About Us

Who We Are: The Golden Age Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization dedicated to serving the special needs of our shareholders and residents. The Foundation was established in 1973 by members of the Board of Directors of the Golden Age Foundation. Our purpose is to make our community a better and happier place in which to live. When there is a well-defined need calling for a solution, Golden Age will fill it whenever possible. You can reach us by phone at 562-431-9589.

Ongoing Foundation Programs 

  • Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6
  • Income Tax Preparation
  • Mobility Aids Program
  • Battery and Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling
  • Volunteers for Annual Flu Clinic
  • Document Shredding

Some of the Needs we Have Met: 

  • Handicapped Accessible Buses
  • Bus Benches & Shelters
  • Clubhouse 6 Exercise Equipment
  • Audio-Alert Traffic Signal
  • Interfaith Council Directory Sign
  • Emergency Communications System
  • Ice Machines and Sound Equipment for Clubhouses

 Board Roster – Revised 07/23/2016

Looking for who to call for what? Use our roster to contact Board members.

President Anna Derby 13560 Medinac Ln 102-H 301-5339 annaderbylw@gmail.com
Vice President Lynn Baidack His/Memshp/Evnts/Otrch 1320 Mayfield Rd 62F 296-5342 lbaidack@roadrunner.com
Recording Secretary Carol Piepenburg 1570 Glenview 71-D 446-0004 yocapp@aol.com
Corresponding Secretary/Sunshine Lynn Lieder-Vienna 13330 Del Monte 10-G 544-8738 lynnlieder@gmail.com
Treasurer Sandy Geffner 1301 Skokie 27K 342-3102 valcons@gmail.com

Marge Dodero Flu Clinic, Projects 1240 Scioto Rd. 228-F 310-968-9509 doderos@verizon.net
Bruce Humes Mobility Aids 1980 McKinney Way 13-E 296-5834 N/A
Linda Johnson Hospitality 13330 Del Monte 10-K 493-9898 lmj999@msn.com
Diana Lambert Tax Program 13300 DelMonte DR 7H 860-2844 logangal1963@aol.com
Gail Levitt Events/Outreach 1380 Weeburn Rd. 81-L 596-1346 mike4gail@yahoo.com
Phyllis Mackey Volunteer Hours 13200 Del Monte 23-M 596-2099 luvtax@msn.com
Dolores Parker Board Membership 13260 El Dorado Dr. 188-E 431-5186

Geneva Potepan Director 1181 Oakmont Rd. 197E 562-430-4748; 951-675-4271 mom4rascal@aol.com
Joyce Reed Environmental 13360 Del Monte 2-B 596-8656 joycereed@verizon.net
Mike Turis Director 13840 Canoe Brook 6F 214-235-4733 mj.turis@yahoo.com
Ren Villanueva Graphic Arts 13601 Medinac Lane 72-L 493-1406 arezvee@aol.com

Mary Wood Director 13391 Danbury Lane 131-G 430-5674 mewood36@msn.com

Emeritus Members

The Emeritus Member program was started in 1998 to recognize members who have made a significant contributions to the Foundation.

Current Emeritus members: Tom Barrett, Jeanne Bruggeman, Shirley Burns, Loretta Gilbert, Cherrie Green, Margaret Howe, Helen Kayser, Grace Kim, Harry Konishi, Pat Poulsen, Maxine Roszell, Regina Schumacher, Joan Shramek, Joyce Vlaic, Ella Walton 

AMENDED BY-LAWS OF THE GOLDEN AGE FOUNDATION, INC. 

May, 2016 

ARTICLE ONE: General Purposes and Offices

Section One: General Purpose

The Golden Age Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to serving the special needs of Leisure World shareholders for the purposes set forth in the Articles of Incorporation. These bylaws shall be the rules and regulations of the corporation except as otherwise may be provided by statute or its said Articles of Incorporation.

