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By: Mavis Hansen

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This past week has been a very traumatic week for everyone in our country.  These are events in our resent history, “The Boston Bombing” and the explosion in Texas.  One a terrible act by persons who we cannot understand their reasoning and another seemingly a terrible accident.  Both tragedies are still being investigated.   Television brings not only information, but also events, both good and bad into our homes and all becomes part of our lives. Our cell phones also can be used in meanness or as an aid to help others.  We keep those that have suffered from these horrible events in our thoughts and prayers and make us aware of the many blessings in our own lives that we can go about our daily routine.

The El Monte Business and Professional Women are holding their 88th Annual Installation of Officers on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at the El Sombrero Restaurant, 3550 Santa Anita Avenue, El Monte, California.  Those being installed are:  President – Lorene Gutierrez, First Vice President – Esthela Torres De Siegrist, Second Vice President – Emily Ishigaki, Recording Secretary – Gloria Berumen, Corresponding Secretary – Shirley Campbell, Treasurer – Mary Morales and Parliamentarian – Mary Jo Kolakoski.  The President’s theme for the year will be “Make It Happen”.  Installing Officer will be Emily Ishigaki.  Retiring President is Mary Morales.     El Monte Business and Professional Women’s Club was chartered in 1925.  El Monte BPW is a member of the Sierra Mar District, the California Business and Professional Women, BPW International and EPW-USA.  BPW mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information.  The California Federation supports Legislation, Education and Funding to Civil Rights, Health, and Economic Equity and has always supported continued existence and funding for the California Commission on the Status of Women.  Dinner meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month.  Guests are always welcome.

Soroptimist International of El Monte/South El Monte presented their Annual Spring Tea on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Dean L. Shively Middle School Auditorium, 1431 N. Central Avenue, South El Monte, California.  The Tea served was a delicious assortment of tea sandwiches, fresh fruit, assorted pastries and cookies and many varieties of tea.  China painting artists Dorothy Cosgrove and Ruth Gonzales presented a beautiful China painting Display.  The Barbie Doll display featured “Barbie Brides and Ballgowns” and was presented by Eva Stoltz. The entertainment was provided by the Dean L. Shively Middle School Gates Students with a historical presentation of leaders and notables of our country.  Past President Mavis Hansen conducted the traditional “Hat Contest”.  One contest for the very young ladies in attendance and the adult contest winner for the smallest hat was Rita Cazares.  All who participated received a fragrant sachet souvenir.  A Cash Drawing, Money Hat and many door prizes were presented to many lucky ladies.  All proceeds benefit the youth of the community.  Soroptimist International of El Monte/South El Monte gives annual scholarships to High School students and provides a variety of services and items to the local Domestic Violence Shelter.  Meetings are held the third Thursday of the month at the Ramada Inn, South El Monte.

A Garden Lecture “Planting for Summer: Flowers and Vegetables will be presented by Steve Heimple at the Norwood Library, 4550 Peck Road, El Monte, California on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.  There is no charge for admission and refreshments will be served.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.