WCI Delivers

GFWC Woman's Club of Indio

November 2023 Volume 7, Issue 11


GFWC Woman’s Club of Indio is a Proud Member of CFWC and GFWC

The California Federation of Women’s Clubs (CFWC) is a statewide non-profit service organization with 10,000 members. Its motto, “ Strength United in Service,” reminds us that more can be accomplished when we unite our efforts to serve others.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) is an international organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. Founded in 1890, and with clubs in every state, Washington, D. C., and more than a dozen countries, GFWC members transform lives every day.

Please direct your questions, suggestions, and complements to our editor,

Peg Boortz, at pegboortz9@gmail.com.

Leadership: Officer Reports


Community Action

President's Message November 2023

Start the month off by preparing now. Please take a few minutes to review our Upcoming Events and mark your calendar to participate. Begin with our General Meeting on Wednesday, November 1st, and prepare to be included in this year’s club picture by wearing your club shirt or royal blue for our annual member photo. Two groups will benefit this month from your donations of food products for the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission and Holiday gifts for Coachella Valley Foster Kids (remember, all ages up through teens could use a little of our love). 


It is not too late to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, November 4th. Take a look at Project Champion Arlene Handler-Smith’s article for all the details. 

A BIG thank you to all who attended our October meeting and participated in approving our budget and Bylaw/Standing Rule amendments. During our Project/Committee Showcase, our chairs and project champions did a great job presenting our upcoming serving opportunities. 

I look forward to seeing you at our General Meeting on November 1st, including YOUR smiling face in our club photo. 

Your President, Marlon Carrier

Final Results Are In!

Marlon Carrier

Thank You to all our members who participated in WCI’s efforts to combat food insecurity in our community! 


Our 2023 NDS Impact Report to GFWC will include the following about our projects: 


GFWC Woman’s Club of Indio’s food insecurity project benefitted two organizations in our community, FIND Food Bank (FIND) and Coachella Valley Rescue Mission (CVRM). Our multi-pronged approach included the following: 

  • A healthy food collection of 270 pounds of food benefiting FIND Food Bank at our September Kick-off Brunch. 
  • Solicitation of monetary donations for FIND totaling $459. 
  • Assembly at the FIND warehouse of 302 produce bags (3,020 pounds of fruit/veggies) to be distributed to Mobile Markets, Homebound Delivery, and via local agencies in the Coachella Valley. Packing 270 Senior Boxes for a total of 8,640 pounds of dry goods for home delivery. 
  • Food prep for CVRM meals, including cutting, chopping, and peeling many pounds of carrots, onions, and bell peppers, and cracking and mixing 800 raw eggs.

Participants included 16 members and two non-members for a total of 69 volunteer hours. 


Thank you, Bonnie Tucker and Marcia Daniels, for organizing our efforts and making our first National Day of Service such a success.  

Marlon Carrier

Are you interested in club leadership and learning more about GFWC?

Then this opportunity is for you!

Apply to represent De Anza District for the CFWC LEADS Class of 2024. This program begins the training of Federation members who are active in their clubs and just beginning their participation in the District. 

PROCESS: The WCI Board selects one candidate for De Anza District. De Anza District then selects one candidate for CFWC LEADS in February, 2024, at the State Board meeting in Milpitas. 


Review the LEADS Information and Instructions under Forms | Miscellaneous Forms on the CFWC website here: CFWC Forms

Complete the CFWC and GFWC Applications and send them as attachments to WCI President no later than Friday, November 24th. 

The Board will select our nominee at our Board Meeting on November 30th. The nominee will be notified and will need to complete the remaining supporting documents for submission to De Anza District by December 15th. 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact President Marlon.  

Click to see the LEADS video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgk26zNrpyg .


Volunteer Opportunities

  • Pet Parade: See Community Action
  • Report Writing Workshop: See 1st VP
  • Galilee food basket assembly and distribution: See Galilee
  • Alzheimer’s Walk: See article
  • De Anza Conference: See Events
  • Meal service at CVRM: See Community Action
  • Sort toys at CVRM: See Events
  • Toy giveaway at CVRM: See Events
  • Place information stickers in public restrooms: See Domestic Violence
  • LEADS: See article

October/November Shopping List


  • Thanksgiving food for CVRM: See Community Action
  • Holiday gifts for CV Foster Kids: See Advocates for Children
  • Holiday toys for CVRM & Galilee: See articles

Upcoming Events

📌 Beginning of November, please report volunteer hours and contributions to Christal Cansino, dean@womansclubofindio.org


📌 Board Meeting via Zoom: Thursday, October 26th, 5:30 p.m. 

