March 29, 2022

 

President Jeff Shapiro called the meeting to order at 9:15 AM at Whitney Place Assisted Living in Sharon, MA. Approximately forty-five members and guests were present.

 

Warren Anastasia led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

President’s Messages:  Jeff expressed our thanks to Whitney Place for making their facilities available to us. Masks are not required in the meeting room but must be worn in the hallways. Please be certain you have signed in at the front desk.

 

Next week at the Sharon Community Center masks will be optional as the Town of Sharon no longer requires us to wear them. Contact Tracing logs will also not be required.

 

We look forward to hearing from Al Bruno regarding the Pops and Nashville/Memphis trips.

 

Secretary’s Report: Secretary Norman Ainbinder read the minutes of the March 22nd meeting. They were accepted without change.

 

Glad and Sad: Harvey Tobolsky advised us of the following:  Ken and Jane Siegal are celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary today, March 29th.

No sad news to report.

 

Travel/Entertainment Committee: Al Bruno spoke at length of the:

   Pops Concert at Symphony Hall on May 19th

   Nashville/Memphis trip on September 19th – 25th.

 

Charitable Giving: Andy Klassman reminded us of the continuing need for our donations of non-perishable food and/or money to the food banks we support. A second check had been presented to the Food Pantry at the Congregational Church and we will be making a similar additional contribution to Jewish Family and Children’s Service Food Pantry at Temple B’nai Tikvah of Canton.

 

Investment Club: Neil Nager reminded us that the group will be meeting today.

 

Programs and Speakers Committee: Chairman Bob Soffer reminded us of that next week on the fifth, the speaker will be Dave Rabinowitz who will present the story of “Ochberg’s Orphans.” He recommended that we take some time out to read the story on our own and/or watch a podcast of what occurred prior to our meeting.

 

Bob then introduced Brian Patterson who is the Executive Director of Whitney Place. Brian spoke of his background in the restaurant industry as well as his experience in the assisted living and nursing home communities.

Brian addressed the differences between nursing homes, assisted living facilities and senior living communities. He also outlined what types of state and/or federal programs might be available to help with the costs. He foresees the need for tremendous growth of the industry considering the substantial number of Baby Boomers reaching retirement age in the extremely near future. He presented us with copies of A Consumer Guide for Assisted Living in Massachusetts from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

A remarkably interesting and informative Q and A followed.

 

No raffle was held.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Norman Ainbinder, Secretary

March 22, 2022

 

Vice President Steve Lechter called the meeting to order at 9:05 AM. 50 Members were present and signed in on the Contact Tracing Log.

 

Mark Wugman was called upon to lead the members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Vice President’s Remarks:

    Steve reminded us that next week’s meeting will be held at Whitney Place in Sharon.

    President Jeff Shapiro will be returning from vacation and will preside at that meeting.

    Members were then asked to observe a moment of silence for World Peace.

 

Secretary’s Report: Secretary Norman Ainbinder read the minutes of the March 15th meeting. They were accepted without correction or addition.

 

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

    Richie Suskin was in the Faulkner Hospital in Boston. He was hoping to return home within the next few days.

    Harvey Janson is recovering at home after undergoing rotator cuff surgery.

 

Travel and Entertainment Committee: Al Bruno spoke of the following:

     We have tickets for a Boston Pops performance at Symphony Hall on May 19th.

     Worcester Red Sox game either on a weekday evening or weekend day game in late July.

     Nashville-Memphis trip September 15th to 19th. Flier will be out shortly.

     Planning for a Boothbay Harbor/Bar Harbor trip.

 

Programs and Speakers Committee: Chairman Bob Soffer introduced us to Club Member Steve Connolly. Steve is a Sharon Resident, grower of giant pumpkins, historian and documentarian who has studied the life of local Revolutionary War Heroine Deborah Samson.

Today, Steve related to us, in part, Deborah Samson’s life from her discharge from the Colonial Army in 1783 up to her death on April 29, 1827.

She lived in Sharon for 44 years taught school, worked in a mill and was married to Benjamin Gannett. She befriended a Canton resident, Paul Revere, to have the Massachusetts State Legislature pay her back pay and pension for her service during the Revolutionary War. The pay had not been previously authorized for military service by women. Many different areas around Sharon are named either directly or indirectly in her honor and memory.

