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Getman board lists recent activities

September 17, 2011
The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The Getman Memorial Home Board of Managers meeting Sept. 8 was called to order by President Jan Lander, who opened with "The Lord's Prayer."

Ellen Funke, secretary and Joan Clapper, treasurer, read their reports, which were accepted as read. The various committees gave their reports.

Under new business, a motion was made, seconded and carried to have Sandy Harrington as historian. Also, a discussion took place regarding the fundraising gala and silent auction to be from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20 at Lanzi's on the Lake. The cost will be $20, which includes admission, hors d' oeuvres, light fare, signature cocktail and live acoustic music by local artist Mitch Frasier. All proceeds from the event will benefit the David and Helen Getman Memorial Home.

In July, the birthdays of Selma Bahr, Evelyn Strobeck and Jean Nicolella were celebrated with a special dinner of their choice and cake and ice cream. The residents had a Fourth of July picnic on the porch and had their second annual bowling banquet with awards presented by Lander.

The weekly church services were performed by lay leader Margaret Teetz, the Rev. Cindy VanAllen, the Rev. Chris Hamm and the Rev. Rendell Torres.

The residents went to Lanzi's on the Lake for their monthly luncheon with transportation provided by some of the board members.

Otis, the 10 1/2 year old golden retriever, owned by board member Velice Decker and her husband Lewis Decker, visited the residents. Otis is a certified therapy and search-and-rescue dog. The residents always look forward to seeing Otis and giving him treats, a news release said.

In August, the birthdays of Beverly Gifford and George Decker were celebrated with a special dinner of their choice and cake and ice cream.

The residents went to Russo's Restaurant, Route 30, for their monthly luncheon and to the senior picnic at the Concordia Park with transportation provided by some of the board members.

National Grid delivered 30 surplus boxed meals for the residents and staff, which consisted of turkey wrap, potato chips, cookie and apple. They had been prepared in case of an emergency during Tropical?Storm Irene.

The weekly church services were provided by lay leader Margaret Teetz, the Rev. Rendell Torres, the Rev. Chris Hamm and the Rev. Larry Johnson.

Jake LaMarca, a 13-year-old ventriloquist, performed for the residents. Afterward, cookies and punch were served by board members.

Both months, the residents went for walks, had exercise classes, played bingo, played cards, played hangman, enjoyed the porch with various special treats, had ball toss, had sing-alongs on the porch, fed the animals, made cookies, did arts and crafts, dancing and singing, saw movies and had their monthly wine and cheese party.

Director Christopher Roberts reported they would be closing on a van soon to help with resident transportation.

Anna Dingman, Shirley Becker, Tony Ficili and Warren Vaughn were welcomed as new residents.

After the meeting was adjourned, coffee, tea and homemade cookies - made by board members Andrea White and Ellen Funke - were served to the residents by board members.

Vacancies and limited respite care are available for both women and men.

Anyone interested in the many opportunities available can pick up an application and tour the home or call Roberts at 725-9114 for more information.

The next board meeting will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 6.



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