Section Two: Offices

The principal office for the transaction of business for this corporation is hereby fixed and located at 1661 Golden Rain Road, Seal Beach, California, 90740

ARTICLE TWO: Membership

Section One: Classes of Membership

There shall be two classes of membership. One class shall consist of only the Board of Directors and shall be designated “active” members. The other class shall be designated as “associate” members and shall consist of those individuals who support the organization, but do not vote. The number of members of the Board of Directors is presently established at thirty-one (31): the number of associate members is unlimited. Not more than five (5) directors may be members of the Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors. The number of members on the Board of Directors may be increased by the vote of 75% of the membership of the Board to such number as shall be determined by said Board’s deliberations. Said increase in the membership shall constitute an increase in the size of the Board of Directors. There shall be no legal obligation on the part of a member to pay any assessment. The Board of Directors shall have the power to designate associate members, Emeritus, and such other categories of members as may be desired. Emeritus members shall be such persons who have rendered worthy service to the Foundation as determined by a majority of those in attendance at a regular meeting of the Board of Directors; notice of Emeritus designation shall be made, in writing, by the Corresponding Secretary to the Emeritus members. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to designate certain of the Active members of the Foundation as Charter members, such title to be Emeritus and to carry no benefit except in title. Emeritus members who are designated by the Directors shall not be required to pay any dues.

Section Two: Voting Rights

Only Board members in good standing shall be entitled to vote at any annual or special meeting of the Foundation. Each such member shall be entitled to one vote.

Section Three: Membership Eligibility and Acceptance

Any person shall be eligible for active membership in the Foundation who shall have been elected to such membership by the Board of Directors. Election to active membership shall be only be acceptance of a prospective member by a three-fourths vote of the Board of Directors of the Foundation to fill a vacancy in the membership. The membership of the Foundation as set forth hereinabove is thirty-one (31). The Board of Directors shall from time to time maintain a list of prospective members in the event of a vacancy in membership caused by a resignation, removal, or death of a member. A member of the Board of Directors may be removed as a Director and member by a majority vote of those in attendance at a regular meeting of the Board of Directors; alternatively, a Director is automatically removed from his/her Directorship when such Director shall have failed to attend six successive monthly meetings of the Board without having a valid excuse. (Notice of such automatic removal shall be transmitted, in writing, to such removed Director by the Corresponding Secretary of the Board of Directors). Upon election as a member of the Board of the Foundation, the Corresponding Secretary will send out a notification that the prospective member will return to notify his or her acceptance. Failure to communicate such acceptance, in writing, within ten (10) days to the Board shall constitute a rejection of such membership. Members of the Board of Directors shall be paying dues paying members of the organization.

Section Four: Membership Fees

The Board has the authority to determine the annual dues of the Foundation and to establish a Life Membership Program. Dues will be for a calendar year.

Section Five: Membership Card

The Foundation may issue a membership card to each member upon admission to membership.

ARTICLE THREE: Meetings of Members

Section One: Place of Meetings

All meetings of the active members shall be held at a place designated by the Board of Directors or the President of the Foundation from time to time and members shall be given five (5) days notice either electronically or by telephone of the place of meeting designated by the President or the Board of Directors. Said meetings shall be held at any place in the County of Orange, State of California. Associate members are welcome to attend any meeting of the Board of Directors as observers.

Section Two: Annual Meetings

The Annual meeting of membership shall be held during the fourth week of June of each year.

Section Three: Notice of Annual Meetings

Written notice of such Annual Meeting shall be given to each active member entitled to vote either through Board of Director meeting minutes, electronically, or by telephone.. An announcement of the Annual Meeting to associate members shall be published in the Golden Rain News. All such notices shall be published or sent to each member entitled thereto no less than five (5) days before each Annual Meeting and shall specify the place, the day and the hour of such meeting.

Section Four: Order of Business

The order of business of the Annual Meeting shall be as follows:

  1. Reading of the minutes of the previous Annual Meeting
  2. Report of Officers
  3. Report of Committees
  4. Report of Board of Directors
  5. Unfinished Business
  6. Election of Officers
  7. New Business

Said meeting shall be conducted under and pursuant to Robert’s Rules of Orders.

