The Valley Line: Bingo draws float supporters out in support of ‘Panda-monium’

The La Cañada Community Center was the place to be last Friday night when the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. held its annual Bingo soiree, a fundraiser in support of our Rose Parade float, which this year is being called "Panda-monium." The artist's illustration of this float, which will be brought to life at the end of the year, suggests we may well have another award-winning entry in the world-renowned parade.

Maureen Bond, the center's executive director, was there to welcome guests with her radiant smile. Also welcoming guests was Chuck Terhune, president of float association, and Rora Melendy, chair of the event.


May Pro Tem Terry Walker was the mistress of ceremonies for the evening. She was assisted by float association members who volunteered to be callers for the games.

Some of the winners of the Bingo games were Brett Pounders, Connie Gilmore, Louise Davies, Nancy Smith, Pam Wiedenback and Adene Misamore.


Fried chicken, served up with all the proper fixings, was finger-lickin' good to the last morsel and seemingly enjoyed by all.

Among those seen playing bingo were Anne Hills, Art Johnson, Bill, Erik and Brett Pounders; Carole Dyck, Chuck, Elsie and Harriet Hughes; Louis Davies, Tom Nuccio, Sue and Chuck Wolhaupter, Cindy Crane, Cindy, Bill, Claire and Tom Slaughter and Kathie Bohze; Bobbie and Clyde Hemphill, Connie Gilmore, Nancy Smith, Diana Olson, David Granish, Julia Cameron, Dorothy Rubino, Helen Lau, Diane and Gary Stibal, Carole and Hal Beesley.

The Glendale Area Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship fundraising benefit focused on the nuances of wine tasting at Oakmont Country Club.

It was a delightful day of bidding on silent auction items, many of them carrying out the wine theme, the tasting of wines and a lovely luncheon.

The featured speaker for the afternoon was noted wine connoisseur and Napa Valley winery owner Paul Woolls, who owns Progeny Winery. He chose six notable wines, both white and red, for guests to taste.

Woolls, a founding member of the L.A. law practice of Woolls Peer Dollinger & Scher, said that his introduction to wine began in college, and it became more than just enjoying a glass with friends. The more he began to learn about wine, and found its history not only fascinating but so intriguing, the dream of having his own winery took root.

Co-chairing the event were Lynne Graves and Elaine Chapman, a La Cañada resident. President of the organization is Kim Westhoff.

Janice Paul, a La Cañada resident and chair of the organization's scholarship committee, welcomed guests to the 69th annual luncheon. She shared that the Glendale Area Alumnae Panhellenic was formed in 1947. Paul said, "Even though we belong to different college sororities we are all sisters in Panhellenic spirit and friendship. We stand together with a common goal to offer financial aid opportunities for higher education to young women in our communities."

Last year the organization awarded nine scholarships to active sorority members from the Foothills. They represented five different National Panhellenic Council sororities at nine different campuses and they awarded one Mary Ellen Gilstrap Memorial Scholarship in this college-age category.

The group also awarded 14 scholarships to local high school senior women from four area high schools. Eight of them enrolled at universities in California and six went out of state to Harvard, Brandeis, Boston University, Lehigh, Arizona State and the University of Texas in Austin. Six of these 14 recipients joined sororities last fall. Two from this group were given Mary Ellen Gilstrap Memorial Scholarships.

Among Panhellenic members from La Cañada Flintridge attending the event were Suzanne McLean, Nancy Wagner, Lynne Thompson, Diane Russell, Linda, Mary Lou and Anna Hensley; Anne Hills, Joan Humphries, Sheila Johnson, Hinde and Sylvia Kast, Teryl MacDogall, Susan Marinov, Sherry Sciafani, Nelda Stender, Natasha Stodder, Anita Theis, Magi Watson and Lu Retta Haire. Elaine Chapman was there with her daughters Katherine and Caroline. Elaine gave a big thank you to Maya Stodder, Paul Woolls' "right-hand" woman who set up all the wines for the tasting.

JANE NAPIER NEELY covers the La Cañada Flintridge social scene. Email her at with news of your special event.