📌 Halloween Pet Parade: Saturday, October 28th, 10:00 a.m. sharp to 11:00 a.m.; Desert Mountain Care Center, Indio, 47763 Monroe St. Bring family and friends, and leashed pets or stuffed animals. Costumes optional. Water, parking, and music provided. Bring cheers and smiles to residents and staff.


📌 Report Writing Workshop: Sunday, October 29th, 2:00-3:30, Heritage Room in Heritage Palms Administration Building (Click here to see map).


📌 General Meeting: Wednesday, November 1st, 11:30-1:00

  • Lunch
  • Collections
  • Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for CV Rescue Mission; See Community Action Column for details of holiday foods and dry goods to donate. To contribute on the website, click here, or mail to PO Box 1503, Indio 92202.
  • Annual Holiday Gifts for Foster Kids of Riverside County: Bring wrapped or unwrapped holiday toys for kids, ages 3-18. Attach a note to wrapped gifts as to the toy type and age range.

📌 Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Saturday, November 4th; 8:30 a.m.; Project Champion Arlene Handler-Smith travel.handler@hotmail.com; see article for details.


📌 Dia de los Muertos: Saturday, November 4th; 5:00-9:00 p.m.; see flyer below for details.


📌 Fly the Flag: Veteran’s Day, Saturday, November 11th


📌 De Anza Conference: Monday, November 20th, 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Lake Elsinore; register on our website on or before Friday, November 10th.

Click here for the Call/Agenda. Click here for election information.


📌 Volunteer for Meal Service at CVRM: Wednesday, November 22nd, 2:00-6:00 p.m., November 23rd, 6:00-10:00 a.m., or 2:00-6:00 p.m., December 2nd, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Contact Marcia Daniels at health@womansclubofindio.org. See Community Action for details.


📌 Fly the Flag: Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23rd




📌 General Meeting: Thursday, December 7th

  • Holiday Toy Donation for CVRM and Galilee Center; new, unwrapped toys/books.


📌Sort Toys at CVRM: December 14th, 15th, 18th, and 19th; Contact Marcia Daniels at health@womansclubofindio.org.


📌 ESO Meeting, Tuesday, December 19th, 6:00 p.m., Mario's on Highway 111 in Indio.  Discussing the second book in the Travel and Geography category: "Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle.” This is the diary of Irishwoman Dervla Murphy, who rode her bicycle from Europe to Pakistan in 1963. Please bring a holiday gift purchased at a dollar store priced no more than $5.00.


📌 Volunteer at CVRM Toy Giveaway: December 20th, 7:30 a.m. Contact Marcia Daniels at health@womansclubofindio.org.

Community Action

Marcia Daniels, Chair

This month, we highlight several volunteer opportunities bound to bring joy to many of our residents in need. Contact me at health@womansclubofindio.org or 818-235-7625 if you have questions or are interested in one or more of the events described below. Happy Holidays!

  • The WCI ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PET PARADE at the Desert Mountain Care Center (DMCC) is occurring this weekend, October 28th, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. The parade starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. on the grounds of DMCC, 47763 Monroe Street. Bring your leashed furbabies, favorite stuffed animals, and your family, friends, and neighbors. Or, bring yourself! Costumes are optional. Music, balloons, water, and free parking will be provided. We will walk around the outside grounds, giving joy and smiles to the residents who will watch from designated safe areas. There will be opportunities to talk with some residents, and WCI will provide stuffed animals to all residents who have expressed interest in attending the parade.




  • The WCI ANNUAL THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE to benefit the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission (CVRM) is happening at our November 1st meeting. CVRM provides over 130,000 meals yearly to those with limited resources. This year's CVRM FOOD WISH LIST includes dry goods (paper plates, napkins, cups, roasting pans) as well as holiday foods (canned beans, yams, mixed vegetables, cranberry sauce, spices and dry herbs, stuffing, turkey, ham, potatoes, powdered drink mix, dinner rolls, pies). Bring your dry goods or food donations to this month's monthly meeting. Alternatively, donate at our website (click here), at the November 1st meeting (see Claire Whitney, our Treasurer), or send to WCI, PO Box 1503, Indio, CA 92202-1503, and we will shop for you.
  • Also, for our November 1st meeting, WCI members are encouraged to bring a holiday gift, wrapped or unwrapped, that is appropriate for a foster kid (ages 3-18). Gifts should have a note identifying the gift type and age range attached. The Coachella Valley Foster Kids non-profit program will distribute these gifts. Let's help these children have an opportunity to celebrate the season, even though separated from their families. 
  • And, new this November and December are additional opportunities to help out folks at CVRM. Specifically, WCI members can now sign up to read or do arts and crafts projects with kids at CVRM. Members can also sign up to prepare or serve meals at holiday events on November 22nd, 23rd, or December 2nd. If you are interested in any of these activities, please get in touch with this Committee Chair for details.
  • Also, new this year, there are more opportunities to help at Galilee Center (GC) in Mecca. Please see this month's separate article by Susan Everett for details.

