June 2024 Volume 8, Issue 6

Please direct questions, corrections, suggestions, and compliments to

our editor, Peg Boortz, at editor@womansclubofindio.org.


The California Federation of Women’s Clubs is a statewide non-profit service organization, and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a non-profit international organization. Both are dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. We are proud to be members of these organizations.

President's Message

Sylvia Baran, President-Elect

My heartfelt congratulations to our 76th president, Marlon Carrier, and her board for an incredibly successful term. She closed out her term with a wonderful award ceremony that I look forward to repeating over the next two years. I hope you will take time to thank our outgoing president, board, and chairs for their heartfelt dedication.

I'm thrilled to be elected the 77th president for our amazing organization. As always, I commit to serving with joy in all that I do, and look forward to all that we will accomplish together.

The incoming and outgoing boards will meet on June 10th to ensure a smooth transition. Over the coming weeks, I will be reaching out to members who have volunteered to chair or have volunteered to serve on a committee to start planning for the coming year. If I haven't connected with you, be assured that you are on my list to call.

For members who are on the fence about getting involved, don't be! There's something for everyone, tasks big and small, ongoing or occasional. If you have ideas you'd like to share, by all means, please contact me. And no matter what you do, remember to serve with joy!

For now, I wish everyone a wonderful summer filled with lots of fun and mild temperatures. Be sure to join us for our summer socials, and don't forget to donate (if you can) for the two drives over the summer.


1st VP /Dean

Christal Cansino

Thank you!

Thank you for allowing me to be 1st VP/Dean these last two years. I enjoyed this experience, especially tracking the hours, entering the reports, the statistics report, and most of all, gaining the courage to speak publicly. Thank you to everyone for your support, and I wish the new 1st VP success. I am here to help or mentor if needed.

For officer and chair contact information, click here.

Calendar of Events

(For more detail, click here to visit our website calendar.)

Upcoming Events:


6/8: Summer Social City of Indio 2nd Saturday Music, 6:00 p.m.

6/18: ESO Literary/Book Club, 6:00 p.m. Sloan’s

6/22: CVRM Meal Preparation & Service

July: Summer Social Table Decorating Tea (date/time TBD)

Aug.: Summer Social Lunch and a Movie (date/time TBD)

Collections Schedule:


June: Diapers, pull-up pants, and hygiene items


July: Backpacks and school supplies

Aug.: Backpacks and School Supplies Giveaway

at CVRM and Galilee Center

2024 - 2025 Calendar

Please remember to submit your hours each month to Dean@womansclubofindio.org.

Donation Day Brunch is a Success!

We had an amazing time at our first annual Scholarship Awards and Donation Day Brunch on Saturday, May 18th. Over 115 attendees attended, including scholarship award recipients and their families and representatives from the many nonprofits GFWC Woman's Club of Indio supports. We had lots of members attending as well, and it was great to show our support to the awardees.

Education Chair Peggy Mathieson presented the scholarship awards to high school students and our empowering women, and President Marlon Carrier presented donation checks to the nonprofits. Scholarship recipients and organization representatives took a moment to express their gratitude and had their pictures taken by member Karen Acker's husband, Ben. Thank you, Ben!

Community Action

We have two collection drives for the summer:

  • Backpack and school supplies. 
  • Bulk-sized hygiene items

This year, we moved the start of the school school supply drive to the May meeting to beat the heat. We will continue to collect items throughout June and July. The most needed items for the backpack/school supplies drive are new backpacks, crayons, pencil pouches, colored pencils, colored washable markers, calculators, safety scissors, pink rectangular erasers, safety scissors, lined paper, lined notebooks, and 1" sized three-ring binders.

For our bulk-sized hygiene drive in June, the most needed items are diapers and pull-up pants for kids and bulk-sized hygiene items for adults. Also, please continue to collect travel-size hygiene items for our Fall Hygiene Drive. 

If you prefer to let us do the shopping for you, monetary donations are appreciated (click here). Indicate that the donations are for school supplies or hygiene items, and we will handle the shopping for you.