An interesting Q and A followed.

 

There were two winners in the Lottery.

 

Next week’s meeting will be at Whitney Place in Sharon.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Norman Ainbinder, Secretary

March 15, 2022

 

Vice President Steve Lechter called the meeting to order at 9:05 AM. 52 Members were present and had signed the Contact Tracing Log.

 

Member Bernie Guggenheim presented the Colors and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Vice President’s Remarks: Foodservice at our weekly meetings will be expanding as is now permitted by the Sharon Public Health Department.

We are looking into having our kitchen staff receive the proper training and certification as is required of those involved in foodservice.

The weather has improved, and we may now be looking forward to the resumption of weekly golf matches once we get the word from Mike Yawitch.

 

Membership: Committee Member Harvey Janson introduced us to Joel Wolk who was being proposed for membership in the Club. Joel received the required orientation and was approved for membership by a majority vote of those present. Welcome, Joel!

 

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

   Get Well Soon to: Harvey Janson who was scheduled for rotator cuff surgery on March 17th.

   Congratulations to: Bud and Janice Adler who will celebrate their 66th anniversary March 20th.

                                   Harvey and Sheila Levine who celebrate their 51st anniversary March 13th  

                                                       Harvey Levine on celebrating his 76th birthday.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Ralph Jacobs reports that we currently have a total membership of

265. 30 Members are over age 90 and are exempt from paying dues. 101 have paid in full and 134 remain unpaid.

Programs and Speakers Chairman Bob Soffer introduced us to Charlie Tillett who is a pilot and airplane owner involved in the Life Flight NE program. Life Flight NE is one of six regional programs in operation in the country. Charlie spoke at length about the training needed to become a licensed pilot and the requirements for membership in the Life Flight NE program. The goal of the program is to: “provide service to others even when it is not convenient.” Hospital social workers and medical professionals frequently refer those in need to Life Flight. The pilots are not compensated and are usually reimbursed for their fuel expenses through donations to Life Flight made by contributions from individuals and local companies.

An interesting and informative Q and A followed his presentation.

Respectfully submitted,

Norman Ainbinder, Secretary

March 8, 2022

Vice President Steve Lechter called the meeting to order at approximately 9:10 AM. 43 Members had signed the Contact Tracing Log.

Member Steve Grossman presented the Colors and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Vice President’s Remarks: Steve is actively gathering information for our combination Spring Luncheon and 30th Anniversary Celebration. We are also hoping to resume our monthly breakfasts in May.

Secretary’s Report: Secretary Norman Ainbinder read the report of the March 1st meeting. There were no additions or corrections, and it was accepted as read by a majority vote.

Glad and Sad: Harvey Tobolsky presented the following report:

   We extend our condolences to the family of David Bernstein who passed away on March 1st. Services were held at Congregation Ahavath Torah of Stoughton on March 4th. Interment was at Sharon Memorial Park. A donation in his memory will be made to Congregation Ahavath Torah.

   Sam Kaplan’s wife, Linda, is recovering from cracked ribs.

Vice President Steve Lechter introduced us to Angela M Labonte, Outreach Associate at Orchard Cove Senior Living in Canton, MA. Angela’s topic today was “How to be an astute Senior Living residence investor.” Angela gave us a brief outline of the diverse types of Senior Living facilities and the differences usually found amongst them. The most crucial factors to consider are how long you foresee yourself and your loved one residing in a particular facility and your immediate and long-term needs. One must also consider whether this will be your last move or, if needed, will you need a later move to a skilled nursing facility. She went through an extensive list of “nice to haves” as far as what different facilities may have available. It is up to each of us to determine what is available at each and weigh the costs and financing. The best way to make that determination is through availing oneself of the opportunity to visit the facility(s) in which we may be interested and a review of our finances.

An interesting Q and A followed her presentation.

Raffle: There were two winners.

Respectfully submitted,

Norman Ainbinder, Secretary

March 1, 2022

Vice President Steve Lechter called the meeting to order at 9:10 AM. 50 Members had signed the contact tracing log.

