Ponies will be running at next meeting, Aug. 14
Bring dollars to the Britannia Club’s Aug. 14 meeting to bet on favorite nags — win or lose, it’s fun. Those who feel like bringing a favorite snack, are asked to do so.
The Barbershop Singers performed at the July “picnic” meeting. They were great entertainment and funny.
The Dodds were back. Marion thanked the board and staff for taking over in June while their guests were visiting from New Zealand.
Marjorie Kimbrell’s inspirational was about freedom, friends, flag and the fourth. Doris Dack caught members up on recovering members.
Happy Birthday was sung for Carmel Atkinson, Jane Inglis and John Murphy. President Eric Dodd won the 50/50.
Jennifer Hamid, in the memory corner, told a story of being stranded at a train station in Germany and being advised to “bring food and don’t leave the train.” The next “victim” is Joan Davies.
After the Barbershoppers’ great entertainment, members adjourned to tables of snacks from the club and generous members.
Club is in recess during August
The Schmooze Club, which usually meets on the second Tuesday of the month, will be in recess in August.
The club meets in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. All interested Leisure Worlders are invited to the events, which begin with “schmoozing” (socializing ) and refreshments at 10 a.m., followed by a variety of programs at 10:30.
Donations are gratefully accepted but, as always, there are “no dues to schmooze.”
Call Evelyn Glick, 598-2022, or Darlene Rose, 296-5140, for more information.
Paws, Claws and Beaks
Dog park will be discussed Aug. 13
The Paws, Claws and Beaks Club will meet Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 4.
This is the last month to see the group’s display in the Leisure World Library.
The club’s annual picnic is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the Clubhouse 1 picnic area, starting a 11:30 a.m.
It is a potluck; the barbecue will not be used. Water will be provided for people and dogs. Sometimes an occasional bird comes, but cats usually prefer to stay home. Anyone who has a picture of his/her pet is welcome to bring it for show and tell.
At the August meeting there will be adiscussion about getting a dog park within the LW walls.
For more information, call 799-3841.
Spanish classes offered for seniors
The Long Beach Latino Club will hold a weekly beginners “Spanish as a Second Language” (SSL) classes for seniors in the Long Beach and surrounding areas. The next semester starts Wednesday, Sept, 10, from 11 a.m.-noon.
Instructor Rosa Ruiz will focus on reading, writing and speaking Spanish.
The classes are held at the Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 East 4th St., Long Beach, and are open to people over 50 years of age. The 12-week session costs $25. Prior registration is mandatory, with a one-time $10 registration/supply fee required from first-time participants by Sept. 5. Space is limited; register early at the Latino Club office, Room 107-H, or for more information, call 570-3514.
PHOTO— LWers receive OC Fair ribbons—Friends Donna Hughes, Mutual 15, and Terese “T” Smith, Mutual 7, entered items at this year’s Orange County Fair. Donna (above) took first place and the overall Judges Award for her collection of turn-of-the- century Halloween postcards. It was her first time entering. Terese (below) entered a detailed hand painted antique drop leaf table that earned her a third place ribbon in the Cutesy/Whimsical Tole Painting category. The OC Fair ends Aug. 10. General admission is $12; $7 for seniors. Visit www.ocfair.com for more information.
GRF building inspector is guest
Kevin Black, GRF building inspector, will be the guest speaker of Sunshine Club tomorrow, Aug. 8, in Clubhouse 3, Room 8.
Kevin will help shareholders understand the issues the Physical Property Department handles, including code compliance, permits and safety concerns.
As a building inspector, he is involved in each unit’s escrow when sold. The inspectors’ duties include all building processes, new construction and repairs. They oversee the processing of all building permits, prepare specifications, assist processing bid packets and special Mutual projects contracts.
Kevin currently holds an ICC California Building Inspector License and a C-36 Plumbing License issued by the California Licensing State Board.
He enjoys ice hockey, surfing, reading and trying to keep up with Noah his 10-year old son.
On Aug. 15 officers from the Traveling Tigers Club will share travel experiences. Susan Fisher, one of the Healthcare Center’s 24-hour nurses, will speak Aug. 22.
The Sunshine Club meets Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 8, from 10 a.m.-noon. It is an English speaking class. All shareholders are welcome; there is no membership required. Refreshments are provided.
