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By Mavis Hansen

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Did you have a great MEMORIAL DAY?   California is a great state to celebrate any holiday, with so many things and events to attend.   Parks, theme parks, Stadiums for all types of sports activities, theatres, restaurants, you name it, from the mountains to the beach and all else in between, so many places to be able to visit or attend.  A wonderful time to spend with family or friends at home by the pool, patio, backyard, wherever and with a variety of food to choose from, for so many a great backyard Bar B-Q is enjoyed.  Whatever you did and where ever you were I hope that you remembered to fly your flag proudly and to do something for our veterans who have given so much for us.

In South Pasadena, The Woman’s Club, has an annual tradition of working for two days on OPERATION COOKIE.   Decorated boxes are filled with cookies that have been donated by business, individuals, groups, etc. and volunteers pack the containers with a variety of cookies, many homemade.  These boxes of cookies are then taken and distributed to Veterans at the Long Beach Veterans Hospital, many of the Veterans specialized hospital units and homeless veterans.  Operation Cookie is fantastic volunteer project that brings joy and a warm thank you to so many of those veterans who gave so much of their lives so that we could enjoy ours.

It is so amazing to hear someone remark, “I have never heard of your organization before”. ! Having just returned from a California State Federation of Women’s Clubs 110th Annual Convention, held at the Crown Plaza LAX Hotel in Los Angeles, and sitting amidst nearly 200 women who belong to Women’s Clubs throughout the State of California, from San Diego to the borders of Oregon and Nevada, from the mountains to the seashores and all the cities and towns in between, makes it difficult for me to understand, as we have so many persons that belong to volunteer organizations such as Women’s Clubs: General Federation, State Federation and local clubs,  Soroptimist International, state & local organizations, Business and Professional Women,  Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary, some of the greatest volunteer organization in our nation.  No matter what you like to do, there is an organization for you.  The California Federation of Women’s Clubs boasts nearly 13,000 members, divided into four Areas.  President of the GFWC California Federation of Women’s Clubs is Valerie Barnes.

The SAN GABRIEL VALLEY DISTRICT OF WOMEN’S CLUBS  were Awarded  Certificates for:  ARTS, Community Service Program, 1st Place, Terry Perkins Chairman;  DUARTE WOMAN’S CLUB  Arts Community Service Program, Kathy Delker Chairman;  ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM, 1ST Place,  Donna Distelrath, Chairman;  DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS & PREVENTION PROGRAM, 1ST Place, Kim Plater Chairman;  GWFC COVINA WOMEN’S CLUB, Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Program,  1st Place,  Chairman Kim Plater;  EDUCATION COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM 1ST Place, Esthela Torres de Siegrist, Chairman;  EL MONTE WOMEN’S CLUB, Education Community Service Program, 1st Place, Chairman Esthela Torres de Siegrist;  HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – CFWC President’s Project, 1st Place, Chairman Vivian Olivas;  WOMEN’S CLUB OF WEST COVINA, Habitat for Humanity, CFWC President’s Project, 1st Place,  Chairman Marla Altman;  HOME LIFE COMMUNITY  SERVICE PROGRAM, 1st Place, Chairman Vivian Olivas; HOME LIFE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM, 1st Place, Chairman Vivian Olivas; DUARTE WOMAN’S CLUB, MembershipProgram – Area C First Place;  PUBLIC ISSUES COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM, First Place, Chairman Sandra Taylor;  WOMEN’S HISTORY AND RESOURCE CENTER,  First Place, Chairman Victoria Guagliardo.   Two additional Awards were presented by the Department of Agriculture Forest Service for furthering conservation and wise use of our natural resources by outstanding participation in the Penny Pines Program.  The Penny Pines Program is the reforesting by donations to pay for tree seedlings.  The two clubs in the San Gabriel Valley gave these awards were:  WOMAN’S CLUB OF SOUTH PASADENA and WOMAN’S CLUB OF WEST COVINA.

The El Monte Women’s Club will hold theirAnnual Scholarship Awards Luncheon at the El Monte Community Center Grace Black Auditorium on May 30, 2013.  The event will begin at 11:30 AM.  Students, Parents, friends, School  Superintendents, Councilors, Teachers, community members, anyone interested in watching the happy faces of the students accepting their scholarships are invited to attend.  For reservations or further information, please contact Scholarship Chairman Jane Myring at 626-442-0175.

Where ever you are, whatever you do, be happy.

See you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.