The USC Trojan Guild of Los Angeles welcomed Glendale resident Richard H. Dekmejian, professor of political science and director of the Institute of Armenian Studies at USC, as its guest speaker at the first fall meeting on Oct. 4 in the Davidson Conference Center.
Dekmejian is considered an expert in Middle Eastern politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Islamic civilization, terrorism, U.S. foreign policy, oil politics, international human relations and religious terrorism. His recent books include "Islam in Revolution" and "The Just Prince: A Manual of Leadership." Dekmejian's presentation focused on current Middle Eastern issues, which was an appropriate topic, said member Christin Bey Moses, because the meeting was held just before the national election and because it parallels the guild's theme for the year— "USC's Global Reach."
The Trojan Guild has been an active women's philanthropic support group at USC since 1960. Many members reside in Glendale. The guild's primary focus is to raise funds for scholarships while sharing friendship and intellectual enrichment through speakers from various departments at USC. Membership is open to women who have attended USC and are 30 years of age or older. For information, contact Margie Moore, membership chairwoman, at (310) 577-1010.
Realty offices combine for Thank a Soldier day
Employees of Keller Williams Realty offices in Burbank, Glendale and La Canada Flintridge are engaged in an effort to send donations to military personnel serving our country abroad.
The public is asked to bring donations such as personal-care items and snacks — DVDs, beef jerky, phone cards, toothbrushes and other such items — to the Thank a Soldier Barbecue and Care Box Assembly day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Keller Williams Realty office parking lot in Burbank, 401 S. First St. In return, the public is invited to a free lunch with live entertainment and family activities.
This is the second time the company has produced the event. Last year 100 boxes were sent to soldiers. This year, the goal is 300 boxes or more, said Teri Covarrubias, Market Center administrator for Keller Williams in Burbank.
"We want the public to come and be our guests and enjoy the event and bring their children and families and listen to the entertainment we are going to have, and bring donations for the boxes," she said.
There will be live bands and soloists, and an artist drawing guests' portraits. For kids, there will be face-painting, a bounce house and balloon animals. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks. Parking will be available in a lot across the street. Guests will be able to write letters to soldiers thanking them for their service.
Burbank Veterans Committee members are going to be helping to pack the boxes, said that group's chairman, Mickey DePalo. The city of Burbank will be shipping the boxes over the next couple of months, he added.
For a complete list of suggested items to donate, go to www.facebook.com/KWpowerofone.