. 326.

Dixieland Jazz Band

Come enjoy evening of toe-tapping music in CH 4

The Leisure World Dixieland Jazz Band will perform Wednesday, April 3, accordingly to President Walter “Dutch” Vanderckhoven. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

This is a free event for all Leisure World residents and their family and friends.

The concert commences with an hour of Dixieland jazz music before a short intermission. 

At intermission decaf coffee and other refreshments will be available.  People can also bring their own refreshments and beverages.

Donna O’Keefe will lead the traditional Parasol Parade.  Those interested in participating may pick up one of her personally decorated parasols or bring their own and join in the fun.  

People are encouraged to dance to this toe-tapping music.  

The concert is usually finished around 8 p.m.

LW Dance Classes and Clubs

The following is a partial list of dance classes and clubs available in Leisure World:

•A Time to Dance Club by Joseph: Ballroom dance group lessons are held the second and fourth Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Fox trot is taught from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; tango, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; $5 per session. Singles and couple are welcome. For information, call (559. 403-8974.

•Ballet: A one-hour class is held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 6, second floor; no experience required. Classes are $3. 

•Dance Club: Ballroom and Social dance classes are held on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6, Room C.  In April, beginning/intermediate level waltz will be taught from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and intermediate level Salsa will be taught from 8:15-9:15 p.m. In May, beginning/intermediate level Tango will be taught from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and intermediate level waltz will be taught from 8:15-9:15 p.m.  The cost is $6 per class or $10 for both classes.  Singles and couples are welcome.  Dancers rotate.  For information call Jeremy Pierson 999-1269 who is the dance instructor with 20-plus years of professional dance experience. 

•Dancing Feet Club: Ballroom and line dancing are held in Clubhouse 2 on the fourth Sunday of the month from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6. Admission is free. Guests may bring drinks and snacks. The club holds free line dance lessons and practices in Clubhouse 6 on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m., and on the first, third and fifth Sundays from 4:30-6 p.m. For more information, call Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223. 

•Flowering Step Line Dance: Free classes are held at 10 a.m. on Mondays and the third Tuesday of the month in Clubhouse 2. Young-Ah Ko is the instructor. For more information, call (310)658-0379 or 296-8068.

•Fun Exercise Line Dance Club: Intermediate line dance meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6, Room C; membership, $10 a year. For information, call Suzanne Ahn, 810-1614.

•Grapevine Line Dance: Free line dance classes, Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. (beginners, first hour, advanced, second hour) at Clubhouse 6, Room C; and beginner level only on Fridays, 2:30-4 p.m., Clubhouse 3, lobby. Newcomers should have general knowledge of line dance and basic dance steps. For more information, e-mail grapevinelinedance@gmail.com or inquire in classes.

•Hui O Hula: Beginners meet on Mondays from 10-11:15 a.m., upstairs in Clubhouse 6, followed by an intermediate and advanced class. The Tuesday class starts at 1:15 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. All levels are welcome. For more information, call 252-9676 or email jojo@huiohula.com.

•Joyful Line Dance Club: Get exercise and learn line dances from 3-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Beginners dance from 3-3:30 p.m.; intermediates, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Members dance to popular favorites at the beginning and learn newer dances in the last hour. Takako Mitchell is the instructor. For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.

•Leisure Time Dancers: The waltz will be taught at 2 p.m. and big band swing at 3 p.m. in Clubhouse 6. Richard Sharrard is the instructor. Singles and couples are welcome; dancers rotate. Cost is $6 for one hour; $10 for two hours. For more information, call 434-6334.

•Leisure World Cloggers:Advanced and intermediate students meet at 8:30 a.m. and beginners at 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, on the Amphitheater stage. For more information, call 598-9974.

•Leisure Whirlers Square and Round Dance Club: The club hosts themed dances with a potluck on the first Friday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Singles and couples are welcome. Cost is $7 per person. For more information, call Lenore Velky at 237-2682. 

•Line Dance, beginning: Fridays except the first Friday of the month, 10 a.m., Clubhouse 3 lobby and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Clubhouse 3, Room 6. Classes are free. For more information, call Barbara Magie, 858-8485.

•Saturday Morning Dance Club: Fox trot is taught from 9-10 a.m.; West Coast swing, from 10-11 a.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 1; Candi Davis; instructor; dancers rotate. Sessions are $5.

•Suede Sole Dancers: The group meets at 6 p.m. on Sundays for a class upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Pat Erickson is the instructor. 

•Velvetones Jazz Club Dance: The big band plays dance music at 6 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month in Clubhouse 4. 

•Zumba Club: Stef Sullivan teaches the class with dance steps inspired by salsa, merengue, cha-cha, raggaeton, Cumbia, Bollywood, jazz, hip-hop and disco. Classes, $3, are held at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Classes are held in Clubhouse 6, except the Thursday class, which meets in Clubhouse 3.

All invited to sing ‘Hit Parade’ songs

The LW Ad Hoc Sing-Along Club meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 for one hour. All are welcome to come and sing the old “Hit Parade” favorites, Broadway tunes and songs made famous in movies. 

Helene Onu is the song leader, and singers are encouraged to become song leaders. Song sheets are furnished. Reading music is not required.

Piano accompaniment is provided by Barbara McIlhaney. 

For more information, call Chuck Burnett at 493-0176.

LEISURE WHIRLERS

Square dancers have ‘Easter Parade’ April 5

by Eleanor Thompson

LW contributor

The next Leisure Whirler dance party will be Friday, April 5, in Clubhouse 4 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The theme will be “Easter Parade.” There will be music, dancing and a finger-food potluck. Pre-rounds round dancing is from 6:30-7 p.m. Square dances and round dances will be alternated from 7-9 p.m.  Potluck and socializing starts at 9 p.m. Singles and couples are welcome. There will be a singles rotation so everyone can dance. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call Lenore Velky, 237-2682.

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Square dancing is a lot of fun. Dancers meet a lot of new people both young and old. It is great exercise for both mind and body. Square dances are always called in English and there are square dance clubs all over the world, so no matter where you travel you can find a club to dance with.

The students are learning the 110 square dance steps that are used in regular square dances all around the world. The class takes nine months and goes through the first Monday of December. 

Experienced dancers are always needed to help support the new students. Are your dancing skills getting a little rusty? Use the class to brush up on them.

Singles and couples are welcome. There is a singles rotation so everyone can dance. Classes are held at the Garden Grove Women’s Club, 9501 Chapman Ave in Garden Grove.  For more information, call Mel Branham, (714) 803-0250.

Producers Club 

Actress needed for murder mystery

The Producers Club needs a female actor for its eighth annual murder mystery comedy. The script has to be memorized.

Rehearsals start on April 5 and there will be two performances in early August.

For more information, call Sam Jones, 598-0880, or Toby Richman, 598-5242.Second LW Library egg decorating contest set

The Leisure World Library will host an Egg Decorating Contest on Thursday, April 18, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants will have their decorated eggs on display, and everybody is welcome to stop by and vote for their favorites.

People who want to participate in the contest should pick up the complete contest rules and submit entry forms to library staff by April 15.

Even if you don’t want to directly participate, library staff hopes everyone will stop by Veterans Plaza, next to the Library, to check out all the creations from residents and GRF departments.

The library will also provide coffee, cookies and other snacks. For more information, call the library at 598-2431 or ask in person on your next visit.

karaoke

Singers draw crowd weekly for performances

Despite the thunder and swirling clouds, it was a full house for karaoke night. Singing in Leisure World is a popular past time so the regular 30-plus performers always show up to entertain.  Those gathered listened to a variety of songs, some showtunes from Mike Breen and Rick Hering and many pop tunes and lots of love songs from Ruby Johnson, Helen Schultz, Tino Tupas, Vickie Van Ert, Charlie Guggino, Janice Chapman, Barbie May, Rick Hering, Tony Tupas, Martin Rosendaal, Donna Burr, Byong Choi, Pete Tupas, Tommy Williams and Ron Belben.  

