Centenarian Project

Daily bike rides keeps 101-year old fit

by Janice Laine

centenarian sub-committee


For the last 34 years, Hyman Kwasman has been riding his bike daily around Leisure World’s tree-lined streets. The fact that he’s now 101 years old hasn’t deterred him one bit; he still goes on his daily ride. Besides keeping physically fit, he’s sharp enough to challenge anyone to a game of chess at any time.

Hyman was born in New York and moved to Los Angeles after his fourth son was born. Asked why he moved to California, with a twinkle in his eye, he said, “My wife told me to.” His wife, Essie, passed when she was 90.

Hyman’s sons have all done well for themselves. Theodore, who lives in Germany, has a Ph.D. in languages, Alan is a pediatrician, Sam is a real estate agent and part-time actor and Howard is a chiropractor.

Hyman recalls that his parents immigrated through Ellis Island. There were five siblings and they lived on the top floor of a four- story walk up on Delancey Street. Two families shared the facilities and rent was $10 a month.

Hyman states that he was in the army for “four years, four months and two days!” He served on the frontline and remembers that the worst times were getting caught in the sneak attacks by enemy aircraft. Luckily Hyman managed to dodge all those bullets.

His employer, the United States Postal Service, transferred him to Los Angeles when he requested moving out of New York. He was with them as a carrier until he retired.

For fun, Hyman and his wife used to go gambling at Pechanga to play the slots. Their largest jackpot win was $300. When Hyman first moved to Leisure World he played table tennis, golfed, swam, and belonged to the chess club. While he’s slowed down on those activities, he stays as active as he can.

When asked to what he attributes his longevity, he said with a grin, “I just didn’t die.”



New officers elected/installed at Jan. 21 meeting

The Multiculutural Council (MCC) will reconvene on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 9 -11 a.m in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, after taking a holiday break in November and December, following another successful MCC Festival on Oct. 12.

During the break, the nominating committee, chaired by Shirley Reimers, worked hard to receive nominations from members and to get acceptance answers from those nominated. The committee was able to put together a complete slate of officers for election at the upcoming meeting.

Coffee and snacks will be served from 9-9:30 a.m.

At 9:30 the nominating committee will give its report and an election of officers for 2014-2015 will be conducted. After the election Shirley Reimers will install the new officers.

Following the election a “brainstorming” session will be conducted by the new board.

The MCC was organized in 2006 and the first Multicultural Festival was held in 2007. The MCC conducts annual festivals or other cultural events.

The purpose of the MCC is to provide opportunities to share and learn from the diverse cultures of Leisure World residents. It is anticipated that such activities will enhance mutual understanding and respect for each other. This, in turn, will enrich lives and promote a peaceful, caring and harmonious community.

—Grace Kim


Latin American Club

Reorganized club begins new year

The Latin American Club of Leisure World will have its first meeting on Friday, Feb. 7, 1-4 p.m., in Clubhouse 4. Everyone is welcome.

The club, formerly the Spanish Club, has reorganized and will continue to meet on the first Friday of the month.

The new president is Maria Rodriguez, 430-3405. Other officers are Maria Pompi, vice president; Melinda Lee, treasurer; Amy Walker, chair of entertainment; Mary Jean Tusha, pianist and song; and Hope Bennett, chair of set-up committee.

There is an opening for secretary.


PEO Card Club

Make plans for Jan. 22 luncheon

PEO, Chapter RT’s Card Club and luncheon is Wednesday, Jan. 22, at noon in Clubhouse 2. All are welcome. Call Jan Krehbiel, 431-8240, to make a table reservation, four players $36. Be seated by 11:45 a.m.


Sunshine Club

January guest speakers announced

Maria Giegerich, Leisure World Garden Club president, and Carol Weller, mutual administrative manager for the Golden Rain Foundation, will be guest speakers at the Sunshine Club during January.

The Sunshine Club meets on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 8, from 10 a.m.-noon. The club invites guest speakers to help shareholders get familiar with the community. The club also invites leaders from LW clubs to introduce the purpose and activities of their clubs to those in attendance.

Maria Giegerich will be the guest speaker on Friday, Jan. 17. She will share how to nurture an appreciation for indoor and outdoor plants and flowers.

She joined LW Garden Club in 1999, and has held a variety of offices. She has been president of the club since 2005.

Carol Weller will be the guest speaker on Friday, Jan. 31. She will share what her job entails and issues with shareholders that her department addresses.

The Sunshine Club of SBLW is designed to help all ethnic people get along in the community and for neighbors to have better communications. It also hopes to give shareholders opportunities to learn about GRF rules and regulations.

The class will use the weekly GRF News as a textbook to go over news, general columns, minutes of monthly mutual and GRF Board of Directors, etc.