Past President Sam Kaplan presented the Colors and led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Vice President Remarks: We extend our thoughts and prayers to the people of Ukraine in view of their current circumstances. We anticipate that the Sharon Board of Health will be modifying the rules on masks and occupancy within the next few weeks. We are planning on a regular monthly breakfast in May and the return of the Annual Luncheon and celebration of our 30th Anniversary in June.

Secretary’s Report: Secretary Norman Ainbinder read the minutes of the February 22nd meeting. There were no additions or corrections.

Glad and Sad: Harvey Tobolsky presented the following report:

   David Bernstein was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton for treatment of cardiac arrest. He was later transferred to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brockton.

   Richard Suskin was recently treated at the Faulkner Hospital and then released.

   Jay Chin was diagnosed with Covid 19.

   Robert Corman’s wife, Elaine, is now residing at The Arbors.

   We extend our condolences to David Dovner on the passing of his brother-in-law, Ivan Schmidt.

By-Law Amendment: Parliamentarian Harvey Spack called for a vote on and read the proposed amendment to the By-Laws as follows: Article VIII Sec 1 be amended. The Nominating Committee shall assure you that at least one of the nominees for office shall be a resident of Sharon. It was approved by a majority vote.

Programs and Speakers Chairman Bob Soffer, called upon Club Member Mike Yawitch to speak to us about South Africa. Mike had spoken on this subject previously and we appreciated the opportunity for an update. He spoke about the country’s birth and growth through the years. Mike gave us an overview of the country’s history, geography, government, economy, citizens, and political parties. An informative and interesting Q and A followed Mike’s presentation. Club Member Dave Rabinowitz also provided additional remarks about South Africa.

Raffle: Two winners were drawn.

Respectfully submitted,

Norman Ainbinder, Secretary

February 22, 2022

 

President Jeff Shapiro called the meeting to order at approximately 9:15 AM. 43 Members and four guests had signed the Contact Tracing Attendance Log.

 

Warren Anastasia presented the Colors and led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

President’s Remarks:

   Jeff will be on vacation for two weeks and Vice President Steve Lechter will be presiding.

   We continue to coordinate our resumption of activities with the Sharon Board of Health, and we are anticipating being allowed to have refreshments in the next few weeks.

   We are reminded that if our homes are heated by oil, we may not have insurance coverage in the event of a ruptured or leaking oil storage tank. It was suggested that we should review our Homeowners policy and investigate adding the proper rider.

   A call was placed to Bud Adler to enable those in attendance to wish him well during his recuperation.

 

Secretary’s Report: Secretary Norman Ainbinder read the minutes of the February 15th meeting. There were no additions or corrections.

 

Glad and Sad: Harvey Tobolsky presented the following report:

   Phil Levine’s wife, Harriette, had surgery at Boston Medical Center and is recuperating.

   Gerald and Marilyn Epstein were both diagnosed with Covid and have recovered.

   Oscar Marks was recently transferred to the Copley Nursing Home in Stoughton.

   We extend our condolences to Howard Raphel and their family on the passing of his wife, Shirley, on February 18th. Graveside service was held on February 22nd at Zviller Cemetery in West Roxbury. The memorial observance was at the home of Bruce and Stacy Raphel.

   We received an acknowledgment from the family of Arthur Fleishman for our donation in his memory to Temple Beth David of the South Shore.

 

By-Law Amendment: The vote was postponed until such time as a quorum will be present.

 

Investment Club: The meeting will be held downstairs immediately following this meeting. We are all encouraged to attend and consider joining.

 

Programs and Speakers Committee Chairman, Bob Soffer introduced us to Michael Gerry who is the Past Base Commander of the Boston Base of Submarine Veterans of the US Navy.

Michael is a returning speaker and today provided us with an interesting review of the evolution of the Submarine Service from the Civil War era to the present day. He also spoke of the qualification period each submariner must go through to become proficient in the operation of each duty station on board. We were encouraged to view a submarine at Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA, and at the Nautilus Museum in Groton, CT. An interesting Q and A followed.

 

Raffle: Yours truly was one of the winners continuing the winning way of the Executive Committee.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Norman Ainbinder, Secretary

February 15, 2022

 

President Jeff Shapiro called the meeting to order at approximately 9:15 AM. 42 Members and guests had signed the Contact Tracing Attendance Log.

