Focus on GAF

Handicapped bus purchase authorized

by Joyce Vlaic, Mutual 15

GAF President

At its October meeting the Golden Age Foundation (GAF) board of directors voted unanimously to authorize the purchase of a new, handicapped access bus to serve the Leisure World community.

Funds for the $130,000 vehicle are being provided from the recent bequest of the Jack Schiffiler Estate. Thanks to Mr. Schiffiler’s remarkable contribution to the GAF, this will mark the second major project to benefit our residents. Last May the Schiffiler Estate provided $110,00 to refurbish the exercise room equipment.

The GAF has consulted with the Transportation Department, and the staff is preparing to solicit bids. Carole Damoci, GAF special projects chair, is consulting with the Golden Rain Foundation to obtain final approval of the project.

In utilizing Mr. Schiffiler’s contribution, we gratefully acknowledge his extraordinary generosity to GAF. The character and spirit of this benevolent gentleman will benefit residents for many years to come.

Mr. Schiffler, who died in 2011, was a lifelong southern California resident, born in Huntington Park. He worked in the engineering field and invested in real estate.

He enjoyed living in Newport Beach, spending time on the water and enjoying the beauty of coastal life. Mr. Schiffiler lived in Leisure World for more than 20 years and was a regular visitor to the LW exercise room, now located in Clubhouse 6. A dedicated physical fitness advocate, he donated four major pieces of exercise equipment to the gym a few years ago.

As in the past with funds used from large bequests, the GAF will request permission to place a memorial plaque on the new vehicle, honoring Mr. Schiffiler’s contribution.Other donations included the covered bus benches and handicapped bus.

Thanks to ongoing resident support, the GAF is able to continue to provide services to LW: Handicapped Access Bus, Hospitality Room, Mobility Aids, Lifeline Service, Tax Preparation, Immunization Clinic, Recycling Program, Outside Bus Support and various projects.

The GAF is a non-profit organization funded totally through tax deductible donations and bequests.


Letters to the Editor


I am distressed at the number of folks who are either very low information voters or don’t vote at all. We have two very important November votes at hand, the current one for the extension of the GRF Trust, and November 2014, for the national midterm elections.

For the GRF Trust, one director reported in October’s meeting minutes, “If the trust is not extended or is not replaced, there is no guarantee that the community facilities will be maintained or available...” Another director I spoke to said that without the extension, LW would be “up for grabs.”

Congress’ approval rating hit 9 percent according to a November Gallup poll, with “public displeasure equally rampant across political groups.”

Sadly, I hear that it’s not worth it to vote anymore because things will never change. I contend the only way to facilitate change for the better (or the worse, for that matter) is through the vote.

Complaining, emails, phone calls and letters to government officials are not forceful methods unless they are done in vast numbers, constituting a majority.

I ask all my fellow LW residents to commit to getting up off the couch, becoming much more informed about the state of the community and the nation, participate and vote, for the survival of our beautiful LW community and the promotion of liberty in the America we love.

If not for ourselves, then for the freedom and well being of our children and grandchildren.

Marsha Chase

Mutual 9


The beauty that was the English language was manifested during the deadly Haiylan typhoon in the Phillipines. Communication with the survivors with the foreign correspondence helped tremendously.

I was proud watching when the children around age 8 or 9 were attentive and able to respond while being interviewed by Danish correspondents.

Some foreigners said that the Filipinos are courageous with strong spirits. My nephew from Manila said, “American rescuers were able to reach extremely remote places searching for survivors. Americans were so kind, diligent and very helpful.”

The world watched, listened, understood and helped. The nationwide aid was a tremendous help and an awesome blessing. A humanitarian effort reflected through good communication and heartwarming spirit.

Lisa A. Dickson

Mutual 1


Outside the Wall

2013 a good year for senior legislation

by Les H. Cohen, Mutual 15

Legislative Advocate Emeritus/ OC Ombudsman

According to the California Commission on Aging, 2013 proved to be a banner year for legislation benefitting California’s older adult population. Gov. Brown signed numerous bills with topics ranging from undue influence, to eligibility for benefits, to regulating home care, etc.

The list of this year’s signed bills can be found at

The full text of the bills can be found at:http:/

The California Commission on Aging was established in 1973 by the Burton Act. It was confirmed in the original Older Californians Act of 1980 and reconfirmed in the Mello-Granlund Older Californians Act of 1996.

It’s comprised of 25 commissioners; 19 appointed by the governor, three appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, and three by the Senate Rules Committee. Commissioners serve three-year terms as volunteers.

The commission serves as “the principal advocate in the state on behalf of older individu state on behalf of older individuals, including, but not limited to, advisory participation in the consideration of all legislation and regulations made by state and federal departments and agencies relating to programs and services that affect older individuals.”

As such it is the principal advisory body to the governor, state legislature, and state, federal and local departments and agencies on issues affecting older individuals.

That, in order to ensure a quality of life for older Californians so they may live with dignity in their chosen environment.


Mutual President’s Column

There are thieves among us

by Margarita Bahr

President, Mutual 2


A few of us have been working hard trying to make Mutual 2 more attractive. At the corner of Thunderbird Drive and Merion Way, in addition to the pot and conch bowl we had been given a lovely large piece of petrified wood.

The wood was set on top of a block and glued to the block to discourage it from “walking away.”

This piece of wood did not remain in its location more than a few days. The person who took it had to work hard to tear the wood from its mooring.

Two large pots have been taken, and a neighbor said that his nice ripe tomatoes were gone, and earlier a beautiful solar angel was taken off his patio.

Folks, we have thieves among us. In Spanish, there is a saying that more or less states that when people do bad things, some bad things will happen to them.

So if you have a conscience, replace the wood so that only good will be a part of your life.

Credits& Kudos

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Susan Shaver of Mutual 11 is grateful to Rich Hackenberg of Keep LW Rolling Bicycle Repair for repairing her bike that’s now ready to ride. He helps shareholders at no cost for labor.


Mutual 2 resident Joan Shramek thanks Joan Ochoa, the widow of Gil Ochoa, who gave her husband, Frank Shramek, memorbilia from the USS Rochester reunion attended by Mr. Shramek and Mr.Ochoa.

The men served aboard the USS Rochester at the same time during the Korean Conflict.


Larry Virgil of Mutual 5 has high words of praise for the Leisure World Garden Club for honoring him with its first garden of the month award for his unique waterless cactus and succulent garden.

It is now a complete drought-tolerant xeriscaped yard.