Sunshine Club

Betty Coven is guest speaker Friday

Betty Coven, GRF director, Mutual 5, will be the guest speaker at the Sunshine Club, tomorrow, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

She will talk about the importance of living in the community and how socializing increases longevity.

Ms. Coven is the chair of the GRF Communications Committee that oversees the GR News and the LW website.

She writes the “Did You Know?” column in GR News to help dispel rumors and determine what is true or false for shareholders. It has become a popular topic of the week at the Sunshine Club.

Ms. Coven is also the chair of the new GRF Investment Committee, a subcommittee of the Finance Committee. She is working hard to save GRF funds, as she did as Mutual 5’s CFO.

She also served on the ad hoc beautification and solar committees for Physical Property.

She attended two Davis-Sterling seminars given by a LW attorney to have a better understanding of how to manage the community.

Ms. Coven has lived in LW for three years. She was elected to the Mutual 5 Board after one year as a shareholder. She served as the CFO for two years, before being elected to the GRF Board.

As the Mutual 5 CFO, she arranged to pay the property taxes one month early. The rest of the LW mutuals have followed this arrangement to avoid another property tax penalty.

As Mutual 5’s CFO, she served on the Investment Committee and made sure that the mutual’s funds were invested in David-Sterling managed and FDIC insured CDs, so that funds are available when needed. As a Mutual 5 director, she also served on the mutual’s Investment (chair), Solar, Executive, Landscape, and Laundry Room committees.

She was the chair of the CFO group for one year, and arranged for guest speakers, and organized discussions for all CFOs to share problems and possible solutions leading to better finance management throughout the mutuals.

Ms. Coven received a Ph.D in psychology and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling. She is licensed psychologist and had a private practice in Michigan for over 25 years.

Everyone is welcome to join the Sunshine Club. No membership is required. Refreshments are provided.

—Anna Derby


Italian-American Club

Holiday luncheon plans under way

“We would like to thank all the members and guests who made our Bingo Bash so successful,” says Italian-American Club President Frank Destra. “We raised $1,000 for our Christmas donation to the families of the Joint Forces Training Base.”

Board members have planned the holiday luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Clubhouse 4. Entertainment starts at 11:30 a.m., furnished by Porter Singletary.

A social hour including the traditional open bar will also feature eggnog punch. This was proposed by member Janette Kirk. It won’t be spiked, but there will be rum or whiskey at the bar if anyone wants to add a shot to their punch cup.

The meal will be served at the tables at 12:15 p.m. It will include salad, bread and butter, Frank Destra’s homemade lasagna and one meatball and spumoni ice cream with an Italian cookie for dessert. Tickets are $14 each.

Members who want to participate in a Homemade Holiday Cookie Exchange after lunch need to call Martha Destra to sign up. Each person will bring a supply of their favorite homemade cookies to exchange with other cookie bakers. They also need to bring an empty container. After all the cookies are in place, each exchanger will pick up one cookie brought by each of the other exchangers.

“ If you email me or bring me a copy of your recipe,” volunteers Martha, “ I will have them duplicated for sharing.”

Sign up by Nov. 27 so there is time to notify the participants of how many cookies to bake and bring.

Members who were not at the Bingo Bash need to contact Frank or Martha Destra to get dinner tickets before Nov. 27. Guests are welcome as long as a ticket is purchased by the deadline.

The board members have agreed to return to their respective positions for 2014. There will be a short election on Dec. 4, so the new officers can be installed at the January meeting.

This year’s January meeting will be on Monday, Jan. 6, due to the first Wednesday falling on New Year’s Day.

—Martha Destra


Spanish Club

Purchase tickets to annual holiday dinner on Dec. 7

The Leisure World Spanish Club’s annual Christmas dinner will be Saturday, Dec. 7, in Clubhouse 4. Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6.

Dinner will included salad, Cordon Bleu, penne pasta, bread, butter, tea and coffee. Tiramisu will be served for dessert.

Each table will have two bottles of wine.

Following dinner, there will be DJ music for dancing.

Tickets, $30, must be purchased no later than Dec. 2. No exceptions. To purchase tickets and for more information, contact Leida Vazquez, 596-4155, or Fanny Schillaci, 799-9934.


Friendship Club

‘The Chosen’ shown

The Friendship Club will show the movie “The Chosen,” Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, to Leisure World residents and their guests.

“The Chosen” is a 1981 drama film directed by Jeremy Kagan, based on the bestselling book of the same name by Chaim Potok published in 1967. It stars Maximilian Schell and Rod Steiger. It won three awards at the 1981 Montréal World Film Festival.

In the plot, two Jewish teenage boys in Brooklyn of the 1940s (who come from different branches of the faith), meet at a baseball game and form a friendship.

The film lasts 108 minutes.

There is no charge, but donations are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

For information, or to have your email address added to the Friendship Club list, call Jeff Sacks, (714) 642-0122.


Touch of Dutch members and friends of the Touch of Dutch will meet tonight, Nov. 14 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 7. Those gathered will engage in friendly conversation, meet new neighbors and friends, and can expect a little taste of Thanksgiving.


LWer pens book on angelic realm

Bess H. Haney, Mutual 3, recently published the book “Encountering God’s Holy Angels.”

The goal of the book is to provide an eye-opening experience in the angelic realm. It includes meditations, reflections, prayers and poetry.

“It is my hope that you feel his presence and let him become alive to you and in you,” Bess writes.