 

Warren Anastasia presented the Colors and led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

President’s Remarks: Free face masks may now be available through your local pharmacy.

Things may be getting back to normal with Covid. The Club continues to receive its meeting guidance from the Town Health Nurse and the Council on Aging.

Secretary’s Report: Secretary, Norman Ainbinder read the minutes of the February 8th meeting which were corrected and accepted by vote of the members.

Glad and Sad: Harvey Tobolsky presented the following report:

   We extend our condolences to:

       Ed Schwartz whose wife, Thelma, passed away on Saturday, February 5th.

       The family of Irving Chait. Irving passed away on Tuesday, February 8th at the age of ninety-three.  He was a Veteran of the US Army. A private graveside service was held on Sunday,

        February 13th at Anshe Leibovitz Cemetery in Woburn, MA. A donation in his memory will be made to the Disabled American Veterans.

        The family of James Carney passed away on Thursday, February 10th. His wake was held on Thursday the 17th at the James H Delaney and Son Funeral Home in Walpole. A

        funeral mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Sharon.  Interment was at Rock Ridge Cemetery in Sharon. A donation in his memory is being made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

   We extend our wishes for a speedy recovery to Ed Rubin’s wife, Linda, who continues to recuperate at home following her recent hospitalization.

   Oscar Marks fell and broke his hip. He was in Good Samaritan Hospital, Brockton.

   Congratulations to: Harvey and Sheila Levine who became grandparents to Hudson James Talbott on February 11th Proud parents are Stacey Levine and William Talbott.

 

By-Law Amendment: The vote was tabled until the next regular meeting at which we have a quorum.

 

Investment Club: Ralph Jacobs provided us with a brief review of the status of the club and invited all interested members to attend a meeting.

 

Programs and Speakers Committee: Chairman, Bob Soffer introduced us to Joseph Blansfield of the Sharon Historical Society. Joe took us on an interesting journey down Bay Road in Canton, Stoughton, Sharon, and Easton to Bay Street in Taunton through the many pictures he has collected over the years. His descriptions of the origins of Bay Road and the various historical sites along its route were both interesting and informative.

 

Raffle: Prizes of $20 and $15 were awarded.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Norman Ainbinder, Secretary

February 8, 2022

 

President Jeff Shapiro called the meeting to order at approximately 9:15 AM. 41 Members and guests had signed the Contact Tracing attendance log.

 

Warren Anastasia presented the Colors and led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Presidents Messages:  Free N95 Masks were not yet available in Sharon drugstores. Members are advised to keep calling their local pharmacy to see if they have been received.

In-home test kits are being received from the government through the Postal Service and are becoming more available for purchase.

 

Secretary’s Report: Assistant Secretary Ed Rubin read the minutes of the February 1st meeting which were accepted by the majority vote of the members.

 

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Ralph Jacobs reminded us that Annual Dues for this year must be paid only by check and should either be handed to him at a meeting or mailed to his home address. He also reviewed our current membership status.

 

Parliamentarian Harvey Spack read a proposed amendment to the By-Laws as follows:

 Article VIII Sec 1 be amended to add the following at the end of Sec 1: The Nominating Committee shall assure that at least one of the nominees for office shall be a resident of Sharon. The Nominating Committee and the Executive Committee have approved the proposed amendment.

Notification will be sent to all members. A vote will be taken at the next meeting if a quorum is present.

 

Harvey Tobolsky read the following Glad and Sad Report:

   Ed Rubin’s wife, Linda, is home recuperating after a brief stay in Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

   Irving Chait was reported to be in the hospital in serious condition.

 

Programs and Speakers Committee Chairman Bob Soffer introduced members Ed Rubin, Jim Maltz, and Dan Liberman who led us in an entertaining and informative trivia contest. This was a repeat of a session they had previously held for the membership. Prizes were awarded to the winning table.

 

Raffle: Ira Abramson and Gene Malkin were the winners.

 

The next meeting will be on February 15th here at the Community Center.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Norman L. Ainbinder, Secretary

February 1, 2022

 

President Jeff Shapiro called the meeting to order at 9:10 am. A group of hearty members came out on a cold February morning after the blizzard the Saturday before.

 

Warren Anastasia presented the colors.