Karen Morris got the audience hyped up with the rockin’ “Charlie Brown” as did Ellen Brannigan with “Do Lord”, Bob Barnum “Can’t Get No Satisfaction,” Shannon Harrison with “Top of the World,” Martha Destra ”Still the Same,” Margie Stewart “Betty Davis Eyes” and Diane Kasperson “Hey Good Lookin’.” Ric Dizon was crooning “Blue Hawaii” and Ren Villanueva chose to sing Irish “Danny Boy.” 

An appreciative and faithful audience come every week just to relax with hot coffee and some donated snacks and to applaud the singers who are their neighbors and friends. Everyone is welcome each Wednesday night in Clubhouse 1 from 5:30 p.m.

Welcome spring at Dancer & Mixers

The Dancers and Mixers Club will have its Spring Fling dance on Tuesday, April 2, in Clubhouse 4 from 7-9 p.m.  The informal social time before the dance will not happen this month as the room will be in use, so don’t show up early.  The theme this month is springtime and wildflowers.  Come and celebrate the end of the drought and the abundance of wildflowers in the hills.  

Everyone is welcome to join the festivities.  Partners are not needed as there is a mixer and some line dancing, but the club is small enough that newbies are soon on the dance floor having a good time.  

Dancers and Mixers features live music played with a danceable beat provided by Leisure World’s Linda Herman. The March dance celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and all things Irish. Local lass Carmel Atkinson treated the club to an impromptu Irish reel lesson. The fairies were beside themselves, and everyone had a great time.

Thanks to volunteers Margie Thompson, Walt Bier and John Hlavac for greeting dancers at the entrance. 

If you enjoy dancing, this is the place to be.

Honor LW vets with banners

Golden Rain Foundation, in conjunction with the Recreation Department, will offer Veterans Honor Banners for sale again. 

Banners will be posted throughout the community on trust streets and may honor current or former GRF members in good standing. 

The name used will be the full legal name, used on the stock certificate of Golden Rain Foundation or deed, in the case of Mutual 17.  GRF membership will be verified by the Stock Transfer & Recreation Office.  The banner will also include the mutual and military branch under which they served. The cost is $150 and orders will be filled on a first come, first served basis while the limited supply lasts.  

The banners will be displayed for Memorial Day. If you have previously purchased a banner you can opt to pick it up from Recreation or donate it and have it redisplayed, subject to space available. All sales are final, and no refunds will be given. 

For more information, call 431-6586, ext. 324, or email to thomasf@lwsb.com or www.lwsb.com/veteranbanners.

COMMUNITY SING

Betty Ballen leads sing-along April 1

All residents of Leisure World are invited to the Community Sing next Monday, April 1, in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby at 6:30 p.m.

Folks who are interested in being part of the Opening Acts should come at 6 p.m. and sign in with Betty Ballen, the emcee for the evening.  Bring music for the pianist as needed.

Betty will lead audience singing until 7:15 when she will introduce her half-time guest, soprano singer, Janet Overton. 

On March 18 Nancy Maggio was the leader.  Opening Acts began with Audrey McKenzie singing “Beyond the Reef.”  She was followed by Byong Choi singing “Danny Boy.”  Then Chuck Zeman, “How Deep is the Ocean” (a capella); Betty Ballen did a medley on the piano; Clarence Hoffman, “On the Wings of a Dove ,” Nancy Maggio, “Put on a Happy Face” (a capella); and Ken Han, a song in German (a capella).    

Pianist Pat Kogok accompanied two of the soloists.

Nancy introduced the half-time guests, The Spiritones,  six  ladies, Nancy Maggio, Susan Kelleghan, Pat Kair, Lois Sellars, Carmen Edwards and Kay Pushman, who sing a capella  barbershop harmony.  They sang “Thank You For Music,” “Let Me Be There ,” “Ain’t We Got Fun ,” “Ride in the Chariot ,” “Swing Low” and “San Francisco Bay Blues.”  The audience appreciated the wonderful skills of this group and showed it in their response. 

Nancy wrapped up more audience singing then finished the musical evening leading “Kumbaya.”

Many thanks to pianist Pat Kogok and book movers, Byong Choi and Vito Villamor.        

Video Producers Club

The Video Producers Club offers free training weekdays from 10 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 12-A. Get answers to video-related questions and step-by-step demonstrations; no appointments needed. Drop in Mondays to learn more about creating and editing videos with Joe Osuna; Tuesdays, how to transfer VHS tapes to DVD or other media, Richard Houck; Wednesdays, general information about the club and its services, Irene Cistaro; Thursdays, using smartphones and tablets to take videos, Joseph Valentinetti; and Fridays, creating and editing videos, Janice Laine. For more information, call the VPC Room at 431-6586, ext. 287.

Naples Rib Company Menu

Naples Rib Company, 5800 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, will bring dinner service to Clubhouse 1 on April 1. The restaurant is in LW on the first Monday of the month. Dinners include a mini loaf of cornbread with honeybutter, extra barbecue sauce, cole slaw and barbecued beans (tax included). Reservations are required by phone  at 439-7427 or online at www.ribcompany.com/leisure-world-menu.asp. Those who book through the website will receive a special treat. Reservations must be made by Monday at noon.

April 1

DINNER  SELECTIONS

Prime Rib (8 oz) $20

5 Rib Bones $16

Tri Tip (6 oz) $16

1/2 Chicken $15

Pasta Primavera $13

COMBO MEALS

Ribs and ¼ Chicken $18

Ribs and Tri Tip $20

(5 Bones and 6 oz Tri Tip)

1/4 Chicken and Tri Tip (6 oz) $18

EXTRAS

Add one Louisana hot sausage, $2

Add bottled water or a can of Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, $1.50

LW Opera Club 

Mozart’s last opera shown April 2

Everyone is invited to watch Mozart’s last opera Part I on Tuesday, April 2, at Clubhouse 3, Room 1 at 1:30 p.m. Those present at last week’s meeting heard L.A. Opera speaker Rebecca Bowne tell the story of Roman emperor Titus and the romantic, political and murderous intrigues within his inner circle. She also showed clips of the rapture and grandeur of the music, particularly the beauty of his clarinet passages harmonizing with a voice.

The L.A. Opera is currently performing this opera to rave reviews. Members will view a classic version filmed among Roman ruins, sung in the original Italian with English subtitles. A synopsis of the story will be presented. No dues or fees are collected. For further information, contact Beverly Emus at 296-5586 or bemus@socal.rr.com.

LW LAPIDARY 

Glass fusion class taught on April 4

The LWSB Lapidary Club will offer an introduction to Glass Fusing class for large decorative pieces. This class is planned for April 4 from 9 a.m.-noon in Lapidary Clubhouse 4. The cost is $ 10 per person, which includes the materials. This is the same class  taught by Kelly Johnson. Yevette Louie will teach during Kelly’s absence. Sign up soon in Lapidary Clubhouse 4.

Genealogy Club

Thursday workshops themes announced

The Genealogy Club offers Thursday Theme Workshops each week from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Genealogy Library in Clubhouse 3, Room 10.

There is no charge for these workshops and everyone is welcome. Upcoming workshop topics are:

• March 28: Researching German History

• April 4: Ancestry.com/Ancestry DNA

• April 11: Death Records

• April 18: Military Records

• April 25: Researching Irish Records

• May 2: Ancestry.com/Ancestry DNA

 The Library is staffed every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4 pm.  Members may come in during these hours to work on the computers and visitors are welcome to come in and take a tour of the library and learn what the club has to offer.

