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By Mavis Hansen

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June Is such a busy month for many of us, Graduations, Weddings, Father’s Day and Flag Day on the 14th…Remember to fly your flag proudly, it is the best flag in the world.

El Monte Business and Professional Women celebrated the end of their club year on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 with Installation of new officers and dinner at the El Sombrero Restaurant, 3550 Santa Anita Avenue, El Monte, California.  Retiring President, Mary Morales called the meeting to order, Past President Denise Rubin led the Pledge to the Flag and Past President Shirley Campbell gave the inspiration.  Past President Emily Ishigaki conducted the Installation of New Officers:  President – Lorene Gutierrez, First Vice President – Esthela Siegrist, Second Vice President – Emily Ishigaki, Recording Secretary – Gloria Berumen, Corresponding Secretary – Shirley Campbell, and Treasurer – Mary Morales and Parliamentarian Mary Jo Kolakoski.  Retiring President Mary Morales was presented a gift from the membership and a Past President’s Pin.  Newly elected President Lorene Gutierrez was also given a pin, signifying her position as President.    President Lorene conducted her first Board Meeting on Monday, May 6, 2013 at the El Monte Historical Museum.  Following the routine business, the tentative programs for the coming year was planned:  June: Scholarship Awards, July and August are dark, September: Community update; October: Forum for electoral candidates; November:  Veterans issues; December:  Traditional Christmas Brunch; January:  Fundraiser; February: Women’s issues; March:  Honoring Women in History and ending the year, the Annual April Installation of New Officers.  The first meeting of the new club year was held at the El Sombrero Restaurant on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.  The evening program was presented by Kim Plater, Director of the San Gabriel Valley District Domestic Violence Action Coalition.  DVAC is a growing organization that strives for awareness of all issues of domestic violence, which includes childrens issues, human trafficking and sexual abuse in the military.  Ms. Plater focused her talk on Human Trafficking, how people, including very young children, are being bought, sold and smuggled like modern-day slaves.  Because human trafficking generates billions of dollars of profit each year, it is now one of the fastest growing crimes.  If your club or group would like further information or a speaker you may Email:    El Monte Business and Professional Women’s Club belongs to the Sierra Mar District of California Federation of Business and Professional Women.

The Arboretum District of California Garden Clubs, Inc. held their Annual District Luncheon, celebrating the end of the club year, in the banquet room at the Santa Anita Golf Course Country Club, 405 S. Santa Anita, Arcadia, California.   Arboretum District Director Shirley Stewart welcomed all club members and guests.  The Monrovia Garden Club was hostess for the day and chose Alice in Wonderland and the famous Tea as the theme.  Following a delicious lunch, a most entertaining program was presented by members Aynn Freeman and Suzanne Gutierrez.    Gardening items, gifts and plants were sold and a silent auction was held.      Nine clubs comprise the Arboretum District:  Chevy Chase Estates Garden Club, Floralia Guild Chapter 20, Friend O’Garden Club of El Monte, San Marino Garden Club, Sierra Madre Garden Club, Year Around Garden Club, It’s Garden Thyme, Monrovia Garden Club and the San Gabriel Valley Cactus & Succulent Society.  Total District membership is 586.  Organized in 1933, the area covered is San Gabriel foothills in Los Angeles County to Whittier, including Glendale, to Orange and San Bernardino Counties.  The Arboretum District is a member of the California Garden Club, Inc., the Pacific Region and the National Garden Club.   District meetings are held at 9:30 AM on the second Monday of October, December, February, April and June in the Palm Room of the Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, California.  Guests are always welcome.

Attending the Arboretum District Annual Luncheon were members of the El Monte Friend O’Garden Club:  New President Steve Heimple, Immediate Past President and treasurer Rita Cazares, First Vice President Esthela Torres de Siegrist, Second vice President David Siegrist, Secretary Mary Jo Kolakoski, Parliamentarian Larry Giangrico, Arboretum Representative and Hospitality Mavis Hansen, Virginia Chipp, Sandy Fout, Bobbie McGowan, Suzie Juarez, John Juarez, Richard Salcedo and Nita Tessier.

Always lots of fun events to attend, see you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.