1 CERC WEBSITE: CECRETIREE.COM MERRY CHRISTMAS GOD BLESS AMERICA
2 2 CERC BOARD MEETING MINUTES OCTOBER 11, 2016 The 144th CERC luncheon was held at the Gazebo. The Board meeting was called to order by President Larry Marshick at 1:25 PM. The following members were present: Larry Marshick, Dick Verduyn, Ed Pauly, Darrell Pawlowski, Mal Hanson, Joe Orlando, Tom Zebehazy, Ray Culbertson, Nancy Bernhardt, Marion Teske, Rick Zalar and Bob Roth. MINUTES: Moved by Joe Orlando, 2 nd by Nancy Bernhardt to approve the August 2016 minutes; motion passed. OLD BUSINESS: None NEW BUSINESS: After discussion the board approved the following: the price for the Christmas party will be $25.00 and attendance will be limited to 150 persons (the capacity of the room). The food choice will be the standing menu; neither salmon or other specialties will be offered. Mal Hanson will order the chocolate candies as in the previous parties. Darrell requested reimbursement for postage for the previous Companion mailing. Moved by Mal Hanson, 2 nd by Dick Verduyn to reimburse Darrell Pawlowski $70.00 as requested. Motion passed. REPORTS: MEMBERSHIP CHAIR: Joe Orlando reported a total membership of 403: Gino Gentile (deceased) was removed. WEBMASTER: Tom reported that there were 235 visits to the website from Aug 8 to Oct 10. The website directory is up to date with Joe Orlando s directory dated Oct 7 as of Oct 10, Reminders about the last two 2016 CERC golf outings at Cracklewood Golf Course were sent out. Conducted the raffle of CERC shirts/ hats for 3 members at the Aug luncheon. Sent out multiple obituary notices. The Oct 2016 Companion was E- mailed to 170 members on Sep 2. The electronic distribution of the Companion is 170. COMPANION EDITOR: Darrell will remain as Companion editor. TREASURER: Dick presented a detailed report for Oct 2016: Beginning balance as of 8/8/2016: $ with 7 disbursements totaling $ and 5 deposits totaling $ for an ending balance of $ on 10/7/2016. This compares to an average balance of $ on comparable dates for the last 6 years. STORE CHAIR: Mal presented the store report which details the stock on hand (4 polo shirts and 11 hats), at a value of $ The August drawing winners were John Finegan and Phil Rometsch (polo shirts) and Len Sitek (cap). Previous winners Osh Torosian and Al Homolka chose Polo shirts. The above remaining inventory was raffled off at this October luncheon per the August Board motion. LUNCHEON CHAIR: Ray submitted his report via The Oct 11 luncheon had 82 prepaid and 10 complimentary lunches with 1 more paying at the door plus 1 prepaid but not recorded for an expected attendance of 94. There were 6 no-shows. 88 meals were served. The name tag expenses were $ The shirt raffle cost was $161.12, with the entire inventory being raffled off at this Oct luncheon. The CERC clothing store is (BOARD MEETING MINUTES CONTINUED ON PAGE 3)
3 3 THE NEW LOOK COMPANION THIS ISSUE OF THE COMPANION HAS BEEN REDUCED IN CONTENT FROM THE PAGES IN THE PAST TO 14 PAGES. REDUCTION WAS ACCOMPLISHED BY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF IMAGES. IN THE PAST, THE GOAL WAS TO INCLUDE AN IMAGE OF EVERYONE AT THE LUNCHEON AS BEST AS I COULD. THIS WILL NO LONGER BE THE OBJECTIVE BUT I WILL TRY TO INCLUDE IMAGES OF THOSE NOT SHOWN IN THIS ISSUE IN SUBSEQUENT ISSUES. THE CHANGE IS FOR SELFISH REASONS, TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND ON EACH ISSUE. EDITOR PHONE NUMBER CHANGES MEMBER INFORMATION CHANGES Nancy Burnhardt Don