Service Clubs

Edward Headington

If there is one theme that resonates throughout our lives, community

and nation, it is service to others. Apart from love and friendship,

labor is the greatest gift we can give to one another. And laboring for

others through service clubs is what Tocqueville was hinting at almost

two centuries ago as to the secret to our country's greatness.

I come to this column with a great love for our city, as a

third-generation Burbanker, and with a family history in serving others.

My late grandfather Ed was active in both the Elks and Masonic lodges

here in town. Although most remember him as the jocular chef of the

Blarney Stone, he also served the community through his leadership in

both organizations.

As a young man, he instilled in me a strong appreciation for service

clubs and I was soon active in DeMolay International. Later as an adult,

I would join the Masons, Elks and Moose. I might also add that I met my

future wife while a DeMolay and she a member of Job's Daughters.

But the greatest opportunity for me to learn more about our local

service clubs came when I served as the Burbank field representative for

former Assemblyman Scott Wildman. I attended club meetings, went to the

events, and was able to include many of them in the Community Block Party

I helped put together. In due course, I came to meet and know many of the

outstanding members like Sunder Ramani, Marsha Jackson, Marva Murphy,

Janet Diel, and many, many more.

We have a wonderful tradition of service here in Burbank and I aim to

highlight not only upcoming events for the clubs, but also note some of

the efforts they make to keep Burbank alive and strong. I look forward to

meeting those of you I do not already know and rekindling old friendships

with those I do. I hope you find this column warm and insightful. I am,

as they say, at your service.

Clubs coordinate Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

Last week's annual Burbank Mayor's Prayer Breakfast at the Pickwick

Center was a showcase of support and cooperation among six of our service

clubs -- the Master's Men, Noon and Sunrise Rotary, Noon and Sunrise

Kiwanis and the Magnolia Park Optimists. Although a local version of the

Presidential Prayer Breakfast that began in the 1950s, it has been an

annual event here for 29 years.

Darrell Taylor was chairman, Richard Kasper of Master's Men performed

the welcome and invocation and Gordon Bowers was master of ceremonies.

Dignitaries supporting the breakfast were Mayor David Laurell,

Councilmembers Marsha Ramos and David Golonski and County Supervisor

Michael Antonovich.

"Prayer breakfasts are a great opportunity for [service clubs] to

reflect on our spirituality and rededicate ourselves," said Glenn Taylor,

president of the Burbank Master's Men. "It's great to see such a good


Masonic Mother's Day Tea

Burbank Masonic Lodge 406 is having its Ladies Mother's Day Tea at 6

p.m. Thursday at the Burbank Masonic Center. Food, fine tea, music,

prizes and more are included in the $12 charge and only women are

welcome. For ticket information, contact Elizabeth Avetisian at 841-8310.

Burbank Lodge 406 of the Free and Accepted Masons meet at 7:30 p.m.

every Thursday at the Burbank Masonic Center, 406 Irving Drive. For

membership information, contact Norm Furman at 848-3750.

Y's Men Pancake Breakfast

The Burbank Family YMCA Y's Men Service Club is having its annual

pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets are

available at the door for $3, and proceeds go to the youth of the Burbank

YMCA. For ticket information, contact 841-8551.

Burbank Family YMCA Y's Men Service Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first

and third Tuesday at the Burbank YMCA, 321 E. Magnolia Blvd. For

membership information, contact Denny Grossman at 841-0387.

EDWARD HEADINGTON's service club column runs alternating Wednesdays.

Reach him by e-mail at, fax at 688-8005, or mail at

P.O. Box 10489, Burbank, CA 91510.

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