Assistance League Glendale installs officers

Assistance League Glendale installed Alma Tycer as president for the 2011-2012 year at the group’s annual meeting at Oakmont Country Club.

She is a founding member of Assistance League’s auxiliary, Las Caritas, founded in 1982. After more than 25 years working for the Glendale Unified School District, Tycer retired and became an active member as well as a member of Las Caritas. She has 30 years of experience with Assistance League, serving as chairwoman of Las Caritas and chairing several committees for the active chapter as well as serving on committees with National Assistance League.

Margaret Peterson was recognized for her 30 years of service also. Presently, there are 20 active members who have been with Assistance League Glendale for 20 to 42 years.

Six new active members were welcomed to the group. They are Josie Harris, Pat Spencer, Karen Saunders, Rita Cohen, Jeannie O'Hara and Karin Jonke.

Guild tours new hospital pavilion

Members of La Providencia Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles had a firsthand viewing of the hospital’s new Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion opening this month and attended a symposium titled, “Journey to Healthier Futures,” which featured noted hospital research speakers.

Following an outdoor luncheon with other guilds from Southern California in the Jane Vruwink Palmer Healing and Play Garden, they toured the Emergency Department/Trauma Center, Heart Institute and the Intensive Critical Care units.

The event was an opportunity for member volunteers to see the progress of their fundraising efforts, including their Fall Fashion Show, Spring Cotillion and the Thrift Shop, located at 3301 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is preparing to open a $636 million, 317-bed state-of-the-art facility that will further expand services and capabilities at its main campus, as well as increase the ability to provide family-centered care to residents throughout the region. The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is among the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States.

Las Candelas donates $80,000

Helping emotionally disturbed children in the community has been the mission of the Las Candelas members for more than 50 years. The group, which consists of 40 female members, provides volunteer services for children at the Hathaway Sycamores Home in Altadena and Hillsides in Pasadena.

The organization held its final meeting of the 2010-2011 year in May at the home of member Bette Ryan and celebrated the completion of Bobbi Gangi’s two-year term as president. Under Gangi’s leadership, the group donated $80,000 in programs and services to organizations who serve emotionally disturbed children.

Included in those organizations are Hathaway-Sycamores, Hillsides, Glendale Healthy Kids, YWCA and VMH Care. Las Candelas members volunteered nearly 400 hours to these facilities during Gangi’s term.

Linda Malmquist installed new officers. They include President Monica Sierra; First Vice-President Ellyn Semler; Second Vice-President Sharon Anderson; Third Vice-President Ginny Simpson; Fourth Vice-President Marcia Lytle; Fifth Vice-President Jeri Benton; Sixth Vice-Presidents Bobbi Gangi and Diane Russell; Recording Secretary Ann Jones; Corresponding Secretary Pattie McCormick; Treasurer Karen Whyte; Philanthropy Treasurer Harriet Rector and Parliamentarian Cathy Keen.

Three provisional members are Pattie Baker, Ann Louise Christensen and Carolyn Beaton, all of Glendale. Glendale resident and longtime community volunteer Debbie Hinckley was presented the Las Candelas Life Membership award.

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