Gill (MINUTES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2) now closed. A special thanks to Mal Hanson for its existence for all these twenty something years. After paying the Gazebo, there was a $ loss. Adding the $127 taken in by the 50/50 raffle, there was a total loss of $ The 50/50 raffle winners were Ray Culbertson ($64), Jim Matthews ($38), and Ed Rzepecki ($25). Note: The Gazebo informed us that the price for each dinner will remain the same as ($13.50 plus 18% tax and gratuity) = $15.93 per meal. No action was taken by the board; the price of meals to remain at $14 for prepaid and $19 at the door GOLF: Bob Roth reported that although attendance was down a bit this year, the Golf outings will be continued next year. ADJOURNMENT: Moved by Ray Culbertson, 2 nd by Larry Marshick to adjourn, motion passed. The Board Meeting was adjourned by President Larry Marshick at 2:12PM. Ed Pauly Secretary SOME HUMOR FROM CARL WELLENKOTTER A hooded robber burst into a Texas bank and forced the tellers to load a sack full of cash. On his way out the door, a brave Texas customer grabbed the hood -- and pulled it off, revealing the robber's face. The robber shot the customer without a moment's hesitation. He then looked around the bank and noticed one of the tellers looking straight at him. The robber instantly shot her, also. Everyone else, by now very scared, looked intently down at the floor in silence. The robber yelled, "Did anyone else see my face?" There are a few moments of utter silence -- in which everyone was plainly afraid to speak. Then one old man tentatively raised his hand and replied, "My wife got a pretty good look at you...
4 4 OCTOBER 11, /50 RAFFLE WINNERS (RAFFLE CONDUCTED BY JOE KONWINSKI AND CARLOTTA AURELIA) 1ST PLACE RAY CULBERTSON 2ND PLACE JIM MATTHEWS 3RD PLACE ED RZEPECKI
5 5 PHOTOS FROM THE OCTOBER 11, 2016 CERC LUNCHEON CHUCK HAHN RON PERREMAN JOHN JONAS RON LOCH VITO MESSINA JERRY KWAPIS LAURA & LEO SALUSKY PAUL WINTER JIM MATTHEWS PAUL TURNER CHUCK & LYDIA COMBS JOHN BRETZ LEN BRAWNER
6 6 MORE PHOTOS FROM THE OCTOBER 11, 2016 CERC LUNCHEON JOHN JURIGA TONI LEACH CASS KRAJEWSKI LEE HEDEEN JOE ORLANDO FRANK GORDON DON BORUS RAY CULBERTSON ED RZEPECKI JOE NAZIONE RALPH EIKAMP DUANE RUSHLOW RON LUNNEY
7 7 SAVE THE DATE DON T FORGET THE ANNUAL CERC CHRISTMAS PARTY DETAILS ON THE FLYER ON PAGE 11 REASONS FOR COMING? SEE THE FOLLOWING - WILL YOU MISS THE BEST DEAL OF THE YEAR? Your C.E.R.C. board and committee people have been planning for a great afternoon and the best deal you re likely to find anywhere, the annual CERC Christmas party. If you were there in past years, you know the great times we have. Socializing with friends of many years and their spouses. The Gazebo s great food with some extra treats added. A free open bar serving wine, beer, and mixed drinks. Convenient parking. Music to listen to or dance to that doesn t hinder conversation. An after dinner delight, Jerry Bozaan will again entertain all with his senior oriented humor that has been enjoyed at the past five parties. Again each member will get a chance to draw his or her LUCKY ENVELOPE holding $30, $40, $50, or $100. What a fantastic bargain! Members pay $25 and win between $30 and $100 bucks and get all the above to boot. Now s the time to start planning. Talk to your CERC friends and assemble your favorite group for a really good time. Those that were at last year s party, please spread the word on the great time that was had by all. WE TRULY HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE THIS YEAR. Sincerely, Your C.E.R.C board and committee chair people MORE PHOTOS FROM THE OCTOBER 11, 2016 CERC LUNCHEON DUANE RUSHLOW GEORGE OLIVER JOHN JONAS BOB GAILEY GUY LaFALCE
