November 30, 2021

 

President Jeff Shapiro called the meeting to order at 9:10 AM. 70 members and guests had signed the Contact Tracing Log.

 

Ed Shifman was called upon to present the colors and lead those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Jeff’s Remarks:

    Happy Hanukkah to all members and their families who are celebrating the holiday.

    Pops Holiday Concert: Members should plan to bring both a photo ID and Covid Vaccination Record Card.

    The Club needs someone who may be interested in taking pictures during meetings and at Club events to assist Ken Siegal in publishing the Nexus.

   Whitney Place is offering a gift wrap service on December 10th from 11-4.

   Please review your information on the recently distributed Membership List. Any corrections should be directed to Ken Siegal as soon as possible.

 

Membership Committee: Member Phil Rosen introduced us to Marty Cohne who was being proposed for membership in the Club. Marty received the necessary orientation and was approved for membership by a majority vote.

 

Secretary’s Report: Secretary Norman Ainbinder read the minutes of the November 23rd meeting which were approved as presented.

 

Glad and Sad: Harvey Tobolsky reported that Jerry Lemkin is scheduled for replacement surgery on December 2nd at Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton. We wish him a speedy recovery.

  

Treasurer Ralph Jacobs reminded members that everyone is expected wear their name badge at our meetings. If you have misplaced yours, please see him so that a duplicate may be issued to you.

 

Charitable Giving Committee: Chairman Andy Klassman announced that the committee had delivered ten bags of nonperishable foods to the food banks we are currently supporting. This is an ongoing effort, and our continued donations are very much appreciated and needed especially at this time of year. We will continue our collections at each meeting. Your suggestions for additional charitable giving efforts are welcomed.

 

Walking Group: Andy Klassman reminds all that our weekly walks continue year-round, weather permitting. Bundle up and join the group. Contact Andy for details.

 

Whist: Ed Rubin says the group meets every Wednesday from 1-4PM here at the Community Center. You need to reserve a place in advance by contacting Ed.

 

Investment Group: Meets on the last Tuesday of the month immediately following our meeting. You are invited to stop by, observe and have your questions answered.

 

Bob Soffer, Chairman of the Programs and Speakers Committee welcomed back three-time Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for the Boston Globe, Stephen Kurkjian. Mr. Kurkjian related the story of the Armenian Genocide commencing in 1915 at the outbreak of World War I in Turkey.

His family’s losses and those of a substantial number of Armenians then living in Turkey represent a story nor often told in the detail which he provided to us. The Genocide of European Jews during World War II was conducted based on the plans utilized against the Armenians decades in advance. There is now a greater awareness of the fate of the Armenian people at the hands of the leaders of the Turkish government after aligning their country with Germany in the early days of World War I. An interesting Q and A followed.

 

Next meeting is scheduled for December 7th here at the Community Center.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Norman Ainbinder, Secretary

November 23, 2021

 

President Jeff Shapiro called the meeting to order at 9:10AM.  63 members and guests had signed the Contact Tracing Log.

 

Ed Shifman was called upon to present the colors and lead the members in the Pledge of 

Allegiance.

 

Jeff made the following remarks:

  All members are expected to wear their name tags during the meeting. It does in fact help identify you to your fellow members and especially to the new members.

   Membership Listings were recently sent out by E Mail. Please verify that your information is correct and notify Ken Siegal of any updates.

   A hat was found at Whitney Place following our last meeting. Please come to the front of the hall during the break if you think it may be yours.

 

Membership Committee Chairman Bud Adler introduced us to Mike Flatto and Arnold Wallenstein who were proposed for membership in the Club. Both Mike and Arnold received the necessary orientation and were approved by majority vote.

 

Secretary Norman Ainbinder and Assistant Secretary Ed Rubin read the minutes of the November 9th and November 16th meetings, which were accepted as read by a majority vote. 

 

Glad and Sad: Nothing to report. Make sure to let Harvey Tobolsky know of any items you feel should be included.

 

Al Bruno of the Travel and Entertainment Committee brought us up to date on the status of ticket sales for the upcoming trip to the Boston Pops Holiday performance on December15th. Some few seats are still available. Please see Al during the break or immediately after the meeting if you are interested. 

 

Investment Club: Member Mike Yawitch reminded us that the group meets on the last Tuesday of the month immediately following our regular meeting.

 

Florida Club: Steve Ginsberg gave a shout out to anyone who spends the winter in the greater Boca Raton area to get in touch with him if interested in restarting the group.

 

Bob Soffer, Chairman of the Programs and Speakers Committee introduced us to Todd Rosensweig. Todd was an executive in professional sports and sports marketing for over 40 years including 21 years in the Boston Celtics organization. He related many interesting stories from the Red Auerbach era of the Celtics. Many of the members spoke of their own recollections of the players we grew up with and enjoyed watching over the years. 

 

Raffle: Barry Fireman donated his winnings back to the Club.

 

Next meeting on November 30th.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

 

November 17, 2021

President Jeff Shapiro called the meeting to order at 9:10 am.

Ed Shifman was called upon to present the colors and lead those present in the Salute to the Flag.

President Jeff Shapiro thanked the members for bringing in nonperishable food items for the two food pantries we support. Collections will also continue next week. At Thanksgiving time these donations are needed and appreciated.

Glad and Sad: Harvey Tobolsky reported the following: The executive board voted to give a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association of MA in honor of Whitney Place.

Travel and Entertainment Committee: Al Bruno mentioned that the tickets for the upcoming Holiday Pops Concert on Dec 15th are going fast. If you want a first balcony seat, please see Al immediately. There are still second balcony seats available.

Golf: Mike Yawitch announced golf will be organizing in the spring. See Mike if you are interested. Also, the course at Chamara is offering a November special.

Bob Soffer, Chairman of the Programs and Speakers Committee introduced our member Steve Connolly who gave a presentation on Sharon's own hero Deborah Sampson. Steve took part in the filming of a nine-part documentary on the life of Deborah Sampson. Steve has won many awards including one from the daughters of the American Revolution. He gave an excellent presentation of Deborah's ancestry, her youth, and her heroism as a soldier, disguised as a male, in the Continental Army. She is buried in Rock Ridge Cemetery in Sharon.

Raffle: Steve Connolly won $19.00, and Barry Fireman won $15.00 The meeting was adjourned at 10:15.

Respectfully submitted, Ed Rubin, Assistant Secretary