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By Mavis Hansen

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Aren’t we the lucky ones, when it comes to weather we have certainly had the best.  This past weekend was the greatest for getting out the swimsuits and firing up the B-B-Q.  Let’s look forward to the coming weekend, a long one for many as we celebrate Memorial Day.  Memorial Day, formerly observed and celebrated on May 30, is now celebrated on the last Monday in May, by most of the States, the District of Columbia and the U. S. territories.  In May 1868, General John A. Logan, Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, named this day for decorating the graves of the Union soldiers.  The custom of placing flowers on the graves of soldiers began in 1866 in Waterloo, New York.  In the beginning the holiday was called Decoration Day.  It now honors the dead of all wars.  Memorial Day is observed with parades of military units, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other organizations.  Ceremonies are held at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.  Graves of American soldiers overseas are also decorated.  The tradition of Memorial Day has broadened to include decorating family graves.  Remember to fly your flag proudly, in honor of so many who are not with us today.

The El Monte Historical Society held their 53rd Annual Installation of Officers and Directors, on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the El Patio Restaurant, 11672 Ramona Boulevard, El Monte, California.  Social time began at 1:00 P.M. and Lunch was enjoyed by members and guests at 1:30 P.M.  It seems that the Officers and Directors have enjoyed the past year so much, they are all continuing for another year!  Congratulations to:  President Mike Shively;  Vice President Robert Wayne;  Secretary Tom Millett;  Treasurer Richard Tovey and Directors:  Dwain Crum,  Doug Halvorsen, E. Clarke Moselley,  Jean McKinnis,  David Siegrist,  Betty Tovey  and Janice Wiggins White.  Curator of the El Monte Historical Museum is Donna Crippen and the Installing Officer was Tom Millett.  The El Monte Historical Museum, located at 3150 N. Tyler Avenue, El Monte, California is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.   The next Quarterly Tea will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2013, hosted by Soroptimist International of El Monte.

Soroptimist International of El Monte/South El Monte held their Annual Scholarship Awards Program on May 16, 2013 at the Dean L. Shively Middle School, 1431 N. Central Avenue, South El Monte, California.  The meeting began with a welcome and introductions by President Gloria Olmos.  A buffet luncheon was enjoyed by members, students, parents, school personnel and guests. The Scholarship Awards were presented by President Gloria Olmos and Immediate Past President Mavis Hansen, representing the Ed and Pearl Hoeft Trust which funds a large part of the scholarships.  Scholarships are also funded by the George and Alice McMichael trust and Soroptimist fund raisers.  The Scholarship recipients were:  Lorene To from Arroyo High School who plans to attend UCLA and major in Anthropology;   Winnie Lee from El Monte High School will attend UCLA and major in Psycho-biology;   Kathleen Leung from Mountain View High School will attend UCLA and major in Pharmacy, Debbie Mach from Rosemead High School will attend UCI and major in Pharmacy and Marissa Ramirez from South El Monte High School will attend UCI and major in Biology.  The recipient of the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award was Jenny Nguyen who will attend Carlton University in Minnesota majoring in Biology/Chemistry.

One of the fund-raisers for the El Monte/South El Monte Soroptimist Scholarships is the monthly Bunco Nights.  This month, Bunco night will be held on Friday, May 24, 2013 at the Dean L. Shively Middle School, 1431 N. Central Avenue, South El Monte, California.  From 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Dinner will be served.  Menu:  B-B-Q beef, baked beans, potato salad, rolls & butter, ice Tea/coffee and ice cream for dessert.  Bunco will be played from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.  A requested $10.00 donation will include dinner, bunco and the chance to win prizes and $$$$.   There’s lots of fun for a small price and a great contribution for our High School students.  For further information phone Gloria Olmos at 626-786-8121.

Valle Lindo Students Sweep Math Contest. Be sure to look at the picture and read the complete story about the fantastic twenty students from the Dean L. Shively Middle School who competed against 25 School Districts and brought home most of the gold and silver medals.  We send kudos wishes to Dr. Mary Louise Labrucherie, Superintendent of the Valle Lindo School District.

Have a great day! See you soon, someplace Around Town

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.