Duarte Woman’s Club Annual Craft Contest

by Claudia Heller
February 20, 2013 • 419 views

Duarte Woman’s Club members fared well in the annual craft contest sponsored by the San Gabriel Valley District’s Women’s Clubs’ Birthday Council and Crafts Festival held recently at the Santa Fe Springs Community Center.  The results were announced at the local Club’s February meeting.

Luz Porlier earned second place in ceramics for the lazy Susan she crafted, and a first place for her large knitted shawl. She also took second for her hand-made doll and machine-stitched “Christmas Postcard” quilt and crocheted triangular shawl. She won a first place for the handbag she entered in the “Trash to Treasures” category.  Sheri Uhlig’s machine-stitched quilt earned her a first place while Claudia Heller took a third in the miscellaneous category for her decorated candle. Jean Glass earned a second place with her “Trash to Treasure” wrapping paper wreath.

Two new members, Janet Giles and Debi Bunting, were initiated at the meeting. Membership chair Jean Glass officiated the ceremony. Janet was born in Pasadena, relocating to Duarte at an early age. She graduated from Duarte High School, class of 1971, attended Citrus College and earned a B.A. Degree in Liberal Arts at Cal State San Bernardino. She is a member of the Church of the Foothills and has volunteered at Foothill Unity. She keeps busy with walking, Curves, reading and is learning to knit and crochet.

Debi has lived in Duarte for fourteen months and is mom to two boys and a girl. She is an esthetician and manicurist and works in Monrovia. One of her passions is motorcycle riding with her fiancé.  She has cycled throughout the Western U.S.  Painting and crafts are her hobbies.

The Duarte Woman’s Club is open to women over the age of eighteen and meets in the evening on the first Thursday of each month from October to June, normally at the Duarte Community Center. It was organized on March 25, 1949, federated with the California State Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1956, and incorporated in 1967.  Club projects are many including assisting at city functions, raising funds for and awarding scholarships to local college-bound seniors, helping with the Community Service Council Christmas Baskets, and donating fruit to the senior center, to name a few.

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