Theater Review

Nancy’s Cabaret features non-stop hits

by Donna Gambol 

LW contributor

One of the great advantages of living in the greater L.A. area is our access to fantastic live theatre.  Over the past couple of years this writer has enjoyed performances of a broad range of talent at the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts as well as their hosting of Musical Theatre West. That’s a great mid-size theater with a seating capacity of just over 1,000, with an extraordinary design wherein there is no center aisle, so ostensibly the best seats in the house are those center seats in each row.

Throughout the region there are several other small houses that feature equity talent and Hollywood hopefuls who practice their art showcasing a number of both well-known and lesser known authors. Among these are the Long Beach Playhouse, the Newport Beach Theatre Arts Center, Theatre Palisades and the Westminster Community Playhouse, all with seating of 200 or less, so every seat in the house is great. Other venues include theatre offerings at local colleges, universities, churches and libraries.  All of these are within a few miles of Leisure World and all affordable. What is disturbing is how often the theater seats are unsold. It’s such a shame as these performers really are topnotch and would welcome a full house.

If you like Broadway musicals, you might consider visiting the Lyceum Theater at Vanguard University in the next few weeks (Costa Mesa). Nancy’s Cabaret there will be hosting four young talents who will be singing “hit” songs, non-stop during their performances. The repertory includes: “Cabaret,” “Anything Goes,” “Send in the Clowns,” “42nd Street,” “What I Did for Love,” “Luck be a Lady,” “Corner of the Sky,”  “What a Beautiful Morning,” “Oklahoma,” “Love Changes Everything,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Impossible Dream,” “Maria,” “All that Jazz,” “This is All I Ask of You,” “Music of the Night,” “Street Where You Live,” “Day by Day” and others.

Performances for this special event are 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. through May 25-26.  Ticket prices are $9-$12.50.  Go to their website at www.Nancyscabaret.com to learn more.

Community

LW CENTENARIANS

‘Take each day with no worries’ is Jo Pickerell’s advice

by Loni Gardette

LW contributor 

Josephine Pickerell or “Jo” as she likes to be called by friends and family, is a bright, stylish mother of five and grandmother of seven. She is also one of Leisure World’s lovely centenarians.

Jo and her husband, Duane, arrived in Leisure World 14 years ago after waving farewell to their beautiful Woodland Hills home. A daughter who lives in Fountain Valley introduced them to Leisure World, where they decided to settle and begin a new adventure in life. Duane became a Mutual 15 Board Director for a short time while Jo immediately began enjoying the Ceramic Club. You can see evidence of her artistic talent represented in all the beautiful ceramic pieces she’s produced, as well as the lovely oil color paintings that adorn her walls.

 Jo’s life began on June 13, 1917, in Kansas City, Missouri. Her mother passed away when she was very young and she was raised by her father and a step-mother that Jo remembers as “a very good and caring person.”  

As the daughter of a lawyer, Jo fondly recalls her father strongly encouraging her to finish her higher education, which was quite forward thinking for a father to tell a daughter at that time. Armed with her family’s ingrained lessons of morality, honesty and the importance of being a good person, Jo went out into the world and earned a degree in psychology from the University of Missouri. However, what really resonated as her authentic calling, came not from her college major but from her college minor, which was art. Jo is an artist, and you know how it goes, “Once an artist always an artist.”

College brought Jo another joy. It was there that she met the love of her life and future husband, Duane Pickerell. A year after graduation, Jo and Duane married only to have their life put on hold when Duane was drafted and sent to the South Pacific to fight in WWII.

Five years later, Jo remembers a time of great celebration and gratitude when Duane safely returned home and they were able to begin their real-life adventure together. They first settled in Chicago where Jo showcased her artistic talent as a home decorator. At one point in her career she had two of her homes highlighted in national magazines.

Later Jo and Duane became the parents of five children, two boys and three girls. Two of the girls are identical twins. The twins were quite a surprise to her in her 40s. Jo will tell you the twins turned out to be the most wonderful gift she could ever have been given.  Three of her children took after her with a love of art. 

After raising a family Jo and Duane found themselves empty nesters and finally had time to enjoy their love of travel. This second “true love” led them to Europe, which they visited more than once.  One of their favorite places was the Louvre in Paris. They also enjoyed memorable trips to Rome and Greece. Jo is very grateful to have taken those trips while Duane was still with her to enjoy them. 

Jo’s advice: “go now and see all those beautiful things while you still can.”  

Searching for direction in your life? Jo suggests, “Take each day with no worries about tomorrow… and find a good hobby!” Ceramics anyone? 

Words of wisdom from a well-lived creative life, 73 years of a happy marriage filled with the joys of raising a loving family, and a sense of adventure to explore and travel the world.

Mother’s Day

The GRF Recreation Department will host a special brunch to honor Leisure World mothers on Saturday, May 11, in Clubhouse 4 at 11 a.m.

The event will be catered by Country  Gardens Caterers. Last year was a huge success and the event is expected to sell out  this year, so now is the time to save the date. 

An elegant repast includes an egg and sausage strata, strawberry crepes, fresh fruit and pastry platters, sparkling cider and more. Moms and guests will be serenaded by classical harpist, Peggy Skomal. 

Mothers may want to treat daughters too, and both are welcome so plan to attend the day before Mother’s Day. 

Reservations are on sale for $26 and are available at the Recreation Office in Building 5. Those who want to buy a table ($208) or sit with a group should inform the events coordinator when purchasing.  All seating will be organized by GRF if no request is made.

For more information, contact the Recreation Department at events@lwsb.com or by calling 431-6586, ext. 326.

Monthly orientations introduce LWers to GRF Minibus system ins and outs

The Golden Rain Transportation Department conducts informational meetings on using the Minibus service from 10-11:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The next orientation is April 4.

The sessions are for shareholders who want to learn about Minibus system routes and timetables. Information on the Golden Rain Access Bus service, the GRF shuttles and updated information on the Seal Beach Senior Service to the Rossmoor shopping areas is provided. 

“Learn the Route,” a special ride-along session, immediately follows the 10 a.m. meeting. Shareholders are invited to ride a Minibus to become better acquainted with the various routes. Information on short-cuts, transfers between routes and how to navigate the time tables will be presented from a “seat-on-the-bus” perspective. 

For more information, call Fleet Manager Grant Winford at 431-6586, ext. 372.

GAF pays to recycle LW batteries

Battery disposal in Leisure World is a partnership with the Golden Age Foundation (GAF) and the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF).  The GAF collects and accumulates used batteries in five-gallon buckets in the Mobility Aids room and various other drop-off locations.   When the buckets are full, the Transportation Department transfers the batteries into proper hazardous waste containers in the Service Maintenance area where they are combined with batteries from the mutuals and other sources. When the containers are full, the GAF pays to have them disposed.  

Contrary to popular impressions, battery “recycling” costs rather than generates money.  Seeing that the cost to the local environment is far greater, both the GAF and the GRF thank residents who use this service and keep the neighborhood healthy.  

The five gallon buckets are a valued commodity in Service Maintenance as they eventually deteriorate upon sun exposure.   Replacement buckets will keep a well-oiled machine humming and the GAF is happy to donate the necessary buckets.

GRF RECREATION

Additional Angels game trips planned

The Recreation Department has planned three Leisure World Days at Angel Stadium for residents and their guests this season. 

The Angels vs. New York Yankees is sold out, but the Angels will take on the Reds on June 27 at 7:07 p.m. Interested parties should come to the Recreation Office, in Building 5, lower level to make their purchase.  The first game sold out quickly, so don’t put it off.