Finally, looking ahead, get ready to bring your toy donations for CVRM and GA families to our December 7th meeting, and get ready for toy sorting and toy distribution opportunities in late December.

Questions? Contact Marcia at 818 235-7625 or health@womansclubofindio.org

1st VP/Dean

Christal Cansino

Does everyone have Facebook? Did you know that our Facebook page has many resources available that can help keep you current with our activities, provide new information, and keep you connected to Woman’s Club activities? 

Would you like to join Facebook? if you do not have an account already, search http://www.facebook.com and create your account, or search on YouTube for how to open a Facebook account. 

GFWC Woman’s Club of Indio: Latest and greatest is up-to-date sharing with your friends!

DeAnza District: The District to which our club belongs. 

GFWC 2020 2022 ESO Book Club: Allows members to belong to an online book club and see education and library project ideas.

GFWC Advancement and Programs Forum: Shares tips, strategies, and real-world tips to strengthen and grow our club. 


Please turn in your hours. Make sure you provide the date, hours, and name of the project. Please do this for donated money and in-kind donations as well. 

Fundraiser! Fundraiser! Fundraiser!

I’m very happy to report that the Annual Fundraiser Committee is off and running. We’ve met twice and our plans are taking shape. 

What we need from every member is help selling tables and tickets, advertising and sponsorships. Please visit our website and click on the ticker tape link running across the top of the page and you’ll see where all of these sales can be accomplished. 

Separate from that, we need raffle items and silent auction items. We also need donations for our wine surprise (bottles valued at $15 or more). If you don’t have bottles of wine to donate, feel free to make a cash donation and we’ll do the shopping for you. 

Finally, we always need volunteers. If you’re available to help the committee either over time between now and our fundraiser or on specific days, such as the day of the event - either way, we need you. 

We have set our fundraising goal this year to be $50,000! The only way we can achieve that is if everyone pitches in. Please let me know if you can help, and let’s make this coming annual fundraiser the very best yet!

Sylvia Baran

(760) 641-1313 

Leadership: Chair Reports

Advocates for Children

Rosalind Miller, Chair


Make the Holidays Bright for Foster Kids 


Coachella Valley Foster Kids is the only non-profit in our area that provides resources and necessities to change a foster youth’s life trajectory. CVFK offers educational resources, support services for foster families, emergency care kits, mental health support, court support, stuffed animals, and inspirational experiences.

WCI is collecting holiday gifts for CV foster kids at the November meeting. Gift items are for ages 3 to 18. Examples are LEGOS, arts and crafts supplies, bikes, electronics, makeup, toys, project kits, stuffed animals, pajamas, and anything else a child would enjoy as a holiday gift. For many of these kids, this will be the only gift they receive for the holidays. The gifts can be wrapped or unwrapped. Please tape a note on the front of wrapped gifts about what is inside and the age range.

CV Foster kids could also use donations of suitcases, duffle bags, clothing, books, and any other items that children can use, including hygiene products. The items, other than hygiene products, can be gently used and do not need to be brand new.

Thank you, WCI, for your continued support in changing the lives of others, especially local foster children.

Arts & Culture

Emilie Jester, Chair


Join us and our community partners on November 2nd–6th, Wednesday through Sunday, as we honor and celebrate Día de los Muertos in the Sunnylands gardens. Guests can walk the gardens as they enjoy some of the customary elements of this tradition: colorful papel picado (decorative cut paper) and ofrendas (altars) designed by local nonprofit organizations. Garden boards with information on the Day of the Dead and small, take-home activities can be found throughout the gardens, as well as two free workshops in the Studio.

