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.

 

 

Please Visit our New “Mailbox” in the Clubhouse 6 Hospitality Center

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This mailbox in Clubhouse 6 can be used anytime for Membership and Donations

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.

A New Way to Get Free Money for Leisure World

 

Ralphs – Our Newest Partner

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!)

Focus on Golden Age Foundation Members – Betty Coven, our Amazon Smile Cheerleader

 

By Marge Dodero, Golden Age “Storyteller”

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

 

 

Council on Aging Medicare Open Enrollment Clinic Helps 63 Shareholders

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.

43rd Annual Dinner Gala a Huge Success!

Nearly 300 shareholders and guests attended a spectacular dinner gala event on Saturday, October 15 in Clubhouse 2. The evening’s theme was “Broadway Showcase” and attendees wore their best to this classy event. Doors opened early at 4:30 P.M. to allow guests to have their complimentary photos taken and to have time to visit our membership table, an AmazonSmile table, and the Council on Aging information table.

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Linda Johnson, Lynn Baidack and Rosa Carrillo, Golden Age Social Chair, prepare for Silent Auction shoppers.

One of the highlights of this year’s event was a Silent Auction that featured many unique items, such as gift certificates to popular local restaurants, personal services such as massage and computer services, room painting, wine baskets, and admission tickets to the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gail and Michael Levitt served guests at a classy Wine Bar.

While browsing, guests enjoyed visiting a special wine bar, staffed by Michael and Gail Levitt.

Table decorations featured a lovely gold and black theme. A wonderful meal, featuring a delicious Chicken Marsala entree was prepared and served by Country Gardens Caterers. President Maureen Habel welcomed guests and explained new directions for Golden Age, with the goals of promoting membership and increasing financial support to ensure a vibrant future for the Foundation. The purpose of the Annual Dinner Gala is to honor donors – those individuals and groups whose generosity are the sole support of the Foundation. Major contributors were listed on the evening’s program and again recognized for the vital role they play in the Foundation’s many programs and services in our community.

Vice-President Anna Derby furnished information about the number of shareholder services provided in the past year, including data from the Hospitality Center, the Tax Return Program, the Mobility Aids Program, and the role of Golden Age volunteers in supporting the annual flu clinic. Special recognition was given to the Council on Aging Orange County HICAP Program, a new partner with Golden Age.

Anna also let attendees know about many exciting developments in 2015-2016, including obtaining a $2,000 grant from the Boeing Employees Community Fund, the launch of the Give Where You Live Program, our new membership structure, and a new image for the Foundation. She also described the addition of a regular newsletter and e-mail blasts now sent to members who provide their e-mail addresses, and the continuing development of this website.

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Entertainer Tom Horvath was a big hit with the audience as he sang songs from of Broadway’s most popular musicals.

Following these presentations, Anna introduced Tom Horvath, a 24 year-old singer who regaled the audience with Broadway show hits from musicals such as The Music Man, South Pacific, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Man of La Mancha. Tom was a great hit with the audience and received standing ovations for his energetic and entertaining performance.

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Ten Villanueva, the “King of 50/50 Announcers” calls the winning numbers. Note only a single of bottle of wine left on the table.

Lynn Baidack, who worked tirelessly on the Silent Auction, listed the auction item  winners and Ren Villanueva conducted the 50/50 raffle to end this most enjoyable and elegant evening.

 

October 7 Flu Clinic Attracts Many Shareholders

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Volunteers Bruce and Margaret Humes, Sandy Goldfarb and Carol Piepenburg assist residents with special mobility needs
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Volunteers Ren Villanueva and Tony Dodero Greet Shareholders at the Flu Clinic

The annual Flu Clinic, sponsored by the Health Care Center on Golden Rain Road and supported by Golden Age volunteers, attracted many shareholders on Friday, October 7. The goal of the flu clinic is to protect as many people as possible from getting the flu this coming winter and spring. Having a high percentage of residents protected from the flu also is vital in halting the spread of the flu virus. There is a concept in public health called “herd immunity”, which essentially states that the if a large enough percentage of the “herd” (that’s people as well as animals) are immune to a communicable disease, such as the flu virus, it becomes more difficult for the disease to spread. Seniors have a high risk of getting serious and even life threatening complications from the flu, so it’s especially important for as many people in the Leisure World community to be immunized – both for their sake and for the sake of others. If you haven’t yet had a flu shot, talk to your doctor or go to one of the local pharmacies to get one. Medicare reimburses local pharmacies for the cost of flu immunizations.

Following the traditional “opening few minutes flurry,” shareholders moved very quickly through the process. Many Golden Age volunteers worked all day to help shareholders. Immunizations were given by student nurses from Cal State University Long Beach, and Long Beach Community College. Thanks to Marge Dodero, Golden Age Chair for the flu clinic, for organizing the volunteer support group and for making sure everything ran smoothly. A big thanks also goes to the indomitable Lita Lewis, who manned her station at Hospitality all day long to provide beverages and snacks for the volunteers.

Volunteer Profile – Lita Lewis

Board Member Linda Johnson Interviews long-time Hospitality volunteer Lita Lewis.

Lita Lewis helping her community
Lita Lewis helping her community

Lita was born on February 18, 1930 to Jose and Alameda Perez. She had one sibling, her brother Rickey. Lita married in 1951 and had 5 children: Karen; Michael; Dawn; Alan; and Lita Louise. She is blessed with 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. When asked what is the best thing about being a parent, Lita replied: ” I really enjoyed seeing my children grow up to be good citizens. They grew up to be social and could converse with anyone.”

Lita lived in Los Alamitos for 20 years while working at Mc Donald Douglas in electronics. She loved her job. When a friend moved into Leisure World, Lita started looking for a place and moved here in 1992. In 1996, she retired from her job and a new life began. She joined the Swim Club and traveled with Jerry Bender’s group. She has been in all but 14 states and has been to Europe several times. She loved the times traveling with her friends in the Swim Club.

In 1999, Golden Age started the Hospitality program in Clubhouse 3. Lita remembers Fran, Julie and Joan as the beginning leaders. Lita is one of the original volunteers and is still volunteering in Hospitality. Lita’s daughter-in-law, Mary Lewis, was the first to donate sweets for the program. Through Mary, Lita is able to pick up pizza from Pizza Hut and serve it on Friday in Hospitality. As a team leader, Lita arrives early to open the kitchen, starts making the coffee, unlocks all the cupboards, and sets up the counter for service to begin at 9 A.M. Lita has always taken on a leadership role.

Lita volunteers many places besides Hospitality. She is a member of the Impaired Vision and Hearing Club where she assists in serving refreshments, and also helps with the Golden Age flu clinic. Lita also attends Holy Family Catholic Church in Leisure World.

When asked what she likes best about volunteering, she replied: “I like to give back to the community. To be able to help people not only helps them, but it also helps me and gives me a feeling that I have value and it gives me confidence.” Even though Lita’s big travels are probably in the past, she still takes small trips and will be taking one soon. She enjoyed reading, particularly inspirational and self-help books.