Member Column

by Betty Scharf

Mutual 14

Dear Santa, How are you? A couple of pounds overweight? I understand, all those cookies and hot cocoa everyone leaves you. At least it is only once a year.

Have I been a good girl? I think so, but at my age how good can you get?

Now here is my list. Only one thing, please bring me a new dress size 10 and make it fit!

What do you mean I need to stay on my diet plan? I have been dieting for 65 years. What is fair about that Santa?

Santa, everyone where I live is serving high calorie food and good things. What shall I do about that? I don’t think a person has to eat just a teaspoon of food during this season. It is practically required to eat everything in huge amounts!

You want me to exercise, but Santa, I hurt all over when I exercise. You say that is because I sit around too much? That is not nice, Santa. I go out to eat most nights, and I have to walk out to the car. So there.

You want me to go to Wa-Rite? What kind of name is that? It means Weight Right. They weigh me every week? They start at 9 o’clock? I am just waking up, Santa.

What do you mean I can’t stay on a diet? I stayed on one for a whole week once. But it was the holiday season, and who can pass up all that candy and cookies?

You want me to only eat one? What a bizarre idea. It is hard to lose weight at this age Santa.

You think I can do it slowly? I can’t go out to eat? What is this cruel thing? Well I might give Wa-Rite a chance and see what they can do.

You mean I should do what they tell me. That hurts, Santa, but I will try.

GRF President’s Column

The holiday season is one of my favorite times each year.

I like it because the emphasis is on family, friends and the spirit of the season. I appreciate the season now more than I did when I was younger. I now understand that the true spirit of the holidays is the opportunity to take a break and reflect on what is truly important in our lives is a valuable exercise for all of us.

Every year about this time I find myself counting my blessings. Yes, the holiday season is a great time to give thanks! I have much to be thankful for in my life.

I am fortunate to share the joys and challenges of everyday life with you my fellow shareholders and members of Leisure World Seal Beach.

We have much to be thankful for. We have an incredible community to use and enjoy. We have a top notch staff that attends to all of our needs with great attention to detail. We have a board that is deeply committed to the long term success of our community. Most importantly, we have over 9,000 neighbors that continue to make this a very special place to be.

I wish you and your family all the best this Holiday Season. Be sure to take a minute to be thankful for all the blessings you have in your lives.

Know that our community, our home, our friends and our neighbors, our staff is here for you.

Let us count our blessing this holiday season. Let us continue to reach out to our neighbors, let us show the world that we are the role models for the true spirit of Community Unity for the future.

Thank you for your continued support of this great community! The very best of the holiday season to one and all.

– Mario Michaelides, President Golden Rain Foundation

Executive Director’s Column

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all a heart-felt and warm Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. During this holiday season, may your days be enriched with joy, peace, and hope for you, your family, friends and our veterans and armed service personnel for their service.

I would also like to express my appreciation to the Board of the Golden Rain Foundation, the Mutual Boards and our community volunteers who support and help to make our community the truly special place that you call home.

I am very proud of my entire team here at Leisure World Seal Beach and the service that they provide to you and the community. By working together we will continue to grow and prosper. In keeping with the spirit of the season, I offer a special holiday message that reflects the importance of the season, and the hope for a joyous new year.

A little smile, a word of cheer,

A bit of love from someone near,

A little gift from one held dear,

Best wishes for the coming year...

These make a Merry Christmas!

– John Greenleaf Whittier

No matter where you celebrate your holiday season, all of us at the Golden Rain Foundation of Leisure World Seal Beach send our warmest regards.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your community and your lives.

– Randy Ankeny, Executive Director

Letters to the Editor


Shareholders, Mutual 1 now has a new website:

A special thanks to Steve Perez and the GRF’s IT Department for its expertise in setting up the website. It is open to all shareholders, especially those in Mutual 1 who will be able to review the meeting minutes and mutual policies.

It will also be a home page for special messages, notices of upcoming events and accommodating future special requests that will benefit the M1 community.

The purpose of the site is to showcase Mutual 1 as a very desirable place for living, not only for shareholders but for visitors who are thinking of becoming shareholders and enjoying the wonderful lifestyle of Leisure World.