Check our summer newsletters for opportunities to help stuff and distribute these backpacks at CVRM and the Galilee Center.

Please contact us, and we will be glad to arrange to receive those donations throughout the summer: health@womansclubofindio.org.

Thank you!

Celebrating Mother’s Day at CVRM


The Mother's Day Party at CVRM Women's New Life Center, CVRM, held on May 11th, was a big success. Eleven mothers and eighteen children attended the pizza and cupcake party. The children made glitter roses and cards for their moms. WCI members and a guest helped the children write and draw personal messages to attach to Marcia Meakim's beautiful, handmade, decorated cards. Everyone played games, talked, laughed, and consumed Ali Quiroz-Burns's homemade, delicious cupcakes. We're proud of volunteers Marcia Daniels, who coordinated the event, Jane Williams, Sue Haney, Marcia Meakim, Lynn Merritt, Peggy Mathieson, and Ali Quiroz-Burns and her daughter, for bringing smiles to so many faces.

Galilee Center

by Susan Everett, Project Champion

Volunteers in Action


On April 23, seven volunteers carpooled to Mecca to pack 420 food boxes for the upcoming Galilee Center’s food distribution day. A BIG “thank you" goes out to Karen Acker, Marlon Carrier, Susan and John Everett, Marcia Meakim, Barbara Thomas, and Jane Williams for a job well done! 


Would you like to donate to help with the purchase of backpack supplies? Please send your check to Galilee Center, P.O. Box 308, Mecca, CA, 92254


You may also donate online; your donation may be tax deductible. Visit: www.galileecenter.org.  The ID number is 27-3133601.

Extra Volunteers Needed June 20th

The Galilee Center needs extra volunteers for the “Pack The Bus” school supplies and backpack drive partnered with SunLine Transit Agency on Thursday, June 20th. This event, hosted by Walmart on Monterey in Palm Desert, aims to support struggling families by relieving them of the high cost of back-to-school shopping while giving each child a boost of confidence to succeed in the coming school year.

To volunteer for this community event, please email Lupe Torres at ltorres@galileecenter.org.


If you are unable to volunteer but can contribute school supplies to more than 800 low-income children of the Eastern Coachella Valley, here is the wish list: 


Backpacks, sharpeners, writing paper, pencils,

highlighters, glue sticks, notebooks, crayons,

erasers, scissors, composition books, pens

Questions? Contact Susan Everett at susanleverett56@gmail.com or 510-333-1497 regarding pick-op of supplies.

Civic Engagement

by Margaret Nieto, Chair

Interested in Volunteering?

You've come to the right place! WCI is dedicated to serving our community and we like to say that our business is volunteering. We have a list of nonprofit organizations that we support, and it includes contact info for more information. Volunteers are always needed and genuinely forever appreciated.

Volunteer Opportunities

Domestic Violence

by Barbara Fairbairn, Chair

Domestic Violence Committee’s First Year

It’s been an interesting year for those of us on the Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Committee. We started with an empty plate, but within a few months, our cup was overflowing. We met with CFWC Chair for DV Marcia Willett and continued her initiative for the Just One campaign. 

Our project was indeed more challenging than we expected. However, with our unwavering determination, we managed to overcome the roadblocks. We successfully placed about 90 stickers throughout Southern California, mostly in the Coachella Valley. These areas included restrooms in train stations, airports, bus stops, restaurants, and hair and nail salons. We even extended our reach to sporting and concert venues and added them to the hand washing stations at Coachella and StageCoach. 

We met with Angelina Coe, the executive director of Shelter From the Storm, one of our newest supports. With a financial donation, we supplied the Shelter with paper goods, toiletries, and plastic storage bins. For 2024-25, we have a list of items needed for the home. Stay tuned as we plan to help out even more. We extend a big thank you to all of our members who donated.

