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Young speakers recognized by Optimist club


The Magnolia Park Optimist Club recently sponsored an oratorical

contest for Burbank youth in Trevor Hall at the First United

Methodist Church. The young speakers impressed the club with their


excellent delivery and thoughtful subjects.

Dave Kemp, newly elected member of the Burbank school board, Ken

Adrainse and Diane Berger, principal of Bret Harte Elementary School,

were on hand to judge the speeches. The judges were asked to base


their criteria on speaking, timing, delivery, content, preparation

and how well each participant carried out the theme “United We Stand

In Optimism.”

The winners for the boys were: first place, James Berman of John

Muir Middle School; second place, Sunny Jass of Miller Elementary;

and third place, Vicken Antounian, also of John Muir Middle School.

The winners for the girls were: first place, Nare Torosyan of John

Muir Middle School; second place, Lis Seward of John Burroughs High


School; and third place, Sevana Zadourian of John Muir Middle School.

Hanna Kolus of Miller Elementary School also received a Certificate

of Appreciation for her strong performance.

Burbank Magnolia Park Optimist Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays

at DeBell Golf Course, 500 Walnut Ave. For membership information,

call Gene Gardner at 845-1192.


The Burbank Elks recently held its Inaugural Ball and installation


of officers. John Clark led the installation team and Bill Howell was

chairman of the proceedings.

Officers are Dick Phipps, exalted ruler; Ronald E. Tice, leading

knight; Dennis Thomas, loyal knight; Joe McHugh, lecturing knight;

Harvey Ryun, secretary; Greg Davis, treasurer; Roberta Robles, tiler;

Fred DeLange, alternate delegate; Randolph Garcia, esquire; Lynda Ann

Wilner, chaplain; and Andy Michalakopoulos, inner guard.

Burbank Elks Lodge No. 1497 meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays at the

Burbank Elks Lodge, 2232 N. Hollywood Way. For membership

information, call John Holt at 845-4228.


The Burbank-Glendale Shrine Club is having another summer getaway

next month and President Tom Brennan welcomes you to attend. The

Shrine Mini-Vacation is set for June 20-22, and the group will be

going to Temecula-Harrah’s Ricon and Pala Casinos. For $225, you can

stay two nights at the Ramada Inn, join a wine-tasting tour at

Callaway, visit the San Diego Fisherman’s Wharf, and much more.

For more information or to make your reservation, call Norm Furman

at 848-3750. Space is limited to 44 people and reservations need to

be received by May 15.

Burbank-Glendale Shrine Club meets at 6 p.m. every second Tuesday

at the Coral Cafe, 3321 Burbank Blvd. For membership information,

call Norm Furman at 848-3750.


Under the tutelage of Bob Ventura, the Burbank Optimist Club

continues its tradition of having interesting speakers. One that

recently stood out was Andor Dyunmai.

Dyunmai gave a talk about market interest rates and how the market

will perform in the post-Iraqi war period.

It is generally a tough subject to get people excited about, let

alone understand. His talk did both, and you will probably see him

again on the service club speaking circuit here in town.

Kudos to Bob for getting him to speak at his group first.

Burbank Optimist Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Anabelle

Hotel, 2011 W. Olive Ave. For membership information, call Bob

Ventura at 506-8714.

* EDWARD HEADINGTON’S service club column runs the first Wednesday

of the month. Reach him by e-mail at, fax at

688-8005, or mail at P.O. Box 10489, Burbank, CA 91510.