May Board Meeting Agenda

All Golden Age Foundation members are invited to attend our regular Board meetings. The meetings are on the 4th Wednesday of each month, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room (2nd floor of Administration Building). We extend a special welcome to the many new members who have joined us in April and May.

 

GOLDEN AGE FOUNDATION

GENERAL MEETING AGENDA

May 25, 2016

ROLL CALL

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS/CORRESPONDENCE…….Maureen Habel

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY REPORT……..…Lynn Lieder-Vienna

FINANCIAL REPORT……………………………………………..Mary Wood

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Environmental Program………………………………………….Joyce Reed

Flu Clinic/Projects………………………………….…………..Marge Dodero

Graphic Arts………………………………………………………..Ren Villanueva

History Book ………………………….…………..……………Lynn Baidack

Hospitality Center………………………………………………….Linda Johnson

Membership Board………………………………………………..Dolores Parker

Membership General………………………….………………………..Gui Baker

Mobility Aids/Message Coordinator…………..Bruce Humes/Cherrie Green

Publicity…………………………..……………………………………..Anna Derby

Social Activities……………………………………………………..Rosa Carrillo

Sunshine………………………………………….………Lynn Lieder-Vienna

Tax Program…………………………….….Diana Lambert/Phyllis Mackey

Volunteer Hours………………………………………………..Phyllis Mackey

 

OLD BUSINESS: By-Laws revisions, Website

 

NEW BUSINESS: Annual Reports Due, Executive Committee Meeting schedule date, Changing Director roles, Shredding Project

DATES TO REMEMBER: June 23 – Annual Meeting/Election

 

 

 

NEXT MEETING-June 23, 2016

 

Who wouldn’t want to get free money? AmazonSmile is helping our community.

Last year the Golden Age Foundation enrolled in AmazonSmile, a rebate program for non-profit organizations like ourselves. For each purchase through the on-line merchant Amazon, we get a small % back to us. During our first quarter in 2015, we got a disbursement of $9 and change! Recently, we received a disbursement of $147 for the first quarter of 2016. This is real progress! There’s a lot of buying power in Leisure World and we can tap into this by encouraging others to participate in this program.

At the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce expo, we talked to a new resident who recently ordered all her new furniture on Amazon but didn’t know about AmazonSmile. As more residents shop on-line, we have the opportunity to take advantage of this free money that can support Golden Age programs and projects. Sounds like we need a major publicity campaign!  We also need to encourage our shareholders to get their relatives and friends to sign up.

It’s easy to sign up and completely free! To enroll, go to SmileAmazon.com and scroll down to find Golden Age Foundation, Seal Beach, CA. Select Golden Age Foundation as your preferred donation site and then go through SmileAmazon each time you make a purchase.

 

 

 

A Great Day at the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce Expo

Seal Beach expo pictures
Board members with one of the door prize winners

Several Board members staffed an information table on Saturday, May 21 at the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce Expo at Clubhouse 4. We had another “instant membership” drive and recruited scores of new Golden Age members. Those joining as new members received a membership card on the spot and a chance to win one of several door prizes. Many people stopping by our table knew about Golden Age but weren’t sure about how to join.

Board members at expo table on May 21, 2016
Gail Levitt and Lynn Baidack at their organizational best

Thanks to Gail Levitt and Lynn Baidack for organizing this event. Thanks also to Board members Mary Wood, Anna Derby, Lynn Vienna, Rosa Carrillo, Linda Johnson, and Marge Dodero who braved the wind to provide information and to sign up new members.

This expo was very well attended and is a great way to meet and greet people and get the word out about how to use Golden Age programs.

Volunteer Profile – Joe Capra

picture of the Capras
Joe and Jean Capra

Golden Age Board member Marge Dodero Interviews Volunteer Joe Capra

The Golden Age Foundation has many wonderful volunteers and each of them has a story to tell. This is Joe Capra’s story.

Joseph (Joe) Capra was born in Akron, Ohio on May 6, 1921. He just turned 95. He doesn’t wear glasses, no hearing aid, no walker in sight. He goes out every day for a short walk, cooks his own meals and plays a wicked game of pinochle.

Joe was one half of twin boys situated in the middle of nine sisters. His parents were both Italians and two boys amid nine girls gave them ‘prince’ status in an Italian household. Joe grinned when I suggested such a thing, but made no denial. He said his parents brought them up with good values and lots of family pride and love. His brother died almost 20 years ago but several of his sisters are still alive.

Joe said every Sunday, the entire family had dinner at his grandparents; spaghetti was always a big part of the meal. His family loved music and the evening usually ended with piano playing and singing. Music has always been a big part of Joe’s life. He and his wife always enjoyed any entertainment connected with music. Joe loved painting and has several of his own pictures displayed at his home. He has a good eye for art and enjoys attending estate sales and finding a good buy.

Joe and his brother shared two paper routes when they were kids. He joined the Navy right out of high school in 1940. He became a hospital corpsman and served in a medical capacity through the six years he spent in the service. World War II came and went during his service time. He spent 3 years in the South Pacific and made it to Australia too. He remembers he was working in the emergency room at a hospital in Norfolk, VA when Pearl Harbor was hit.

Joe met his wife, Jean, at a dance in Long Beach. He had gone to school and became a real estate agent. They were married in 1956. They raised two daughters and now have two grandsons, one granddaughter and two great granddaughters. His family is very important in his life. He recently lost his wife, Jean, after nearly 60 years of marriage. Jean was on hospice the last nine months before her death. Joe took care of her at home with the assistance of some caregivers. He said she woke up every morning and told him she loved him.

The Capras moved to Leisure World in 1998. They completely rebuilt their home in Mutual 2 and joined into many activities – the Italian /American Club, the Pinochle club and then began their volunteer status in Golden Age Foundation. They started with the Hospitality Center when it was in Clubhouse 3. Joan Schrank, Pam O Malley and Jean and Joe Capra were the first volunteers to serve coffee for the Center. It was a successful part of GAF and when Clubhouse 6 was opened, it was moved over there. Joe has worked for it through all it’s years of occupation. Joe has accrued 6500 hours of service to Golden Age through his volunteerism at the Hospitality Center. He is a special man! One of the folks he works with shared a cute story. Joe solves problems in the easiest way. One of the days they were working at the Hospitality Center it was so HOT that they were all suffering. She said Joe listened to the complaints around him and took off his hat and placed it in the freezer. AFTER A SHORT WHILE HE PLACED IT ON HIS HEAD AND DECLARED HIMSELF COOLED OFF. He takes hardly any medication but is an active reader and notes the results of certain medical studies and often adds recommended vitamins or herbs to his diet. He has strong religious beliefs and is there when his neighbors or friends need help.

Our Next Big Event – City Of Seal Beach Expo on May 21

The Foundation will be participating in the city of Seal Beach Expo on Saturday, May 21. The Expo will take place in and around Clubhouse 4 starting at 10 a.m. Stop by our table to learn about our many programs and projects and how you might benefit from our services or become involved as a volunteer or supporter.

We will have another “Instant Membership” drive to enroll new or renewing members. The current membership dues are $5.00 for a basic membership or $100.00 a lifetime membership. Join as a new member on May 21 and get a chance to win one of several door prizes. You need not be present to win a door prize; if you are a winner, we will contact you. You can pick up your prize up or we will deliver it to your doorstep.

The Golden Age Foundation is entirely staffed by volunteers and the sole sources of income are membership dues and the generous donations of many individuals and clubs in our community.

Golden Age Board members will be present all day to provide information and to answer your questions.