Holiday cancels Nov. 11 class
Because of Veterans Day holiday, the Friendship Club computer classes on Nov. 11 will be rescheduled. Computer classes conducted by the Friendship Club in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, are open to all Leisure Worlders and their guests. The next class will be Tuesday, Nov. 26.
A repeatable introduction to the personal computer (most versions) with Jeff Sacks is from noon-1 p.m., followed by open computer questions about PCs and/or Macs from 1-2. Questions about how to use Windows 8 or how to find a Windows 7 PC can also be included. Inquiries can be submitted in advance by calling Jeff, (714) 642-0122.
Maxine Smith conducts a separate question-and-answer forum, Let’s Talk eBay, from 2-4 p.m. Participants do not need to attend the computer class to attend the eBay class. Max suggests bringing questions and if possible, an item to sell, or tell her something to buy. These forums have been more helpful than just focusing on beginners’ eBay. Many people come to her class for advice, etc. who are not beginners.
Wireless Internet is available in Clubhouse 3, so wireless laptops are welcome.
Refreshments will be served. The cost is $5 for the day. For information, call Jeff. Schmooze Club
Come celebrate Hanukkah Nov. 12
Hanukkah is at the same time as Thanksgiving this year, so the Schmooze Club will celebrate the holiday with all interested Leisure World residents and guests at its Tuesday, Nov. 12, meeting in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Rabbi Shmuel Marcus, longtime friend of the Schmooze Club, is bringing traditional potato latkes to enjoy during “schmooze” (socializing) time, which begins at 10 a.m.
From 10:30-11:30, Rabbi Sender Engel will teach how to use an olive press to make oil as in the days of the Holy Temple during the original story of Hanukkah. This special program is one of several “Living Legacy” workshops that he presents in schools and synagogues throughout Long Beach and Orange County that make the holidays come alive. Rabbi Sender is a teacher at the Hebrew Academy of Westminster and director of Camp Gan Silver, the largest Jewish day camp on the West Coast.
Both rabbis are dynamic, outstanding teachers. The Schmooze Club invites everyone to join members joyously celebrating together and re-dedicating themselves to freedom and their way of life.
There are no “dues to schmooze” or cost for this event. Donations are gratefully accepted. RSVPs are required by Sunday, Nov. 10, to assure everyone can participate. Call Evelyn Glick, 598-2022, or Darlene Rose, 296-5040, and include names of outside guests for Security.
Veterans featured on radio show
Silver Moments Radio Show, airing Thursday mornings at 10, will honor Leisure World veterans today, Nov. 7, and next Thursday, Nov. 14.
Radio host Marcia Baltimore invites LW veterans to call the station, (800) 336-2225, during the show, between 10-11 a.m., to share armed service stories live on air. Stories should include the war, year, battle and camp.
Silver Moments host Marcia Baltimore is a resident of Mutual 1. The veterans’ show is sponsored by Leaders Furniture.
Busy holiday season is ahead
The Britannia Club had a delicious potluck smorgasbord at its October meeting, thanks to its generous members.
Marion collected $10 for renewed memberships and $20 for Christmas dinner reservations, which are due now. Bring money for them to the Nov. 14 meeting along with a canned food item and an unwrapped useful gift for the November and December charitable donations. Belinda McLeod will deliver the donations to The Salvation Army.
The club received a note from Joan Stiehl for its donation of baby gifts to her shelter.
Birthdays in October were many: Kitty Hammerschmidt, Joan Davies, Angie Kassel, Jackie Kennedy (who won the 50/50), Wes Moore, Letty Rush, Barbara Vann and Doreen Walston.
Today, a week before the club meeting, members will visit the Treasure Boutique Faire at Lakewood Country Club, Carson Street at Lakewood Country Club Drive, followed by lunch at El Dorado Golf Club.
November’s meeting will be all about apple and pumpkin related treats, and being thankful for the bounty.
Dec. 19 is the club tea at Ranchero Los Alamitos.
