October 26, 2011 

The meeting was called to order by Betty Lee at 10:06 a.m. Pioneer members present were John Warren, Char Reno, Betty Lee, JoAnn Cooper, Bill Carlson, Don Fennessy, and Nancy Eilefson.

Financial Report – We discussed our receipts and spending. Motion by Nancy with a second by JoAnn to give $1,200.00 to Northland Honor Flight. Motion passed. We will have a raffle fundraiser to try to raise enough money to send 4 more veterans! We raised about $168 in the Tupperware fundraiser. We will have another in November. The cookbook sale went well. Motion by JoAnn with a second by Char to send $200.00 to the Silver Bay Veterans Home. Motion passed.

Life Member Report – There were 28 Pioneers, Partners, and guests at the October Life Member Luncheon. Marlys Wisch and Patrick Kittler gave a presentation on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Bill Carlson will speak at the November Life Member Luncheon. Don G.’s family received a letter from the Pioneers saying they are sorry for the loss of Don and would they like to make a gift to the Pioneers in his memory. Don is alive and well. Nancy checked with Jan Swenson about his membership status. He is listed as a Life Member in the Arrowhead Council. We are not sure why that letter was sent.

Hug a Bear Report –Betty delivered 24 bears to the Life Care Center. A thank you note was received; Nancy will forward to Dave. 10 bears were delivered to St. Luke’s. 22 head coverings were delivered to St. Luke’s and 23 were delivered to Essentia. We will not be meeting on the second Monday in November or December.

Chapter Update – JoAnn will be at the centennial celebration in Boston!

Other – By consensus we agreed to donate a set of cookbooks for the Northland Honor Flight Raffle.

NEW BUSINESS: Nancy will call STRIDE to see if they would be able to do a presentation at the January Life Member luncheon.

The meeting adjourned at 11:20 a.m.

Submitted by Nancy Eilefson

Our next board meeting is November 23, 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 next Life Member Luncheon will be January 18, 2012. All are welcome; reservations are necessary.

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 (except November and December 2011). Please feel free to join us.