Around Town

By: Mavis Hansen
January 9, 2013 • 303 views

The year 2013 is off on a running start.  Time speeds up and we must make plans and decisions for the many things which will keep us busy and active.  What is happening in your neighborhood or community that interests you?   If you have children who attend school, there are many opportunities to help in many ways.  Room mothers and teachers aides are always welcome, helping a child to understand and learn to solve problems is a heartwarming experience.  Small children and even many adults need  someone to sit with them so that they can learn to read.  And let us not forget to join the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), attend their meetings and support their events.  The PTA has been in existence for many years and continues to support and help our students in many ways

How about the Senior Citizens of our community?   Senior Centers are a  marvelous place to meet with friends,  enjoy the many programs that are offered, such as exercise, including swimming lessons and dancing.  Legislators with important information, tours and bus trips to fun places and nutritional meals provided or delivered to the home if needed. Many at a small charge or no charge at all!  Even Flu shots may be had.

A wealth of history and entertainment is found at any Museum or Library, large or small and one is never very far from you.  Most cities have various committees where interested citizens may apply for a position as a Commissioner.  This is a wonderful way to become more involved in your city, learn what is happening in your town and have fun helping at events.

So many women are already members of various volunteer organizations, such as Business and Professional Women, Soroptimist International of the Americas, Garden Clubs, Book Clubs, Friends of the Library, Museum Docents and one of the largest is the General Federation (National and International) of Women’s Clubs of which there are four Areas in California, 21 districts and 267 local clubs.  The San Gabriel Valley District has 25 local clubs, some of those in our immediate area are: El Monte, Arcadia, south Pasadena, Baldwin Park, La Puente, Hacienda Heights and one of the largest is Covina woman’s Club.   On Friday, January 11, 2013, the San Gabriel Valley District of Women’s Clubs will hold their monthly Board Meeting at the Covina Woman’s Club,  located at 128 San Jose Avenue, Covina, California. The featured program for the day will be conducted by International Out reach Chairman, Kathleen Fennell, member of the Pasadena Woman’s Club.  The Speaker will be Ms. Bett Tisdale, who has been associated with a”Smile” type of program for children with cleft palates for many years.  A most interesting and informative program.  There is no charge to attend and guests are always welcome.  The San Gabriel Valley District Meeting starts at 9:30 AM and the program will be presented about 11:00 am.  Covina Woman’s Club President is Shirley Lane, First Vice President, Ina Ruan, Second Vice President Donna Clayton, Third Vice President Jeannine Mooneyham, Recording Secretary Janet Young, Corresponding Secretary Arline Payne, Treasurer Christine Thomas, Membership Chair Jean Adair, Auditor Joanne Mitchell, Clubhouse Chairman Pat Petten, Parliamentarian Linda Koontz, Curator of Special Interests Kim Plater, Press Secretary Shirley Rosen, Reservations Mary Jo Cooper, Insurance Pat Petten and Webmaster Katy Phillips.   The Covina Woman’s Club has over 100 members and celebrates 114 years of service to the community.  Membership is open to women interested in volunteer service to their community.

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