Womans Club

by Ann Frambach

LW contributor


The Leisure World Woman’s Club will hold a meeting and tea at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Clubhouse 2. Greeters 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.

The theme for December is “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire.”

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 of young women who sing carols and Hanukkah favorites.

They dress in beautiful old English costumes, which lends a festive Victorian Dickens ambiance to their performances.

This group has been a club favorite for the last several years.

Shareholders are invited to bring friends and neighbors to a very seasonal afternoon.

Refreshments will be served after the program. The December tea hostess will be Laura Sporcich.

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

Members who have not picked up their yearbooks may do so in the lobby before the meeting. They are reminded to bring their yellow membership cards. 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 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. No. 54-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.


Watch Your Step


by Jim Breen

staff writer


Shareholders should be aware of a company named Vindale Research, which sends out thousands of emails a day offering a good way to make some quick cash by reviewing products and taking online surveys.

“Make a difference by giving your opinion, earn great rewards then keep the products you review, it claims.”

A quick check of the Internet reveals several complains from consumers who were never paid for their efforts

Vindale Research is no different than one of those typical scam sites (there are hundreds of them out there) with tacky, catchy names like Treasure Trooper or Fusion Cash, only they’ve created a business name to make them sound more like a legitimate market research company.

Usually such emails have a “terms and conditions” section that should always be inspected by people with any doubt about the authenticity of such companies.

A quick check of this firm’s terms and conditions was, however, anything but quick.

It was staggering 24,000 words, including a request for the intended victim’s Social Security number.

So if you see an email from Vindale Research titled “Job Opportunity, make $75 per assignment,” delete it immediately.


Watch Your Step was included on a grouped email media list with news of “The Case of the Double Skammer.”

Originally sent from an Asian country then forwarded to the media, it informs the intended victim that she was one of 521 victims of a previous scam now due to collect $400,000 from the International Monetary Fund.

Clicking a link that was provided would speed up “immediate payments.”

Be ready to hit the delete button if you see that email, subject-titled “Scam Victim.”

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


American Legion


American Legion Post 327 will present bingo Sunday, Nov. 24, in Clubhouse 2.

Doors will open at 1 p.m. Hot dogs, chili, nachos and drinks will be available for purchase.

The post will make donations to the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos for the upcoming holiday season.

Everyone is reminded that the Christmas luncheon will be on Monday, Dec. 16, in Clubhouse 2.

Reservations are required. Tickets, $5 each, can be purchased from Jean Sudbeck by calling her at 594-0209.

– Lee Esslinger


Legion Auxiliary


American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327 and Legion Post 327 have made donations to pay for Thanksgiving dinners for 16 veterans’ families at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos.

They will also provide funds to families for Christmas.

The ladies of the Auxiliary are in charge of shopping for the food.

The Auxiliary and Legion receive information on each family, including sex, age, and sizes for each member.

Ann Hurley will chair the event.


District President Cheryl Neiffer was welcomed at the last Auxiliary meeting.


The Auxiliary women will help the Post Sunday with bingo in Clubhouse 2 at 1 p.m.

The activity is open to everyone in Leisure World.

– Sandy Esslinger


Retired Teachers Assn



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 431-3089, by Dec. 1.

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


Historical Society



The program will be a continuation of The Leisure World Historical Society will meet at 9:15 a.m., Nov. 27, in Clubhouse 1. All shareholders are invited to attend the group’s last meeting of the year and play a role in preserving the history of Leisure World.

Refreshments will be served, followed by the meeting.

The slate of officers for 2014 will be elected, including Carole Damoci, president; Richard Erickson, vice president; and Joan Shramek, secretary/treasurer.

Guest speaker Denis Craig, GRF representative from Mutual 11, will discuss the renewal of the Trust.

It will be a good opportunity to ask questions and become informed on why the “Vote YES” signs around LW are so important.

The museum in Clubhouse 1 provides an interesting look into LW’s past. The hours are posted on the door.

The $5 membership renewals or new memberships can be paid at the meeting or by sending a check to “The Leisure World Historical Society” c/o Joan Shramek, 13350 St. Andrews Dr., 68-K, Seal Beach, CA,90740. f William Quemada’s trip to Great Britain.

All shareholders are invited to attend.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m.

– Dorothy Geisler




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 willcontinue to provide a warm, caring atmosphere where people are free to discuss their clutter problems.

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