Dr. Tom’ interviewed for film about NBA star Dirk Nowitzki

“Dr. Tom” Amberry, Mutual 14, was contacted by Broadview Pictures of Cologne, Germany, to be included in the documentary film “The Perfect Shot —The Dirk Nowitzki Story,” about the Dallas Mavericks super star.

The three crew members from the German production company came to Leisure World on Nov. 24 to interview Dr. Tom for “being the free-throw expert.”

Dr. Tom coached Dirk in the early years, although he said Dirk didn’t need much help.

Dr. Tom believes that success is based on a mental approach, the “Amberry Method.”

The film will also feature interviews with Dirk’s personal trainer Holger Geschwindner, NBA Commissioner David Stern, team members of the Dallas Mavericks, as well as Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, George Raveling, Donnie Nelson and Don Nelson.

Dr. Tom set the world record for consecutive free throws, 2,750 without a miss at age 71.

He went on to coach free throws for the Chicago Bulls, when Michael Jordan was on the team, in addition to other NBA stars.

Dr. Tom has been featured in numerous magazine articles. He wrote the book, “Free Throw— Seven Steps to Success at the Free Throw Line,” which has multiple printings and made an instructional video, “Make Every Free Throw.”

Broadview is an award winning independent German documentary film production company.

—Cathie Merz


Happy Birthday

Blanche celebrates centennial plus 2

Blanche Jordan, Mutual 6, celebrated her 102nd birthday with a party of close friends on Nov. 17.

Betty Dahl, Mutual 6, hosted the celebration, and delicious food was served.  Blanche had no problem blowing out her candles.  Even though her eyesight is failing, she remains humorous and quick witted.

She told about being a teen during the depression years and how her family survived those hard times.

Blanche is especially thankful for her cheerful caregiver Pam Miller, who is very attentive and loving.



McCarthys said wedding vows 60 years ago

“What a wonderful day,” writes John McCarthy, Mutual 9, about Nov. 28, 1953.

It was on that day, 60 years ago, that Margaret Zaharris and John stood at the altar of St. Helens Catholic Church in South Gate, Calif., and recited their marriage vows.

“Our lord has been so important in our marriage. He has given us five beautiful daughters, four great sons-in-law and eight grandchildren, seven girls and one boy.

“Being married for 60 years is not something that happens without the guidance of God, and we were blessed to have that gift. He has always been there when needed,” he writes.

What better day to return that love, than on Thanksgiving Day.

“Thank you for your many blessings, and you will always be in our hearts.”


Italian-American Club

Make reservations for Christmas luncheon

The Christmas luncheon for members and guests of the Italian-American Club will be held Dec. 4 in Clubhouse 4. The social hour, with an open bar, will be set up to serve starting at 11:30 a.m.

This year’s added attraction to the social hour is eggnog punch. It won’t have any alcohol, but those who desire a shot of rum in their egg nog can get it from the bartenders, Joe Tucky and Ben Nicholoci.

Frank Destra’s homemade lasagna dinner with a meatball will be served at the table starting at 12:15. The dinner includes salad with ranch dressing and Italian bread and butter. Spumoni ice cream will be topped off with an Italian cookie for dessert. The club will provide coffee, soda or water.

During and after the meal, Porter Singletary will provide music with some Christmas carols to begin the holiday season.

After lunch, the ladies who like to bake and share will have a homemade cookie exchange. To sign up for the cookie exchange, and to get a luncheon ticket, contact Martha or Frank Destra at 431-6368. Tickets are $14 and should be purchased by Sunday, Dec. 1.

Membership in the Italian-American Club is open to all Leisure World residents of Italian heritage or who enjoy the Italian culture. To sign up contact Membership chairman, Martha Destra.

The Italian-American Club’s January meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, Jan. 6 in Clubhouse 4 at noon. This one-time change is because the first Wednesday in January is New Year’s Day when most members will be enjoying the Rose Parade and football games with their friends and families.

At the January meeting Treasurer Cathy Gassman will be accepting the annual dues, $5, for 2014. The club will have the installation of officers for 2014 and discuss ideas for activities for the year, followed by bingo.

—Martha Destra

Spanish Class

Students received their diplomas

The first semester of free Spanish language classes was very successful, says teacher Dan Van Gelder.

“It was a real pleasure to have spent this semester with such a treat and active group, and everyone deserved their diploma,” said Dan.

Students in the first class were: Greer Robinson, Velma Robinson, Heidi Michell, Dr. Andrey Newman, Guyen Tu Lam, Mamie Yu McGee, Maryann Geier, Winny Warlich, Patricia Cordray, Susan Jones, Toby Richman, Robert Thompson, Hope Bennett, David Hunter, Pamela Young, Ellen Song, Kazuko Nimura, Peggy Airhart, Linda Rice, Dale More, Carol Olsen, Terry Kooij, Betty Scharf, Amin Barsoum, Rosann MacGregor, William Vickers, June Easton, Virgilio Javier, Lolita Javier, Lois Han, Ben Han and Harris Williams.



Members send help to homeland

The benefit show hosted by the Leisure World Cabaret Club, Nov. 20, to aid the Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines was an outstanding success.

Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) members contributed a folk dance and the inspiring closing song, “We Are the World” with audience participation. The song was written in 1985 by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and recorded by USA for Africa. Proceeds from the resulting multimillion copies of the recording was for the African famine relief fund.

FALW president Ren Villanueva showed a slides with grim pictures of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

The FALW extends its sincere thanks to all the donors who generously shared their cash for a humanitarian cause. Grateful and heartfelt acknowledgments also are extended to Cabaret Club and its members for hosting the fund-raising affair and providing memorable songs.

FALW is still seeking help and assistance from the LW residents and friends from outside the community to donate to the Philippine Typhoon Fund. Checks should be addressed to the Filipino Association of Leisure World, and sent to 13601 Medinac Lane, 72-L, Seal Beach, CA, 90740. Specify Philippine Typhoon Victims on checks. All donations are tax deductible under the IRS Rule 501c-3. The association’s tax identification number is 27-1173488.

Even before the occurrence of the deadly mega typhoon, members of the Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) did their part to help their country and its people. FALW member Ret. Col. Romulo de Guzman, personally delivered a $1,000 check to Arnold Sony, assistant director of Sagip Kapamilya, a local civic organization that directly helps the people affected by natural calamities that are sadly frequenting the Philippines. The check was delivered to help the victims of an earthquake in Bohol that occurred in early October.


Sunshine Club

No class tomorrow, Nov. 29

The Sunshine Club will not meet tomorrow, Nov. 29, due to the Thanksgiving holidays. The next meeting is Friday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 8.

The Sunshine Club is gearing up for the last meeting of 2013.

Members voted to venture out for lunch, “dutch treat” on Friday, Dec. 6. It will be an opportunity to get to know more about one another and to share things that there isn’t time for at the meetings. More than 15 members have signed up for this special occasion.

Friday, Dec. 13, is the last meeting of the year. To celebrate the club will have a holiday potluck. A group photo will be taken to update the Sunshine Club’s annual program, which is used to promote the club and as a souvenir.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the potluck. Bring a main or side dish or a dessert to share with six-eight members. Call Anna Derby, 598-6796, and let her know how many will attend and what is being brought.

The Sunshine Club was established and designed to help all ethnic groups get along and have better communication with neighbors.

Everyone is welcome to join. No membership is required. Refreshments will be provided. English is spoken in class.


Mutual 10

Purchase tickets to holiday luncheon

The Mutual 10 Board of Directors invites all Mutual 10 shareholders and their guests to the annual holiday luncheon on Friday, Dec. 6, in Clubhouse 4.

Tickets, $11 each, are available from the building captains. The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, Dec. 2.

The menu will be warm deviled chicken salad and dessert. A fruit plate will be available if chosen at the time of the ticket purchase.

Eggnog will be served starting at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served at noon.

Musical entertainment will be provided by “Mutual Friends.”

The directors look forward to seeing everyone at the luncheon.

For more information, call Esther Cummings, 598-4230, or Ruthann Arlart, 596-9777.

Mutual 7

Potluck, bingo is planned Dec. 7

The Mutual 7 holiday pot-luck dinner and social is Saturday, Dec. 7, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

Wine, punch, snack and social is at 4:30 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner at 5.

Residents are asked to bring a ready-to-serve dish for eight-10 people with serving utensils. Suggested dishes are salads, vegetables, main courses and desserts.

Coffee and tea will be furnished. Residents should bring their own dinner beverage.

Mutual 7 bingo will be played after dinner. Bring an unwrapped “white elephant” gift that is no longer wanted, but too good to throw away.

Seating is limited. Call Carol Rasmussen, 594-4139, for reservations.


Yiddish Club

History of Hanukkah presented on Dec. 5

The Yiddish Club of Leisure World will meet Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The topic will be “Hanukkah—The Feast of Dedication and the Struggle of the Maccabees for Freedom of Conscience.”

After new vocabulary words and proverbs in Yiddish are introduced, President Yakob Basner will present a lecture on the history of the holiday as a celebration of Jewish political courage and military prowess.

Stories and jokes connected with Hanukkah will be recited. Refreshments will be served.


Schmooze Club

‘8th Day’ performs

A concert by “8th Day” and a brunch will be held Tuesday, Dec. 10, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Schmooze Club. It will be held in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 10 a.m. There is no cost to attend, but RSVPs are required to plan for the brunch. RSVP to Evelyn Glick, 598-2022, or Darlene Rose, 296-5140, before Sunday, Dec. 8.


Friendship Club

Computer classes canceled Dec. 2

Because of the instructor has another commitment, the Friendship Club computer classes scheduled Monday, Dec. 2, in Clubhouse 3 are cancelled.

The next class is Monday, Dec. 9, in Clubhouse 3, Room 4. A repeatable introduction class is from 9-10 a.m., followed by open computer questions about PCs and/or Macs from 10-11 a.m.

Maxine Smith conducts a separate question and answer forum, Let’s Talk eBay, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Light refreshments are served. The cost is $5 for one or both classes. For information, call Jeff Sacks, (714) 642-0122.



Holiday party set

The Korean American Club will have its annual holiday party on Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. There will be entertainment and karaoke. Dinner will be served.

Non-members who would like to attend should call Suzanne Ahn, 594-6575 or Myung Lee, 881-5837.