In Gratitude,

Barbara Fairbairn 


Volunteer Spirit

At the card workshop on Saturday, May 4th, 125+ Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards were created for Desert Mountain Care Center. The creative and crafty members were Karen Hudis, Marcia Meakim, Ellen Cafferata, Audrey Roberts, Pat Ruth, Rita Rosen (Marcia Daniel’s guest), Margo Handelsman, Pamela Smyth, Gail Sand, Lana Bathen, Maryanne Herman, Peggy Mathieson, who created the playlist music, and Marcia Daniels, who organized the workshop and provided the snacks.


You may have seen the following names in other articles. Why are they repeated here? We want everyone to know that our hands-on members are valued and appreciated, and we cannot thank them enough for their service.

Marcia Daniels, Jane Williams, Sue Haney, Marcia Meakim, Lynn Merritt, Peggy Mathieson, and Ali Quiroz-Burns attended the CVRM Mother’s Day Party. They joined in the fun, helping the children create Mother’s Day cards and playing games with the children and their mothers.


Karen Acker, Marlon Carrier, Susan and John Everett, Marcia Meakim, Barbara Thomas, and Jane Williams put their muscles to the test packing 420 food boxes for the upcoming Galilee Center’s food distribution day.


Kudos, everyone!

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Photo Gallery

CFWC Gallery
Community Action Gallery
Donation Day Members, Guests & Charities Gallery
Memirial Day Gallery
Galilee Gallery
Mother's Day Party Gallery
Scholarship Gallery
Scholarship Recipients

Federation News

121st Convention of the 

GFWC California of Federation of Women’s Clubs

May 16th-May 18th, 2024 

San Jose, California


by Mickie Reed, De Anza District President and WCI Past President


The Holiday Inn Express in San Jose, California, was teeming with excitement as clubwomen from our State’s 18 Districts and 216 clubs met for the annual CFWC Convention. All the usual “never miss a CFWC event” people were there, along with a large number of first-time attendees.


Day One started with Business, verifying voter credentials and voting on bylaws and resolutions. We then enjoyed a fun banquet dinner. 


Day Two began with an Epsilon Sigma Omicron (ESO) breakfast with fabulous speaker Amy S. Peele, who made us all laugh as she talked about her trilogy of medical murder mysteries (Cut, Match, and Hold). This was followed by workshops on Federation, Membership, Protocol, Communications, and Leadership. We then voted on new State Officers and cheered as the Report Certificates were awarded. 


Our GFWC Woman’s Club of Indio won first place for Leadership and Communications and Public Relations, with our Communications report winning the Creativity Award, advancing our report to the national convention. Our De Anza District also won first place in several categories (Advocates for Children, Arts and Culture, Leadership, Legislation and Public Policy). Our Juniorette Club GFWC HOPE won the Creativity Award for Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention. Other clubs in our district, Beaumont Woman’s Club, Hemet Woman’s Club, and Elsinore Woman’s Club, also won awards. 

To read more, click here

Winner of Youth Photography Contest 

 Held at De Anza District Conference


Many of us were unaware that the De Anza Photography Contest included a youth contest for ages up to 18. At the conference in March, we had student participation for the first time in many years. Johnny Becerra, a 10th grade Tahquitz HS Digital Media Academy student in Hemet, won first place in all three categories: The World Up Close, Reflections, and Natural Wonders.


Jan Kriz, Hemet's Woman's Club 3rd VP and De Anza Fundraising Chair, volunteered to be the district's and Johnny's liaison. She advised him on printing his photos and offered to bring them to the contest. Upon Johnny's successful participation, Jan made certificates and arranged to present his first-place ribbons, certificates, and, as she said, a milk chocolate Million Dollar Candy Bar to sweeten the deal, in the presence of Johnny's mother and his classmates. Hemet Club member Susan Norgan assisted Jan in presenting the awards. What an excellent way to honor a student photographer!

What's Happening in Other Clubs?

Read the following publications to see projects, events, and articles in the Elsinore, Mira Mesa, and De Anza District newsletters.

WCI Delivers is shared with these and other clubs.

ESO Newsletter
Elsinore Newsletter
Corona Newsletter

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