Section Five: Special Meetings

Special meetings of members for any purpose, or purposes whatsoever, may be called at any time by the President, of by the Board of Directors, of by twenty-five percent (25%) or more voting members in good standing who shall make a written request to the President or Secretary for the same specifying the purpose or purposes of the meeting. Notice of such special meeting shall be given in the same manner as for annual meetings except that such notice shall specify in addition the general nature of business to be transacted.

Section Six: Entry of Notice

Whenever any member entitled to vote has been absent from any meeting of members whether annual, monthly, or special, an entry in the minutes to the effect that notice has been duly given shall be conclusive and incontrovertible evidence that due notice of such meeting was given to such member as is required by law and the bylaws of this Foundation.

Section Seven: Voting

At all meetings of board members, only Active members in good standing shall have the right to vote in person and shall be entitled to one vote; such vote may be of either verbal or by ballot.

Section Eight: Quorum

The presence, in person, of fifty percent (50%) of the Active members of record in good standing at any meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at said meetings. The Active members present at a duly called or held meeting at which a quorum is present may continue to do business until adjournment notwithstanding the withdrawal of enough members to leave less than a quorum. If no quorum is present at such meeting, the President shall adjourn the meeting for one week.

ARTICLE FOUR: Officers

Section One:

The officers of the Foundation shall be President, Vice President, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer. The President, with the approval of the Board of Directors, may from time to time appoint such other officers as business of the Foundation may require. Each of them shall hold office for such period and have such authority and perform such duties as are provided in the bylaws as the Board of Directors may from time to time determine.

Section Two: Selection

In January, the President shall appoint a nominating committee composed of not less than three (3) active members. The first individual named to this committee shall serve as chair. This committee will present a slate of officers to the Board of Directors, which shall include nominations for the President, Vice President, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary and Treasurer, to be voted on at the annual meeting in June.

Section Three: Limitation of Term

The length of a term is one year, normal from Annual Meeting to Annual Meeting. Officers of the Board of Directors shall not be permitted to succeed themselves in office for more than two terms or until a successor is found. The intent of this policy is to limit any Director from more than three successive terms in any position as an officer of the Board of Directors of the Golden Age Foundation.

Section Four: Removal and Resignation

Any officer may resign or may be removed with or without cause by the Board of Directors at any time. Vacancies caused by death, resignation or removal of any officer may be filled by appointment by the Board of Directors at any regular meeting or special meeting of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE FIVE: Board of Directors

Section One: Governing Body

The governing body of this Foundation shall be the Board of Directors.

Section Two: Powers

Except as otherwise herein provided, the business and affairs of the Foundation shall be carried on and conducted by the Board of Directors. All corporate power shall be exercised through the Board of Directors. At the Annual Meeting of the members each year the Board of Directors shall make a written report of their actions and proceedings during the preceding year and shall make such recommendations regarding future operations as they may deem advisable

Section Three: Meeting of Directors

Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held on the fourth Wednesday of each month with the exception of the month of December. Special meetings may be called by the President when in his/her judgment such special meetings are necessary or upon request of twenty-five (25%) of the Board of Directors, due notice having been given, in writing, at least three (3) days in advance of such special meeting to all members of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE SIX: Duties of Officers

Section One: President

The President shall appoint all committees, shall preside at all meetings of the Foundation, and shall attend the meetings of the Board of Directors, and shall perform such other duties as ordinarily pertain to such office. The President, shall, with the approval of the Board of Directors, appoint such committees as the Board shall from time to time order or direct as may be provided for in these bylaws.

Section Two: Vice President

It shall be the duty of the Vice President to preside at meetings of the Foundation and Board of Directors in the absence of the President and to perform such other duties as ordinarily pertain to such office.

Section Three: Secretaries

It shall be the duty of the Corresponding Secretary to handle, file and maintain all correspondence of the Foundation. ,It shall be the duty of the Recording Secretary to record attendance at meetings, send out notices of meetings of the Foundation, and to record and distribute minutes of the meetings.

