May 10, 2022

 President Jeff Shapiro called the meeting to order at 9:05 AM.

 Ed Shifman led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 Steve Cohn was called to the podium and President Jeff Shapiro presented him a Certificate of Appreciation for his outstanding work setting up Zoom meetings during the pandemic and helping out every meeting with audio/visual needs.

 President’s Comments: Jeff announced that because of Sharon Town Elections our next meeting would be held at Whitney Place. Masks need to be worn upon entering and in the corridors. Please park on the side road or at Shaws. The Public Health office in Sharon recommends that masks be worn indoors. You need to make Luncheon reservations as soon as possible so we can meet our contract. Please carpool to our meetings. Parking is available in the lower lot. Please wear your name tags so that new members will get to know you.

Assistant Secretary Ed Rubin read the Secretary's report for May 3, 2022. It was accepted as read..

Harvey Tobolsky gave the following Glad and Sad report: We extend congratulations to Paul Triber, whose granddaughter, Adaora Ekpunabi, graduated from Husson University at Bangor Maine on Saturday, May7 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. She will complete her education with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. We extend our condolences to Ronald Gorin, whose wife, Hinda, passed away on Sunday, May 8 at the age of 79. Ronald and Hinda were married for 51 years. Funeral services will be May 11 at Ahavath Torah Congregation,1179 Central Street, Stoughton. Her interment will be at Sharon Memorial Park.

Treasurer Ralph Jacobs announced that we have 277 members. Thirty-two are over 90. One hundred forty-eight have paid. That leaves 97 who have not paid. The phone squad will be contacting the unpaid members to avoid the $10.00 late fee. Investment Club: Ralph reminded the membership that the Investment Club meets on the last Tuesday of the month to discuss stocks and the market situation. They have a diverse group. All are welcome to attend. You do not have to buy in to attend.

Ken Siegal reminded everyone that Bocce is played every Wednesday starting at 9:00 am in front of the Community Center. It's a skill that anyone can learn.

Program Committee Chair Bob Soffer introduced our speaker, our own Jim Maltz who is a Chartered Advisor for Senior Living, and gave us an interesting talk on the options for paying for long-term care or a nursing home. A vigorous question and answer session ensued. Jim can be contacted at www.cantonfinancial.com.

 

Raffle: Two prizes were awarded. One went once again to a member of the Executive Board. Respectfully

 

 

Submitted,

 Ed Rubin, Assistant Secretary

May 3, 2022

President Jeff Shapiro called the meeting to order at 9:05 AM.

Ed Shifman led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

President’s Comments: Jeff reminded the members to make sure they park within the lines. He asked, if possible, for people to carpool. During the warmer months, there are more activities at the Community Center. Jeff read a thank you note from the Friends of the Council on Aging for our donation. Jeff asked that people get their reservations in as soon as possible for the luncheon so that we may have an accurate count.

Membership: Committee Member Phil Rosen introduced Gordon Kwok who was interested in becoming a member of the Club. Gordon was approved by a majority vote and received the required new member briefing.

Assistant Secretary Ed Rubin read the Secretary's report for April 26, 2022. It was accepted as read.

Warren Anastasia assistant to Harvey Tobolsky gave the following Glad and Sad report:

Neil Nager and his wife, Ellen, returned from Israel and both had COVID-19. They both have recovered. A card was sent.

Sidney Shuman and his wife, Eileen, have COVID-19. A card was sent.

Richard Suskind was recovering at home from stomach surgery.

Jeff and Ellen Stone will be celebrating their 31st wedding anniversary on May 5.

Barry Fireman who is taking over Club Apparel for Fred Appel, announced that he was putting in an order for long sleeve tee shirts. The cost was $35.00. Barry also mentioned that he had a few golf shirts for sale.

Program Committee Chair Bob Soffer introduced us to Bob and Linda Hamaker who are Master Trainers of Laughter Yoga. Bob and Linda gave us a background of laughter yoga and their experience with it. We then were treated to a shortened laughter yoga class, which consisted of laughing to release serotonin from our brains, deep breathing exercises to oxygenate our bodies, stretching to help our muscles and joints, and a relaxation exercise. There was a good response by our members. Many felt good after the presentation.

Raffle: Two prizes were awarded, one for $24 and one for $15.

Respectfully submitted.

Ed Rubin Assistant Secretary

April 26, 2022

 

President Jeff Shapiro called the meeting to order at 9:05 AM. 75 Members were present and had signed the Contact Tracing Attendance Sheet.

