Congratulations to Newly Elected Golden Age Foundation Officers

The Annual Meeting of the Golden Age Foundation was held on Wednesday, June 28. At the meeting, Board members reported on the year’s achievements and challenges. The following individuals were elected as officers for the 2017-2018 year:

President – Anna Derby

Vice-President – Lynn Baicack

Recording Secretary – Carol Piepenburg

Corresponding Secretary – Lynn Vienna

Treasurer – Sandy Geffner

The Golden Age Foundation Officers for 2017-2018: left to right (Lynn Vienna, Corresponding Secretary); Anna Derby, President); Lynn Baidack, Vice-President). Not pictured: Recording Secretary Carol Piepenburg, Treasurer Sandy Geffner.

Congratulations to our new officers who will lead the organization over the next year. 

Golden Age Foundation Honors Its Volunteers

Social Chair Rosa Carrillo planned a great Mexican fiesta
Vice-President Anna Derby before the start of the luncheon
Board members Bruce Humes and Mike Turis help out with the buffet luncheon
Hospitality Chair Linda Johnson escorts long time Hospitality volunteer Joe Capra to the podium
Our oldest volunteers – Lita Lewis and Joe Capra did the pledge of allegiance together. Joe is a U.S. Navy veteran and Lita is a veteran of over 7,500 hours of coffee and cookie service.
Volunteer enjoying a taco luncheon

Recent Contributions to the Golden Age Foundation

Officers of the Y’s Service Club
Officers of the Korean American Club

The Golden Age Foundation received 2 generous contributions at the May 24 Board meeting. Officers of the Y’s Service Club and the Korean American Club are pictured here presenting a facsimile of their contribution check. Contributions from groups such as these are a vital part of helping the Foundation fund it’s programs for Leisure World shareholders.

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.