Notice of Annual Meeting

The Golden Age Foundation Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 28, beginning at 2 P.M. in Clubhouse 5, Conference Room B. (located just off the alley on the first floor of Clubhouse 5). Board members will report on the year’s accomplishments and will discuss present and future challenges and opportunities.

We encourage all Golden Age Foundation members to attend!

Volunteer Luncheon Scheduled for June 22

A luncheon to thank our many volunteers for their contributions will be held on Wednesday, June 22 in Clubhouse 2, starting at 11:30 A.M. Volunteers and special guests will receive invitations from program chairs. The theme of this year’s luncheon is “A Mexican Fiesta.” Mexican food will be catered by Koeffel’s Food Service. The Hui o’ Hula dancers will perform a special Mexican themed program for everyone’s enjoyment. The event is chaired by Board member Rosa Carrillo. The event is being generously underwritten by On-Site Sales and by Superwire. We hope as many volunteers as possible will be able to help us celebrate!

Help Support Golden Age By Enrolling in Ralph’s Community Program

If you shop at Ralphs, have a Ralphs Reward card, and enroll in the Ralphs Community Program, you can help support the Golden Age Foundation. After you enroll, a small % of each of your purchases will be donated by Ralphs to us. To enroll, go to www. ralphs.com or call 800-443-4438. Indicate Golden Age Foundation as your preferred charity.

Each time you shop at Ralphs, be sure to check your register receipt to see that Golden Age Foundation has been credited.

Developing a New Vision Statement

The Golden Age Foundation Board of Director recently participated in a Strategic Planning meeting to discuss the organization’s challenges and opportunities. Board members discussed many issues; however, one issue was paramount to the continued success of the Foundation. We believe that a great challenge is the fact that many shareholders don’t know what we do and/or don’t know that we need help – both in terms of human resources and financial support. As a result of our discussions, we crafted the following vision statement to guide our actions for the next 2 years:

To heighten awareness of and support for community programs sponsored by Golden Age members, donors, and volunteers.

Be One of the First 100 to Order a Commemorative Brick or Tile

Donor Wall Order Form

We are very close to completing our first 100 orders!

Order forms are available daily from 9-11 AM in the Hospitality area of Clubhouse 6. Sales Assistance will be available Tuesdays 12:30 – 2:30 PM in the Mobility Aids Office located in Clubhouse 6 behind the Table Tennis Area, and Thursdays 3 – 5 PM in the Golden Age Foundation Office located in Clubhouse 6 behind the Table Tennis Area. Drop completed order forms in the Golden Age mailbox, located on the wall above the counter in the Hospitality area in Clubhouse 6.

Golden Age Foundation Legacy Wall Project – Featuring Paul and Linda Pridanonda

Did you miss out on the centennial bricks offered by the city of Seal Beach? Here’s another chance to leave your mark at Leisure World. The Golden Age Foundation is sponsoring a legacy walkway and wall tile project in the newly renovated area behind the Amphitheater.

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This is a sample of the 4 x 8 walkway brick – the order comes with a “mini-brick” to take home!
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Linda and Paul Pridanonda

Paul and Linda Pridanonda believe we are on earth to help another because we are all one family. Thirteen-year residents of Mutual 14, they believe in helping their community, and the legacy brick project is a way for them to give back to the Leisure World community.

Next year, they will have been married 45 years. They actually met at a wedding. Linda grew up in South Gate and retired after a long career as a secretary at Boeing. She is very involved with her Catholic faith. She is a Eucharistic Minister at Holy Family Catholic Church, a member of the newly formed St. Theresa of Holy Family organization, and belongs to the Young Ladies Institute, a group of Catholic women. Linda is also involved with the American Legion Auxiliary, and with Children a Priority, an organization that contributes to charities that benefit children.

Paul was born in Thailand and came to the United States to study engineering.

He describes himself as coming from Heaven but born in Thailand and being on earth to help others. Paul served in the U.S. Army on active duty for 5 years and spent another year in the Army reserves. He retired after a 40 year long career in the U.S. Postal Service where he met many friends. He teaches a class called “Meditation in Motion” that meets each Saturday at 9:30 A.M. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. His class includes yoga, tai chi, and meditation that help our bodies and minds work together in harmony. Paul has also taught these strategies at the Senior Center in Long Beach on 4th St. Paul and Linda are committed to helping others. Paul says they decided to buy a legacy walkway brick as a way of helping our community, knowing that the proceeds from this project will help fund a picnic area that will be enjoyed by everyone.

Order forms for donor walkway bricks and wall tiles are available at the Golden Age Foundation Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6 every weekday morning from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M., and in the Golden Age Mobility Aids Office, located behind the table tennis area, from 12:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. on weekday afternoons. Put completed order forms in the Golden Age mailbox, located on the counter at the Hospitality Center. For personal service with your order, you can meet with a Golden Age Board member on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning January 10 at 3:30 to 5:30 P.M. in the Hospitality Center. You can also contact Lynn Baidack (lbaidack50@gmail.com); 562-296-5342 for assistance.

