SECRETARY’S REPORTS 2021
July 20, 2021
President Jeff Shapiro called the meeting to order at approximately 9:10 AM. Approximately 70 member and guests had signed the mandatory Contact Tracing sheets.
Ed Shifman presented the colors and lead the members in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Jeff Shapiro made the following announcements:
Steve Lechter is coordinating the Cribbage sign up and the Ed Rubin is handling the Whist sign up. Both activities will be held in the basement of the Community Center and that depending on your preference you must sign up with Ed or Steve at least 24hrs in advance. Please contact them via phone or E Mail. No walk-ins will be allowed.
A new overhead projector has been located and will be loaned to us by the Adult Center as needed.
Parking: It is recommended that members carpool whenever possible as parking may be at a minimum due to many activities occurring during the Summer.
A new coffee urn has been purchased by the Club and will be kept in locked storage. Head Chef Peter Bickoff needs assistance on meeting days and for our monthly breakfasts. Please contact him as soon as possible, Without your help we may not be able to continue these traditions.
Membership Chairman Bud Adler introduced us to Stan Spiegelman and Mark Gladstone who were proposed for membership. Both were approved by a majority vote of the members present. Harvey Janson assisted Bud with the orientation process.
Secretary’s Report: Assistant Secretary Ed Rubin read his report of the July 13th meeting. It was accepted by majority vote without change.
Glad and Sad: Harvey Tobolsky presented the following:
Condolences are extended to the family of Millie Berman who passed away on July 15th. Services were held at Temple Ahavath Torah of Stoughton and internment was at Agudath Israel Cemetery in West Roxbury on July 18th. A donation in her memory will be made to the Sharon Council on Aging. Millie was a member of our choral group, Hits and Mrs, as well as helping in the kitchen to prepare our breakfasts.
Condolences are extended to the family of Lester Lyons who passed asway on July 18th. Graveside service will be held at Sharon Memorial Park on July 22nd.
We also extend condolences to the family of Martin Woolf who passed away on July 10th. A donation will be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Marty’s family donated a wheelchair and 2 walkers to the Sharon Adult Center.
Fred Appel was recently diagnosed with Colon Cancer.
Neil Williams has several medical problems.
Logo Clothing: Please contact Ed Shifman for ordering information.
Travel Committee: Al Bruno has formed a committee and hopes to be making some announcements soon.
Member Jim Maltz reminded us of a forthcoming Social Security payment increase that could possibly be as high as 6%. He also mentioned that with inflation as high as it has been that a Soc Security increase may not even be noticeable.
Warren Shepard spoke briefly of the presentation on growing giant pumpkins and his relationship with Steve Connolly and knowledge of the Topsfield Fair contest.
Bob Soffer, Chairman of the Programs and Speakers Committee introduced us to Sharon resident Jack Yee. Jack spoke of his involvement in making the arrangements for and scheduling the use of the Pickle Ball courts at Deborah Sampson Park and the availability of the courts at the Community Center as well as the game’s growth in popularity in Sharon. Currently approximately 130 town residents participate in the program. He also gave us a brief description of how the game is played and the equipment needed. Anyone in the Club who is interested in additional information and/or joining may contact Bob Soffer.
Raffle Time: We had a Double Winner – Mike Yawitch.
Meeting adjourned at: 10:12 AM
Next meeting will be held on July 27th.
Norman Ainbinder, Secretary
July 6, 2021
President Jeff Shapiro called the meeting to order at approximately 9:05AM. Sign-in sheets showed that at least 70 members and guests were present.
Ed Shifman was called upon to present the colors and lead those present in the Salute to the Flag
President Jeff Shapiro greeted the members and announced that meetings are returning to our weekly schedule. Next week coffee and tea will be available. He encouraged members to become more involved such as joining committees like the travel committee.
Membership Chairman Bud Adler introduced two new candidates for membership. Ron Gorin and Dana Miller. They were voted in unanimously.
