GM SALARIED RETIREES CLUB OF MARYLAND
ROSEDALE GARDENS, 8037 PHILADELPHIA ROAD, BALTIMORE, MD
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE July 23, 2015, LUNCH AT NOON, MEETING TO FOLLOW
Before the meeting started, Skip Shiflett read a message from our Club President, Tim Stansbury
“I hope you are all doing well, at least better than I am. As I told Skip a couple of weeks ago, I went to John Hopkins for a second opinion about my cancer. The purpose was to verify that the medication that I was on was doing what is suppose to do. Well, as it turned out, it wasn’t. The cancer is a little worse than the previous CAT scan and the doctors at Hopkins confirmed that. As a result they put me on a medication they know that works with the kind of cancer I have. It has side effects and if I can tolerate them I’ll be on it for a while. The doctors say that eventually however the cancer will become immune to the drug and we’ll have to move on to another. That’s just the way it is.
“While all of this is going on, I am having significant pain in my left upper thigh. Have seen a hip specialist and he says it is not the hip but a nerve in my lower back that will require surgery to correct. My pain management doctor says that it is a vascular necrosis of both femoral heads. The surgery should happen in the next month or so.
“Lastly, because of the failure of my left eye cataract surgery (the new lens slipped to the bottom of the eye) and no improvement after the second surgery. I’m having a third surgery tomorrow.
“With all of that said, I think it is unfair for the club to have an absentee president. I don’t have any idea when I’ll be in any condition to return. Therefore I believe it is in the best interest of the club for me to resign so that you can elect someone new to lead the club.
“I hope you understand. I believe it is the best interest for me to concentrate on my health and for the retiree club to move forward.
“Thanks for thoughts and prayers. I’ll be back if and when I can.”
PRAYER: Joyce Bowyer
MINUTES of June 25, 2015 meeting #479.
Meeting was called to order by Vice President Skip Shiflett at 12:38 pm.
PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE led by Mark Bowyer
MINUTES of May 28, 2015 meeting were approved.
TREASURER'S REPORT: Tom Somerville
Month of May 2015
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None
BOWLING: Chuck Miller-
This will likely be the last year for our bowling league. Not many Club members are currently in the league and overall membership of the league has decreased. The bowling alley will likely combine our league with another league.
HISTORIAN: Skip Shiflett-No report
WAYS & MEANS: Clara Musick 443-402-0373
Clara will bring BJ membership forms to next month’s meeting. The Shrimp & Oyster Roast is on Sunday, November 8th at Rosedale Gardens. (That Sunday is a Bye Week for the Ravens meaning no game for that weekend.)
SUNSHINE COMMITTEE: Marge Stock 410-563-4931.
Harold Brown passed away. A Sympathy Card was sent to his family. Get well cards were sent to Tom Sommerville and Tim Stansbury.
Please remember the sick and deceased members and families in your prayers. Please contact Marge or Angie if you know of any sick or deceased members so cards can be sent from the club.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR June GUYS & DOLLS;
Dan Abel, Walt Callahan, Jerry Kellner, Doug Roloff, John Roth, Jim Smedley, Angela Thomas, Eileen Weller, Bill Wilking
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO EVERYONE CELEBERATING THEIR DAY IN June:
Peter & Despina Coutros, Al & Joan Komin, Dave & Mary Lou Lambert, Jim & Gloria Smedley, George & Phyllis Staso, Joe & Joanne Zarachowicz.
Marge Stock and the Club congratulated Jack and Sheila Gill on their 50th Wedding Anniversary (May 30th).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Leo Heid-No Report
MEMBERSHIP: Bonnie Vojik-410-866-8725
Many members still owe dues for 2015. We have 171 members paid so far this year. At the end of 2014 we had 232 members. Please send in your dues for 2015 membership. Dues are $15.00 per member ($30.00 if both retiree and spouse are members.) Do not combine with any other payment.
Make check payable to: G.M. Salaried Retiree Club
C/O: Bonnie Vojik, 8003 Caradoc Drive Baltimore, MD 21237.
Any questions call Bonnie: 410-866-8725 or E-mail her at email@example.com
HOT LINE: Al Komin-Al mentioned the Hot Line is working well.
MAILING NEWSLETTER: Olin Conrad-410-687-0987-No report
TRAVEL COMMITTEE: No report
CAKES: Darlene Dail-410-252-4746
We Need At Least 5 Cakes Each Month!!
Thanks to all who donated cakes in June:
Darlene Dail, Gloria Smedley, Sheila Gill, Betty Bonner, Isabelle Burrell, Joyce Scheper, Skip Shiflett.
Thanks in advance to all who are to donate cakes in July: Dotty Ensor, Elizabeth Malinowski, Don Funke, Joyce Scheper, Peggy Horwath.
Please notify Darlene if you cannot bring your scheduled donation, so other arrangements can be made.
Skip asked members to consider volunteering to be the President of our Club. Skip said he would fill in as acting President until a new one takes over but he cannot continue as permanent President due to his personal schedule. He will continue as VP. Skip said we will talk about this again at next month’s meeting.
GM Sales: General Motors delivered 293,097 vehicles in May 2015, its best May since 2007 and best month since August 2008.
Quality: Four Chevrolets ranked highest in J.D. Power’s US Initial Quality Study. The Malibu, Silverado LD, Equinox and Spark ranked the highest in their respective segments. Chevrolet had 10 models place in top 3 positions of various categories, more than any other brand foreign or domestic. Chevrolet and Buick ranked better than the Industrial Average of 112 problems per 100 vehicles. Chevrolet had 101 problems per 100 vehicles (7th place), and Buick had 105 problems per 100 vehicles (11th place). Buick improved 15 problems per 100 vehicles and jumped up 8 places.
Auto Index: This is the 3rd consecutive year GM vehicles led the “Made in America” Auto Index. Buick Enclave, Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Corvette, GMC Acadia & Acadia Denali, and Chevrolet Traverse all were #1 in their field.
New Product: The Buick Casada, a new convertible will be introduced in spring of 2016.
GOOD OF THE CLUB:
Skip Shifllett welcomed many members to our meeting that we have not seen lately including Jerry Selig, Harry & Judy Chandler and Doug and Marge Roloff.
MEETING DATES: July 23, 2015
Menu: Top round of beef, fresh garden salad, and garlic “smashed” potatoes.
QUOTE OF THE MOTH:
"Let your past make you better, not bitter.” Anonymous
ADJOURNED: 12:50 pm
MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: 49
50/50 was won Betty Bonner $40.00
IN CASE OF ILLNESS OR DEATH;
Contact Marge Stock 410-563-4931or Angela Thomas 410-969-2851
Submitted by: Jim Smedley for Mary Jane Conrad, Rec. Sec.