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by Mavis Hansen

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All this gorgeous weather, makes me feel like it is already summertime and I long for a vacation!

EL MONTE WOMEN’S CLUB held their Annual Reciprocity Luncheon on March 25th in the Grace Black Auditorium of the El Monte Community Center. The meeting began with a Call to Order by President Rita Cazares, Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mary Ann Powers and the Inspiration given by Cathi Eredia.  A warm welcome was extended by President Cazares who then made introductions of Club Officers. The San Gabriel Valley District Officers present were:  President Mavis Hansen, 1st V.P. Paulette Wright Pope, 2nd V. P. Rosemary Morabito and Recording Secretary Mary Jo Kolakoski.   President Rita then presented the Reciprocity Hostesses, the El Monte W.C. Past Presidents:  Immediate Past President Mrs. Lorene Gutierrez 2011-13, Ms. Mavis Hansen 2009-11 & 1997-99, Ms. Mary Jo Kolakoski and Mrs. Bonnie Jimenez 2007-09.  A surprise visit by Secretary  Hilda Solis who spoke on her early life in El Monte, her family, education, becoming a Rio Hondo College Board Member, Assemblywoman, Senator, Congresswoman and her ultimate appointment as United States Secretary of Labor by President Obama.  Secretary Solis is a past member of the El Monte Women’s Club. Entertainment “Music for Your Day” was presented by Ron Johnson, singer, keyboard and guitar player.   Mr. Johnson was an Arroyo High School student who in 1981 was one of the students who competed in the El Monte Women’s Club Musical Competition.

CONGRATULATIONS! TO THE City of El Monte, who, this past winter was recognized by the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership for the Aquatic Center Natural Gas Savings Project.    Through the Energy Wise Partnership the Aquatic Center was able to acquire a one-time incentive payment of $15,723 to purchase pool covers for the indoor pool, outdoor pool and slide pool.  The estimated energy savings of $11,965 is the equivalent of 31 homes!  For information on the many programs offered or time the center is open, phone 626-580-2213.

The El Monte Friend O’Garden Club met on Friday, April 4th at the Norwood Library, in El Monte.  President Steve Heimple presided over the business meeting and introduced El Monte Councilwoman Norma Macias as the afternoon speaker.  Ms. Macias spoke on the need for the City of El Monte to begin a specific program to beautify the city with trees and urged groups, such as the garden clubs to help and support such a project.   The current community project the Friend O’Garden Club is supporting, is the vegetable and flower garden for the third grade students at Rio Hondo School.  Members will be attending the Arboretum District Board Meeting on Monday, April 14th in the Lecture Room of the Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia.  For information on meetings or membership, contact President Steve Heimple at 626-281-6382.

A FREE GARDENING WORKKSHOP will be held on Tuesday, April 15th at 2:00 pm in the Craft Room of the Jack Crippen Senior Center, 3120 N. Tyler Avenue, El Monte. If you have ever been interested in growing your own vegetables, herbs and/or flowers, whether you have a small patio or huge yard, you can reap the benefits of fresh flowers, herbs and vegetables.  Growing your own food is economical, fun and easy!  Join the group and learn from experts how to plant, maintain and enjoy the gardening experience.

Last chance to purchase your tickets for the Soroptimist International of El Monte/South El Monte Scholarship Spring Tea which will be held on Saturday, April 12th from two to four o’clock in the afternoon. The Live Historical Theatre will be featured as well as a Barbie Doll Collection and the traditional Easter Bonnet Contest.  Location is Dean L. Shively Middle School, 1431 North Central Avenue, South El Monte.  Tickets are $20.00 and proceeds are designated for student scholarships.  For further information or purchase of a ticket, phone 626-441-6231.


Lots to do!  See you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Around Town