Glad and Sad: Harvey Tobolsky gave the following Glad and Sad report:
We extend our condolences to the family of George Kostick, who passed away at the age of 93 on Sunday, June 20, 2021. His funeral services were held at Schlossberg Family’s Chapel on the Hill in Canton on Wednesday June 23. His internment was at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon. A donation in his memory will be made to Ahavath Torah Congregation, Stoughton . A card was sent..
We extend our condolences to the family of Edward Shoenig, who passed at the age of 81 on June 22, 2021. His funeral services were held at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel in Canton on Wednesday June 23, 2021. His internment was at the Young Israel Cemetery, West Roxbury. A donation in his memory will be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. A card was sent.
We extend our condolences to Norman Ainninder, whose sister, Susan Kagan passed away on Sunday, July 4. A card was sent.
We extend congratulations to Paul Triber, whose granddaughter, Adoara, is on the dean’s list at Hudson College in Banger Maine. She is going to receive a Doctorate degree in physical therapy.
The Secretary’s Report of the June 15, 2021 meeting was read by Assistant Secretary Ed Rubin No omissions or corrections were noted.
Assistant Treasurer Harvey Levine reported that we had 243 members.
Webmaster Dan Liberman announced that Norm Ainbinder will be trained to be Assistant Webmaster. Dan also announced that Jeff Shapiro asked him to form a new Bylaws Committee. The Committee consists of Bud Adler, Sam Kaplan, Michael Yawich , Sheldon Tandler , Harvey Lewis , Harvey Janson , and Dan Liberman.
Investment Club: Neil Nager reported that the investment club was doing well and that they were having a meeting downstairs after our meeting.
Whist: Ed Rubin announced that whist was starting once again, Wednesday July 14 at 1:00 pm at the Sharon Senior Center. You must preregister with Ed by the end of the July 13th meeting.
Golf: Mike Yawitch noted that the weather has been favorable, and golf continues weekly at Chemawa in North Attleboro. Give him a call if you are interested in being included.
Jeff asked for a show of hands to gauge interest in having the Annual Luncheon in October. Please save the date of October 6th .
Walking Group: Andy Klassman invited members to join the walking group on Friday's, weather permitting.
Charitable Giving Committee: Chairman Andy Klassman announced that there will be a receptacle each week at the back of our meeting room for nonperishable food items to continue our support of the two local food pantries that service our communities.
Parliamentarian Harvey Spack introduced the proposed Code of Conduct. A motion was made and seconded to adopt this addition to our bylaws. It was passed without any opposition.
Bob Soffer, Chairman of the Programs and Speakers Committee introduced our speaker Michael Thaler, a criminal attorney who grew up in Sharon, attended Sharon Public Schools, and now resides in town with his wife and two children. He expressed his lifelong ambition to practice in Sharon. Mike informed us of the effects that the pandemic has had and continues to have on our judicial system. He gave interesting case examples and told us that the “Speedy Trial Rule” was suspended and the slow reopening of the courts.
The next meeting will be held on July 13th at the Community Center.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 10:30 AM.
Ed Rubin, Assistant Secretary
June 15, 2021
We have returned to the Sharon Community Center for our first in-person meeting in over a year. All those in attendance were required to sign-in to enable Contact Tracing if needed. No beverages or pastry were provided. Attendees were limited to 100 and all seating was separated by 3 feet.
President Jeff Shapiro called the meeting to order at approximately 9:15 AM. Sign-in sheets showed almost 80 members and guests were present.
Kathie Medeiros, Executive Director of the Sharon Adult Center welcomed everyone back.
Jeff expressed his thanks to the past and present members of the Executive Committee for keeping things going during this last year. He also made special mention of the contributions of Bud Adler, Steve Cohn, Dan Liberman and Bob Soffer and expressed his thoughts on the need for greater diversity in the ranks of the Club and the need to follow through on community outreach. Jeff was hopeful that we could restart the day trip and overnight trip programs as we
had done in the past.
Ed Shifman was called upon to present the colors and lead those present in the Salute to the Flag.
