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With hopes that this will be my last week hoeboung, a reminder that if you have not yet had your flu shot, make this your priority today!

   Many were able to enjoy this past weekend and the holiday on Monday.  Mother Nature was extremely kind, bringing us warm, sunny days, the kind that California is famous for.

   Monday, January 21, 2013 was a very interesting holiday, with two major events competing:  Inauguration Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The birthday of the civil rights leader, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his nonviolent efforts to secure justice for black Americans is celebrated with special programs and memorial services.  In 1983, legislation was passed making the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. a national holiday.  Since 1986 it has been observed on the third Monday in January.  “I have a dream” are the words which have become associated as a symbol of Martin Luther King Jr. and his nonviolent efforts to secure justice for black Americans.   These words were spoken in August 1963 on the occasion of the largest civil rights rally in the history of the United States, held at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  There were more than 200,000 people there.

   In the spring of 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. went to Memphis, Tennessee to help sanitation workers obtain better wages and working conditions.  On April 4th, the day before a scheduled mass march, he was shot and killed by an assassin.  King was 39 and is buried in Atlanta.

   Because of the many events associated with the second Inauguration of President Barac Obama and not wanting the public swearing-in and festivities to take place on Sunday (January 20th, the designated day for the Presidential Inauguration) the celebration dates were changed.  Inauguration Day is a most special day for the entire nation and watching the ceremony on television is a most wonderful time to sit with your children and explain to them and tell them of the advantages and the freedoms we have to make them proud to live in this nation where we have so much to be thankful for.

The San Gabriel Valley District of Women’s Clubs will hold their 57th Annual Birthday Council on Friday, January 25, 2013 in Santa Fe Springs, California.  The Birthday Council is a special meeting where the 25 clubs within the San Gabriel Valley District merge to honor their organization and membership into the California Federation of Women’s Clubs and their Past District Presidents.  Past District Presidents attending will be immediate Past President Linda Koontz 2010-12, Margery Spillman 2006-08, Paulette Wright Pope 2004-06, Sharon Hayes 2000-02, Mary Dea McCrory 1988-90 and Zona Wilt 1980-82.  The meeting will be conducted by 2012-14 SGVD President Mavis Hansen.  Highlight of the annual meeting will be the Crafts Contest.  This annual contest is open to all members with categories in knitting, crocheting, needlework, painting, sewing, jewelry making and other handmade items.  Crafts Chairmen are:  Margaret Dickson and Marianne Jennings.  Items are submitted the day before in order to be judged and displayed for viewing at the Birthday Council.  Awards of first, second and third are given in each category and at the Birthday Council all members vote for the “Best of Show”, a very special award.

   Santa Fe Springs Women’s Clubwill host this event.  The Santa Fe Springs Women’s Club President is Peggy Radoumis.  The meeting will be held at the Santa Fe Springs Town Hall, 11700 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Fe Springs, California.  Reservations required.

   Looking forward to a beautiful wee, see you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Around Town