Tickets will be pre-sold at the Recreation Office for $40, which includes transportation.  A hot dog and beverage may be purchased for an additional $6.50, and a ball cap may be added for $3.  

Participants need to complete a release form, also available at the Recreation Office. The bus leaves at 5 p.m. from the Amphitheater parking lot, but those going must arrive by 4:30 to be processed.  Accessible seating is available if requested at the time of ticket purchase.  The tickets are non-refundable.

One more excursion is planned for July 21, so mark your calendar.

For more information, contact the Tommy Fileto at 431-6586, ext. 324, or email thomasf@lwsb.com.

Tickets on sale for Mutual 12’s annual luncheon

Mutual 12 will host its annual luncheon on Wednesday, April 17, at noon in Clubhouse 2. Tickets are available  from building captains. The cost is $8 per shareholder, $16 for guests and caregivers. 

Join neighbors, for grilled chicken and penne pasta in a creamy marinara sauce, salad and garlic bread. 

Winners must be present for drawings and door prizes.

GAF

On-site bike service comes to LW

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) in collaboration with the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) will  bring bike service to Leisure World on Wednesday, April 3, from 2-4 p.m. in the parking lot outside of Clubhouse 6. Dave Hanson, president of Jax Bicycles, will visit LW and provide minor services on site for free. 

Services provided include fitting the bike to the rider (adjust handlebar and seat heights) and basic lubrication/adjustments.  

For bikes requiring more extensive repair/service, Hanson will provide a quote and if the resident agrees, take the bike back to his shop, fix it, and return it to the shareholder’s apartment with no transportation charge. In addition, Jax will provide discounts for Leisure World residents.

The service will be provided on a trial basis once a month for three months. It is hoped this service will help those who want to ride but have problems with their bicycles, keeping them off the road. Call Carl Kennedy, (661) 810-9410, for more information.

Jax Bicycle Center was established in 1971 and has since become the largest Trek retailer in California.  There are 10 Jax locations, including Long Beach and Huntington Beach.

Jax’s stated mission is to provide clients and community with high quality products, sales and service to meet all of their cycling needs. 

Hanson, who has owned Jax for over 20 years, and his employees share a passion for cycling and are committed to bringing a safe, enjoyable riding experience to the community.

Dine and watch NCAA tourney

The conclusion of March Madness, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game, will be shown in the Lobby of Clubhouse 1 during restaurant night on April 1. 

Come to Clubhouse 1 for dinner served by Naples.

GRF RECREATION

Purchase tickets for Stars on Ice

The GRF Recreation Department will escort a trip to see the 2019 Stars on Ice Tour on Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Honda Center. The cost is $40 per person, including transportation. Accessible seating may be available upon request. 

The best of American figure skating past, present and future will shine in the all-new show featuring 2018 World Champion Nathan Chen, Olympic medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, Ashley Wagner, Jason Brown, Mirai Nagasu, Jeremy Abbott and Bradie Tennell. They will be joined by Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, World silver medalists Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue and United States silver medalist Vincent Zhou in a red, white and blue celebration on ice. 

Make reservations by emailing events@lwsb.com, in person at the Recreation Office in Building 5, or by calling 431-6586, ext. 326 or 324. Guests are welcome but must be accompanied by a GRF member.

SUNSHINE CLUB

Security services director is guest tomorrow

Victor Rocha, GRF security services director, will be the guest speaker at the Sunshine Club, tomorrow, March 29, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

 He will talk about physical safety, such as locking cars and residences.

After a brief talk regarding physical security, he will address the possibility of Seal Beach PD coming into LWSB to enforce traffic laws. 

An open question-and-answer period will follow to address any security questions or concerns.

Rocha has over 30 years of law enforcement, security, and safety experience. He worked as a police officer and detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. In addition, he has provided security assessments for businesses, schools, and HOA’s throughout the United States.

Rocha is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. He graduated with a bachelor’s of art degree in criminal justice from California State University, Fullerton.

The Sunshine Club of SBLW is designed to help all ethnic groups to get along in the community, and to have better communication with neighbors. The club has frequent guest speakers and uses information in the LW Weekly as a textbook to get the best out of living in Leisure World. The class reviews news, general columns, the minutes of monthly mutual meetings, the minutes of monthly Board of Directors meetings, etc. in the paper each week. 

The club appreciates shareholders bringing their own coffee mugs to participate in the club’s “Save The Earth” program. Arrive 5-10 minutes early to enjoy refreshments before the meeting.

The club meets from 10 a.m.-noon on Fridays, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 (except the first Friday in Room 9). All shareholders are welcome to attend; membership is not required.

For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.

CONCERNED SHAREHOLDERS

Rocha is speaker today, 1 p.m.

Concerned Shareholders will meet March 28 at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.  

The speaker will be Victor Rocha, security services director, who will talk about the new policies for the Leisure World Security team. Rocha will also give an update on the pending possibility of Seal Beach Police Department patrolling and issuing tickets on Leisure World (GRF) streets and the effects.  

Members will discuss if this new policy of the Golden Rain Board of Directors is good for the community and the Shareholders.  

There will be a question-and-answer period for Rocha.  

An up-date on the how the new buyer’s approval process by the Mutuals and Golden Rain Foundation Stock Transfer is improving the lives of the Shareholders, potential buyers and real estate agents.  

There will be an open discussions for all to participate.   

The annual dues are $3.

Korean American 

Computer Forum studying Windows 10, PC issues

Korean American Computer Forum meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3,  Room 2 to learn about Windows 10 and practice it while operating their laptop computers. On the second Tuesdays of the month, the class learns about specific PC issues and software applications from 1-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3,  Room 1.   

Since Windows 10 is the most important and the most recent operating system, the members want to reach higher level of the skills for its applications.  KACF is repeating the Windows 10 course for the third time since  2016.  

In 2019, KACF members have spent the three months on the general introduction of Windows 10, such as how to set up the machine and how to defend, tune up and update their computers. For a few upcoming months, they will continue to study synchronization of Mail, Contacts and Calendar between computer and smartphone using Outlook.  Furthermore, the members will deal with external storage taking OneDrive as its subject. Finally toward the year-end, the class will conclude with photo handling and videos organization, to make short slideshows and video files.

The ultimate goals of the club is to provide the participants with an excellent learning place for computer skills and, in the meantime, ensures a cozy space for promoting mutual friendship. 

The club is proud of its numerous loyal members who have achieved advancements in computer and also are playing leading roles for enhanced friendly environment for the class.

For information, call Suk Im, (206) 679-7570,  or Anna Simons, 794-9608.

GAF

Goal is 500 participants in Ralph’s Reward program

The Golden Age Foundation Hospitality Center is a hub of active shareholders who meet friends and neighbors and take a break from their daily activities among bikers, walkers, hikers and beach walkers.

In order to provide the hospitality service, GAF needs to raise funds. An easy way to donate funds to GAF without any cost to the donors is by participating in the Ralph’s Rewards Program.

Lillian Kennedy, GAF board member, is at the Hospitality Center on Tuesdays from 9-11 a.m. to register shareholders for the Ralph’s Community Rewards Program. She will not be there on April 9, due to the GAF Centenarian luncheon on that day.

Since November, when she began,  100  people have  signed up to participate in the Ralph’s program on behalf of the GAF. The GAF recently received a check for $1,551.03 from  Kroger’s, the parent company for Ralph’s, for the last quarter, Nov. 6, 2018-Feb. 28.

Ralph’s donates a percentage of its sales to local charities just for people doing their regular shopping. To receive funds, people must register for a charity of choice, the Golden Age Foundation, with the Ralph’s Reward program. 