The Secretary’s Report of the June 8, 2021 meeting was read by Secretary Norman
Ainbinder. No omissions or corrections were noted, and a motion was made, seconded and passed by majority vote to accept the report.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Ralph Jacobs and Assistant Treasurer Harvey Levine
reported on the success of the dues collection effort this year and expressed their thanks to the Phone Squad for their assistance in contacting all late payers. Despite the Pandemic, the percentage of members not paid was lower than in in most years. Phone Squad: Volunteers are needed as most past members are now members of the Executive Committee. Phone calls to late dues payers and emergency cancellation calls to members without email will constitute the biggest part of the job.
Glad and Sad: Harvey Tobolsky advised us of the following:
Condolences are extended to the family of Bernard “Sonny” Hirsh who passed away on June 7 th . Services were held at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel in Canton on June 11 th with internment at Sharon Memorial Park. A donation in his memory will be made to the Anti-Defamation League.
Jim Maltz had a kidney stone procedure on June 14 th at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston.
We received an acknowledgement and a thank you from the family of the late George Elkins for our contribution to the Joslin Diabetes Center.
Membership: Chairman Bud Adler advises that he has 10 new Club members awaiting induction. A fully staffed Membership Committee has been organized and Bud is in the process of training the new committee members to enable them to conduct the initiations, as needed.
Charitable Giving Committee: Chairman Andy Klassman reported on the presentation of our checks to the Food Pantry of the Congregational Church of Sharon and to Family Table of Jewish Family and Children’s Services at the temple in Canton. The Committee is open to your suggestions for further donations by the Club.
Investment Club: Mike Yawitch reported that the group continues to experience a particularlygood rate of return and would welcome your participation. Meetings are held at least once a month in person and at times more often via Zoom call.
Golf: Mike Yawitch noted that the weather has been favorable, and golf continues weekly at Chemawa in North Attleboro. Give him a call if you are interested in being included.
Jeff asked for a show of hands to gauge interest in having the Annual Luncheon in October. More word on this may be expected later.
Bob Soffer, Chairman of the Programs and Speakers Committee mentioned that
March 23, 2021
The meeting was called to order by President Roger Barmash at approximately 9:03 AM via Zoom conference call. Approximately 40 members and guests were logged on.
Jim Jeneral led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Assistant Secretary Ed Rubin. Read the minutes of the March 9, 2021 meeting. A motion was made and seconded, and they were accepted by a majority vote.
Andy Klassman, Chairman of the Charitable Giving Committee read the motion which had been presented at the meeting of March 9th for donations to be made to both the Food Pantry of the Sharon First Congregational Church and to Family Table of Jewish Family and Children’s Services. A quorum of members eligible to vote was not present and the motion was tabled until such time as a quorum would be present.
Treasurer Jim Jeneral gave the members an update on the Club’s financial position. Members were reminded that our account balances remain strong as we are not being required to pay rent. Our other expenses are very modest, and we can afford to consider charitable giving options.
Assistant Treasurer Harvey Levine reminded the members that dues of $25 are payable during the month of May. Any payments received after that will be assessed a late payment fee. Approximately 132 members have not yet paid their dues. Payments should be sent to Jim Jeneral at your earliest convenience.
Harvey Tobolsky gave the following Glad and Sad Report:
We extend condolences to members David and Steve Hyman whose mother Bernice Bickoff passed away on March 3rd at the age of 104.
David Kaplan and his wife Harriette have not been feeling well.
Bill Stamoulis has had problems with sciatica.
Jack Bennett recently had a heart procedure and is recuperating at home. His wife Sheila, has had a severe attack of osteo arthritis.
Marty Woolf is at the Copley Nursing Home in Stoughton undergoing physical therapy and treatment for a urinary infection.
Appropriate cards were sent to the above.
Bud Adler, Chairman of the Membership Committee paid tribute to Past President Joe Beberman and his many contributions to the Club. We are now in need of someone to take over the printing and assembly of the ID badges we wear when meeting in person. Please call Bud if you are interested in assisting the Club in being able to continue this tradition.
Ken Siegal notified us that Bocce, which has continued throughout the Winter, meets each Wednesday morning at 9:00 AM at the Sharon Community Center Bocce Courts. Volunteers recently regraded the courts to assure optimal conditions for the continuation of play. Contact him if you would like to join.
