People Emergency Meals
LW volunteers deliver friendship with meals
by Mariann Klinger
A simple notice in the newspaper brought Joan and Hank Boatwright to Leisure World Emergency Meals. “That’s how it got started,” said Joan.
“We really enjoy it,” she said, adding that Hank usually drives the golf cart and she does the meal delivery. “It doesn’t seem like much. It’s only an hour a week.”
The Boatwrights have been a volunteer team with the non-profit organization for 21 years.
While the program doesn’t always get such long term members from their call to service, they do hope more want to join the team of volunteers that deliver meals to homes in the LW community.
Currently the program has about 40 volunteers, some regulars and others work as substitutes, but there’s a need for many more, according to Emergency Meals Board President Rudy Torres. Some are husband-wife teams, friends or assigned a teammate when they volunteer, he said.
According to Mr. Torres, there’s a lot of flexibility to the volunteer time. Some work once a week, others every other week or once a month, he added. “We’ll take volunteers, whenever they can do it.”
Torres said routes tend to take about 45 minutes.
The Emergency Meals program is strictly an inside job. All deliverers, drivers and other workers are LW residents. “It’s essentially neighbor-to-neighbor,” he said.
The volunteers deliver meals to about 55 residents. Mr. Torres said the program can actually handle delivery to a maximum of 64 individuals, so there’s room for more clients, too. Building up the volunteer base is important to the success of the program, he added. “It’s been here a long time and can expect to continue for a long time.”
The meals come from the kitchens at Los Alamitos Medical Center and cost $4 a day or $20 a week Monday-Friday. Clients can be permanent parties or just temporary for a few weeks or a month as needed, said Mr. Torres. “Anybody can get meals.”
“It’s not only for emergencies,” agreed Rose Solan, who serves as volunteer and board member. “It’s a hot meal with dessert included.”
Volunteers say the meals are pretty good and serve as a good replacement for fast food and home cooking. One recipient even told volunteer Teri Liebel that the delivered meals “are making her eat healthier.”
Volunteer Helen Tran said she and many other volunteers have tasted the meals. “Many (clients and volunteers) say they’re really good.”
Mr. Torres added, “It’s another dining option.”
For volunteers it’s not just about food. “We don’t leave a meal,” said Ms. Tran. “We deliver friendship. Many (recipients)are alone and they like the interchange of conversation that comes with the meal.”
The “friendship” works both ways, according to volunteers. “I love taking the meals in. I have relationships with all my clients,” said Ms. Liebel.
The Boatwrights would agree. “For some clients I may be the only person they see all day,” said Joan, adding that the work is a way of giving back. “We feel we’re doing something for the community . . . and we enjoy it.”
New media manager is guest, June 13
Doug Cox, media manager at The News, will be the guest speaker at the Sunshine Club tomorrow, June 13, in Clubhouse 2, Room 8, at 10 a.m.
Doug recently joined The News and has many new media ideas.
He is a veteran of the Internet and news communications fields, beginning with 28 years at the Los Angeles Times as a writer, editor, layout designer and production coordinator.
He spent the last 11 years working at Cal State University, Long Beach, as director of new media communications and as webmaster. He left the university campus and was the web communications manager for the California State University’s Office of the Chancellor.
The Sunshine Club meets Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon. Everyone is welcome to join.
Computer eBay classes taught
Computer classes hosted by the Friendship Club in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, are open to all Leisure Worlders and their guests.
Computers for Beginners with Jeff Sacks will be conducted Tuesday, June 24, from noon-1 p.m., followed by open computer questions about PCs and/or Macs from 1-2.
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. Many people come to her class for advice, etc.
Wireless Internet is available in Clubhouse 3, so wireless laptops are welcome. Refreshments will be served. The cost is $5 to attend one or more classes. For information, call Jeff Sacks, (714) 642-0122.
Italian American Club
Bake sale was great success
The June 4 Italian-American Club bake sale at the was a big success. Over 75 members attended. Most brought homemade goodies to sell, and everyone had fun picking out desserts to buy.
The program for the day was a trivia contest about Italy. Ellen Brannigan was the champion.
The next event will be the annual picnic at noon on Wednesday, July 2, in the Clubhouse 1 picnic area. Tickets, $7, can be ordered from President Frank Destra, 431-6368.
The club is furnishing Italian beef sandwiches and beverages. Salads and desserts will be contributed by members. Bingo will be played after lunch.
Photo - The Italian-American Club continues the tradition of baking for fun and fund raising at its annual bake sale. Members, Nancy Floyd (l-r), Gertrude Burin, Martha Destra, Amy Kasuyama, David Zimmerman, Jane Haas, Ellen Brannigan, Joe Tucky, Gail Levitt and Sharon Rutigliano enjoy goodies.
Photo—Cathie Merz, staff photo
The Newly Formed American-Latino Club hosted a gathering and bingo on June 6. The leaders of the club are Amy Walker-Lamberti (l-r), secretary and entertainment chair; Maria Rodriguez, president; Gary Hagar (back), vice president; and Carmen Edwards, treasurer. The club meets in Clubhouse 4 at noon on the first Friday of the month.
Hats off to Our Grads
RELATIVELY SPEAKING— Diana Alexandra Wiegand, granddaughter of Lorene Christian, Mutual 15, graduated magna cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University on May 10. She received the accounting faculty’s “Excellence in Accounting” award and will be employed at DeLoitte accounting firm in Century City.
RELATIVELY SPEAKING— Jennifer Bruner, granddaughter of Judy Belladella, Mutual 12, graduated with honors from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in criminal justice and a minor in sociology.
Grandson one of fittest in California
Taylor Yaffee, grandson of Ron and Gene Yaffee, Mutual 15, finished sixth in the Southern California Crossfit Regional Tournament in May. At 21 he was the youngest in a field of 40 men considered to be the fittest in Southern California. The tournament was a grueling three-day event, featuring some of the toughest crossfit events.
Taylor came in first in the 10 reps of a 200-foot sprint and 14-foot rope climb (without using feet) event, beating out the man who became the overall winner by one second. When interviewed after the event he said that he felt he had the advantage in this event because he had played basketball from age 7 through high school and the sprint was like running up and down the court.
He is a certified crossfit trainercoach and is currently employed by Ruination Crossfit in Aliso Viejo. He tells his clients, “you have the will to win—you need the will to prepare to win.”