Section Four: Treasurer

It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to account for all funds to the Foundation at its Annual Meeting and at other times upon demand by the Board of Directors and to perform other such duties as ordinarily pertain to such office. Upon retirement from such office, he/she shall turn over to his/her successor, or to the President, all funds, books of account or any other corporate property in his/her possession.

Section Five: Chairman of the Board

The President, in addition to his/her duties heretofore enumerated, shall preside at the meetings of the Board of Directors as Chairman of such meetings.

ARTICLE SEVEN: Committees

Section One:

The President shall appoint such standing and special committees as may be provided by resolution of the Board of Directors or as it may deem necessary for the administration of the affairs of the Foundation and to carry out the purpose of the Foundation subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.

Section Two: Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall be composed of the President, Vice President, Secretaries, Treasurer, and the Immediate Past President. An additional member with expertise in the matter under discussion may be added when needed. The members of the Executive Committee shall have the power of the Board between meetings, but it cannot modify any action taken by the Board. Unbudgeted expenditures of no greater than $1,500 may be made by the Executive Committee to be ratified by the Board at its next meeting. Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be called by the President when needed, and the President shall preside over the meetings.

ARTICLE EIGHT: Finance

Section One: Fiscal Year

The fiscal year shall begin on July 1 and end on June 30 of each calendar year.

Section Two: Bond

In the discretion of the Board of Directors, the Board of Directors may require that all officers and employees of the Foundation who have the custody or control of any funds of the Foundation shall give such bond as may be required by the Board of Directors. The costs of all such bonds shall be paid by the Foundation.

Section Three: Monies and Funds  

The monies and funds of the Foundation shall be received, deposited and paid in such manner as shall be provided for by the Board of Directors, provided that all checks and vouchers for payment of money shall be signed in the name of the Foundation and only such officers as may be designated by the Board of Directors may duly be authorized to do so. The Foundation’s finances will be reviewed on an annual basis by an outside auditor.

ARTICLE NINE: Miscellaneous

Section One: Method of Voting

The business of this Foundation shall be transacted by verbal vote except as otherwise hereinabove provided.

Section Two: Inspection of Records

The books of account and minutes of proceedings of the members and Directors shall be open to inspection upon written demand of any Active member at all reasonable times and during office hours and for a purpose reasonably related to his interest as an Active member. Such demand shall be made, in writing, upon the President or Recording Secretary of the Foundation.

Section Three: Contracts

Except as hereinabove provided, the members of the Board of Directors may authorize any officer or officers, agent or agents, to enter into any contract or execute any instrument in the name of and behalf of the Foundation, and such authority may be general or confined to specific matters and unless so authorized by the Board of Directors, no officer, agent or employee shall have any power or authority to bind the Foundation by any contract or agreement or to pledge its credit or to rend it liable for any purpose or amount.

Section Four: Inspection of Bylaws

The Foundation shall keep in its principal office for the transaction of business the original or a copy of the bylaws as amended or otherwise altered to date certified by the Recording Secretary which shall be open to inspection by members at all reasonable times during office hours.

Section Five: Amendments

The Foundation’s Bylaws will be reviewed on an annual basis. These bylaws may be adopted, amended or repealed by a majority of the Board of Directors in good standing at a meeting at which there is an attendance of a majority of such members.

ARTICLE TEN: Seal

The Foundation shall have a common seal consisting of two concentric circles with the words, “GOLDEN AGE FOUNDATION, INC., CALIFORNIA, INCORPORATED APRIL 25, 1973.”

Amended on __May 25, 2016______

Carol Piepenburg, Recording Secretary

Adopted: 23,May, 1973

Amended: 29 April, l974; 18 December, 1975; 22 March, l976; 15 June, l977; 06 July, 1978; 27 June 1979; 26 October 1983; 30 April, 1986; 28 August, 1996; 22 April,1998; 23 September,1998; 28 July, 1999; 25 April, 2001; 24 March, 2010; 22 February, 2012,May, 2016