Shareholders, please visit and enjoy the new site. It is for your use and benefit.

Ruben Collazo

Mutual 1 Director


Every year many of us living here have been proud of the fact that Leisure World has been among the most giving to the spark of love for the benefit of the children at Christmas.

This year, many of us feel sad that the Golden Rain Foundation board voted not to be a part of the celebration of Christmas giving. Instead, the ones who stopped by the front office have been directed to take our donation to the fire station.

Although the gifts will be distributed though not as many, some of the joy is taken away with our yearly barrels waiting to be filled. Sadly, there won’t be as many gifts this year.

I shopped early and only found out that we are not participating when I stopped by the office at the front gate. I’ll take my gifts to the fire station but it won’t be the same. Maybe next year will be a better year and we can find our big barrels at every entrance waiting for our donations again.

Brooksie Silva

Mutual 14


Hear ye writers and poets, the Leisure World Creative Writers’ Club needs you. As many organizations often do, and in order to remain interesting and fun, the club needs new ideas, new views, and new writings to share and explore.

Shareholders are asked to consider joining, beginning in January, to learn about writing in club workshops, publishing or just to share their wisdom.

In January the club will meet on the second Wednesday of the month for the poetry workshop at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, and the fourth Friday in Clubhouse 3, Room 1 at 1:30 for the fiction/nonfiction workshop.

A business meeting from 3-3:30 p.m., will be led by Fred Wind, club president. For more information, contact him at 810-6650 or Ethel Carter, 493-3054.

The first poetry workshop is Jan. 8 and the first fiction/nonfiction workshop is Jan. 24.

Lia Gaspar

Mutual 15

Outside the Wall Column

by Les H. Cohen, Mutual 15

Legislative Advocate Emeritus/ OC Ombudsman

The California Senior Legislature (CSL) adjourned its annual session recently and announced its top legislative proposals for 2014.

Here are some that are of interest to shareholders:

• The cognitive assessment (AP-21) proposal would require a cognitive assessment capable of distinguishing between mild cognitive impairment and normal aging to be offered to Medicare patients in California as part of the benefit.

• Financial abuse: Money transmitters (AP-25) proposal would include money transmitters in the definition of mandated reporters of suspected elder abuse. It would require licensed persons to report the known or suspected instance of financial abuse of an elder or dependent adult to protective services agencies or law enforcement.

• Prescription medication labels: Reduction of medical errors (ap-46) proposal requires health care providers to provide pharmacists with the name and dosage of the medication a patient’s prescription is replacing or changing on prescription drug orders. It would further require pharmacists to compare this information to the automatic refill list and include it on the label of the replacement prescription.

• A proposal addressing property Tax (SP-2) would give seniors 65 year or older an additional $20,000 exemption of the full value of a primary place of residence, for a total of homeowner’s property tax exemption of $27,000.

• The Health Care Facilities (AP-5) proposal would prohibit owners, operators, or employees of licensed health care facilities from serving as a representative payee on behalf of a resident of the facility.

• The Senior Health Promotion Act (AP-1) proposal would utilize prevention funding, through the California’s implementation of the Federal Affordable Care Act, to fund more evidence-based programs for seniors that would support their desire to age in place.

• A proposal relating to mandatory emergency treatment (AP-10) requires independent living facilities for seniors to have at least one staff member trained in basic emergency treatment.

Other proposals will be listed in my next column.


Credits & Kudos must include the writer’s name and mutual, and will be edited for brevity. Mention of a business or service is not an endorsement or recommendation by the LW News or Golden Rain Foundation.

Chizuru Boyea of Mutual 11, is grateful to the Gates and Patrol officer who comforted her while waiting for paramedics after she fell, and to the paramedics, too.


Dorothy Geisler of Mutual 1 thanks the following residents ffor donating cassette players to Colonial Care Center: Allen Bourhenne, Val Smith, Lou Joseph, Pat Benedict and Phil Russo.


Mutual 14 resident Joann Mullens thanks all who prayed for her great-granddaughter Violet, 3, who was hospitalized for five weeks with a ruptured pancreas. She is now doing well and happy to be home.