Parking and admission to these events are free of charge. For more information, please email the education department at: education@sunnylands.org



37977 Bob Hope Dr.

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270




The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum is your gateway to the tribe’s past, present, and future. Explore five different exhibit areas dedicated to telling the story of the Agua Caliente people, from the native flora and fauna of the Indian Canyons to ancient artifacts, some of which were unearthed during construction of the museum itself. Browse for Native-made art, books, jewelry, and clothing in the gift shop. Wander through an Education Garden blooming with brittlebush, creosote, and other indigenous plants. And, do not miss the 360-degree animation of the tribe’s creation and migration stories.

140 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Phone: (760) 778-1079



$10 Adult Ticket (with Breakfast $20, Children Ticket $5, with Breakfast $15)


HotAirBalloonFest@gmail.com Cathedral City Festival Lawn 

68600 Ave Lalo Guerrero, Cathedral City, CA 92234.

Civic Engagement

Margaret Nieto, Chair

Indio Senior Center Giving Tree Project


The Giving Tree is back! This is your opportunity to give a small gift and bring some holiday cheer to a senior in our community. If you are interested, please contact Margaret Nieto at margaretnieto@aol.com before November for more information.

Join the Fight to End Alzheimer’s

 Arlene Handler-Smith

Meet at 8:30 a.m. 

Festival Area Opens 8:00 a.m.; Opening Ceremony 9:00 a.m.

Palm Desert Civic Center Park

The Walk to End Alzheimer's is almost here! November 4th is less than a week away, and we are soooo close to our goal. We are at 80%, so please help us reach or exceed our goal.


How can you help? It's easy. Click on the link below, and then select "Join my team" and follow the prompts to do any or all of the following:

  1. Donate!  
  2. Register to walk! (with or without donating)
  3. Register to fundraise with your family and friends and invite them to join our team! 


When: Saturday, November 4th, 2023


Where: Palm Desert Civic Center Park, 43900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260 



  • 8:00 a.m. Festival Area Opens 
  • 8:30 a.m. We will meet on the left side of the stage (looking at the  stage). You will see the big purple blow-up 'Walk' feature.
  • 9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony
  • 9:30 a.m. Walk Starts 

 Additional information:

  • Wear our Woman's Club shirt or a blue shirt. If you donate $100.00 or more, you will get an event shirt either when you check in at the event, or if you register in time, it will be mailed to you. However, I still recommend you wear your club shirt.
  • Anyone who walks must register (an insurance issue). You can register in advance, or you can register to walk at the event.  
  • You can meet us at the event and not walk, too. When we walk, you can enjoy the booths and entertainment.
  • You can donate up to a week after the event, and our team will still get credit for your donation.
  • There is plenty of parking around the park. Please park in the parking lot closest to the bridge and stage and carpool if possible.
  • The Palm Desert Civic Park is beautiful, and you can take shortcut paths or walk the entire loop, which is approx. 1.5 miles. The walk is on the sidewalk around the park.

Should you have any questions, you can reach me at 916-871-4703 or travel.handler@outlook.com 




Donate at the link under the photo or the QR code below: 

2023 Walk to End Alzheimer's - Coachella Valley, CA: Arlene Handler-Smith | Walk to End Alzheimer's




The Galilee Center

 Susan Everett, Chair

Every week, the Galilee Center helps families and individuals in need by providing boxes of food, including fresh produce from our local farmers. It is one of the ways the Galilee Center is committed to supporting our farmworkers, local families, and the overall community health. 


When you volunteer or donate to the Galilee Center, you help make the Galilee weekly food distribution possible. A $40 donation feeds a family of four for four days. Your donation is 100% tax deductible; ID# 27-3133601. To donate, please visit galileecenter.org/donate.


 Prefer to mail your donation? Please send your check to:

 Galilee Center P.O Box 308 Mecca Ca. 92254 

The Galilee Center is in need of extra volunteers on Monday, November 20th, to package food boxes from 9:30-11:30 a.m. A carpool opportunity to Mecca will be arranged for up to ten members. Reminder, travel time counts towards volunteer hours! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Susan Everett for more details at 510-333-1497susanleverett56@gmail.com.


Upcoming Holiday Events!


Thanksgiving Food Basket Distribution

Wednesday, November 22nd

2:00-4:00 p.m. (Arrive by 1:45 p.m.)


Christmas Food Basket Distribution

Monday, December 18th

2:00-4:00 p.m. (Arrive by 1:45 p.m.)


Toy Distribution

Friday, December 22nd

10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Arrive by 9:45 a.m.) 