Mike Yawitch announced that he hopes to be able to resume the weekly Golf matches within the next few weeks. Please call him if you wish to be included.
Neil Nager invited all to participate in the Walking Club’s weekly hike every Friday morning, weather permitting, at different locations in and around Sharon and in the Blue Hills. He would like to hear from you if you would like to be placed on the notification list.
Neil also invited members to buy-in and participate in the Investment Club’s monthly meetings. Their next meeting is scheduled for April 8th.
Bob Soffer, Chairman of the Programs and Speakers Committee welcomed back Stuart Jacoby of Sharon who currently is a practicing psychologist in Sharon for a discussion of the Benefits of Connecting with Grandchildren. Steve Cohn assisted him with his slide presentation via the Zoom connection.
Dr. Jacoby briefly outlined a variety of roles which grandparents could take such as Historian, Nurturer, Mentor, Playmate, Role Model, Teacher, and Caregiver. He cautioned that you should always keep in mind your children’s preferences. He particularly was concerned with our being aware of any actions which may be a hinting at suicidal thoughts in our grandchildren.
An informative Q and A followed.
The next meeting will be held on April 6th.
Norman Ainbinder, Secretary
February 23. 2021
The meeting was called to order by President Roger Barmash at 9:02 AM. 54 Members and guests were logged on via Zoom conference call.
Ed Shifman presented the Colors and led the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Secretary Norman Ainbinder read the Secretary’s reports of the February 9, 2021 Regular Meeting and the Executive Board Meeting. A motion to accept both was made and seconded and they were approved by a majority vote.
Membership and Dues: Assistant Treasurer Harvey Levine advised that membership is now at only 172 members. Members were reminded that dues should be paid in a timely manner to avoid the late payment penalty.
Glad and Sad: Harvey Tobolsky presented the following report:
Condolences are extended to Dan Liberman on the passing of his sister, Nancy Resnick, on February 9th.
We received an acknowledgement and thank you from Beth Israel Medical Center for our donation in memory of Past President Kenneth Sawyer.
Past President Fred Kaplan is in a nursing home in Andover. His wife, Fay, is in an assisted living facility in Andover.
We extend our condolences to the family of Past President Joe Beberman who passed away on February 11th at the age of 84. Private graveside services were held. A donation in his memory will be made to Jewish Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Boston.
Morris Casso is back at Heights Crossing Assisted Living in Brockton following a recent hospitalization.
Ian Johnstone was recently admitted to Beth Israel Milton following a heart attack.
Selma Engler, widow of deceased member Sid Engler, has been suffering from arthritis in both legs.
Harry Millman has been hospitalized in Florida due to a heart problem.
We received an acknowledgement and thank you from the family of the late David Kobey for our donation in his memory to the Jewish Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Boston.
Condolences are extended to the family of the late Nelson Robello who passed away on February 19th. Funeral services were private. A donation in his memory will be made to the New England Aquarium.
Bud Adler spoke of his long friendship with Past President Joe Beberman and of Joe’s contributions to the growth and success of the Club. Joe was a friend to many and will be missed.
By Law Changes: A motion to approve a change to the By Laws Article III Section 7 requiring all yearly dues payments and other costs to be paid by check only was brought forward, seconded and approved by majority vote.
A motion to amend Article VIII Section 3 of the By Laws to permit nominees for any office to be suggested to the Nominating Committee by Club members no later than the end of April was brought forward, seconded and approved by a majority vote.
Investment Club: Neil Nager spoke of the continued success and favorable returns being experienced by the group. He invited all members to join their Zoom meetings and buy-in as investors.
Bob Soffer, Chairman of the Speakers and Programs Committee introduced us to Marcos Kerbel of Miami, FL. Mr. Kerbel, spoke of his being sent to the United States from Cuba in 1961, at age 14, to live with a foster family in Los Angeles. After about a year his family was able to move to the United States and they were then reunited.