All told, the club has a busy holiday season ahead to celebrate with a group of fun, generous and enthusiastic club members. It’s been a good year. Thanks to the Dodds, the helpers and all.
1st rummage sale is big success
The Sunshine Club held its first rummage sale on Oct. 24 in Clubhouse 2.
The club thanks all those who volunteered the day before to sort, display and prepare, and those who worked so hard during the rummage sale as cashiers, floaters, customer service and loading furniture.
Two male volunteers came back beaming and grinning ear-to-ear. They threw a few dollars at cashiers’ desk and said, “Never in our lives have we gotten tips from a lady. Never.”
Everyone at the table laughed. It was a refreshing break from tired feet and backs from standing.
The result surprised first-time volunteers and members. Many shareholders dropped off their stuff the day before in Clubhouse 2, wanting to contribute in any way they could and knowing it would be used in community for a good cause.
It brought out the beauty of living in this community and made members realized once again how wonderful a place it is after retirement.
Sunshine members send appreciation to everyone who made this event possible. With all of the contributions and shareholder support, the result was better than expected.
Thanks to those stayed behind to clean up and pack 25 boxes leftover items to donate to the Community Church for its rummage sale. It was amazing to see how much was sold, and how many boxes were left.
The Sunshine Club meets every Friday in Clubhouse 3, Room 8, from 10 a.m. -noon.
No membership is required. Refreshment are provided. Call Anna Derby, 598-6796, for more information.
— Anna Derby
Meeting time changed to honor vets
Chapter RT of the PEO Sisterhood will meet Monday, Nov. 11, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 at noon. It is Veterans’ Day so Chapter RT has changed its meeting time to accommodate the Veterans’ Day program.
This is an important meeting. Bring a brown bag lunch and checkbook to the Clubhouse 3 at noon.
Reservations need to be made and tickets purchased for the Dec. 9 Christmas party. Tickets are $15 each. Members are encouraged to bring guests. Reservations must be in by Dec. 2. Eileen Dohl reminds members that its a mini fundraiser, so everyone come. Make checks payable to Chapter RT.
Jan. 18 is Founders’ Day. Reservations must be in early, as always. Make Founders’ Day checks out to Eileen Dohl as the Reciprocity wants reservation money all in one check. Eileen will take cash also. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 15.
Chapter RT will not host its luncheon/card parties in November or December.
The chapter looks forward to seeing players Jan. 22.
Bingo is Sunday
The Gadabouts will meet for bingo on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 1.
Complimentary refreshments will be served.
Paws, Claws and Beaks
Meeting is Nov. 13
The Paws, Claws and Beaks Club will meet, Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.
The group will discuss a December event and donations to animal-oriented charities.
Meetings resume tonight in CH3
The Yiddish Club of Leisure World will meet tonight, Nov. 7, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 7.
The topic will be the life and creation of the well-known American Jewish writer and poet Sam Liptzin.
After new Yiddish vocabulary and proverbs are introduced, President Yakob Basner will tell about Sam Liptzin and his creations.
Refreshments will be served after the program.
Honoring Our Vets
LWer shot down off coast of Borneo during WWII
by Louis Silberling
I joined the Army Air Corps in November 1941 at Fort Dix, N.J. When the war started, I was sent to airplane mechanics school at Shepard Field in Texas, and then to gunnery school.
I was assigned to an “anti-submarine squadron” in Miami, Fla. The squadron was outfitted with old pre-war Douglas B-18 airplanes and after hopscotching between islands, we finally arrived at the Dutch-owned island of Curacao in the Caribbean.
Our assignment was to locate and destroy German submarines. This was a very difficult task as the B-18s were obsolete with small 30-caliber machine guns. If we got too near a German submarine, they had superior anti-aircraft guns and could shoot us out of the sky.
When the army started giving us the new, well-armed and faster Liberator B-24 airplanes, we were able to engage the enemy with the luck on our side.
When our squadron was reinforced with another squadron, one of the newer airmen asked me if he could trade flights because he had a date with one of the Dutch girls in town. The pilot agreed to the trade since both of us were flight engineers. The airman left with my flight crew on a night mission, and he and my flight crew never came back.
