People Our Anniversary Her father said it wouldn’t last... its 60 years later
Before Disneyland and Magic Mountain, there was the Long Beach Pike Amusement Park. One autumn night in 1953, Banning High School girl Joan Lembke met U.S. Navy seaman Frank Shramek.
Frank was born in Wisconsin, and Joan was born in Minnesota, only a bit over 200 miles apart, yet it was on this night in California that the spark of love was lit.
Her father was sure it wouldn’t last even until Frank’s tour on the U.S.S. Rochester cruiser was completed, but it did.
The day after Joan’s graduation, June 18, 1954, which Frank attended, they boarded a Greyhound Bus—destination Yuma, Ariz.
On Saturday, June 19, 1954, they began what would become a love story that would last.
God blessed them with two children, Shelley Hastings, a school teacher in Yucca Valley; and son Franklin “Butch” of Lakewood, who serves on the administrative staff of the Providence Hospital Organization. They have four grandchildren, John Himes, Buena Park, a computer programmer for Boeing; Heather Himes, New York, a clinical psychologist at Fordam University; Kory Shramek and Kyle Shramek both college students; and three great grandchildren, Jack, Evelyn and Josiah Franklin, named after Great-grandpa Frank.
The Shrameks were foster parents to over 80 babies and toddlers for the Los Angeles Bureau of Adoptions over a period of years, even taking some on family camping trips. Many humorous stories evolved from the trips.
Frank retired from Texaco after 37 years, and they moved to Leisure World in 1988.
They have traveled to many countries of Eastern Europe and Israel. In Israel, at the site of Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding in Cana of Galilee, Joan and Frank renewed their wedding vows.
When asked what was the favorite trip it would be the seven weeks spent traveling in Alaska in their fifth-wheel trailer. There they enjoyed their favorite hobby, fishing, fishing and more fishing.
They remain active in the Golden Age Foundation, volunteering, and serving in the Leisure World Assembly of God Church. They are blessed with many good friends and family.
Kang Nan Dance Studio
Learn Korean folk dances on Mondays
All are invited to learn the joys of Korean folk dance in a new class, Kang Nam Korean Folk Dance.
No prior dance experience is necessary. The classes will be taught by Grace Lee on Mondays, beginning July 7 from 11 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 2.
Come and participate in this cultural offering from the Korean community.
To sign up or to learn more about the class, call Philip Bak, 431-0321.
Chapter RT card party is June 25
The PEO, Chapter RT’s card party and luncheon will be held June 25, the fourth Wednesday of the month, in Clubhouse 2 at noon. Be seated by 11:45 a.m.
There are many games to play—Chinese checkers, dominoes, Skip-Bo, rummy cubes, cribbage, Yatzee, Hand&Foot, bridge, canasta, pinochle, Shanghai Rummy, Scrabble, poker, Euchre, gin rummy, Pitch, Uno, Phase 10 and more.
All Leisure Worlders are invited; PEO membership is not required. Get a foursome together, ladies, gents, couples, mix and match, for the catered lunch, deviled chicken, fruit salad, roll, eclair, coffee, tea and ice tea, and play games. There is no additional charge for tax or tip. It is an opportunity to meet new people and have fellowship with others.
There is room for several more tables. Call Jan Krehbiel, 431-8240, by tomorrow, Friday, to make a reservation, $9 per person.
Those holding standing reservations will be responsible for the $36 if not cancelled by June 20 by calling Jan.
Computer/eBay classes taught
Computer classes conducted 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, iPads and other tablets, from 1-2.
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.
Free classes will resume July 1
Free Spanish classes taught by Dan Van Gelder will resume July 1 in Clubhouse 6, Room B (upstairs).
Basic and intermediate grammar, including verb tenses, common phrases, sentence structure and vocabulary, will be taught Tuesdays from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Once a month there will be a guest/student teacher.
Beginning conversation, stressing everyday phrases, vocabulary and role-play will be conducted on Thursdays from 2-3 p.m. Emphasise will encouraging students to speak.
Each class will be encouraged to sing classical, Hispanic songs and dances will be presented from time to time.
Students may attend one or both classes. Dan is a retired professor from the University del Estado de Morelos, Mexico.
LWers celebrate with all-day affair
A joint birthday party celebration was held for Reddy Deguzman and Fortune Revilla on June 7 in Clubhouse 2.
The party was attended by about 300 guests, including both families.
The party began at 2 p.m with hor d’eouvres and dancing to a local Beatles tribute band. A thanksgiving Mass for all of those who were celebrating birthdays and anniversaries in June was held.
A program followed the Mass that included Reddy dancing the “Coracha,” a traditional money dance in Tacloban, Philippines. The money was donated to the victims of the big typhoon in Tacloban. A surprise love song was performed by Fortune.
“It was a really an impressive event,” says Reddy. “Many enjoyed dancing, and the food was great.”
Reddy is departing soon for her 48th pilgrimage through Europe.
Photo— HAPPY BIRTHDAY—Gloria Serafano, Mutual 12, celebrated her 95th birthday on April 21. She received flowers and cards from well-wishers and had dinner out with family and friends.
All veterans honored at annual Filipino picnic
The annual picnic for all veterans residing in Leisure World is set for Sunday, July 6, at the Clubhouse 1 picnic grounds.
The Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) sponsors the event to honor “American Heroes” who unselfishly sacrificed their precious time and lives to preserve the freedom all Americans enjoy today. It is a gesture by the FALW to show its gratitude to these brave heroes.
