December 28, 2011

The meeting was called to order by Betty Lee at 10:09 a.m. Pioneer members present were Bill Carlson, JoAnn Cooper, Betty Lee, and Nancy Eilefson.

Financial Report – JoAnn reported on our finances. Motion by Nancy with a second by Bill to donate $400.00 to Tom Bernier’s fundraising efforts for ALS. He will participate in the Blackwoods ALS snowmobile run. Motion passed. Our congratulations to JoAnn for being named Minnesota Chapter president.

Life Member Report – There wasn’t a luncheon in December. We are all saddened by the loss of Pioneer Partner and Life Member Club President Don Fennessy. He will be missed.

Hug a Bear Report – 32 Christmas bears and 20 regular bears were given to St. Luke’s. 10 head coverings were given to Essentia and 10 were given to St. Luke’s. We gave a total of 385 head coverings to various organizations in 2011.

Chapter Update – Betty and JoAnn attended the December 9 Chapter meeting. The Dish It Up program is still receiving funds. The Chapter donated $400.00 to ALS through Tom Bernier and the Blackwoods snowmobile run. Hug a bear labels can possibly be ordered through the Pioneer website. Betty reported on other items discussed at the Chapter meeting.

Other – Thank you notes were received from the Grand Rapids Food Bank, St. Luke’s, Playground for EVERYBODY, Northern Lakes Food Bank and the Silver Bay Veterans’ Home. Nancy will forward to Dave for archiving.

We will plan to hold our meetings at 1:00 p.m. pending approval from John and Char.

The meeting adjourned at 11:16 a.m.

Submitted by Nancy Eilefson

Our next board meeting is January 25 at 1:00 p.m. in the Pioneer Lounge, Fourth Floor Melrose Building in Duluth. All Pioneers and guests are welcome. We meet the 4th Wednesday of each month.

We meet at 10:00 a.m. on the second Monday and at 11:00 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month to work on Hug a Bears or other projects. Please feel free to join us