People can also register online at www.ralphs.com anytime or by calling (800) 443-4438 or (800) 660-9003, Monday-Friday, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The goal of the GAF is to have 500  people signed up by the end of 2019. The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is a non profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Italian-American  

Club will meet on April 3, CH 4

The Italian-American Club meets the first Wednesday of each month in Clubhouse 4 at noon. All Leisure World residents are welcome. 

The next general meeting will be held on April 3, with bingo and $2 refreshments.

Mark calendars for May 1, the first Mother’s Day tea. Further information will be provided at the April meeting.

Notary services available in LW

Leisure World residents now have notary services, $15 per signature, available by appointment in the Copy & Supply Center in Building 5. For an appointment, call 431-6586, ext. 345. 

The Copy & Supply Center also carries small items, such as batteries, shower heads, fire extinguishers, emergency vests and other items, from the Purchasing Department.

Pet first aid was presented at Paws, Claws, Beaks Club

Peggy Lynch, member of the club, gave an excellent presentation at the last Paws, Claws and Beaks Club meeting about pet first aid.

She demonstrated  how to care for animals in different emergencies; how to muzzle a scared animal; and what to do in case of bleeding, broken bones and insect stings.  Peggy also showed how to put together a first aid kit. Most items can be purchased from the $1 store. 

She provided valuable common sense information. The club appreciated all the efford she put into the presentation.

Paws, Claws and Beaks Club  is a lively and fun group with many activities throughout the year. 

The club meets on the second Wednesday in Clubhouse 3, Room 3, at 3 p.m. For information call Jackie Hildebrant, (714) 423-8279, or Bonnie Kaplan,  (714) 930-5314.

YIDDISH CLUB

Come learn about Warsaw Ghetto

The Yiddish Club of Leisure World will meet Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

The topic will be “The Uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto.” The uprising  occurred  76 years ago  when Jewish insurgency arose during WWII in occupied Poland to oppose Nazi Germany’s effort to  transport the remaining  population in the Ghetto to the Treblinka extermination camp.

A group of 750 fighters fought the heavily armed and well-trained Germans. The Ghetto fighters held out for nearly a month, withdrawing after each encounter via rooftops. The Germans could not  uncover the Jews hidden inside bunkers so they decided to  burn the ghetto building-by-building.

The Jewish group fought desperately and heroically, but its small  cache of weapons was no match for the German war machine. 

The  Warsaw Ghetto uprising was the first uprising of an urban population in occupied Europe. 

After words and proverbs in Yiddish are presented, President Yakob Basner will talk about the historic event and present stories and poems dedicated to the uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto. Songs will be performed by Yiddish singer, Harriet Benesh. 

Refreshments will be served after the program.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB

‘Let’s Talk eBay’ class is today

The Friendship Club offers computer classes taught by Jeff Sacks, Maxine Smith, and Miryam Fernandez.

• Thursday March 28, Clubhouse 3, Room 7

1 p.m.- Prepare for test such as CA DMV using computer (Sacks)Includes a discussion on REAL ID

2:30 p.m. – Let’s Talk eBay (Smith)

Classes are free, but donations to pay for a wireless hotspot and printing materials are welcome.

For eBay information, contact Maxine Smith maxla@aol.com; for Facebook information contact Miryam Fernandez, 884-7460; for computer information, contact Jeff Sacks (714) 642-0122. To suggest questions for Q & A, or to join the email list, email to jfsacks@gmail.com.

KACMA

Beethoven sonatas will be shared

The Korean-American Classical Music Academy (KACMA) will meet today, March 28, at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 4.

Ken Chong will continue presenting the great works  by Ludwig van Beethoven, including Violin Sonata No. 9, Op. 47, “Kreutzer Sonata”, movements I and II; Piano Sonata No. 21, Op. 53, “Waldstein”, movements I and III; and Piano Sonata No. 23, Op. 57, “Appassiona.”       

Robert Chung will follow with the members’ hour.

The KACMA class is conducted in Korean and open to all residents. The gathering encourages a fellowship through the enjoyment of mostly classical music and attending outside concerts in a group.

For further information, contact President Angel Joh, 598-0313; Program Chair Robert Chung, 387-7377; or Publicity Chair Yoon Soo Park, 431-3036.

Centenarian luncheon is sold out

The Golden Age Foundation’s Centennial luncheon honoring Leisure World residents who have reached the venerable age of 100 years and beyond, is sold out. 

Those attending the event on April 9 should arrive early to Clubhouse 4, as a large crowd is expected. 

Registration begins at 11 a.m., and event will begin 11:30, with lunch and entertainment.

For more information, call Anna Derby at 301-5339.

Obituaries

Space is available for obituaries of residents and former residents.

• An “In Memoriam” column is available free of charge. Limited to name, mutual number and date of death.

• An obituary with or without photo is available free of charge for the first 250 words. Additional words will be charged at the rate of 25 cents per word. Notices written by the news staff will be free and no more than 250 words.

• Notices from mortuaries and non-GRF members will be printed exactly as submitted and charged at the non-member classified advertising rate, $12 for the first 12 words and 25 cents for each additional word. 

• Bordered, decorative obituaries and eulogies are available in any size at the prevailing display advertising rate.

• Obituaries may be published as news articles when the person has been a member of the GRF Board of Directors, or when, in the opinion of the managing editor, the passing of a person is newsworthy to a sufficiently large number of GRF members.

• A “Card of Thanks” section is available in the classified section of LW Weekly at the member classified advertising rate, $8 for the first 12 words and 25¢ per word thereafter, for persons wanting to express their thanks for help during bereavement, sickness, etc.

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In Memoriam 

Lawrence Wilkinson  93

Nida Woods  91

Stephanie Williams  25

Desiree Dude  32

Caiqun Zhen  76

Donald Brasch  94

Sandra Seville-Jones  58

Charles Corso  98

Jonathan Akers  21

Jerrold Young  81

John Kane 66

Charles Doyle  73

Stewart Millstone 82

Peter Carnahan  55

Barry Stapp  77

Dianna Docton  69

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 

961-9301

—paid obituary

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Beck, Virginia Olive Bennett

1917-2018

 Beck, Walter Stuart

1916-2011

After living into her 102nd year with a sharp and interactive mind, Virginia Olive Bennett Beck passed away in Long Beach, California, on Dec. 17, 2018, with her loving son at her side.  

She was born on Oct. 9, 1917, and was pre-deceased by her treasured husband, Walter and dear daughter, Judy Beck Bostian Manning. 

She was an incredibly great old gal who gave us all her unconditional love.

 Walter Stuart Beck, born Sept. 24, 1916, passed away on July 9, 2011.  At 94 years old, he too still possessed a razor sharp mind and a great sense of humor. 

He and his beloved Virginia were born in the heartland of Toledo, Ohio.  Married for over 71 years, these love birds were inseparable until Walter’s passing.  At that time, Virginia wrote Walter a beautiful love poem entitled “You’re Not Gone, You’re Just Away” and now they are together again forever in love.

They are survived by their son Larry (Mollie) Beck; son-in-law, Denny Manning; grandchildren Wendy Bostian, Marnie (Anthony) Beck Mohr, Jenny (Scott) Bostian Stewart, Jessica (Matt) Beck Collins and five great-grandchildren. 

Services were private.

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Armstrong, Corinne Marie

1923-2019

A celebration of life for  Corinne Marie Armstrong, Mutual 3, will be held on Saturday, March 30, at 11:30 a.m. in Leisure World Clubhouse 2.

Travel

On the Go

Day Trips 

Pala Casino -March 29, $6, $10 back, American Legion Post 327, Gail Levitt, 596-1346.

