The La Cawañian
La Cañada, CA – October 17, 2001
Tom Slaughter, Editor
Martha Crockett was at the piano as everyone filled up on bar-b-qued turkey. There was some concern among us that due to the well-known sleep inducing effects of turkey some might be caught napping through the meeting. However, Pres Pat who promised a stiff fine to anyone caught in such a state quickly assuaged this.
Joel Smith was doing raffle ticket duty as Mayor Anthony visited every table to show off photos of his new daughter Isabella Rose who arrived on Sunday. Prominent numbers designed to assist with the proper flow of signup sheets and the like adorned the center of each table (another one of the bright ideas of new our president).
Intro: President Pat Anderson asked Mr. Kiwanis (Ed Moulton) to lead all in a patriotic song. After we sang "America the Beautiful", Bob Wallace led the pledge with Hal Crocket providing the invocation. Pat then invited everyone to fill out a fun "tree" questionnaire placed on each table in anticipation of today's speaker. Pat then picked Jeb Long to serve as sgt-at-arms and advised, "When the Sgt comes your way, you had better start reaching in your pocket". Fines were levied for those who failed to shake the hand of today's secret greeter Bill Wiederkehr and those without their Kiwanis pins.
Guests: Pat welcomed back Bob Slattery and his new driver Mr. Dean. Anthony Portantino introduced Geoffrey Baum, candidate for PCC Board of Trustees. Helen Thompson mother of Melinda introduced herself as did Frances Prosser, mother of today's speaker Linda Prosser. At Jerry Fulwood's table ("Jerry who?" many asked), was Ann Wilson who said she works for Jerry at the city offices and Deborah Fancett our city clerk (who Anthony informed us is a member of the AM club). Mel Wilson introduced Bob Holtz who intends to join our club. Ken Lowe introduced Key Clubbers Michelle Row and Maressa Takahashi.
Fines and Happy/Sad/Business Bucks: Past Pres Jim Edwards coughed up five dollars for failing to have the paper mention his Kiwanis membership in a recent article. For failing to mention his membership in a recent "Model A" tour article, Jack Dawson added a second century to his previous century (making him a double centurion), under the proviso that Pat leave him alone for the rest of the year. Those celebrating a birthday were Alan Gulam Husein, Barry Riedel, and Norma Cunanan. After some confusion, it was determined that Joan Peters needed to contribute for an anniversary. Frosty told his usual joke. Howard Backer had a sad buck for Bob Wallace and Pat Anderson who failed to sign in. Anthony had half a century club for the arrival of Isabella Rose. Glen Pettit had a fiver for passing his DMV test. Guest Bob Holtz had a dumb buck because he forgot to bring his membership application. Phil Hammons had a very sad buck for the absence of Dick DeGrey whose wife Shirley has broken her hip. Ed Moulton had a happy buck to see Bob Slattery whom he sponsored thirty years ago (Pat asked if there was anyone in the club whom Ed didn't sponsor). Jim Edwards was happy to see Jerry (who?) Fulwood.
Announcements: Joan Peters, Joel Smith, and Jim Reynolds volunteered to help write this bulletin a few times this year after your bulletin chairman (your humble editor this week) made a pathetic plea for help (thanks guys!). Ed gleefully announced that there is no more room for ads in this years Travel Adventures program. Eileen Ferber told of the upcoming school board candidate's forum from 7 to 9 p.m. on the 25th of this month. Bob Wallace invited all to "An Evening of Wine and Roses" benefiting our local Tournament of Roses next month. Changing hats, he then encouraged members to attend next weeks interclub at the AM club where Mayor Anthony will be delivering "The State of the City".
Bob Slattery was presented with the "Legion of Honor" for his years of service. Bob has served in many capacities including club president.
Jim Reynolds reminded that Doris Horwith will be awarded Businesswoman of the Year during the 2001 Women in Business luncheon & award ceremony held at the La Cañada Country Club and hosted by Senator Jack Scott, our own Assembly Member Carol Liu and Assembly Member Dario Frommer. Congratulations Doris. We are proud of you! Doris then very appropriately won the raffle.
Pres Pat announced our first social of the year - a dinner at Conrad's before the Travelog, Saturday, Oct. 27. They will reserve the whole "patio" for us, a maximum of 30. The sign-up sheet passed around had only three names. The price of $20 each includes salad, entrée, beverage, dessert, tax and tip. You will be billed on your club account. Serving starts at 5:15. In anticipation of our response, Conrad's has placed a half-page ad in our program. Even if you can't attend the Travelog, please join us for dinner. Call Pat or Ed to say you'll come!
Program: Pat preceded the intro of today's speaker with the answers to the "Tree" quiz after disqualifying members Richard Schulhof and Tom Gilfoy who know too much. Jim Ackland then introduced today's speaker Linda Prosser, who heads the educational program at Descanso Gardens. Linda grew up in Glendale and has been an attorney and school principal. Linda then thanked the community and those in attendance for their generous support of the Gardens. Linda told how she was "privileged" to spend much time outdoors over the years "close to the trees", and how many of today's "city" youth don't get that chance. She had several samples of various leaves and pods and asked for our continued support.
Next Week: Next weeks program will be V. E. "Bill" Haloulakos on "Medical Benefits from Star Wars". At the head table will be; Invocation - Howard Backer, Flag Salute - Rick Lazare, Program Chair - Jim Ackland, Speaker - V. E. "Bill" Haloulakos, Kiwanian - Mel Wilson, Kiwanian - Jack Dawson, Secretary - Doris Horwith.