It is an English speaking class. All shareholders are welcome to attend. No membership is required. Refreshments are provided.

—Anna Derby



Members acknowledged for generosity by LA JFTB

At the first 2014 meeting of the Italian-American Club held on Monday, Jan. 6, Marilyn Jones from the Joint Forces Base in Los Alamitos was on hand with a plaque thanking the club for its generous Christmas donation. The club raised money by sponsoring a bingo event in November. Over 80 Leisure World residents participated and therefore helped with the donation. Marilyn told how important the donation had been in providing holiday gifts to the families of those based at the Los Alamitos JFB.

The club enjoyed homemade chicken vegetable soup, made Italian-style, with pastina noodles and a piece of baguette bread and butter.

The club moved this one meeting to the first Monday because the first Wednesday of January was New Year’s Day. February’s meeting will be at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 2.

The appointment of a new secretary, Jane Haass, was announced in time to include Jane with the picture of the award presentation.

After a planning discussion for the coming year’s activities, the soup was served and bingo played.

“ All residents who enjoy Italian traditions are welcome to join the Italian-American Club,” says President Frank Destra. “Some of the upcoming activities we will be having are an outdoor picnic and a St. Joseph’s Table as well as a pizza party and bake sale.”

To apply for membership contact membership chair, Martha Destra at 431-6368.

—Martha Destra



Music academy starts again Jan. 9

It has been two years since Grace Kim founded the Korean-American Club’s Music Academy. Classes will start up again on Jan. 9.

The academy has a class from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month in Clubhouse 4. Refreshments and snacks are served.

A new 2014 executive board and advisory members were elected at the academy’s general meeting on Dec. 12.

Robert Chung was elected president; Sung Sook Kim, vice president; Jung Soon Kang/Soon Sik Lee, secretary general; Jeon Ye Won /Jeon Ae Nah, treasurer; and Kathy Park and Lee Lark, auditors.

Luke Kim, Grace Kim, Cecilia Chung, Won Kim, Lark Lee, Kim Pyong, Jung Jin Oh, Won Sook Kim, Ki Sook Kim, Jae Young Park, Soon Ja Min, Suk Joon Lim, Choon Ja Cho, Jin Ae Choi,Seong Joong Hong, Rev. Ryoo Jae Yoon, Kil Ja Lim, and Robert Chung will serve as advisors.

During the past two years, the group of classical music lovers and the members has grown to 40. The group has studied and appreciated 19 operas, nine symphonies and 50 ballads.

Prof. Vicky Moon, soprano from the Conservatoire in Italy has led the academy class with a pianist, Eun Kyung Kang. They will continue to be with KACMA this new year, too.

The KACMA also hosted the Los Angeles Singer music festival in LW Clubhouse 2 last March.

Professor J.Y. Park organized groups to attend a few Long Beach Symphony Orchestra concerts.

In 2014 an additional third Thursday class will be held. It will be a “café” of contemporary and selected music, reciting poetry and sacred music. The program is to be announced.

More information, call Sung Kim (818) 687-2002 or email


Friendship Club

Jan. 21 meeting is cancelled

The Friendship Club meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, is cancelled.

The club meets on the third Tuesday of the month to present topics of interest.

For more information, contact Jeff Sacks, (714) 642-0122 or Evelyn Glick, 598-2022.


Social Club of LW

Cards, luncheon resume Jan. 24

The Social Club of Leisure World will meet for lunch and cards on Friday, Jan. 24, at 11:45 a.m. in Clubhouse 2. Lunch will be served at noon.

Table cancellations need to be made by calling Janet Carpenter at 430-6661 before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Anyone interested in setting up a new table of four or being a substitute for canasta or bridge, call the above number.

Membership fees for 2014, $5, are now due.


LB Symphony

Classic series continues Jan. 25

The Long Beach Symphony’s classic concert series continues Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, with “Power, Piano, Percussion—Strauss, Britten and More” at 8 p.m.

A night of piano and percussion as Alexandre Moutouzkine’s noble and heart-stopping solo brings Richard Strauss’ “Burleske” to life.

Maestro Enrique Arturo Diemecke, music director will treat patrons to Revueltas’ orchestral tour-de-force, “La Noche de los Mayas,” commissioned as a movie score, that features Maestro Diemecke’s own cadenza and 11 powerful percussionists.

Benjamin Britten will present “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.”

Leisure World patrons have the convenience of a charter bus that leaves from the LW Amphitheater at 6:15 p.m., arriving in time for the concert preview. The bus charge is $l6 per concert.

For bus information, call Nancy Jensen, 430-3215, or Kathleen Robinson, 598-6301. For symphony information, call 436-3203.