May 25, 2011

The meeting was called to order by Betty Lee at 10:07 a.m. Pioneer members present were Char Reno, Don Fennessy, Bill Carlson, John Warren, Betty Lee, and Nancy Eilefson.

Financial Report – Betty presented JoAnn’s report.

Life Member Report – There were 25 Pioneers, Partners, and guests at the Life Member Luncheon. The next Life Member Luncheon will be June 15, 2011 – our indoor picnic. Everyone is asked to tell a joke! We won’t meet again until September. All are welcome; reservations are necessary.

Hug a Bear Report – We brought 20 bears to St. Luke’s as well as 18 head coverings. We brought 20 head coverings to St. Mary’s. We were invited to St. Luke’s May volunteer recognition luncheon for the hug a bear work we do! We were given a copy of a note that a patient’s mom had written to St. Luke’s about the care and the hug a bear her daughter received. Nancy will send a copy to Dave Hemmer for archiving. We received a carload of fiberfill from St. Cloud. Nancy and Betty Chacich met Barb and Dave Hemmer in Pine City to pick it up. It filled the trunk and the backseat! It will stuff lots of bears!

Chapter Update – We need to continue collecting toiletries for the Chapter project. We are sewing bags for the toiletries. The next chapter meeting is June 10 in St. Cloud.

Other – Almost 400 raffle tickets have been sold for the Spirit of Service ride! There will be an open house at Harley Davidson from June 24-26 and we need help selling raffle tickets at the store in Canal Park and at the store on the Stebner Road.

Carlton is looking for help to update their park. Betty will check with Carlton Chamber of Commerce to see what their needs are. Motion by Don with a second by John to donate $200.00 for their playground if that is their need. Motion passed. Charlie Fetters would like the front display case updated with current happenings. We will work on that on Monday, June 13. Sympathy cards were sent to the families of Rod Peterson, Robert Anderson, and Joyce Dodd. We noted the passing of Muriel Martinson and Lester W. Erickson. Cards were sent because Nancy didn’t know where to send them. A thank you note was received from Bay View School for the books we gave them. Nancy will send it to Dave Hemmer for archiving. We discussed the VFW building move. Motion by John with a second by Char to send them $200.00 to help with the move. Motion passed.

The meeting adjourned at 10:59 a.m.

Submitted by Nancy Eilefson

Our next board meeting is June 22, 2011 at 10:00 a.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.

The “Spirit of Service” ride will be July 16, 2011.

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