Watch Your Step

Widow’s plea for help falls on deaf ears

by Jim Breen

staff writer


Resident Ellen Brannigan got an email from the widow of an oil explorer from Libya who left his wife millions of dollars before he died.

Then she learned she had only six months to live, so she called on Ms. Brannigan, a complete stranger thousands of miles away, with an emotional plea for help.

“Please help me get the fortune distributed to a charity, orphanage or devoted God fearing individual that will utilize this money in all sincerity to better the lives of orphans, widows and the less privileged,” she wrote

The message instructed the LWer to reply by email for details.

“Until I hear from you, my dreams will rest squarely on your shoulders,” she wrote.

Not on Ms. Brannigan’s shoulders; she declined the offer.


Few residents receive more junk/scam mail in Leisure World than Doris Wilson.

The Mutual 12 resident stopped the GR News with a handful of letters, including news that she won $250,000 in something called The America Mega Lottery.

Included in the paperwork were checks for $4,680 and $3,976 urging her to cash them then send in a fee to cover incidentals.

Mrs. Wilson, who has seen dozens of other scams pour into her mailbox, wasn’t fooled.


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• Be cautious about offers. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.


Have you been the victim of a scam attempt? Send the details to or call 431-6586, ext. 387, Wednesday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

American Auxiliary

District president pays a visit to LW Auxiliary

Cheryl Neiffer, president of the Legion Auxiliary District 29, made her official visit to last week’s meeting of Legion 327 Auxiliary in Clubhouse 4. She had high words of praise for the LW unit during her speech.

Plans for the holiday season were discussed at the meeting. The Auxiliary recently donated Stater Bros. food certificates to needy families at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos.

At Christmas, the ladies will provide food, clothing, and toys to eight more families. They will also do the shopping for the gifts, thanks to the post.


The ladies of the Auxiliary will present a Christmas luncheon for the Post on Monday, Dec. 16.

The cost will be $5 per person. Reservations must be made and tickets purchased by Thursday, Dec. 12. Contact Jean Sudbeck at 594-0209 or Mary Wiens at 493-1407, for more information.

The Auxiliary is selling Carl’s Jr. coupon books for $5 each. The coupons never expire and are valid at all Carl’s Jr. locations. Money raised will be used to support local veterans’ activities.

To get books, call Joyce Lamm at 430-4488 or Sandy Esslinger at 430-2891. They make great stocking stuffers.

– Sandy Esslinger



New officers to be voted on Dec. 5

by Joan Shramek

LW contributor


Children a Priority (CAP) will meet Thursday, Dec. 5, in Clubhouse 4. New officers to be voted on include Dona Nickles, president; Fay Cummings, vice president; Juanita Townsend, treasurer; and Lynn Leider, secretary.

They will be installed Jan. 9 by Shirley Reimers.

Members are requested to bring unwrapped Christmas gifts for children and teens for the families at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base.

For those unable to attend the meeting but who would like to make donations, gifts can be left on a table in the clubhouse or they can call a club member to have them picked up.

A board meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a catered lunch at 12:45 and the program.

Reservations, $9 each, can be made by calling by calling President Dona Nickles at 431-0176 by Dec. 2 .

The annual $20 dues are now being accepted.

They can be paid at the meeting or by mailing a check payable to CAP c/o Juanita Townsend, 13240 St. Andrews Dr.. 254-J.

CAP’s only goal is to donate financial assistance to the children’s organizations of Southern California.

Non-members are invited to become a part of the organization.


Woman’s Club


Christmas carolers will perform Dec. 3 in CH2

by Ann Frambach

LW contributor


Using the theme “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire,” the Leisure World Woman’s Club will meet at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Clubhouse 2.

Greeters to the tea meeting Ann Hause and Bobbye Trent will be at the door to welcome members and their guests.

Pat Kogok will entertain at the piano before the meeting. Jan Kuhl will officiate and Carolyn Prettyman will give an inspirational thought for the day.

Sally Fowler will decorate the tables.

Laura Sporcich, philanthropy director, will introduce a representative from Precious Life Shelter, a caring home for unwed pregnant women who face financial hardships.

She will award the club’s donation for this month to the shelter.

Members are encouraged to bring toilet articles for young women, gift certificates or baby items to help the shelter with its programs.

After the meeting. Jan Kuhl will introduce the Yuletide Carolers, an Orange County trio who sing carols and Hanukkah favorites dressed in elegant old English costumes.

Shareholders are invited to bring friends and neighbors. Refreshments will be served after the program.

Tea hostess will be Laura Sporcich.

Fay Cummings, Helen Aarnes and Ann Frambach will pour tea and coffee.

Members who have not picked up their yearbooks may do so in the lobby before the meeting. They will need their yellow membership cards.



Noon luncheon planned Dec. 6 in Clubhouse 2

The California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) of Leisure World will hold a luncheon at noon, Dec. 6, in Clubhouse 2.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling Sue Grimsley at 431-3083 by Dec. 1.

The cost is $12 a person for the buffet lunch provided by the Soup Plantation.

The program will be a continuation of William Quemada’s trip to Great Britain.

All shareholders are invited to attend.

Officers will be installed before the program, which begins at 12:30 p.m.

– Dorothy Geisler


Clutter Busters

Club meets each week to discuss reducing clutter

Clutter Busters, formerly Clutterers Anonymous, takes a broader approach to the baffling problem of reducing clutter when the group meets at 10:30 a.m.,Thursdays, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.

Source material from books on the topic will be available at meetings; speakers will be featured and there will be a free exchange of ideas.

The group will continue to provide a warm, caring atmosphere where people are free to discuss their clutter problems.

For more information, call Anne Shattuck at 799-7756.

– Anne Shattuck


American Legion

Marilyn Jones honors Post with a plaque

The American Legion Post 327 was honored with an appearance by Marilyn Jones at the Nov.18 meeting. Mrs. Jones, of the Joint Forces Training Base at Los Alamitos, presented a plaque to Legion Cmdr. Bud Sudbeck for the post’s participation in the holiday giving program in 2012.

This year the post will donate food gift cards for Thanksgiving and toys, clothing and food for Christmas. The Christmas luncheon is Dec. 16 in Clubhouse 4.

Call Bud or Jean Sudbeck at 594-0209 to make reservations. Tickets are $5 per person.

The post welcomed new member Shannon Geaney, who served in the United States Marine Corps.

Veterans who live in Leisure World are invited to join the post.

For more information, call First Vice Commander Lee Esslinger at 430-2891 or Cmdr. Sudbeck at 594-0209.

– Sandy Esslinger


Y’s Service Club

The Leisure World Y Service Club is made up of a group of men and women who assist residents with small chores they can no longer do.

Members are not professionals, and do not perform electrical work, plumbing, cleaning or gardening.

For more information and to request assistance, residents can call one of the numbers listed weekly in the classified section of The News, under “free services.”

Residents’ needs will then be directed to a member, who will return the call.

– Trish Geddes, Audrey Mueller