Shredding Goes Smoothly on December 13

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The Shredding Truck Arrived Right on Time!
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Shareholders get ready to have their documents securely shredded

We sponsored a shredding event on Tuesday, December 13 that went like clockwork. Everyone had chairs to sit on, water donated by Ralph’s, and great weather too! The next shredding will be this spring. If you are a Golden Age member, you will receive advance notice of shredding dates and other events.

Donor Wall Project Underway!

We are offering the opportunity for shareholders and others interested in leaving a legacy at LW to purchase a walkway brick or wall tile. The project is on the south wall of the LW amphitheater between the Health Care Center and the Administration Building. 4 x 8 inch bricks will be used to line a beautiful walkway in the area. Bricks are priced at $125 each, including an engraved “mini-brick” that the purchaser can take home. 3 sizes of wall tiles will be mounted on the amphitheater wall. Pricing is as follows: 4 x 8 inch tile  = $150; 6 x 6 inch tiles = $225; 8 x 8 inch tile = $375. Each brick and tile is personally engraved.

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This is what the donor tiles will look like when mounted on the back amphitheater wall

This is a great opportunity for individuals, clubs, and organizations to leave their mark (literally) at Leisure World. There are only a limited number of bricks and tiles available. Proceeds from this project will be given to the Golden Rain Foundation to help fund a beautiful new picnic area near Clubhouse 2.

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From left to right – Golden Age Board members Diana Lambert, Lynn Baidack, and Darlene, President of the Pickleball Club, help prepare order forms for brick and tile orders.

Sales hours for the next 2 weeks are: December 9, 14, 15, 19, 22, and 23. Order at Hospitality from 9 A.M to 11 A.M. on each of these days or at the Mobility Aids office (located behind the table tennis area) from 12:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. Order forms are available each weekday from 9 A.M to 11 A.M. at the Hospitality Center. We ask that you do not put your form in the Golden Age mailbox in Hospitality, because we would like to meet with you personally and make sure your order is correct. Sales are by cash or check made out to the Golden Age Foundation. All sales are tax deductible and you will receive your tax receipt when you order. If you have any specific questions, please contact Lynn Baidack at 562-296-5342 or lbaidack50@gmail.com

Golden Age Helps Celebrate the Start of the Holiday Season

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Board members Linda Johnson and Lynn Baidack together with friendly Hospitality volunteers are ready to serve hot chocolate and cookies at the tree lighting ceremony.

On Monday, November 28, GRF sponsored a wonderful tree lighting ceremony at the area between the Health Care Center and the Administration Building. We provided hot chocolate and cookies for the several hundred shareholders who attended this festive event. It was a very cold evening for Southern California, so the hot chocolate line was packed. As you can see in the photo, we even added a dash of whipped cream. This was the kickoff for our Donor Wall project. Lynn Baidack gave a wonderful overview of this project, how it will benefit Leisure World, and how to get involved. Many shareholders visited our table to get more information about this exciting project.

The Donor Wall Project – Leave a Lasting Legacy

 

Golden Age Foundation Donate-A-Brick-and-Tile Fundraiser

Shareholders now have the opportunity to help the Golden Age Foundation fund a picnic area next to the future Multi-Use Courts to be constructed behind Clubhouse 2 in 2017.

We will be selling engraved commemorative walkway bricks and wall tiles that will be mounted behind the sundial on the south wall of the Amphitheater between the Administration Building and the Medical Center. You can individualize a brick or wall tile for yourself or your family, honor a loved one, commemorate a special occasion, or make a memoriam. Proceeds from this project will help fund a beautiful new picnic area in our community.

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This is the area where the wall tiles will be mounted. Stop by the back of the amphitheater to see what the tiles look like on the wall.

Sales will begin at a fundraiser scheduled on Monday, November 28 at the 5:00 P.M. Holiday Tree lighting ceremony located in the future Donor Wall area. Stop by early to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and cookies provided by Golden Age volunteers and visit with Golden Age Board members who can answer your questions and provide information about the fundraising project. You will also have the chance to see what the tiles look like when mounted on the wall. Walkway bricks and Donor Wall tiles will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a limited amount of bricks and tiles available for sale.

Order forms will be available after November 28 at the Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6 from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M. and at the Mobility Aids office in Clubhouse 6 (behind the table tennis area) from 12:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. on the following dates: December 5, 6, 9, 14, 15, 19 , 22, and 23. You also contact Lynn Baidack, Golden Age coordinator for this project at 562-296-5342 (lbaidack@gmail.com)

This is a great holiday gift opportunity for you, and your family and friends. Your personalized brick or tile will leave a lasting legacy.