Alone with no crew, I was sent back to the airbase in Miami; from there I was sent to an airbase in Blythe, Calif., near the Colorado River.
A B-24 crew was assigned to go to the Pacific Theater and needed a flight engineer, and I was it.
Off we flew to Hawaii, landing in the middle of the night. We were outfitted with all our armament and went island hopping, first to Christmas Island then Canton Island. Along the way we opened up our sealed orders and made our way to Guadalcanal Island.
We arrived on Guadalcanal at night and were given some tents to put up and sleep in. All the crew were city boys and knew nothing about camping. We put up or tents in a dry stream bed. It rained during the night, and we all got flooded out of our tents.
From Guadalcanal we flew to Momote Airstrip on Los Negros Island. The B-24s on Momote were assigned to the 31st Bomb Squadron.
The Squadron was moved to Wake Island and the air echelon eventually moved further west to the island of Noemfoor.
Our mission from there was to bomb the airfields on Borneo Island, which was supplying fuel to the Japanese forces. It was critical that our bombing missions were successful. The oil field area on Borneo was at Balikpapan and was nicknamed “the Ploesti of the Pacific” after the infamous German oil fields in Europe where many allied bombers were shot down trying to destroy the Nazi fuel supply.
We lost many B-24s on the Borneo missions.
I was very lucky during one mission. On the way to bomb the oil fields my plane was shot apart by the enemy’s ack-ack guns.
I bailed out and landed in the water off the Borneo coast. I was wearing my Mae West jacket and was luckily picked up about an hour-and-a-half later by a search and rescue PBY airplane. We lost half our crew of 10 on that mission.
This happened in September 1944. My 5th Bomb Group received a unit citation after the bombing raids, and I was decorated by Brig. Gen. William A. Matheny with an “Air Medal with Bronze Leaf Clusters.”
From Noemfoor the squadron moved to Morotai in the Halmahera Islands.
While there, the base was attacked every night by a Japanese plane we called “Washing Machine Charlie,” as that was what his engine sounded like.
He dropped bombs indiscriminately, as he didn’t know the layout of the base. One night he dropped a bomb directly on our large latrine. As you can imagine, it was a huge and horrible mess.
After receiving the decoration for the Balikpapan missions, I flew two of the missions, I was sent to the Philippines and put on a captured German ship, renamed the USS Pueblo that landed at San Francisco.
From there I went to Atlantic City, then back to Fort Dix where I had begun my military service.
It was there that I was discharged and went back home to good old Flatbush Brooklyn.
Lou’s squadron dropped bombs on Borneo Island, which supplied fuel to the Japanese forces.
Air Medal with Bronze Leaf clusters were presented to Lou Silberling by Gen. Matheny.
Purchase tickets for annual dinner
The Leisure World Spanish Club’s annual Christmas dinner will be Saturday, Dec. 7, in Clubhouse 4. Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6.
Dinner will included salad, Cordon Bleu, penne pasta, bread, butter, tea and coffee. Tiramisu will be served for dessert.
Each table will have two bottles of wine.
Following dinner, there will be DJ music for dancing.
Tickets, $30, must be purchased no later than Dec. 2. No exceptions. To purchase tickets and for more information, contact Leida Vazquez, 596-4155, or Fanny Schillaci, 799-9934.
Woman’s Club hosts holiday floral demo
The Rossmoor Woman’s Club is hosting a flower arranging demonstration by Darrell Poper at the Standing Ovation Flower Gallery, 10582 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos. See how to make beautiful holiday arrangements as well as browse the festive showroom for great ideas for the home.
The event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13, and Thursday, Nov. 14. A social hour, which includes refreshments, starts at 6:30 p.m. and the demonstration is at 7:30. Tickets are $10 with a limit of 60 tickets for each night. Purchase tickets by calling 594-4096 between 10 a.m. -8 p.m. All proceeds go to local charities.