Visit our Website
Volunteer Opportunities


Peg Boortz, Chair


We are presenting some of our past presidents as part of our ongoing campaign to develop our Coachella Valley History Museum Woman’s Club of Indio Presidential Hummingbird Garden. Everyone can adopt a president for a tax-deductible $100 and your sponsorship will be published in the Presidential Garden booklet. Donate a tax-deductible $500 and your name will be on a garden stepping-stone, as well as being included in the booklet. Make tax-deductible donations to WCI, P.O. Box 1503, Indio, CA. 92202 and designate on your check which president you are adopting.

President #57 Suzette Blackman 1984-1986   

Suzette Jared Blackman was a legacy member and legacy president. She is the daughter of President #31 Ora Jared, who served as WCI’s President from 1953-1954. Suzette and Ora are the only mother-daughter members to serve as presidents. 


Suzette was a 30-year-plus member of WCI, served in every position on the board, and held numerous chairmanships. She served multiple terms as Club Federation Chair and was also active in District Leadership. She was recognized for her service as De Anza District Conservation and Environmental Education Chair.


Suzette served two one-year terms. Her first installation theme was “Up, Up and Away,” complete with balloon decorations. She was installed by her mother, Ora, who presented Suzette with the same gavel that Ora had received when she was installed as President of the Woman’s Club in 1953.


Suzette grew up on Oasis Street in the “old” North Indio and now lives in La Quinta, California. Consider honoring Suzette!   

Some proceeds will be donated to WCI.

WCI members are vendors - please visit their tables.

Domestic Violence

Barbara Fairbairn, Chair

Volunteers Needed

The Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse team is looking for volunteers to help with the placement of information stickers inside public restrooms. Along with other CFWC members, this is just step one of our campaign to help provide information to those in our community who need help. DV@womansclubofindio.org 

Meetings and Programs for 2023-2024

2023-2024 Calendar


Epsilon Sigma Omicron Literary Society

Ellen Cafferata, Chair

Join us for the December 2023 meeting of ESO. We will meet at Mario's restaurant on Hwy 111 in Indio at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2023. 


At our last meeting, we had a rousing, informative discussion of October's book, "Postcards from Mecca." We were impressed at the independence and resiliency of two women cousins who recorded their travels around the southeast area of Mecca, CA. One of the cousins, Susie, was the first woman postmaster of Mecca, CA. 


This spirit of independence, self-sufficiency, and curiosity led us to select our next book for discussion at our December meeting. We chose "Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle" as our following selection. It is the diary of Irishwoman Dervla Murphy, who rode her bicycle from Europe to Pakistan in 1963. Her diary not only chronicles the trials and tribulations of her adventure, but also introduces the reader to the many interesting and wonderful people she met along the way.


Please join us in this next discussion. Since this is the season of many holidays, we ask everyone who attends to bring a gift from a dollar store with a total spending limit of five dollars for the holiday gift exchange.


Hope to see you there!


Yard of the Month

Bernadette Subia-Martinez

Recognition Chair

This month I want to extend a very special THANK YOU

to Michelle Tse from Indio Water Authority (IWA). 

Michelle gave us ten new signs and stands. 

Only minor changes were made: 

1) The IWA and City logos were replaced with new logos.

2) The sign is now in English and Spanish. 

Thank you, Michelle and IWA for your continued support. 

Stay tuned for December Yard of the Month.

Women’s History

Moment in Time


Dr. June McCarroll


Many operations were performed by frontier physician and surgeon Dr. June McCarroll on the kitchen table under the glow of a kerosene lamp. She often criticized “modern” doctors because they could not adapt to their surroundings. They could only operate in modern hospitals where everything was at their fingertips. She said, “In the early days, I would clear off the table, boil water for sterilizing the instruments and sheets, tie down the patient, administer the anesthetic, and go to work.”


For our new members: Dr. June was one of the early members of our club, and she was the first to campaign for white lines to be painted down the center of roads. A stretch of the I-10 near Indio is named for her to honor her contribution to road safety - the Doctor June McCarroll Memorial Freeway. 

2022-2024 Officer and Chair Contact Information

Click Here


Meet Our New Member

Linda Pack


Linda moved into Trilogy La Quinta from her home in Santa Monica in 2014. Originally from Western Pennsylvania, she has two grown children and one adored grandson, currently a junior at the University of Oregon (go Ducks!), and her husband Dan (also adored.) They met in Law School and have been happily married for almost 40 years.