 

President Jeff Shapiro made a request for new volunteers for the By-Laws committee to replace members who have moved or passed away. He mentioned that the Executive Board would like to have our annual luncheon in June.

 

Harvey Spack read the minutes of the January 25th meeting and they were accepted as read.

 

Glad and Sad: Harvey Tobolsky presented the following Glad and Sad report:

 

Steve Ostrer recently had a bout of pneumonia. A card was sent.

John Shine developed hematoma from a routine hernia operation. He had to spend an additional 4 days in the hospital and is now home. A card was sent.

 

Ron Goldstein moved to Windgate assisted living in Needham. Ron has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and neuropathy.

 

Bob Soffer announced that there is going to be a Trivia Contest next week and the winning team would receive gift cards. It is a chance to practice for Jeopardy.

 

Ed Rubin announced that Whist is still going strong every strong in the Adult Center every Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. He mentioned that he had two slams last week.

 

Bob Soffer Chairman of the Programs and Speakers Committee introduced our speaker Leandra McLean Health Administrator and Public Health Nurse for the Town of Sharon. She gave a very comprehensive summary of her varied experiences and the programs that she administers and hopes to increase these programs for the community. She also explained how mandates concerning Covid are established and why Sharon has a lower infection rate than other communities. There was an interesting question and answer session. Ms. McLean stated that according to research the PCR test was 99% dependable and the Antigen test was 98% dependable.

 

Raffle Time: There were two prizes given out, one for $15 and the other for $10. There had to be five drawings to get a winner for the $10 prize and I would like to thank those members who left early.

 

The meeting adjourned at 10:20.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Ed Rubin, Assistant Secretary

January 4, 2022

 

President Jeff Shapiro called the meeting to order at 9:10 am. Approximately 45 members and guests were present on a cold January day.

 

Warren Anastasia presented the colors.

 

President Jeff Shapiro made a request for new volunteers to back up present positions such as Phone Squad Chairman, Ralph Jacobs, Glad and Sad Chairman, and Procurer of shirts for new members and other clothing options, Fred Appel. The current people who hold these positions are now available to train you.

 

Secretary’s Report: Assistant Secretary Ed Rubin read the minutes of the December 21, 2021, meeting and Harvey Spack read the minutes of the December 28th meeting. Both reports were accepted as read.

 

 Ralph Jacobs spoke about the phone squad and dues. He mentioned that dues are now payable for the year 2022. The cut-off day is in May. It would make his job easier if everyone did not wait until the last minute.

 

Glad and Sad: Harvey Tobolsky presented the following Glad and Sad report:

 

Graveside services for Arthur Fleishman were held on Friday, December 31 in Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon. A donation in his memory will be made to Temple Beth David of the South Shore (sent card).

 

We received an acknowledgment and thanked you from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for our donation in memory of Elliot Schwartz.

 

We received an acknowledgment from the American Parkinson Disease Association MA Chapter for our donation in memory of Jay Wassersug.

 

We extend our condolences to the family of Marvin Asnes, who passed away on Saturday, January 1, 2022. His funeral services were held on Monday, January 3 at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel in Canton. His interment was held at Sharon Memorial Park. Shiva will be held at his late home today through Friday. A donation in his memory will be made to Temple Israel, Chesed Fund, and Sharon (sent cared).

 

Steve Lechter spoke about the Box Luncheon on February 1st. He mentioned that the cost was $15.00, and reservations were due by January 25th. (This event has been postponed to a further date because of the uptake of Covid and the Sharon Health Department.) Steve also mentioned that for cribbage to continue more members were needed to play.

 

Ed Rubin reminded people about Whist on Tuesday downstairs in the Adult Center.

 

Bob Soffer, Chairman of the Programs and Speakers Committee introduced our own Dan Liberman, Ph.D., who gave us an update on Covid – 19 and the Omicron variant. The rate of increased cases has gone from doubling in 24 hours to doubling in 12 hours. If you are fully vaccinated including boosters, you have a .01% of surviving the disease. An interesting discussion followed including the type of masks that are most effective.

 

Raffle Time: There were two prizes given out: one for $20 and the other for $15. Neither winner was a member of the Executive Board.

 

The meeting adjourned at 10:30 am.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Ed Rubin, Assistant Secretary