 

Ed Shifman led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

President’s Comments: Jeff reminded all members from Sharon that the Town Meeting will take place on Monday, May 2nd.

All members were asked to try to keep the men’s restroom as clean as we can and to make an extra effort to place all used paper towels in the trash bin.

 

Treasurer Ralph Jacobs was called to the podium and presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Club. Ralph was recognized for his work as Treasurer, assembling our name tags and in organizing the Phone Squad. Through his leadership, particularly when dues payments need to be made, our membership numbers have remained strong.

 

Membership: Committee Members Harvey Janson and Phil Rosen introduced Mark Casso and Bill Manburg who were interested in becoming members of the Club. Both were approved by a majority vote and received the required new member briefing.

 

Secretary’s Report: Secretary Norman Ainbinder read his notes of the April 19th meeting. They were accepted as read without change.

 

Assistant Treasurer Harvey Levine gave a report on the Spring Luncheon. Checks may be either mailed to him or given to him at our meetings. Please make your reservations as soon as possible.

Harvey also reminded us that dues should be paid in May to avoid the Late Payment Fee. Checks should be given either to Harvey or Treasurer Ralph Jacobs at a meeting or mailed to Ralph’s home address.

 

Glad and Sad: Harvey Tobolsky reported the following:   

   Paul Maltzman fell at home and broke his collar bone and hip. He will be in Copley at Stoughton for a few weeks of rehabilitation.            Paul’s wife, Shirley, was recently hospitalized but is now at home recovering from a bleeding ulcer.

   Congratulations to Bud Adler who will celebrate his 95th birthday on April 29th.

   Simeon Korisky recently fell at home. He was at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Milton and later transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Cambridge.

 

Golf: Mike Yarwitch mentioned that plans are underway for the resumption of golf matches at Chemawa.

 

Investment Club: Mike also reminded us that the group will meet today immediately following this meeting.

 

Motion: The motion that was discussed at length at our last meeting was reintroduced for further discussion if any and a vote. It was noted that a quorum was present.

The motion is as follows: that the Sharon Men’s Club shall reimburse Roger Barmash the sum of $7,500 for legal fees incurred in his role as President of the Sharon Men’s Club. This payment would be conditioned on Roger Barmash signing a release waiving all claims of any kind against the Sharon Men’s Club its officers or members. The motion was seconded. Vice President Steve Lechter asked the membership for any additional discussion and/or questions. Following a brief period of discussion, Parliamentarian Harvey Spack announced that there would be a “standing vote” taken. The vote was: In Favor: 49 Opposed: 10 Abstentions 7

 

Program Committee: Chairman Bob Soffer introduced us to Lora Tarlin who is the Director of Holocaust Services for JF&CS of Greater Boston. Ms. Tarlin’s appearance was very timely as Holocaust Remembrance Day is this week. Our donations to Family Table benefit participants in her program as many of her clients do have a need for food assistance.

Ms. Tarlin explained the expanded definition of who is considered a Holocaust Survivor from the period of 1933 to 1945. It includes not only work camp survivors but those who fled their homeland and went into hiding or sought refuge in other countries. Most prefer to live on their own and some may even have refused reparation payments after WWII. There are currently approximately 3,00 residents of MA in this group. The average age is eighty-five½.

 

Raffle: There were two winners, including yours truly.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Norman Ainbinder, Secretary

April 19, 2022

 

President Jeff Shapiro called the meeting to order at 9:02 AM. 71 members and two guests had signed the Contact Tracing Attendance Log.

 

Ed Shifman led us in The Pledge of Allegiance.

 

A certificate of Appreciation was presented to Dan Liberman for his work as Club Webmaster and Historian by President Jeff Shapiro. Jeff cited Dan’s work in collecting the historical information, scanning it, and posting it to the Club Web pages. Dan was also thanked for the information he provides and posts to our website regarding the Covid pandemic and other health issues.

 

Jeff mentioned that we would be making a $250 donation to the Friends of the Sharon Council on Aging in conjunction with their annual fundraising on behalf of the Council. The Town budget for the Council is not sufficient to permit the Council to provide all needed services. However, through the efforts of Friends, programming and servicing goals are being met.

 

Secretary’s Report: Secretary Norman Ainbinder read his report of the April 12th meeting. It was accepted as read.

 

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Ralph Jacobs reported on the progress of dues collection. He will be reforming the Telephone Squad in the coming weeks to again assist in outgoing calls to unpaid members. He reminded us that dues should be paid by the end of May to avoid the penalty. Checks may be sent to Ralph or Assistant Treasurer Harvey Levine or brought to a meeting.

