Tax Assistance


Tax season is right around the corner.

The Golden Age Foundation provides shareholders with a free tax service, and volunteers are needed. Volunteers must be computer literate to prepare the actual returns.

Others, also computer literate, are needed to pick up phone messages regarding appointments and input the information into the computer. That can be done from home. Receptionists are also needed, preferably with computer skills.

To help, call Phyllis Mackey at 596-2099 or Sam Jones at 598-0880 by Jan. 6.

There will be training for tax preparer volunteers on Jan.15 and 16 in Clubhouse 4 beginning at 9 a.m. each day.

Online computer training will be held from Jan. 22-24 in Clubhouse 6.

Six training sessions are planned in the mornings and afternoons. Attendance at only one of the two-hour sessions is required.

Training for appointment takers and receptionists will be held Jan.17.

Return preparation is scheduled to begin Feb. 10 and continue for nine weeks through April 10, Monday-Friday, mornings only.

Volunteers can choose their own days. Those interested can respond to either number above.

Historical Society


Shareholders are encouraged to join the Historical Society as a means of preserving the history of Leisure World.

With changes taking place rapidly, it’s important to maintain a record of times past.

Meetings are held quarterly and dues are $5 a year.

Interesting programs and refreshments are incentives to attend the meetings, held at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 1.

The group will break for the holidays before meeting Feb. 26. The meeting will feature the LW Vietnamese Club.

The society has an interesting museum in Clubhouse 1. The hours are listed on the door.

Many shareholders enjoy looking for familiar faces in photos and checking out relics from the early days of LW.

To join, send a check for $5 to Leisure World Historical Society, c/o Joan Shramek, 13350 St. Andrews Dr., No. 68, Seal Beach CA, 90740.

–Joan Shramek


The American Legion Post 327 will meet at 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 16, in Clubhouse 4.

The ladies of the Auxiliary will host a luncheon at noon and all members of the Post and their spouses are invited.

The cost is $5 per person and the deadline for reservations is Dec. 13.

Call Jean Sudbeck at 594-0209 to reserve a seat. She needs a head count to ensure there is plenty of food.

– Lee Esslinger

Woman’s Club


by Janet Carpenter

LW contributor


The Leisure World Woman’s Club will hold a card party and luncheon on Dec. 20, in Clubhouse 2. Lunch, priced at $9 per person, will be served at noon.

Lunch tickets will be sold by table number.

One person can pick up tickets for a table of four for $36. Everyone should be seated by 11:45 a.m.

Table reservations or cancellations should be made by calling Judy Belladella at 598-1784 before 6 p.m., Dec.17.

Table reservations not cancelled must be paid for.

Members with a party of four and want to set up a new table should also call Judy at the above number.

Those tables needing a substitute player for either bridge or canasta are asked to call Vivian Neiger at 594-6550 for the names of substitute players who can be contacted.

Standing club rules require regularly attending card players to be current members of the Woman’s Club.

Membership cards should be taken to all these events.

A guest invited to attend the card party luncheon may do so twice a year, must have a luncheon reservation and be accompanied by her sponsor.

Members may pay their 2013-2014 dues ($15) at the card party or mail a check to Penny Wright, 13902 Thunderbird Lane, 8-C, Seal Beach, CA, 90740.

Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope and last year’s membership card with the check.

Legion Service

It is with deep sorrow and regret that the Seal Beach Leisure World American Legion Post 327 announces the passing of Keiji “Kay” Futamase. Kay was the Post Adjutant for decades, a position that he enriched with his outstanding business management skills. He was everyone’s friend.

There will be an interment at Riverside National Cemetery Monday, Dec. 16. The Futamase family has limited attendance to family and members of the Post. Legionnaires who want to attend should contact Veterans Service Chairman Jim Hoover at 342-9434.


A memorial observance for Kay’s Leisure World friends and other friends will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m., in Clubhouse 4.

A ceremony at the American Legion flag display outside of the Clubhouse will be conducted at the end of the observance.


Steve Ditmars of West Cities Police Communications (West-Comm) provided the Gates and Patrol staff with an overview on reporting incidents and sharing information with the police in a presentation Dec. 6 at Seal Beach Fire Dept. Station 48.

It was part of the Golden Rain Foundation’s growing partnership with the Seal Beach Police Dept. and West-Comm, an organization formed in 1997 by the cities of Seal Beach, Cypress and Los Alamitos.

In attendance were council members Mike Levitt and David Sloan; Police Chief Joe Stilinovich; Cpl. Michael Henderson, Seal Beach Police Dept.; Jaime Guerrero, Gates and Patrol Chief; and Eloy Gomez, Safety and Emergency Coodinator.

Mr. Ditmars, who serves as West-Comm’s interim dispatch administrator, discussed 911 calls made on cellphones and what happens when someone calls 911.


The Leisure World chapter of NA’AMAT USA will exercise its role as an advocate for women’s rights by presenting a program Dec. 16, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

It will follow a brief meeting at 12:30, and refreshments will be served.

Janeice McConnell of the League of Women Voters and a member of the local chapter will discuss the current challenges to the voting rights of women and minorities throughout the country.

Shareholders are invited to attend and bring guests.

There is no charge to attend, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

For more information, contact Darlene Rose at 296-5140.

– Darlene Rose