Anaheim Angels – April 24, $40, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326

Stars on Ice, Honda Center – Saturday, May 11, $40, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326

Huntington Library – May 22 $58, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326

Beauty and the Beast, La Mirada Theater – Thursday, June 6, $85, Children-A-Priority, Juanita Townsend, 431-4026 

Harrah’s Rincon – Daily, free, Amphitheater, 7:15-7:30 a.m., (877) 777-2457

Pala Casino – Daily, free, Amphitheater, 8 a.m., (714) 985-9555

Pechanga Casino – Daily, Amphitheater, 8 a.m., free, $10 in EZ Play upon arrival, (951) 770-2579

Valley View Casino – Sunday-Tuesday, Amphitheater, 7 a.m., free

Overnight Trips 

Laughlin – April 22-24, Seal Beach Woman’s Club, womansclubofsealbeach.org

California Eight Missions – May 14, motorcoach tour, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos, 598-1849

Canadian Rockies & Glacier Park—Sept. 8-14, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos, 598-1849

Palm Springs, Death Valley, Joshua Tree & Las Vegas—Nov. 4-7; motorcoach sightseeing, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos, 598-1849

Hearst Castle at Christmas Time —Dec. 16-18, Motorcoach sightseeing, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos, 598-1849

Outing planned to see ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Children-A-Priority will escort a trip to see “Beauty and the Beast” at the La Mirada Theater on Thursday, June 6.

“Beauty and the Beast” is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton. The play is adapted from Walt Disney Pictures’ Academy Award-winning 1991 animated musical film of the same name, which was based on the classic French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.

Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a cold-blooded prince who has been magically transformed into an unsightly creature as punishment for his selfish ways. To revert into his true human form, the Beast must first learn to love a bright, beautiful young woman whom he has imprisoned in his enchanted castle.

All eight songs from the animated film are in the musical.

The bus will leave the Amphitheater at 7 p.m.

The cost for the play and transportation is $85.

For tickets and information, call Juanita Townsend, 431-4026.

SUNSHINE CLUB

Day trip to San Diego planned

All are invited to join the Sunshine Club on a bus day-trip to San Diego on Thursday, April 18.

The cost of the trip is $50, and includes round-trip transportation.  There will be visits to Hotel Del Coronado and Old Town San Diego.

San Diego is lovely in April, with sunny skies and moderate temperatures. The tourist attractions are less busy during the lull between spring break and summer vacation. 

The bus will depart from the Clubhouse 4 parking lot  at 9 a.m. Be at the parking lot no later than 8:45 a.m. Lunch, snack, water, etc. will be served on the bus.

Hotel del Coronado (also known as The Del and Hotel Del) is a historic beachfront hotel in the city of Coronado, just across the bay from San Diego. The beach resort is one of the few surviving examples of the wooden Victorian American architectural genre. It is the second largest wooden structure in the United States (after the Tillamook Air Museum in Tillamook, Oregon) and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977 and a California Historical Landmark in 1970. 

The hotel received a four-diamond rating from the American Automobile Association and was once listed by USA Today as one of the top 10 resorts in the world. 

San Diego Old Town is a pleasant place to soak up some history, browse for souvenirs, and perhaps enjoy a Mexican meal. 

Old Town is the site of the original pueblo (village) that sprang up in San Diego below the mission and fortress back in the 18th century. It preserves five of the original adobe (mud brick) buildings alongside scores of recreated structures, including a schoolhouse and newspaper office.

This day-trip is subject to sufficient interest to fill a bus. Maximum available passengers is 50, and it is first-come, first-serve.

For more information and reservations, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.

Assembly of God  

The annual Heritage Hero luncheon for this region will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at the Orange County Worship Center in Santa Ana.  

Churches represented will honor a member who has faithfully served in various capacities over several years. 

Members of Assembly of God Church should tell Pastor Sam Palwak if they want to attend the luncheon.

The pastor will bring the message “Weakin’ our Stinkin’ Thinkin’  to the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

Denise Smith, Diana Mushigian, Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger and the musicians will assist in the service.

The 6 p.m. hymn sing in Clubhouse 3 will feature special music by Denise Smith and choruses from years ago led by Ruth Olson.  

Associate Pastor Ballinger will lead the congregational singing and Pastor Sam will close with a devotion. 

Fellowship is a special time of visiting, and sharing special treats.

Sunday prayer meetings are held at 10 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.

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Bible Study on Wednesday, April 3, will continue in Hebrews, Chapter 11, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. 

Several congregations will be represented and visitors are welcome.

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The monthly ministry at Seal Beach Rehabilitation Center  will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, under the leadership of Denise Smith.

rock church  

The Rock Church, Seal Beach campus welcomes everyone to weekly services for all ages at Marine Center, 151 Marina Drive, Seal Beach

Sunday services in English begin at 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. but remain 1:45 p.m. in Spanish. 

Sunday’s message can be heard for no cost at www.gototherock.com. Select Seal Beach Campus and check the podcast. 

For more information, call (714) 562-8233.

community church 

Community Church continues its Lenten “Bowl and a Roll” series at 5 p.m. today, Thursday, in Edgar Hall, with “Signs of Alzhiemers and Resources for Caregivers” presented by Ben Allen. A free meal of soup and a roll is scheduled. Contact Virginia Olejnik at 386-6076 for more information.

Allen is the “Memories in the Making” community coordinator at the Alzheimers Association of Orange County. He was recently honored as recipient of the 2018 Fairhaven Oliver Halsell award. He is currently the caregiver for his wife, Judy. 

    On Sunday, March 31, Pastor Johan will give the message titled, “Don’t Give In To Greed” from Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. Lay Liturgist will be Ted Walker.  

Services begin at 9:50 a.m., followed by refreshments and coffee in Edgar Hall.

The Fellowship Committee, chaired by Joanna Matos, will present the Golden 90s Celebration after the service.

The party in Edgar Hall will honor those in the church family who are 90 or older and others who will reach that milestone this year.

First Christian   

First Christian Church has dedicated the missions month of March to Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). The organization is in 207 countries ministering to children through varied programs to reach them for Jesus. 

Among their outreaches, CEF sponsors camps for children which provide a change in daily environment, instruction in the Bible, fun and recreation.  

The Saturday service begins at 5:15 p.m. The hospitality room opens at 4:30 p.m. 

Sunday begins with Elder Jack Frost teaching Bible study at 9 a.m. in the book of Exodus. 

At 9:30 a.m., the Hospitality Room opens for fellowship and light refreshments with co-hosts Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski.

Pastor Bruce Humes begins the service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer and Scripture.

Margaret Humes will lead the hymns  “Jesus Is Coming Again,” “When We See Christ” and “What a Day That Will Be.”

The Communion hymn will be “Glory To His Name”.   

The choir,  directed by Anita Ragole, will sing “One Day.”

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will present the communion meditation and service. 

For the offertory, the Praise Team will sing “Holy Ground.”

Anita Ragole will sing, “The Lord’s Prayer” and read from the Gospel of Matthew, 22:30-33.

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes’ message will be “The Corner Stone” based on Matthew 21:43- thru 22:14. 

The Hospitality Room opens 45 minutes before each service for fellowship and light refreshments.

Prayer and verse-by-verse Bible studies during the week are held on Tuesdays with Pastor Humes and on Thursdays with Pastor Cherryholmes both at 9:30 a.m. 

 The Calvary Chapel Bible study has been canceled. 

Hearing enhancements are available at all church functions. 