8 8 Talking Dog For Sale A guy is driving around the back woods of West Virginia and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: "Talking Dog For Sale". He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there. "You talk?" he asks. "Yep," the Lab replies. After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says "So, what's your story?" The Lab looks up and says, "Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so... I joined the CIA. "In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. "I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running. "But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals. "I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired." The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog. Ten dollars, the guy says. Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap? Because he's a BS artist. He's never been out of the yard. MORE PHOTOS FROM THE OCTOBER 11, 2016 CERC LUNCHEON HOWARD DAENZER VOLKER NIERHAUS CARLOTTA AND SHEILA HELPING TO KEEP THE CERC AFLOAT
9 9 CERC STORE LIQUIDATION As reported in the October Companion and October Board Meeting Minutes, the CERC Store has been closed. A raffle was conducted by Larry Marshick and Tom Zebehazy to liquidate stock. Photos of the winners follows: BOB MITCHELL DAVE DIEGEL NANCY BERNHARDT JOHN BRETZ JOE KONWINSKI BILLY CLARKE JOHN JURIGA ELAINE HOFFMAN
10 10 JOE NAZIONE GERI LEASH JOHN JONAS NOT PICTURED, DUANE RUSHLOW AND 2 OTHERS (??) A LITLE HUMOR FROM JOE ORLANDO FOOTBALL COACHES QUOTES "Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble the football" - John Heisman "I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game." Bear Bryant / Alabama "The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it." - Lou Holtz / Arkansas - Notre Dame "A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall." - Frank Leahy / Notre Dame "I could have been a Rhodes Scholar except for my grades." - Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State THERE S MORE BUT THAT S ENOUGH FOR NOW EDITOR MARK WILLIAMSON GIB HUFSTADER CARL WELLENKOTTER
11 11 CERC CHRISTMAS PARTY Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 At the Gazebo, 13 Mile & Mound Road Doors open at 11:00 AM (to 4:00 PM) Open Bar 11:30 to 2:30 Musical Entertainment For Your Dining and Dancing Pleasure We Welcome Back Jim Laure Keyboard & Vocals After Dinner Entertainment By Jerry Bozaan Buffet Dinner Service at 12 Noon $25.00 per person MENU Tender Braised Beef Boneless Seasoned Baked Chicken Breast Lasagna Green Beans Almandine Roasted Sweet Potatoes The Usual: Salads, Assorted Relishes & Cold Salads Rolls & Butter (Also that Chocolate & Vanilla Pudding, Assorted Pastries & A Small Box of Chocolates) Huge Christmas Raffle RESERVATIONS DUE: December 2, 2016 NO REFUND AFTER: December 5, 2016 Checks Payable to: CERC P.O. BOX 58 WARREN MI (Please Enter Christmas Party on the Check Memo Line) There will be no advance table reservations Overflow parking use PNC Bank lot, 1st. drive N. of Gazebo THE CERC PARTY IS LIMITED TO 150 PERSONS RESERVATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE LIMIT WILL BE PLACED ON STAND-BY
