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February is the shortest month of the year, but generally a very busy month, with Valentine’s Day and President’s Day holiday.  Hope that both of these special days were joyful for you.

   The El Monte Women’s Club will hold their Annual Scholarship Dinner at the Grace T. Black Memorial Auditorium of the El Monte Community Center, 3130 N. Tyler Avenue, El Monte, California on Thursday, February 21, 2013.  Social time will begin at 6:00 p.m. and Dinner will begin at 6:30 pm. Entertainment and door prizes are included in the ticket price of $25.00.  The Keynote Speaker will be Sandy Neilson-Bell, winner of 3 Gold Medals in Swimming at the 1972 Olympics.  Sandy is a 1974 graduate of El Monte High School.  Proud mom of Sandy is Elsie Neilson, Editor of the El Monte Women’s Club newsletter, the “Schooner” and active in many of the club committees.  Scholarship Chairman is Jane Myring.

The next El Monte Women’s Club General Membership and Lunch meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the El Monte Women’s Club Lounge at the El Monte Community Center, 3130 N. Tyler Avenue, El Monte, California.  The meeting will begin at 11:00 am and lunch at Noon.  Hostess for the day is Jane Myring.   The Annual Art Contest will be conducted by Chairman Cathi Eredia.  Each year students of the schools in the El Monte School District are offered the opportunity to show their artwork and compete against other students.   Student Art Categories are:  Grades K-1, Grades 2-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, A graduating senior with plans to enroll in college, Special Education K-8 and Special Education 9-12.  Members are requested to view the artwork, which will be displayed in the courtyard adjacent to the Women’s Club Lounge before the meeting begins and to vote for their favorite.  Winners of the contest will then be entered into the San Gabriel Valley District Student Art Contest and compete against winners submitted from the other clubs in the District at the SGVD Spring Council on Friday, March 8, 2013 held at the Covina Women’s Club, 128 San Jose Avenue, Covina, California.  First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded in each of the categories and the “Best of Show” will receive a $100.00 gift certificate.  There is no charge to attend the meeting or view the artwork at the El Monte Women’s Club on February 26, 2013 and guests are always welcome.  There is also no charge to view the artwork display of the winning entries at the Covina Women’s Club on March 8, 2013, but reservations for lunch, cost $12.00 is required.  Photography Contest entries will also be displayed and a Music Competition will be held for students who have won at the local level.  The District Music Competition has four categories:  Classical Instrumental, Classical Vocal, Pop Instrumental and Pop Vocal.  One Scholarship of $500.00 will be awarded in each catagory.  The San Gabriel Valley District Music Chairman is Jeanne Long.  SGVD Photography Contest Chairman:  is Nancy Hippach and the Arts Contest District Chairman is Nancy Anzalone.   San Gabriel Valley District Arts Chairman is Terry Perkins.

   El Monte Business and Professional Women will partner with the El Monte Women’s Club on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at their Scholarship Dinner to present an award to the evening’s speaker Sandy Neilson-Bell.  In March of each year, the El Monte Business and Professional honor a “Woman in History” and this year have chosen Sandy Neilson-Bell as the recipient.  El Monte Business and Professional Women’s Club President is Mary Moralaes and the Woman in History Chairman is Emily Ishigaki.

\   El Monte Business and Professional Women are a  member of the Sierra Mar District of Business and Professional Women and the California Federation of Business and Professional Women who promotes equity, political and economic self-sufficiency for working women in all phases of their lives through advocacy, education and information; promotes women’s health care, including support for reproductive freedom of choice and access to family planning and strongly supports the elimination of Domestic Violence.

   The El Monte Women’s Club and the El Monte Business and Professional Women both support many programs which advance the Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, Public Issues, and Community Service and are dedicated to the elimination of Domestic Violence.  Women of all ages, in all walks of life and who are interested in volunteer service in the community, State, Country or Internationally will benefit in membership.  No matter what your interests, there is something for everyone.

   The weather is beautiful, Enjoy!

   See you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.