Mary Alice O’Connor is Woman of the...

Mary Alice O’Connor is Woman of the Year

The Zonta Club of Burbank Area has chosen Mary Alice O’Connor as

the Woman of the Year for 2003.

The award is presented annually, honoring exemplary women who make


outstanding contributions to the community, said Grace Farenbaugh,

president of the Zonta Club of Burbank Area.

“It’s such an honor to acknowledge Mary Alice for all the work

that she has done over the years,” she said. “What she has done is


truly irreplaceable.”

O’Connor has lived in Burbank for nearly 60 years. Her record of

service began with the Red Cross during World War II and has

continued ever since. The Tournament of Roses, Friends of the Burbank

Library, the Burbank Board of Education, the Burbank Symphony and La

Providencia Guild are but a few of the organizations for which she

has volunteered her time to over the years.

Among her many awards are the National Volunteer Center “Beautiful


Activist Award” from then-president Gerald Ford in the 1970s in

Washington, D.C., the 1998 Older Americans Recognition Award and the

YWCA of Glendale’s Woman of Heart and Excellence award.

One of the honors she is most proud of, O’Connor said, is

receiving the title of honorary member of the Burbank Chamber of

Commerce, an honor that has been bestowed on only three people to


The Zonta Club of Burbank Area will honor O’Connor at its annual


Woman of the Year luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at The


The luncheon is open to the community. For reservations and

sponsorship opportunities, call Anne Macleod at 556-3677. Reservation

and sponsorship information is also available at Tickets are $50 each in advance. No tickets

will be sold at the door.

The Zonta Club of Burbank Area was chartered in 1936 and is a

chapter of Zonta International, a worldwide service organization of

executives and professionals working to improve the status of women.

The club welcomes new members. Information is available at

Emblem Club has Italian Night fund-raiser

The Burbank Emblem Club will have its annual Italian Night

fund-raiser at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Burbank Elks Lodge, 2232 N.

Hollywood Way in Burbank.

A catered Italian dinner with entertainment and a special prize

drawing are planned for the evening.

Donation is $12. Proceeds help support Emblem charities and

scholarships. For reservations, call Cookie at 841-2375.

Delta Delta Delta evening group begins

Tri-Delta Alumni has recently formed a special interest evening

group for the foothills area. The next meeting is 7 p.m. Thursday.

The group has recently helped with rush at the USC Chapter house.

Fifty-eight women pledged the USC Tri-Delta house, including four

legacies, which are girls whose mothers where Tri-Deltas.

If you are a Tri-Delta Alumni living in La Canada Flintridge, La

Crescenta, Burbank or Glendale, and would like to join, call Robin

Page at 952-7181 or e-mail The group meets the

third Thursday of the month.

SERVE elects new officers for term

Elaine Paonessa has been elected president of the SERVE

organization, a support group of Providence St. Joseph Medical Center

Foundation, which is celebrating its 20th year. She also served as

founding president in June 1983.

Joining her on the board are Jane Mulder, vice president; Lorraine

White, who has also served since 1983 as recording secretary; and

Elaine Sollod, financial secretary.

Members of the group volunteer from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday at the Burbank Farmers’ Market in the parking lot at 3rd

Street and Orange Grove Avenue.

Proceeds from the Farmers’ Market are used by the Providence St.

Joseph Foundation to provide hospital services for people who cannot

afford medical care.

To become a member of SERVE, call Paonessa at 845-6851.

Compiled by Joyce Rudolph