October 24, 2012

The meeting was called to order by Char Reno at 1:15 p.m. Pioneer members present were JoAnn Cooper, Char Reno, Nancy Eilefson, and John Warren. Jeff Slagle, a representative from Liberty Mutual was also present. He advised us of the opportunities for the Pioneers in fundraising and the opportunities for any interested Pioneer in regards to insurance products. JoAnn will be in contact with him to set something up.

Financial Report – JoAnn did not have a report at the meeting.

Life Member Report – There were 22 Pioneers, Partners, and guests at the September Life Member Luncheon. The next Life Member Luncheon will be November 14. All are welcome; reservations are necessary. Motion by Char with a second by Nancy to send $200.00 to the CAF Museum. We were guests there September 26 and we all enjoyed the tour. Motion passed. Nancy would like to see a repeat of this event next summer!

Hug a Bear Report – 20 bears were given to St. Luke’s and 24 to Life Care Center. A thank you was received from Lake Superior Life Care Center. Nancy will mail it to Dave Hemmer to be archived. 23 head coverings were given to Essentia and 23 to St. Luke’s.

Chapter Update – Voting is now open for Chapter offices. All are running unopposed. We need to concentrate on fundraising and volunteering. The last week of October is Volunteer Week for Pioneers. We should do something as a group.

Other – We will start working on birthdays in a bag. We decided to start with the Proctor Food Shelf to see what the response is there. We will need a cake mix, frosting, plates, napkins and candles to begin with. Telecom deaths reported are Mildred Monte, Myrna Anderson (card mailed), Marjorie Gresczck (card mailed) and Giles Beron. We have some Pioneer friends who are willing to make new sympathy cards for us. The cards will be from Arrowhead Council, TelecomPioneers.

NEW BUSINESS: Moose Lake lost their fishing ramp in the June flood. This will be a spring project. Michael Pickleman would like us to participate in a veterans project the end of May or early June 2013. It will involve transporting vets to Mille Lacs for a “free fishing day”. MACV will also be involved with this. More information will follow. John will keep the PA system at his house. Please contact him when it is needed.

Motion by Nancy with a second by John to adjourn. Passed. The meeting adjourned at 2:15 p.m.

Submitted by Nancy Eilefson

Our next board meeting is November 28 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. (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.