People Happy Birthday Mutual 9 resident was surprised for her 99th Madeline Elizabeth Bartell, Mutual 9, celebrated her 99th birthday on Aug. 18 with a surprise party.
Two mutual directors and her neighbors, laden with crock pots of food, a birthday cake, vegetables, balloons, flowers, champagne, wine and all the trimmings, knocked on her door yelling “Surprise!” Then they poured into her home.
Madeline is a longtime resident of Leisure World.
She was an educator, first a teacher and later an administrator in New England.
When she retired, she spent six months seeing the world. She started in Norway and drove as far as the road went.
Madeline was in New York City on 9-11. She ran outside when she heard that a plane crashed into one of the Twin Towers and witnessed the second crash.
Her tour was scheduled to depart that day, and she was due to check out of the hotel. The tour group director scrambled to find rooms and food for the group for several days, despite everything closing.
When she returned home, Madeline laughed as she explained how they finally secured travel by hiring a large limo with two drivers and made a non-stop trip back to California.
Everyone laughed as they listened to her stories and ate dinner, balancing paper plates across their laps.
Madeline blew out the candles on the cake and the glasses were filled with champagne for a toast, “To our good friend and neighbor, and may we all meet back here in one year ... to celebrate your l00th!”
Grandson earns Eagle Scout award
Ka‘ehukai (Kai) Jensen, grandson of Earlene Gould, Mutual 4, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Kai, 17, is a member of Troop 1673 and received his award at his Court of Honor on Aug. 16. As a member of Troop 1673, he held a variety of leadership positions, including troop guide, assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader and assistant patrol leader.
For his Eagle Scout service project, Kai coordinated a work crew that built and installed a wall-unit bookcase, six smaller award display shelves and painted the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce office located in City Hall.
Kai earned a total of 25 merit badges, with his favorite one being Wilderness Survival. His favorite scouting activities are camping and hiking.
Kai will be a senior at Los Alamitos High School. He plans to apply to college and major in mechanical engineerin
Make plans to attend flea market
The Creative Writers Club will host a flea market from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 12 in Clubhouse 2,
There will be 60 tables of items sold by shareholders/owners, including homemade bakery items, refreshments and lunch.
Non-residents are welcome, but must call Marge McDonald, 234-3875, before Sept. 10 for admittance to Leisure World.
Meeting date is changed
The PEO, Chapter RT Sisterhood, will meet Sept. 3 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. This is a special meeting date. The past president of PEO, California State Chapter, will be the sisterhood’s special guest.
A workshop meeting for officers only is scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon.
The membership portion of the day will begin at 1 p.m.
The next PEO card party luncheon will be Sept. 24. Men are welcome too. Get a foursome together and enjoy lunch, $9 per person. Play card games of choice or dominos. Call Jan Krehbiel, 431-8240, to make or cancel reservations by Sept. 20.
High Holy Days in literature is topic
The Yiddish Club of Leisure World will meet at 7 p.m. on Sept. 4 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The topic for the evening will be “The Reflection of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in Yiddish Literature.”
After new vocabulary and proverbs in Yiddish are introduced, the president will talk about the reflection of the Days of Awe in Yiddish literature, including stories, poems and jokes connected to the topic.
Refreshments will be served after the program.
Rabbi Marcus will blow shofar
The Schmooze Club will resume its regular monthly schedule with a pre-Rosh Hashanah program at 10 a.m. on Sept. 9 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Traditional Rosh Hashanah refreshments will be served during “schmoozing” (socializing) time from 10-10:30 a.m.
Rabbi Shmuel Marcus will then share the “Secrets of the Shofar to Help Start the New Year on a High Note.” Rabbi Marcus is a well-known rabbi and educator in Orange County, an author and Jewish musician. He is beloved by club members and believes in the importance and benefit of getting people together. There will also be a shofar demonstration and blowing of the shofar.
All residents of Leisure World are invited.
The refreshments are sponsored by Richard Goldberg.
As always, there are “no dues to schmooze.” For further information or to submit names for main gate entry, call Evelyn Glick, 598-2022, by Aug. 31. Donations are accepted.
English classes resume Sept. 2
After a two-month respite, the English as a Second Language Class (ESL) taught by Kuniko Okamoto will resume from 10-11:30 a.m. on Sept. 2 in Clubhouse 3, Room 7.
The class promotes the habitual use of the American language sounds, correct use of tenses of verb, prepositions, grammatical rules, vocabulary, sentence structures, etc.
Okamoto is a speech/language pathologist with clinical certification. She is state-certified in ESL, as a resource specialist and for learning disability.
There is a monthly $5 fee for copies of lessons and preparation.
To enroll in the class and further information, call the teacher at 301-5339.
Donations sought for rummage sale
The Sunshine Club of Seal Beach Leisure World is dedicated to helping all people to get along in the community and for neighbors to have better communications.
Dominic Rutigliano, vice president of Rolling Thunder Golf Cart Club, will tell about the fun the club has lending a helping hand at 10 a.m. on Sept. 5, in Clubhouse 3, Room 8.
The Sunshine Club will conduct its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sept. 11 in Clubhouse 2. Anyone who would like to donate items is invited bring them from 2-8 p.m., on Sept. 10 to Clubhouse 2, or call 301-5339, for pick up by club volunteers. Most proceeds will go back to the community to benefit shareholders.
The Sunshine Club meets on from 10 a.m.-noon on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 8 (occasionally Room 2). It is an English- speaking class; all shareholders are welcome, membership is not required. Refreshments will be served.
Bring unwanted clothing to party
Shareholders in Mutual 9 are soliciting clothing, jewelry, hand bags and shoes to be given to a local charity at a clothing party.
Anyone who would like to contribute to the cause is invited to bring items between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Aug. 28 to Mutual 9, 215-G.
For more information, call (818) 667-7218.
Rainbow Ladies Social
Potluck picnic to be discussed at Sept. 2 meeting
The Rainbow Ladies Social Club will meet at 6 p.m on Sept. 2 in Clubhouse 3, Room 5, to discuss the upcoming potluck picnic at noon on Sept. 14 in Clubhouse 1 and other future activities.
For further information about the group, call (714) 847-5916.