For more information, call 431-8810 and leave a message

Redeemer Lutheran  

Pastor Gil Moore of Redeemer Lutheran Church will use the familiar parable of the Prodigal Son, from Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 as his text for Sunday’s sermon,titled “The Free Gift.”  The greeter will be Bernie Gerard and the choir will sing “My Soul in Stillness Waits.”
       Altar flowers will be provided by Pastor Moore and family in honor of his wife Lavona’s 90th birthday.

The Sunday service begins at 10:30 a.m. with a brief presentation by Rev. David Berg concerning the up-coming grief support group. A coffee hour follows the service in Fellowship Hall.

 The Wednesday morning Bible class meets on April 3 in Fellowship Hall from 10:30-11:30 a.m. under the leadership of Pastor Lynda Elmer. The class is now studying a study of Paul’s letters to Timothy. All are welcome.

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Special Lenten devotions and soup suppers begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in Fellowship Hall.

 A light supper will be served and a dialogue devotional presentation by Pastor Gil Moore and Rev. Lisa Rotchford is planned.

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The church council meets at 2:30 p.m. today, Thursday, in the conference room.

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 The Respite Center meets on Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 596-1209 for information about registration and volunteering.

Website for the congregation is  at www.redeemerlutheransealbeach.com.

faith christian

All are invited to attend Faith Christian Assembly’s mid-week Bible Study  held on Wednesdays in April.  

Led by Gary and Sheri Leming, the sessions will take members on Jesus’ journey from the Garden of Gethsemane, to the grave to the light of day.

Tuesday is Faith Fellowship at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room. Grief-Share meets at 2 p.m. Fridays in the Garden Room

To receive a free newsletter and for more information, call 598-9010 or visit www.FCAchurch.net.  

lw baptist  

Leisure World Baptist Church gathers to worship this week. 

Sunday School is from 8:40- 9:10 a.m. with Bob Simons teaching, followed by coffee and snacks until 9:45 a.m.,when morning worship begins.

All will join in singing “O for a Thousand Tongues.”

Soloist Joan Shramek will sing “O That Will Be Glory For Me,” a hymn by Charles Gabriel. It was inspired a friend who closed every prayer with the title of that hymn. 

Darlene Harris will direct the choir in the singing  of  “I’m  a Child of the King.”

Congregational hymns include “Living for Jesus,” “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” and “Jesus is Lord of All.”

Pianist Yvonne Leon plays for the offertory

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s morning message from Romans 3: 9-20 is titled “All Guilty Before God” (Jerimiah, 9-23).

The closing hymn will be “At Calvary.”

Following the service, the  prayer room will be open for those with special requests.

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The Men’s Fellowship meets at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 1, in Clubhouse 3, Room 8.

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The Energizers meet at 3 p.m. on Wednesday April 3, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, for study and fellowship.

For more information, call 430-2920.

Aglow International  

Aglow International will hold a luncheon at 11:30 a.m.  Thursday, April 11, at Mimi’s Cafe, 6670 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach.

Men and women are welcome. Reservations should be made by April 8 by calling 631-7291.

congregation sholom 

Congregation Sholom will celebrate  services led by Rabbi Rachel Axelrad, at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. An Oneg shabbat will follow. 

Bagels will be served Saturday, at 9 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9,  followed by services with Rabbi Axelrad. A potluck dairy lunch will follow services at noon.

The Passover Seder begins at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, April 19, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. It will be  led by Cantor Marla Barugel.

The menu is matzo ball soup, chutney brisket or roast chicken, vegetables, beverage and dessert. 

A vegetarian menu will also be available. 

The cost will be $50 for members, $60 for non-members, and $18 for children under 13. 

The address to send payment to is: Congregation Sholom P.O. Box 2901. Seal Beach, 90740.

  To provide a ride to services, or to get one, call Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122 or Maria Bogart at 594-4362.

salvation army  

Storyteller Jeremiah Gamble from the renowned Theater for the Thirsty will present a special show when the  Salvation Army Home League meets at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 1 in Clubhouse 4.

Titled “The Rough and the Holy,” the show is an emotionally charged one-man play discovering the life of Jesus, the “friend of sinners.”  

It will focus solely on the Word of God brought to life in a creative, theatrical and powerful way. 

No tickets are needed; all are  invited to attend. A 6:45 p.m. arrival is advised so those who attend  can get  free refreshments and find a seat.

The show is presented by The Salvation Army of Long Beach.

holy family catholic

Holy Family Catholic Church, located at 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will celebrate the fourth Sunday of Lent  this week.

The readings: 

First Reading: Joshua 5:9A, 10-125; Responsorial Psalm: 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7; Second Reading: 12 Corinthians 5:17-21; Verse before Gospel: Luke 15:18;  Gospel: 15:1-3, 11-32.

As part of the 40 Days for Life Campaign, Holy Family Parish’s Respect Life Ministry is conducting  baby diapers drive that began on Ash Wednesday and ends on Good Friday, April 19.

Diapers in sizes 3, 4 and 5 and  birth-18 months are needed.

Donations, which can be taken to the back of the parish, will go to the Respect Life Center in Santa Ana.

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Pray the Rosary during Lent Monday-Saturday at 8 a.m., 7:45 a.m. on Wednesdays.

All are invited to  pray to God with the divine intersection of Our Blessed Mother Mary at 3 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.

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Stations of the Cross are held every Friday during Lent immediately after 8:30 a.m. Mass.

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 The church celebrates Sunday Mass at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon; the  Vigil Mass is at 5 p.m. Saturday; daily Mass is 8:30 a.m., Monday-Saturday.  

Confessions are heard from 4-4:45 p.m. Saturdays and the eves of Holy Days: and 9:15 a.m. on First Fridays.

Weekly health, exercise classes  

Beginning Yoga

Classes are offered from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, and at the same time on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. Bring mats. The fee is $5 a class.

      For more information, call Patti Endly at 430-7291.

Yoga

Classes are offered Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the Clubhouse 4 Lobby,

Thursdays at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The fee is $5 per session.

       For more information, call Connie Adkins at 506-5063.

Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi

Classes are offered from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Paul Pridanonda teaches students to free the mind and spirit using laughter and slow and steady flow of tai chi movements. 

      For more information, call 430-7143. 

Monday Intermediate Yoga

Classes are offered each week from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4, Section C; fee: $5 per session. 

      For more information, call Pat Castaneda at 225-0273.

Ageless Grace

The eight-week chair-based exercise program, which addresses 21 specific aging factors, has resumed weekly classes at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, upstairs in Clubhouse 6. The exercises are practiced in a chair. 

To participate, drop in anytime for $5 per session or pay $30 for all eight sessions.

 For more information, call Carol Costello at 596-3927.

Movement for Health and Self-Healing Medical Qigong Club

     Qigong practice sessions classes are held from 9-10 a.m. on Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The session is led by Dave Heilig, QiGong practitoner.

      For more information, call Catherine Milliot at 760-4545.

Fitness Fusion Upper/Lower Body Strength and Yoga

Classes are offered from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Clubhouse 6, top floor. Attendance both days is not necessary. The fee is $4 a class when paying by the month, or $5 for those who do not attend  on a regular basis. 

For more information, call Marion Higgins at 296-8328.

Chair Exercise

Classes are offered from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays in Clubhouse 1. Classes are for men and women at all fitness levels. 

For more information, call 493-7063.

Qigong, Tai Chi Club

Qigong and tai chi classes are offered at 9:20 a.m. on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. The classes increase mobility and balance. Beginners are welcome. 

For more information, call Joann Mullens at 596-3936.

Feeling Good Exercise

     Move to the music from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays  in Clubhouse  1, with Sarah Grusmark and Thursdays with Katie Sellards.  The fee is $3 a class. People of all fitness levels are welcome. For more information, call Cathleen Walters at 598-9149.

