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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org); 562-296-5342 for assistance.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is a great holiday gift opportunity for you, and your family and friends. Your personalized brick or tile will leave a lasting legacy.
Some Golden Age members, depending on the month they joined, will be receiving membership renewal applications in the near future. We have recently changed to an annual renewal system to help ensure a sustainable membership base and a secure financial future. You may be in the first group to be asked to renew, so we hope you will take the opportunity to “re-up” with Golden Age for the coming year. Please remember that if you have a Lifetime membership, you do not need to renew, unless you wish to join at a higher level.
To renew your membership, you can send your application and check to Golden Age Foundation, P.O. Box 2369, Seal Beach, CA 90740 OR you can put your renewal materials into our new mailbox in Clubhouse 6. The locked mailbox is affixed to the wall next to the coffee service counter and is available for your convenience 24/7. We also have a supply of membership applications and brochures available at the mailbox for your friends and neighbors who would like more information about Golden Age and what we do for the community. Upon receipt of your membership application, we will send you a post card acknowledging your tax deductible contribution.
Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated.
The Golden Age Foundation has enrolled with Ralphs Community Contribution Program. Through this program Ralph’s Grocery Company will rebate a small percentage of each of your purchases back to Golden Age. To participate in this program, please register online at www.ralphs.com or call 800-443-4438. This phone number is also a help line. Be sure to have your Ralphs Rewards card ready when you register or inquire about how to get a Rewards card. Ralph’s is also generously donating bottled water for Golden Age document shredding events.
The program isn’t limited to Leisure World residents. Please let your friends and family members who shop at Ralphs know how they can help Golden Age by enrolling in this program. The holiday season means extra cooking, so this is a great time to register for this program that supports local non-profit organizations (like us!)
May I introduce you to Betty Coven. I first met her at the Friday Sunshine Club, where we read the Golden Rain News, listen to great speakers and enjoy refreshments. I really liked Betty. She made some good comments, wasn’t a YES LADY, and could speak her mind! I told her I was a Golden Age director and explained how much our volunteer organization depends on steady financial support. I asked Betty if she was interested in volunteering for Golden Age, as we always need new people to contribute their time or money or both. Betty laughed and told me she only had so much time and money and she needed to spend wisely. She said she would consider being involved with Golden Age after she finishes her term as her President of her Mutual.
A hard worker all her life, Dr. Betty Coven is a licensed psychologist who practiced for many years. Now retired, she wants to enjoy her life just like everyone else. She no longer drives and plans ways to supply her needs without a car. She now orders everything on line, primarily from Amazon.com. Betty already knew that she could support us by using Amazon Smile and selecting the Golden Age Foundation as her designated charity. She even gave me directions…go to SmileAmazon.com for a complete list of participating non-profit organizations and either open an account or go to your established one. Scroll down to Golden Age Foundation (already listed) and order to your heart’s content. You get your order at your door in a remarkably short time and Golden Age gets a small percentage of every purchase.
Golden Age hopes to receive up to $800 this year from the Amazon Smile program. Nine thousand people live in Leisure World. If 50% of them used Amazon Smile to purchase holiday gifts, as well as shopping throughout the year and encouraged their family and friends to do so, our community could significantly increase the amount of rebates to Golden Age. In turn the Foundation will use these funds to benefit all of us. Thanks to Betty Coven for being an Amazon Smile customer who has designated the Golden Age Foundation as her favorite charity. For more information on Amazon Smile, please visit our website at www.goldenagefdn.org
The Council on Aging Orange County is our newest partner. We’d like to give you an update on one of their projects that benefit everyone in Leisure World.
During the annual Medicare open enrollment period each year, the COAOC helps seniors and others receiving Medicare, such as those with certain disabilities, review their health care plans. The program is known by it’s abbreviation, HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy).
A very successful Medicare Open Enrollment clinic was held in Clubhouse 3 on Monday, October 31. The clinic began at 9 a.m. and ended at 5 pm. The staff of 10 HICAP counselors were able to keep the flow of traffic going so there was very little wait time to see a counselor.
In 2015, COAOC had a Medicare Open Enrollment Clinic at the Los Alamitos/Rossmoor Library with an attendance of only 12 clients. This year, 63 shareholders took advantage of this free Medicare “checkup”. The Golden Age Foundation provided refreshments for the staff and their shareholder clients.
At the end of the day a tally of potential savings experienced by the attendees resulted in a annual potential savings of $22,000+ gained by either changing Medicare Part D or changing Medical Advantage plans. This is a savings of approximately $350 per shareholder!
The next review session is scheduled for November 16, 2016, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. This session will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. There are still a few appointments available. Those wishing to schedule an appointment should call the Leisure World HICAP office at (562) 472-0275 Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m to 1 p.m.