May 23, 2012

The meeting was called to order by Marlys Wisch at 1:03 p.m. Pioneer members present were Bill Carlson, JoAnn Cooper, Char Reno, John Warren, Marlys Wisch, and Nancy Eilefson.

Financial Report – Motion by John with a second by Nancy to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion passed. We discussed our finances.

Life Member Report – There were 23 Pioneers, Partners, and guests at the Life Member Luncheon. The next Life Member Luncheon will be June 20, 2012. All are welcome; reservations are necessary. This will be our last luncheon for the year. We will be having an indoor picnic! John volunteered to continue as leader of the Life Member Luncheon.

Hug a Bear Report –24 bears were given to the Life Care Center and 20 to St. Luke’s Hospital. The labels arrived and JoAnn cut them apart! Thanks JoAnn. 22 head coverings were given to St. Luke’s and 22 to Essentia. The bags Char ordered were received and will be given to St Luke’s Breast Cancer Center. Char and Nancy attended St. Luke’s Volunteer recognition luncheon.

Chapter Update – Marlys will write up the report for the Chapter meeting. JoAnn’s training in Monroe, LA was great. The CenturyLink properties are beautiful. The next Chapter meeting will be June 13 in St. Cloud.

Other – Birthday in a Bag has been tabled until the fall. We will start with the Proctor Food Shelf. Char will make a collection box for cell phones. We will recycle them to raise money. The gift of $100 was sent to the Gary – New Duluth veterans monument committee. We will have an on-going collection of gently used children’s books for the Big Red Book Shelf.

NEW BUSINESS: Motion by Char with a second by Bill to authorize JoAnn to approve the VFW voucher. Motion passed. We are planning a coffee party at Chris Jensen on June 27 at 10:00 a.m. for our Pioneers who are residents there. All are welcome. Details will be shared at the June Life Member Luncheon. Thank you notes were received and will be sent to Dave Hemmer for archiving. We will make plans for a Pioneer gathering at the Air Museum in August.

WRAP UP: Motion by Char with a second by Bill to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 2:37 p.m. Marlys will bring treats to our June 27 meeting.

Submitted by Nancy Eilefson

Our next board meeting is Wednesday, June 27 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.

July 21, 2012 - Spirit of Service Ride

We usually meet at 10:00 a.m. on the second Monday and at 11:00 a.m. (before 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. Call Char at 879-2552 or Nancy at 624-0031 for details and to confirm.