PEO, Chapter RT
Picnic is slated Aug. 11, CH 3
Chapter RT of the PEO Sisterhood will meet Monday, Aug. 11 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 at noon for its picnic.
The hostesses are the social committee.
Telephone calls notified everyone to send a check, $12, made out to “PEO, Chapter RT” to Eileen Dohl to be received by today, Aug. 7, as she needs to call in the final count today.
Those who have not sent in their checks should call Eileen, 430-6206, let her know who plans to attend the picnic and bring checks to her Monday Aug. 11.
Since the PEO has been dark for a couple of months, members are looking forward to seeing each other at this get-together.
The PEO Card Party Luncheon is the fourth Wednesday of every month. There will be a card part/luncheon Wednesday, Aug. 27. Men are welcome too. Get a foursome together and enjoy lunch, $9 per person. Call Jan Krehbiel, 431-8240, to make a reservation for a table of four.
Hui O Hula, FALW will perform on Amphitheater stage Aug. 16
The Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) and Hui O Hula will perform at the Multicultural Council’s Saturday Amphitheater show on Aug. 16, at 8 p.m.
The MCC performance is intended to showcase the beauty and diversity of several cultures within Leisure World.
The Filipino culture is family oriented, focused on the care of their elderly parents, the education of children and the respect and love of the Christian way of life.
FALW members in with colorful costumes will perform three folk songs and two dances.
The first song, “Sa Libis Ng Nayon,” tells of happy days in a rural area, the love of life and respect and honor of older people.
The second song, “Sinisinta Kita,” is a love song about a young man explaining his feelings to the world in the event that his lady turns and goes away.
The last song, “Sitsiritsit Alibanbang,” is a happy song.
Members will perform “ Paseo de Iloilo,” a sophisticated courtship dance from the early Spanish era, where gentlemen compete to win the heart of a delightful young lady by exemplifying chivalry, grace and confidence.
They will also dance the “La Jota Moncadena” a Filipino version of the Spanish dance, “La Jota.” The clicking of bamboo castanets accompanies this lively dance. The dance has influences of polka, waltz and mazurka.
Members of the Filipino Association of Leisure World embody the ideals and maintain the democratic way of life, perpetuate their cultural traditions and heritage, foster the love of their adopted country and live in harmony with their diverse community. The FALW welcomes everyone from Leisure World join.
The Hui O Hula, the Leisure World Hawaiian dance club, will dance to three songs, “Hula Town,” a hapa haole hula; “Kawika/Lili’u e,” a hula combining ancient and modern styles; and “Swinging Hula Girls,” a dance with Hawaiian hula implements.
Hui O Hula is a group of dancers from various cultural backgrounds. Hui means group and the class is one big “ohana” (family). Jojo Weingart teaches authentic hula, in the Beamer family-style, which goes back 150 years. In addition, the dancers also learn the history, language and significance of each hula.
The club meets twice a week and gives roughly 100 performances a year throughout the community and nearby areas.
Social Club of LW
Call for afternoon with lunch, cards
The Social Club of Leisure World meets on the fourth Friday of the month for cards and lunch. The Aug. 22 luncheon, $9, will include roast pork and scalloped potatoes. It is served at noon, however people gather as early as 10 a.m. for cards.
New tables of four are welcome. Call Joan Taylor, 673-0927, or Marj Earls, 799-8449, to reserve a table.
Members’ lunches will be automatically ordered unless cancelled by 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 18.
The year ends with the October luncheon and an election of new officers. The club is beginning to collect dues, $5, for 2015.
Substitutes are needed to play occasionally. Call Joan or Marj to be a fill-in. Members play bridge, pinochle, canasta and Hand and Foot.
Photo—Mutual 2 residents that share a greenbelt gathered for a potluck brunch under a shade tree that provided ambiance. A large variety of breakfast pastries and fruit, along with coffee and juice were provided by the participants. It was a wonderful day meeting and greeting old and new neighbors. When the affair was over, the neighbors had enhanced and/or gained new friendships.
Photo— HAPPY GET-TOGETHER— Residents of Mutual 4, Building 89 and 84, enjoyed visiting, barbecued hamburgers, hot dogs and a large variety of food at a neighborhood picnic on July 20. The neighbors played Corn Hole, a sand bag game scored like horse shoes, and croquette. The event was coordinated by Jeanette Dearman. Many said that it was the best neighborhood picnic in many years.