All veterans are invited to participate at this event, and to enjoy the day with programs, games and food prepared for them.
This is the fourth year the FALW has sponsored this picnic.
Veterans who would like to take part in the picnic are asked to call and submit their names, branch of service and telephone number, before June 30, to be included in the list of “Heroes.”
For further information, call Ren Villanueva, 493-1406; Ric Dizon, 446-0485; Vic Gendrano (714) 586-0948; or Aida Jose 431-3917.
Get tickets now for annual picnic
Tickets to the Italian-American Club’s July 2 picnic must be purchased by Sunday, June 29.
The traditional July picnic and meeting will be held outside at the Clubhouse 1 picnic area. Bingo will follow the picnic. Guests are welcome as long as they obtain a ticket. If anyone has a set of bocci balls, and wants to play there is an excellent area for that activity.
The Italian roast beef sandwiches will include sauted bell peppers, onions and au jus on French baquette bread.
Salads, snacks and desserts will be brought to the potluck. Sodas, water and beer, along with all dinnerware, will be furnished by the club.
Tickets, $7, are available from Frank or Martha Destra, 431-6368. Picnic area seating will be limited to 120, so be sure and get tickets before they are sold out.
Food will be served at noon.
Members who can assist with set-up should arrive at 11 a.m.
Story of child who turns his life around will highlight meeting
Deanna Wilcox, director of Kids-Net Los Angeles, Inc., will be the guest speaker at the Sunshine Club tomorrow, June 20, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. A movie will be shown at the end of the meeting.
The movie is a true story about a kid who turned his life around after he got into the Kids-Net Los Angeles program. The child’s success wouldn’t have happen without support and love provided for him from the organization.
Kids-Net Los Angeles, Inc., is an organization that seeks to enrich the lives of many children under the purview of the Department of Children and Family Services for dependency care in Los Angeles County.
Deanna has served over a decade to make sure kids get what they deserve. The all-volunteer corps is committed to creating and delivering programs that build character, promote positive self-image and encourage healthy relationships.
Everyone is welcome to come learn about the program. Membership is not required. Refreshments will be provided.
The Sunshine Club of Leisure World invites all of its previous guest speakers to the third annual picnic on Saturday, July 5, in the Clubhouse 1 picnic area. A barbecued lunch will be served along with potluck dishes furnished by the members.
The program will include line dances lead by Pat Erickson and Gui Baker. The Hui O Hula will perform, including a coupleof audience participation dances. Deejay Max Cadabona will provide music.
Six LW clubs featured in MCC’s Amphitheater show
Multicultural Council of Leisure World (MCC) is excited to be a part of Golden Rain Foundation’s Saturday Amphitheater shows featuring local talent.
MCC is one of three organizations given the opportunity to produce a Saturday summer show.
Six clubs have committed to participate and showcase cultural dances, songs and musical instruments.
Those who applied to perform on Saturday, Aug. 16, show are the Filipino Association of Leisure World, coordinated by Pat Erickson and Ren Villanueva; Hui O Hula, organized by Jojo Weingart and Kaye Huff; India, Shama Sulakhe; Leisure World Cloggers Club, directed by Betty Currie and Diane Van Stralen; Korean American Club, Esther Kim and Hanna Park, organizers; and the Vietnamese Club, under the direction of Trung Tran and Debbie Le Tran.
The performers will wear colorful costumes to perform cultural dances or bring opportunities to share and discover the diverse cultural background of Leisure World shareholders.
It is anticipated that such activities will enhance the mutual understanding and respect for each other. This in turn, will enrich lives and promote a peaceful, caring and harmonious community.
The production will fulfill the MCC’s mission to bring diversity to all and make Leisure World a harmonious community.
MCC thanks those who committed to be a part of performance and appreciates the GRF Recreation Committee which provided the opportunity to produce this multicultural performance for this diverse community.
The MCC will host the Saturday show on Aug. 16. The program starts at 8 p.m.
New officers introduced at social
The Nikkei Club of Leisure World will have its final event of the fiscal year on Saturday, June 21, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.
The club meets six times a year for meetings, entertainment and “bento” lunch. During the “off” months members met for socials. The socials were an opportunity to socialize with friends and meet new members. The social gatherings usually included a potluck, so there was lots to eat and drink. The gathering usually ended with members singing karaoke.
The new officers will be introduced at this social gathering. Howard Okamoto is the new president, and Sherie Vanek will be vice president. Sherie will also take over for retiring program chairman Roger Miyashiro. Miye Ondodera and Miki Yamashita have agreed to another term as secretary and treasurer, respectively.
The next business meeting will be Saturday, July 19, and the annual picnic is Saturday, Aug. 2.
PHOTO_ The American-Latino Club will present a sing and dance show on Friday, July 18, at 1 p.m., in Clubhouse 4 featuring Leisure Worlders, including Amy Walker. Guests are invited to bring their own munchies and drinks.
Hats off to our grads
RELATIVELY SPEAKING—Robert and Virginia Melville, Mutual 2, with their granddaughter Rebecca Devine who graduated cum laude from Santa Clara University.
RELATIVELY SPEAKING—Jennifer A. Crampton, daughter of Donna Mariotto, Mutual 3, graduated from Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, on May 23. Jennifer earned her Juris Doctor, with emphasis in advocacy and dispute resolution, (trial advocacy/litigation focus). Jennifer’s busy preparing for the CA State Bar exam in July.