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Organizations: Mariner Ship 145 gathers for reunion

Women who had been members of the Mariner Ship 145, SS Red Finn, of the Burbank Girl Scout Council in high school during the early 1960s recently met for a reunion luncheon at the Castaway Restaurant.

Their leader was Dorothy Robb and co-leader was Katherine Davis.

Many memories were recounted during the luncheon, including their two canoe trips down the Colorado River over the Memorial Day weekend and sailing once from San Pedro to Catalina Island.

Members had to pass a swimming test at the pool located at the Los Angeles Colliseum. They also practiced their canoeing skills at Hanson Dam. Some of them competed in the Mariner Gams (gatherings) with competitors coming from ships through Southern California.


“We learned how to work hard for a common goal,” said Judy Robb McCord. “We all had to study for our badges.”

Most of the women in the ship went to college, and some earned doctorates, which was unusual for the 1960s, they said.

Those attending the event were Priscilla Luders Garcia, Judy Jastrow Muscarella, Carol Bentley Koder, Carline Cutshaw Rayber, Merodie Robb Nelson, Sue Stickney Teele, Diane Mohr, Donna Walther Greb, Janet Smith Garrick, Judy McKenzie Stuart, Judy Robb McCord, Betsy Davis Pattison and Sharon Fairburn Baxter.

Five of the women started with the Brownie Troop 183 in second grade at Miller Elementary School. They are Rayber, Pattison, Stuart, McCord and Baxter.


Providence St. Joseph Guild has fall card party

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Guild recently held its annual Fall Card Party and Luncheon at Lakeside Golf Club. Grace Mylorie Patz was chairwoman the event, and the co-chair was Karen Barragan.

There were 173 members and guests in attendance. Louise Arklin of Granada Hills brought enough women to play five tables of canasta. Sarah De La Torre and Carmen McClellan of Glendale enjoyed playing bridge. Other women in attendance were Lee Kaplan, Barbara Reese and Doris Talbert.

There were several drawings. Barbara Osborn won the $100 money basket.

The next card party and luncheon is scheduled to be held March 2.

Zonta honors women in the military

The Zonta Club of Burbank Area will honor “Women In The Military: Past, Present & Future” at its annual Woman Of The Year luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Castaway’s Mountain View Room. The “Woman of the Year” is an annual event sponsored by Zonta to honor exemplary women in Burbank who make outstanding contributions to the community.

This celebration will feature three distinguished women representing all women from the Burbank area serving our country in the past, present and future. They are Doris Vick, Staff Sgt. Tiana Yonan and Sabrina Baylor, a member of the National Guard.


The Zonta Club invites former service members and the community to attend. Luncheon reservations and sponsorship opportunities are available by calling Grace Farenbaugh at (818) 846-1927 or e-mailing Tickets are $50 each in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. Information is available at

Fritz Coleman comedy night helps Red Cross

The Glendale-Crescenta Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross presents the 19th annual Fritz Coleman Comedy Night at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale

Fritz Coleman, KNBC Channel 4 weatherman and stand-up comedian, has recruited four of his comedy colleagues to entertain for the benefit of the Glendale-Crescenta Valley Red Cross. Proceeds will go to the Disaster Relief Fund.

Open-seating tickets are $25 each. Reserved-seating VIP tickets are $50 each and include dinner at nearby Phoenicia Restaurant from 5 to 7 p.m. For tickets, call (818) 243-3121, Ext. 106, or visit

Patrons’ Club fashion show deadline is Oct. 27

The Patrons’ Club of Glendale Community College will sponsor the annual scholarship fundraising luncheon to benefit deserving students beginning at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 5 at the Castaway Restaurant in Burbank. Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, and they can be made by calling the ticket chairwoman, Betty Musacco at (818) 243-0908. The cost is $45. There will be many prizes, a silent auction and $1,000 cash prize.

Models for the event will include college faculty and Patrons’ Club members. Fashions will be provided by Holiday Hats and Gowns and Mens Wearhouse. This is the 63rd year of service for the organization.