 

Glad and Sad: Harvey Tobolsky announced that President Emeritus Dave Berger will be the recipient of the Lynn Wolbarst Sustainability Award for 2022 at a ceremony that was scheduled to take place at Deborah Sampson Park on Saturday, April 23. The Coalition for a Sustainable Sharon annually gives the award.

 

Charitable Giving Committee: Chairman Andy Klassman suggested that if you are unable to bring in a donation of non-perishable food for either of the food banks, we support that you may want to consider a donation by personal check paid directly to them. Contact Andy for details.

 

Walking Club: Andy Klassman reminds us that they meet every Friday morning, weather permitting. Please let him know if you are interested in joining or want additional details.

 

Investment Club: Meets the last Tuesday of every month following our regular meeting. Contact Neil Nager.

 

Golf: Mike Yarwitch will very soon have a formal announcement on the resumption of the organized matches at Chemawa in North Attleborough.

 

Motion to Reimburse Roger Barmash: Open Discussion

   The following motion which was previously approved by the Executive Board was brought forward for discussion by the general membership. Prior notification had been given to the membership: Be it so moved: “that the Sharon Men’s Club reimburse Roger Barmash the sum of $7,500 for legal fees he incurred in his role as President of the Sharon Men’s Club. This payment would be conditioned on Roger Barmash signing a release waiving all claims of any kind against the Sharon Men’s Club its officers or members.

   Vice President Steve Lechter was the moderator of the discussion. The question of the Club having insurance was raised and addressed. The Club presently has none. The question of the guilt or innocence of either party could not be addressed as the alleged assault case was dismissed by the Court. The Club does not assign fault to either party.

   The motion will be voted on at the next regular meeting during which a quorum is present. A quorum will consist of fifty members. The next scheduled meeting is on April 26th, 2022.

 

Programs and Speakers Committee: Chairman Bob Soffer introduced Steve Avellino who is a Certified Personal Trainer. Steve has presented many programs in the Sharon area some of which were designed specifically for a Senior audience. His topic today is entitled: ‘” Surviving in a New World in a Not So New Body.” Two of his main takeaways encouraged us to overcome our lack of motion and the need for our different body parts to work together. He sees much of our muscle and joint pain as resulting from inactivity. Some interesting questions were responded to during his presentation. Members were advised that he may be contacted directly for enrolment information on his courses.

 

Raffle: There were two winners.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Norman Ainbinder, Secretary

April 12, 2022

 

President Jeff Shapiro called the meeting to order at 9:10 AM. 50 Members and guests had signed the contact tracing attendance sheets.

 

Ed Shifman led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

President’s Messages: Jeff wished all members and their families a Happy Easter and/or a Happy Passover.

Peter Bickoff was called forward and presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for his efforts in organizing the weekly coffee service and the monthly breakfasts. Thank you, Peter!

All members are asked to please remember to wear their Name Tags at our meetings. If you need a new one or a repair to the one you have, please contact Ralph Jacobs.

Dues should be paid by the end of May to avoid the surcharge.

 

Secretary’s Report: Secretary Norman Ainbinder read his report of the April 5th meeting which was accepted as read.

 

Glad and Sad: Harvey Tobolsky advised us of the following:

  We extend our condolences to Arthur Slate whose beloved uncle, David Slate, of Arlington, recently passed away.

 

Travel and Entertainment Committee Chairman Al Bruno reported on the following:

   Boston Pops on May 19th. There are currently four seats remaining on the bus. Once sold, there will still be a few additional concert tickets available, but you will need to provide your own transportation. See Al for details.

   Nashville/Memphis Trip September 15th – 19th: Currently, we have twenty-one reservations. This trip is not limited to members only. Please feel free to ask relatives and friends if they may be interested in joining us.

 

Spring Luncheon and 30th Anniversary Celebration: We have made a reservation with Lakeview Pavilion in Foxboro for June 16th. The meal will be a choice of either salmon or baked stuff chicken. Tables of ten may be reserved. Please contact Assistant Treasurer Harvey Levine with your reservations and either bring your check to a meeting or mail it to him.

 

Bowling: Ira Abramson announced that there is quite a bit of interest in keeping this activity during the summer months. Ira will be temporarily stepping away from the Lanes in favor of the Golf Greens, but Carl Frank will oversee the group in his absence. We anticipate word from Mike Yawitch on the resumption of weekly golf.

 

Programs and Speakers Committee Chairman Bob Soffer introduced Brian Patterson who we all recognize as the Executive Director of Whitney Place. However, today he comes to us to speak on the sport of Sled Dog Racing something in which he has had many years of experience as an active participant, breeder, and kennel owner.