Don’t Stop the Presses
At first there’s only the slap-slap-slap of slick, heavy sheets of advertisements being stacked in piles on the picnic tables shimmering in the thick afternoon heat behind the Amphitheater. There is little conversation, and the dozen or so people work quickly, methodically, with an occasional joke tossed nowhere in particular as the advertisements rise in orderly stacks by the hundreds and then the thousands, waiting for the newspapers that will carry them to every doorstep in Leisure World by dawn.
Watching the preparations from his own rising stack of advertisements is Dan Pomeroy, owner of Eagle Rock Services, the company that has since time immemorial seen to it that a copy of each week’s paper hits every shareholder’s front walk, rain or shine. The majority of the carriers who work for him are Leisure World shareholders themselves, along with a variety of other part-time workers who step into the delivery process after getting off work elsewhere (there are about 20 regular carriers in all who each week will visit more than 6,600 residences well into the night).
As work progresses, everyone repeatedly reminds each other to stay safe while having a good time delivering the paper.
“I may be the slowest,” Flo Dartt always says, “but I like to take my time and I have until 9 a.m. Thursday morning to get the job done.”
This is the real world, however, and in the real world people take vacations, catch a cold or sometime simply don’t show up. Dan and the carrier crews come together to take up the slack, but when the crews finally head home to their families, it’s Dan and some carriers who remain for as long as it takes to complete the rounds.
There’s a grinding roar low rumbling in the distance, and everyone stops instantly, hoping that it’s the print shop’s delivery truck bringing the thousands of just-printed copies of this week’s edition of the Golden Rain News.
It’s a little earlier than usual, and as the truck crests the top of the ramp leading down to the tables, scattered clapping gives way to a short but steady roar of cheers and applause: the early arrival means that these people will be getting home to their families a little earlier than usual, once they’ve completed their every-Wednesday rounds of each Mutual and other stops as far away as senior centers in Los Alamitos, Cypress and Long Beach.
Fat, thousand-pound pallets of plastic-wrapped newspapers are off-loaded and immediately torn apart as the carriers rush in to claim two-foot-high stacks of newspapers that are so fresh off the presses that the air is quickly filled with the curiously sweet, oily scent of printer’s ink and newsprint.
Andrea DeMone and Shirley French have been working as a carrier team for five years now, personally hand-delivering 840 individual copies of the paper to Mutuals 2 and 6 in two enormous loops that they’ve established over the years—one walking (sprinting at times) and the other driving the pickup truck, heavily loaded with the rest of the newspapers they’re expected to deliver.
The carriers aren’t the only ones out this evening: scores of Leisure World residents routinely wait for “their” carriers to arrive with a copy of the paper and perhaps a few minutes to spare to listen to another human being who more than likely hasn’t seen another person all day. Everyone seems to know everyone. The carriers remember to sing “Happy Birthday” to the dark-eyed woman standing in her doorway; other times, residents will sing “Happy Birthday” to them.
“It does get pretty rough sometimes,” Andrea acknowledges. “It’s really, really dark back in some of the places we have to go.”
“Rain,” Shirley adds. “Rain and wind are the worst. Always the toughest kind of night, but we somehow always manage. We’re a team; a little crazy, you know, but what a team.”
Nature isn’t the only challenge, though. For years now a few Mutuals have had their sprinkler systems set to go off between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, precisely when the papers are lying high and dry on the front walk. When the sprinklers have done their work, at best residents discover a pile of papier maché; at worst, the carrier is also drenched, making a long night even longer.
Finally, everyone has been accounted for and sent on their way with Dan’s thanks. He goes back to his tiny office just inside the Amphitheater’s loading dock to finish off some paperwork, check in the keys and then lock up for the night. Time for some rest—next Wednesday is just a week away.
Photo— GETTING READY for another busy Wednesday night are some of Eagle Rock Services’ dedicated veterans and Dan Pomeroy, third from right in the top row. Timing is everything: The earlier that this week’s copies of the Golden Rain News reach these distributors, the sooner they can rush them to Shareholders’ homes.