Linda practiced law in various arenas, including trial work in downtown LA and educational law working with special needs kids. She was a mediator and an administrative judge, pro tem in the academic field. After retiring, she purchased her "Vintage Canvas" art studio, one of the very first "drink and paint" art studios in the South Bay. 


Linda is a licensed realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California in Indian Wells. She enjoys tennis, pickleball, bunco, painting with acrylics and watercolors, and making designer sugar cookies. She has two ragdoll cats that bring her much joy.

Care & Concern

Katie Berger had surgery on Saturday, October 21st. Please send get well and thinking of you cards to brighten her day.


Katie Berger 

44659 Alexandria Vale

Indio, CA 92201

Volunteer Spirit

National Day of Service Volunteers


Hurray for volunteers Marcia Daniels, Millie Luszczak, Marcia Meakim, Mickie Reed, and Barbara Thom who chopped, cut, and peeled hundreds of carrots, onions, and peppers, and then cracked and mixed about 800 eggs in the CV Rescue Mission kitchen . . . an important job done egg-actly right.


More cheers for volunteers Project Champion Bonnie Tucker, Karen Acker, Marlon Carrier, Marcia Daniels, Barbara Fairbairn, Bob Kiegher, Peggy Mathieson, Bobbi Morris, Evan Morris, Vicky Rutherford, and Claire Whitney who assembled 302 produce bags (3,020 pounds of fruit and veggies) at FIND Food Bank to be distributed to Mobile Markets, Homebound Delivery, and local agencies in the Coachella Valley. They also packed 270 Senior Boxes for a total of 8,640 pounds of dry goods for home delivery. That's hard work well done!.

Take a bow, Project Champion Lorraine Velona, Gerry Velona, Marlon Carrier, Teresa Stafford, Gloria Beauregard, Lana Bathen, Gloria Franz, Ruben Franz, Pat Ruth, Pat's friend Susan Vee, Lorraine's friend Maureen, and Lynn and Ed Smilow for participating in the Paint El Paseo Pink Cancer Walk. Your support is greatly appreciated.

CVRM Volunteers

Kudos to the many members who assembled 300 hygiene kits for CVRM in less than an hour: Marcia Daniels, Lana Bathen, Peg Boortz, Ellen Cafferata, Shelley Diemer, Susan Everett, Margo Handelsman, Trish Lounsbury, Peggy Mathieson, Lynn Merritt, Linda Pack, Pat Ruth, Victoria Rutherford, Julia Vasquez, Lorraine Velona, Roz Watkins, and Claire Whitney. This just might be a world's record.

Birthdays & Anniversaries

November Birthdays


  Iona Allen - 1st

Irene Ramos - 2nd

Bonnie Tucker - 8th

Joy Beck - 12th

Rosalva Campos - 13th

Arlene Handler-Smith - 19th

Pattie Lowey - 20th

Laura Miller - 20th

Pat Ruth - 30th

November Anniversaries

Gloria Franz - 26 years

Bernadette Subia-Martinez -12 years

Bonnie Tucker - 9 years

Teresa Stafford - 7 years

Karen Hudis - 6 years

Emilie Jester - 6 years

Christine Curry - 4 years

Louise Saitta - 3 years

Marcia Meakim - 1 year

Julia Vasquez - 1 year

Linda Vogel - 1 year

Photo Galleries

WCI's 111 year Birthday Gallery
Hygiene Photos
Day of Service & Paint El Paseo Pink
ESO Gallery


CFWC Area D Conference

Saturday, October 21, 2023


It was a smooth, early morning ride to Ontario for Marlon Carrier, Claire Whitney, and Peg Boortz until they came upon freeway construction just a few blocks from their destination. Not bothered by the delay, they carried on to the Elk’s Lodge #1419 for the Area D Conference, where they joined Federation women from four districts, each with eleven to sixteen clubs. 


The meeting’s theme was “Modern Club Women Defined Past and Present.” A number of women dressed in clothing representing the years from 1900 to 2023. Information was given about CFWC’s growth and major accomplishments for women during each decade.


Alison Eccleston, De Anza District President, portrayed 1902 GFWC President Dimies Dennison. Deni-Antoinette Mandingo, Hemet Woman’s Club 1st V.P. and De Anza District’s Legislative Chair, dressed as Mary Jane McCleod Bethune, an American educator, philanthropist, humanitarian, and women’s and civil rights activist. Mickie Reed was a 1915 Progressive Party member representing many of our early members who belonged to the party.

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