Through the many questions of our members, Brian spoke at length of the work required in first selecting a dog who can eventually become a good collaborator and potentially a team leader. A dog’s personality is set during the first 6 weeks of life when its future value to a team will be determined.

Not all teams are raised to be racers. Some are used as freight carriers, and some may be used as emergency responders.

Many dog trainers will race, and some kennels may employ professional drivers who train with their teams. Professional racing events can be exceptionally long and may last for a period of a few days requiring that both drivers and dogs be in excellent physical condition.

Brian spoke of his experience in the John Barry Sled Dog Race in MN as well as his knowledge of the Iditarod in Alaska.

 

Raffle:

   There were two cash prizes and a special gift basket donated by Whitney Place.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Norman Ainbinder, Secretary

 

April 5. 2022

 

President Jeff Shapiro called the meeting to order at 9:05 AM. 56 members and guests were present.

 

Ed Shifman led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Secretary’s Report: Secretary Norman Ainbinder read his report of the March 29th meeting which was accepted as read.

 

Charitable Giving: Committee Chairman Andy Klassman announced that we had made a $500 donation to Jewish Family and Children’s Services Family Table food distribution efforts at their site in Temple B’nai Tikvah of Canton. A note of thanks and appreciation have been received for our continuing donations to local food banks. Andy stressed the need for our further donations of non-perishable food and personal care items which are being collected at our weekly meetings. Please bring any items you may have as they are needed and appreciated.

 

Assistant Secretary Ed Rubin warned members of a fraud currently going around on Facebook. Please be cautious as to what you may open as well as with any written responses

you make.

 

Vice President Steve Lechter spoke of our Annual Luncheon and this year’s 30th Anniversary Celebration to be held at Lakeview Pavilion in Foxboro on June 16th. The cost will be $50 per person. A show of hands of interested members was encouraging and our plans will be moving forward. It is hoped that as more of our “snowbirds” return and more members become aware of the event we will exceed the guaranteed minimum number of guests.

 

Treasurer’s Report: Assistant Treasurer Harvey Levine reminded us that annual dues are payable by check only and must be received by May 1st. Any payments received after that date will be assessed a late fee. Bring your payment to a meeting or mail it to Treasurer Ralph Jacobs. Approximately one hundred members remain unpaid.

 

Glad and Sad: Harvey Tobolsky announced the following:  Danny Sirkin, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, had been briefly hospitalized after falling at home and sustaining an injury to his shoulder.

Mazel Tov to Bob and Doreen Soffer who celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on April 3rd.

 

Travel and Entertainment Committee: Al Bruno spoke of the Boston Pops Concert trip on May 19th and the Nashville/Memphis trip on September 15th to 19th. Reservations may still be available for the Pops. Contact Al, ASAP, so that you do not miss the discounted ticket prices the Club is able to take advantage of for both trips. A Woosox game is still a possibility.

 

Whist: Assistant Secretary Ed Rubin reminded us that the group meets every Wednesday at 1:00 PM downstairs at the Senior Center. Beginners and players of all skill levels are welcome.

 

Covid News: Past President and Retired Pharmacist Sam Kaplan suggested that members might want to consider getting a 1st or 2nd Booster, if eligible. It should be discussed with your personal physician prior to doing so.

Programs and Speakers Committee Chairman Bob Soffer introduced Club Member David Rabinowitz. Dave’s mother was an Ochberg Orphan who had been brought from Post World War I and Russian Revolution territories of Eastern Europe to South Africa in a humanitarian effort organized by Isaac Ochberg. Mr. Ochberg was a successful Jewish business owner in South Africa who raised funds allowing him and his friend Alexander Bobrow to travel to Eastern Europe and bring back a group of approximately two hundred orphans.to South Africa.

His mother never spoke of how she became an orphan, was brought to South Africa and was adopted. The orphans were not offered any official assistance in finding any family members or siblings, but his mother persisted in her efforts to do so.

Pre WWII, South Africa was very welcoming to Jewish immigrants realizing that many were either professionals or had been phenomenally successful businesspeople. Many other countries turned away Jewish immigrants and in general discouraged them from trying to enter.

David and his siblings who now live in the U.S., England, Canada, and South Africa maintain a remarkably close relationship. A recent Family Reunion was held in Cape Town, South Africa.

A remarkably interesting Q and A followed.

 

Raffle: There were two winners including a member of the Executive Committee.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Norman Ainbinder, Secretary