The history of Jewish settlement in Cuba seems to date back to the voyages of Columbus to the Caribbean. It is thought that Jews escaping persecution in Europe accompanied him and established homes in Cuba. There was also some immigration to Cuba from American Jewish soldiers who had fought in the Spanish/American War. With the takeover of the government by the Castro regime and the loss of business opportunities many Jewish Cubans decided to come to the U.S.
Support from the American and Canadian Jewish Communities was most helpful to those who chose to leave and to those who have remained.
Dan Liberman spoke of his trip to Cuba prior to the US government’s decision to break off relations and tour arrangements.
Club member Steve Braidman’s wife, Becky, briefly spoke with Mr. Kerbel of some of the friends and relatives they knew in common amongst the Cuban-American Jewish community in Miami, at Florida International University and throughout the U.S.
Next meeting will be held on March 9th.
The Executive Committee will meet immediately following today’s meeting.
Norman Ainbinder, Secretary
January 12, 2021
The meeting was called to order at approximately 9:05 AM by President, Roger Barmash. 66 members and guests were logged on via Zoom conference call.
Ed Shifman led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Barmash made opening remarks and included a tribute to Past President Ken Sawyer who had passed away on December 31, 2020.
Andy Klassman has agreed to assist in the formation of a charitable giving committee. Please call him at: (781) 784-6225 if you are interested in joining the group.
Secretary Norman Ainbinder read the minutes of the December 22, 2020 meeting.
Sad and Glad: Harvey Tobolsky presented the following report:
A donation was made to the Temple Sinai of Sharon Hesed Fund in memory of Charles (Chick) Heinberg who had passed away on December 21, 2020.
We extend condolences to Milton Dean whose wife of 57 years, Marilyn, passed away on14 th . Private services were held on December 16 th .
Milton Dean is recovering from pneumonia at Care One of Newton.
Sam Goldsmith is at Newbridge on the Charles recovering from pneumonia and congestive heart failure.
Congratulations to Norman and Rena Leafer who will celebrate their 64 th anniversary on Feb 3 rd .
Congratulations to Roger and Cynthia Barmash on the birth of their grandson on Dec. 30, 2020. Welcome to Lucas Ray Barmash who tipped the scales at 9lbs and 6ozs. A big boy!
Harvey and Nancy Lewis celebrated 53 years of happy and blissful marriage on Dec 24 th .
Condolences are extended to the family of Past President Ken Sawyer who passed away on Dec 31 st at the age of 78. Services were private. A donation in his memory was made to Beth Israel Medical Center in Brookline.
We received acknowledgements and thank you notes from the family of Milton Wolk and Temple B’Nai Shalom for our donation in his memory.
Congratulations to Stan and Phyllis Bello who will celebrate their 70 th anniversary on Feb 18 th .Stan will be celebrating his 91 st birthday on March 2 nd .
Condolences are extended to the family of former member Norton A. “Al” Ferrin who passed away on Jan. 5 th at age 91 in Albany, NY. Donations may be made in his honor to the Sharon Men’s Club or the West End House Boys and Girls Club.
Membership: Bud Adler advised that membership is currently 279. Former member Jay Chin has reapplied for membership and been reinstated.
Member-at-Large Ralph Jacobs read and presented a written motion to temporarily reduce the required quorum to 50 members. It was forwarded to the By Laws Committee for their review and recommendation. Copies of the proposal will be provided to all members. It is hoped that it will be voted on at the next meeting on January 26 th . 60 members must be present and voting
for it to be put in place.
The text is as follows: “The number of members that constitute a quorum is changed to 50 for the balance of 2021, after which it will revert to 60. If conditions that hamper or restrict the resumption of in-person meetings still exist at the end of 2021, this lower quorum may be extended to May 31, 2022 by way of a motion made, voted on and passed by a majority of members during a regularly scheduled meeting, provided that a 50-member quorum is present. No prior notice of this vote will be required. If the extension of reduced quorum is extended, it will revert to 60 after the extension expires.”
Steve Lectner, Chairman of the By Laws Committee advised that his committee will be reconvened today and review the suggested amendment.