12 12 MORE PHOTOS FROM THE OCTOBER 11, 2016 CERC LUNCHEON BOB GAILEY TERRY DOWHAN DON HOFFMAN MAL HANSON GERI LEASH BILL WEIDE ELLEN & DICK VERDUYN DIANE SUHY RON JOYCE GLENN VAN BUREN MIKE LEASH PAUL NAGEL MARION TESKE PAT SUHY
13 13 THOMAS JOSEPH RZEPECKI, SEPTEMBER 2, 2016; AGE 81 YEARS TOM WAS A DESIGNER AT CEC. HE WAS A LONG TIME MEMBER OF THE CERC AND ATTENDED OUR LUNCHEONS ON A REGULAR BASIS. ARRANGEMENTS WERE HANDLED BY THE DAVID J. WYSOCKI FUNERAL HOME IN WARREN. A FUNERAL MASS WAS CELEBRATED AT ST. LOUISE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN WARREN ON SEPTEMBER 7, ISSUE. THE COMPANION RECEIVED NOTICE OF TOM S DEATH TOO LATE FOR THE OCTOBER DAVID P. PAIR, SEPTEMBER 6, 2016; AGE 73 YEARS REPORTED BY JERRY LACH DAVE WAS A CERC MEMBER AND A REGULAR ATTENDEE AT OUR LUNCHEONS. DAVE WORKED IN SPECIFICATIONS AND RETIRED AFTER 40 YEARS SERVICE AT GM. THE WUJEK-CALCATERRA FUNERAL HOME IN STERLING HEIGHTS HANDLED THE ARRANGEMENTS. THE FUNERAL WAS HELD AT WUJEK-CALCATERRA FUNERAL HOME ON SEPTEMBER 9, IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, THE FAMILY SUGGESTED DONATIONS TO ST. JUDE CHILDREN S RESEARCH HOSPITAL, BEAUMONT FOUNDATION, OR ROSE CANCER CENTER AT BEAUMONT HOSPITAL RAYMOND E. KRUPA, OCTOBER 21, 2016; AGE 88 YEARS REPORTED BY DARRELL PAWLOWSKI RAY WAS A DESIGNER IN THE ENGINE GROUP AT CEC. LATER IN HIS CAREER, RAY WORKED FOR THE RELIABILITY ORGANIZATION INVESTIGATING VEHICLE INCIDENTS REPORTED BY CUSTOMERS. ARRANGEMENTS WERE HANDLED BY WUJEK-CALCATERRA FUNERAL HOME IN STERLING HEIGHTS ON SEPTEMBER 9, A FUNERAL MASS WAS CELEBRATED AT OLD ST. MARY'S CHURCH IN GREEKTOWN, DETROIT ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26. DONATIONS ARE WELCOME TO THE RESTORATION FUND AT OLD ST. MARY'S. MARYLN BORUGIAN REPORTED BY ELAINE STARZYK MIKE BORUGIAN S WIFE, MARYLN, PASSED AWAY ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 AFTER BATTLING CANCER FOR SOME TIME. MEMORIAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD AT LATER DATES IN BOTH ARIZONA AND MICHIGAN.
14 CERC OFFICERS PRESIDENT ACTING VICE PRESIDENT TREASURER SECRETARY Larry Marshick 9801 Giroux Drive Clarkston, MI Ed Verduin Palomino Dr. Warren, MI Dick Verduyn Pond View Dr. Sterling Heights, MI Ed Pauly 7809 Rider Road Imlay City, MI CERC COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS COMPANION EDITOR WEBMASTER LUNCHEON GOLF OUTING Darrell Pawlowski Surfside Drive Shelby Twp., MI Tom Zebehazy 3364 W. York Ct. Rochester, MI Ray Culbertson Dylan Sterling Heights, MI Bob Roth Brookwood Dr. Clinton TWP, MI MEMBERSHIP MENU & 50/50 RAFFLE 50/50 RAFFLE CHRISTMAS PARTY GM RETIREE RELATIONS Joe Orlando 2057 Shady Drive Warren, MI Carlotta Aurelia 258 Beechview Drive S. Rochester, MI Dave Dolby St. Clair Dr. New Baltimore, MI Nancy Bernhardt 2407 Sweet Drive Troy, MI Marsha Hall-Jenkins GM Renaissance Ctr. 300 M.C. 482-C29-C45 Detroit, MI NEXT CERC LUNCHEON THE ANNUAL CERC CERC MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION Name: Spouse: CHRISTMAS PARTY DECEMBER 13, 2016 Street: City: State: Phone: Zip Code: PLEASE SEE PARTY FLYER ON PAGE 11 FOR COMPLETE DETAILS NOTE: If you change your mailing address seasonally, YOU must advise your local U.S. Post Office to forward your mail. Also advise CERC Membership Chair, Joe Orlando, of any other contact information changes by or to CERC, P.O. Box 58, Warren, MI CEC / GM WORK INFO (Briefly, CEC Dept., etc.) Yr. Retired Please select: I wish to receive the CERC Newsletter, t h e Companion via Yes - No - Dues are $15/year payable by Feb. 28 Send check and application to: P.O. Box 58, Warren, MI 48090