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Jim Mueller Y’s Man, GRF director dies

James “Jim” Jean Mueller, former director for the Golden Rain Foundation, Mutual 2, died Jan. 12, 2014.

Mr. Mueller served on the GRF Board for two years. Prior to serving as GRF director, he served seven years as a Mutual 2 director.

During his time on the GRF Board, Mr. Mueller served as chair of the Library Committee, vice chair of the Publications and Resales committees and was a member of the Physical Property and Security, Bus and Traffic committees.

He believed in term limits to ensure new people and new ideas.

Mr. Mueller was the founding member of the Leisure World Y’s Men’s Club (Y Service Club). The YMCA was his lifelong passion.

Mr. Mueller was born Feb. 12, 1926, to Jules and Sydney Mueller. He was raised in the country outside St. Louis, Mo., with a lot of freedom to walk in the woods and wade in the creek.

At age 17, Mr. Mueller joined the Navy to fight in WWII. He served in the Pacific and came to love many of the people there.

After leaving the Navy, in 1946, he and Audrey became reacquainted after knowing each other since they were 5 and 6 years old. They were married in May, 1947, and moved to California in 1948 with a baby girl.

Their three sons were born in California, and when the oldest came home with a flyer from the YMCA it was the beginning of Mr. Mueller’s long tenure with the organization. He was very proud to have served as the International Association of Y’s Men’s President from 1976-1977, when he was able to meet many of the people that he had only corresponded with before.

Mr. Mueller was a youth leader in the Methodist Church and was also a leader of several YMCA camp groups.

Mr. Mueller worked for the Buick division of General Motors for 33 years. For his job he lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Jacksonville, Fla. Each place, the first thing he did was to contact the YMCA and offer his services.

He was a Master Mason, Shriner, Legionnaire, VFW 4048 member, Leisure World Community Church member and participated with many other clubs and groups, including the Impaired Vision and Hearing Club and American Legion, Post 327.

He leaves his beloved wife Audrey and children Barbara (Steve) Cummins, Jim (Elaine), Dave (Leslie), and Tim (Anne); nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a brother-in-law, Oliver (Beverly) Schmidt.

A memorial service for Mr. Mueller will be at the Leisure World Community Church Feb. 8 at noon, with lunch following.

Memorial tributes to him should go to: Gardena/Carson Family YMCA, 1000 W. Artesia Blvd., Gardena, CA 90248; or Los Altos Family YMCA, 1720 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA, 90815.



Next disaster first aid class set for Jan. 29

by Madge Armstrong

LW contributor


With the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake just past and a recent 4.4 magnitude quake near Fontana last week, thoughts are turning to disaster preparedness. It is believed that a major quake will strike the area in the near future, and everyone must be ready.

The first Disaster First Aid class of the year will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 29, in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. Those who have previously taken this class are eligible to take the class again, free, but must register.

Lunch or snacks and drinks can be taken to the class.

Residents only need to take one class. Additional classes are scheduled March 24 and May 17.

Training is provided by the Organized Communities Volunteer Education Association (OVEVA), a local non-profit disaster training organization.

Residents and others will learn what to do in the event of a major earthquake; how to help themselves and how to take care of loved ones.

Everyone will be responsible for themselves in the event of a major disaster.

Shareholders should have emergency supplies, especially water.

The class teaches people how to treat their immediate injuries before outside help arrives.

Outside help (Red Cross, military, etc.) will not arrive with additional supplies for three to seven days, depending on the degree of the disaster.

Cost of the class is $22, payable at the beginning of the class. Checks or cash will be accepted. A manual is included with the fee.

Registration is required. Contact Geneva Potepan, LW first aid training coordinator at or ( 951) 675-4271. They can also be made by calling Madge Armstrong at 598-3087.



ID cards required to do taxes

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) now requires taxpayers to bring their Social Security and Leisure World ID cards to their tax appointment when the Golden Age Foundation offers the income tax program for Leisure World residents beginning Feb. 10.

The annual program will continue until April 10.

Volunteers will be working Monday through Friday in the morning only. Appointments are required.

Beginning Jan. 28, residents should call 596-1987 and leave their name sand telephone numbers on the GAF answering machine. A volunteer will return calls to schedule appointments. Shut-ins should also call this number.

To qualify for the program, you must be a Leisure World resident, have income under $75,000, file either as a single person or married, filing jointly, have no income from a business or partnership, and have six or less sales of stocks or bonds.

The following records should be brought to appointments:

• Copies of 2012 income tax returns

• All year-end income statements

• Year-end brokers’ statements

• Verification of the cost of any stocks or bonds sold by the shareholder or his/her broker

• Building contract for any 2013 installation of energy-efficient items

If residents plan to itemize deductions, they should prepare a list of all medical expenses, charitable contributions, taxes, interest, etc. Bring the list and accompanying receipts to their appointments.

More than $4,500 in such expenses are needed before residents can itemize.

To have refunds to be directly deposited, bring checkbooks.

Tax returns will be prepared upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Go to Room A, second floor, the tax preparation room.

For those with the necessary records, tax returns will be prepared while they wait about one hour.



Blood drive Friday

The Health Care Center is sponsoring a blood drive in its conference room tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Call Marie Puffpaff, 795-6281, for questions or to schedule an appointment.


PHOTO-CALIFORNIA DROUGHT— California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for the state, which had its driest year in recorded history in 2013. The governor called for a 20 percent voluntary reduction in water use for all citizens in the state. Larry Virgil, Mutual 5, says “I’m ready,” after planting his drought-resistant garden.


PHOTO-SUNFLOWERS show the way during Lynn Heath’s 400-mile journey through Spain on the Camino de Santiago. Hear about her trip at the Buddha Circle on Jan. 25.


Partyline Plus

NEW WATCHDOG CLUB FORMS to discuss Leisure World, Golden Rain and mutual issues of interest. The club will meet in the daytime, on a weekday with no dues. The first meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The club will need bylaws, three people to be officers and a name. Some suggestions for the name are “Watchdog Wizards” and “Senior Scrutinizers.” The final meeting day and time will depend on GRF member interest and room availability. For more information, call 799-3841.


FITNESS LOVERS: David Bell, Mutual 10, has an upper-body Nautilus machine that needs a patio home. He is willing to share it with someone who is will to give it a patio home. Call David, 493-8855.


NEED TRIKE: Pastor Ernie Holdren, Mutual 1, is looking for a trike for his neighbor, who’s brand new trike disappeared. Anyone with a trike to donate, call Pastor Ernie, (714) 328-1233.


CALIFORNIA DROUGHT: Reservoirs in the state have dipped to historic lows after one of the driest calendar years on record. The first Sierra snow survey of 2014 recorded just 20 percent of average water content for this time of year.


Long Showers are a luxury that many around the world don’t have, but showers constantly contribute to the water crisis. The average four-minute shower with an old head uses 20 gallons of water. Replace it with a low-flow shower head and a new shower head that can cut usage down to 10 gallons. Everyone needs a long shower every now and then, but regular 20-minute sessions put an unnecessary strain on the environment.