Pilates

Chair classes meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6. The cost is $5 a class. Instruction includes seated and standing exercises. Mat classes meet Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, Room C. Those who attend should bring a mat. All other equipment will be provided.

For additional information, call 430-6044  or, 430-3214.

Wa-Rite Club 

by Margaret Humes

LW contributor

Kathy Rose was recognized at the March 22 meeting of the Wa-Rite Club for reaching her fourth short term weight-loss goal. She    also received her bachelor of goal weight.

Joni Williams was top Loser for the week after losing three pounds. She limited her carb intake and kept a record of her meals. 

Joni also showed great restraint while making fudge for her husband and not eating any. 

Food For Thought:  “We only have one body, if you don’t take care of it, it won’t take care of you.”

The program was given by Jeremy Matteson, PT, of  Seniors’ Choice, Physical Therapy in the Health Care Center. 

Jeremy shared the importance of movement. He said that many people hate to exercise but exercise is movement.

Don’t think of exercise as work, but activity. Any motion is movement and movement increases metabolism.

Other benefits of basic movement:

• Increases blood flow

• Circulates nutrients to the  joints

• Joint repairs are “switched on”

• Cellular waste is removed from the joints

  Muscle is built

• Range of motion is improved

Movement encourages circulation of synovial fluid which lubricates the joints, helping to decrease arthritis. 

Wa-Rite is a support group for women needing to lose 10 pounds or more.

Members meet from  9-10  a.m. Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Weigh-ins are from 7:45-8-45 a.m. Annual dues are $10.

To join or visit a meeting call Diana Goins at 760-1293 and bring Leisure World ID. You must be a resident to join.

Senior Meals 

Seal Beach Community Services, in cooperation with Community Senior Serv, offers a weekly hot meals program at the North Seal Beach Community Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr. The center is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday. Lunch is served weekdays at 11:15 a.m.  Arrive by 11 a.m. to check in at the front desk. Reservations not needed. Sugar-free desserts offered on request. One percent milk served daily. Suggested donation, $3 for seniors 60 and older; $5 for all others. For more information, call 430-6079.

Monday, April 1: Beef meatballs with Swedish sauce on egg noodles, beet and orange salad, fruited gelatin.

Tuesday,  April 2: Homemade Mexican corn soup with salt-free crackers, shredded chicken with pinto beans, lettuce and tomato, French roll, mayonnaise, melon.

 Wednesday, April 3: Turkey pot roast with brown gravy, mashed sweet potatoes broccoli, diet cake.

Thursday, April 4: White fish with sweet and sour sauce, green beans, brown rice with bread with Promise, tropical fruit mix.

Friday, April 5: Grilled chicken breast with chipotle barbecue sauce, pinto beans, flour tortilla, Mexican corn and zucchini, orange juice, diet custard.

Weekly health, exercise classes  

Beginning Yoga

Classes are offered from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, and at the same time on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. Bring mats. The fee is $5 a class.

      For more information, call Patti Endly at 430-7291.

Yoga

Classes are offered Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the Clubhouse 4 Lobby,

Thursdays at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The fee is $5 per session.

       For more information, call Connie Adkins at 506-5063.

Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi

Classes are offered from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Paul Pridanonda teaches students to free the mind and spirit using laughter and slow and steady flow of tai chi movements. 

      For more information, call 430-7143. 

Monday Intermediate Yoga

Classes are offered each week from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4, Section C; fee: $5 per session. 

      For more information, call Pat Castaneda at 225-0273.

Ageless Grace

The eight-week chair-based exercise program, which addresses 21 specific aging factors, has resumed weekly classes at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, upstairs in Clubhouse 6. The exercises are practiced in a chair. 

To participate, drop in anytime for $5 per session or pay $30 for all eight sessions.

 For more information, call Carol Costello at 596-3927.

Movement for Health and Self-Healing Medical Qigong Club

     Qigong practice sessions classes are held from 9-10 a.m. on Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The session is led by Dave Heilig, QiGong practitoner.

      For more information, call Catherine Milliot at 760-4545.

Fitness Fusion Upper/Lower Body Strength and Yoga

Classes are offered from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Clubhouse 6, top floor. Attendance both days is not necessary. The fee is $4 a class when paying by the month, or $5 for those who do not attend  on a regular basis. 

For more information, call Marion Higgins at 296-8328.

Chair Exercise

Classes are offered from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays in Clubhouse 1. Classes are for men and women at all fitness levels. 

For more information, call 493-7063.

Qigong, Tai Chi Club

Qigong and tai chi classes are offered at 9:20 a.m. on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. The classes increase mobility and balance. Beginners are welcome. 

For more information, call Joann Mullens at 596-3936.

Feeling Good Exercise

     Move to the music from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays  in Clubhouse  1, with Sarah Grusmark and Thursdays with Katie Sellards.  The fee is $3 a class. People of all fitness levels are welcome. For more information, call Cathleen Walters at 598-9149.

Pilates

Chair classes meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6. The cost is $5 a class. Instruction includes seated and standing exercises. Mat classes meet Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, Room C. Those who attend should bring a mat. All other equipment will be provided.

For additional information, call 430-6044  or, 430-3214.

Wa-Rite Club 

by Margaret Humes

LW contributor

Kathy Rose was recognized at the March 22 meeting of the Wa-Rite Club for reaching her fourth short term weight-loss goal. She    also received her bachelor of goal weight.

Joni Williams was top Loser for the week after losing three pounds. She limited her carb intake and kept a record of her meals. 

Joni also showed great restraint while making fudge for her husband and not eating any. 

Food For Thought:  “We only have one body, if you don’t take care of it, it won’t take care of you.”

The program was given by Jeremy Matteson, PT, of  Seniors’ Choice, Physical Therapy in the Health Care Center. 

Jeremy shared the importance of movement. He said that many people hate to exercise but exercise is movement.

Don’t think of exercise as work, but activity. Any motion is movement and movement increases metabolism.

Other benefits of basic movement:

• Increases blood flow

• Circulates nutrients to the  joints

• Joint repairs are “switched on”

• Cellular waste is removed from the joints

  Muscle is built

• Range of motion is improved

Movement encourages circulation of synovial fluid which lubricates the joints, helping to decrease arthritis. 

Wa-Rite is a support group for women needing to lose 10 pounds or more.

Members meet from  9-10  a.m. Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Weigh-ins are from 7:45-8-45 a.m. Annual dues are $10.

To join or visit a meeting call Diana Goins at 760-1293 and bring Leisure World ID. You must be a resident to join.

Senior Meals 

Seal Beach Community Services, in cooperation with Community Senior Serv, offers a weekly hot meals program at the North Seal Beach Community Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr. The center is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday. Lunch is served weekdays at 11:15 a.m.  Arrive by 11 a.m. to check in at the front desk. Reservations not needed. Sugar-free desserts offered on request. One percent milk served daily. Suggested donation, $3 for seniors 60 and older; $5 for all others. For more information, call 430-6079.

Monday, April 1: Beef meatballs with Swedish sauce on egg noodles, beet and orange salad, fruited gelatin.

Tuesday,  April 2: Homemade Mexican corn soup with salt-free crackers, shredded chicken with pinto beans, lettuce and tomato, French roll, mayonnaise, melon.

 Wednesday, April 3: Turkey pot roast with brown gravy, mashed sweet potatoes broccoli, diet cake.

Thursday, April 4: White fish with sweet and sour sauce, green beans, brown rice with bread with Promise, tropical fruit mix.

Friday, April 5: Grilled chicken breast with chipotle barbecue sauce, pinto beans, flour tortilla, Mexican corn and zucchini, orange juice, diet custard.