Holiday times are past and a new year is like getting a clean slate. Do you have a lot of good ideas on what you want the coming year to bring? A New Year, can be a great time to get a new start on some of the things we either didn’t finish last year or maybe something we wanted to do, yet never seemed to find a time or the way to get started. Now may be the time to gather our ideas and start making plans. Do you volunteer to help others? Are you interested in belonging to a service organization dedicated to community service and improvement? The Holiday season is a time when everyone is most generous and giving. We all love to buy gifts for our family and friends and so many also remember those less fortunate than ourselves. But, let us not forget those that need our help not only during the holiday season, but during all of the year. Many of are fortunate enough to be able to donate needed funds and for those that are not able to donate in this way…donating time is one of the most precious gifts that anyone can give. Time is priceless! There are many who rely on the “Meals on Wheels” program for needed delivery of prepared food to their homes. Volunteers are always needed to deliver these meals and as drivers. If you can give a few hours a week or would like more information on this community service program, contact Donna Crippen at 626-444-3813.
El Monte Business and Professional Women will hold their next business and dinner meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. and Dinner at 6:45 p.m. Location may be at the El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant in El Monte, but has not yet been confirmed. This first meeting of the year will get off to a fun start with a “White Elephant” sale. Many of the BPW members have registered to attend the Sierra Mar District and the Valley Sunset District Joint Winter Conference which will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Brookside Golf Club, located at 1133 N. Rosemont Avenue, Pasadena, California. The morning program will be a panel composed of the opposite sex sharing “Another Perspective” moderated by the dynamic Maryann Wesson. The luncheon speaker will be Linda Dishman, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Conservancy. The Los Angeles Conservancy is determined to sustain Los Angeles’s heritage for generations to come as BPW hopes to continue their policies for the working woman. The joint conference is a highlight of the BPW year and an informative program of interest to all women. Guests are welcome. For information or reservations contact Sierra Mar District Conference Reservation Chairman Lorene Gutierrez at 626-444-0233 or El Monte BPW President Mary Jo Kolakoski at 626-444-5717.
Soroptimist International of El Monte, the local organization of the Camino Real Region of Soroptimist International of the Americas, meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 12:00 Noon. El Monte Soroptimist is a supporter of the local women’s shelter and funds and provides for children’s activities during the year. Annual Scholarships are awarded to High School Students for College and for continueing education for women returning to the workforce. Community activities are supported. For further information on attending a meeting as a guest or for membership, phone President Gloria Olmos at 626-443-2535.