Bob Soffer, Chairman of the Programs and Speakers Committee introduced Dr. Charles Jacobs, Cofounder on Slaves and Christian Slaves as well as those parts of the world where they may be primarily found. He urged members to become more knowledgeable in the subject and to actively contact their representatives to request a condemnation of these practices.
A brief Q and A followed his presentation.
Members of the Executive Committee and the By Laws Committee were asked to remain logged on at the conclusion of the meeting.
Our next meeting will be on January 26 th and our speaker will be Beth Goldman who is an acting coach.
December 22, 2020
The meeting was called to order at approximately 9:05 AM by President Roger Barmash. 72 members and guests were logged on via Zoom conference call.
Ed Shifman led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Secretary Norman Ainbinder read the minutes of the December 8th meeting. The minutes were accepted by majority vote.
The Secretary asked for members to call to member Mario Ferretti who is currently living at thebArbors in Stoughton and is in need of some conversation.
Harvey Tobolsky presented an In Memoriam and a moment of silence to those members who have passed away during 2020, as follows:
Arthur L. Levine,
President Ralph Generazzo,
Robert M. Schwartz,
Past President Sidney Hurwitz,
Past President Robert Howard,
Albert Levenson, and
Glad & Sad: Jay Wassersug is in Hospice Care at home
Congratulations to Ira & Rosanne Abramson on the birth of a grandson, Samuel Henry Abramson who was born on Sunday, December 6th . Proud parents are Steve and Emily Abramson.
We received an acknowledgement and thank you from the family of Leo Kadet for our donation in his memory to the Temple Sinai, of Sharon, Hesed Fund.
Condolences are extended to the family of Herbert Snyder who had passed away on December 13 th . Services and internment were private. A donation in his memory will be made to the Greater Boston Food Bank.
We extend our condolences to Stephen Lechter whose mother, Evelyn Lechter Blumberg, passed away at the age of 91 on December 17 th in Westwood, MA.
Past President Joe Beberman recently had a pacemaker procedure at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and is recuperating at home.
The club extends condolences to the family of Chick Herinberg who passed away on December 21st from complications due to COVID 19.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Jim Jeneral presented a year to date summary as follows:
Income $8,513 Expenses: $2,689 Net Income: $5.824
Checking Account Balance: $7,407 Savings Account Balance: $8,049
Expenses for the year were minimal as we have been meeting on line for the last 9 months.
Historian/Webmaster: Dan Liberman has received some additional assistance with the task at hand. We are grateful to those who have stepped up to do so. However, more help is still needed. Please call Dan to see how you can help get this important work completed.
Sharon Cable has provided copies of some of the Hits and Misses Winter Concerts which have now been posted on our club website.
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Investment Club: Neil Nager advised that the group will be meeting this afternoon at 3:30 via Zoom conference. Members are pleased with the group’s investments return and growth in buy-in share value over this past year.
Membership: Harvey Levine reported that membership currently stands at 277 slightly down from over 300 in recent years. A few men are currently awaiting initiation and formal introduction once we are able to resume in-person meeting(s).
Bob Soffer, Chairman of the Speakers Committee introduced Jody Kipnis co-director of the Holocaust Legacy Foundation. Jody presented 3 freshman college students who had participated in the Foundation’s educational opportunities and trip to the internment camp sites in Poland in 2019. Each student briefly reviewed his/her experiences for the club members and guests. Jody introduced her co-director, Todd Ruderman and also Debbie Coltin who is involved in the Foundation’s educational efforts.
A very interesting Q & A followed the presentations with an emphasis on the need to preserve the memory of the atrocities committed during the Holocaust. The number of survivors is decreasing rapidly, and it falls to us and our families to keep the story alive, maintain the struggle against anti-Semitism and to be aware of the Holocaust Deniers and their influence on future generations. It was also suggested that an effort should be made to create a Holocaust Museum and education center in the Boston area to help preserve the story.
March of the Living is another resource available to young people in the Boston area for trips to internment camp sites in Poland combined with a trip to Israel.
Our next meeting on January12th will be our annual MLK gathering with a special presentation on Modern Day Slavery scheduled.
Christmas Greetings and a Happy New Year to all.
Norman Ainbinder, Secretary