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Recent Meeting Minutes




November 6, 2019

The November 6, 2019 meeting was called to order by the Chapter President, Barbara Bossert at 1 PM at Steppy's, at the Old Town Bowling Alley, 2912 Swede Road, East Norriton, PA 19401.

Pledge of Allegiance: Barbara opened the meeting by leading the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Introduction of Members and Guests: We had 37 members and guests present.

Program: Barbara introduced our guest speaker, Kimberley Bixby-Robinson, Associate Account Executive , Federal Employee Program , Independence Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Kimberley gave an excellent presentation on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans for 2020. She primarily talked about their Medicare and Blue 2020 Blue Cross and Blue Shield Service Benefit Plan, and distributed an accompanying excellent brochure . She also discussed their Dental and Vision plans and Prescription Drug coverage. For members who are paying the Medicare Part B premiums and have the Basic Option Plan the reimbursement amount has increased from $600 to $800. She also discussed other programs that are offered such as their Wellness Incentive Program, Routine Annual Physical Incentive Program, Diabetes Program, and their Blue365 program. Their were lots of questions from members leading to a lively discussion. We are always pleased to have a representative from Independence Blue Cross / Blue Shield meet with us every year. Any additional questions members may have can be addressed to or by calling 215-241-3555.

Reading of the Minutes from the last meeting: Al Henryson: A reading of the minutes from the October meeting was waived since they are available on the Chapter website for review. The members present voted to accept and approve the October minutes as written.

Officer and Committee Reports:

Treasurer: Art Issadore was absent, however Barbara gave the following report for October; The Total Receipts were $574.34 . Total Disbursements were $70.00 and $400.00 for Obligation expenses. The Balance on Hand for Use is $5627.32 .   The report was accepted and approved as submitted.

Legislation: Brian Finn reported that a Continuing Resolution ( CR ) was passed that is good until November 17th.

Membership: Eileen Fitzgerald reported we now have 164 Chapter members.

Sunshine: Stephanie Russell reported that she had sent a sympathy card to Peg Bergman on the passing of her mother, Grace. We all really miss her.

Old Business:

Holiday Luncheon: Al Henryson reminded everyone that we will be having our Holiday Luncheon again this year at the Spring House Tavern, 1032 Bethlehem Pike, Spring House, PA. 19477. The cost is $25 per person, with the Chapter picking up the remaining cost. Our menu is the “Ridings Menu” consisting of the following entre choices; Single Crab Cake, 5oz. Filet Mignon, Chicken Marsala or Eggplant Parmesan, with ice cream for dessert. Your choice of entree is placed with the waitress when seated. We have always been pleased with this location, and their food, and look forward to everyone attending. The date is December 4th at 12 noon. See you all there !  

Report from the committee who are exploring some alternate venues when the Steppy's restaurant, where we meet, will be closing for renovations, sometime in May. The committee is still exploring options and will report again in upcoming meetings.

New Business:

Chapter Elections: Final nominations were made and the votes taken. The Chapter Officers for 2020 by unanimous approval are as follows:

                         Barbara Bossert – President

                         Eileen Fitzgerald - 1st Vice President

                         LaForrest “Duke” Russell - 2nd Vice President  

                         Art Issadore – Treasurer

                         Al Henryson - Secretary

These officers will be sworn in at the Holiday Party in December.      

Adjourn: There being no further business; the meeting was adjourned at 2:25 PM.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019 is the Holiday Party at 12 noon at the Spring House Tavern. See above for more details. See you all there !

 There will be NO MEETING in January due to the first Wednesday of the month being New Years Day.   .          

Respectfully submitted,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Al Henryson, Chapter Secretary