Lucinda (Cindy) Frank, president of the Foothill Service Club for the
Blind, called the meeting to order one recent Wednesday and recording
secretary, Jennie Starnes, braille-read the roll call.
Twenty-five members were present. Turkey dinners were then served by
volunteers from the Burbank Emblem Club, who are wives of the Elks Club
These active ladies served coffee, tea and hot meals to three banquet
tables of club members and their guests, plus a table at which the men
and women of the four sponsoring Lions clubs were sitting.
Emblem Club women have been offering this meal service to the Foothill
Club for more than 50 years.
The meeting was capped by the professional piano artistry of Valerie
Wiener, who rendered selections from Bach, Schubert and Beethoven,
without the benefit of music sheets.
How does she memorize so many intricate classical compositions?
“I’ve learned some of them through my study in Braille and some by
listening to excellent recordings,” Wiener said.
To end her program, the pianist played a medley of patriotic songs,
during which club member Allan Gummerus blended his trained baritone
voice. The Foothill Club is sponsored by four Lions Clubs -- Glendale
Host Club, Eagle Rock Lions, Griffith Park Lions and Glendale Northwest
Lions. Six member from the Lions clubs help make up the Foothill Club’s
board of directors.
Foothill Club retains the deciding vote, with its seven members.
Activities for the members of Foothill Service Club for the Blind include
bingo (which is called by sighted volunteer), listening to recordings of
once popular old-time radio programs and craft making.
Some of the exceptional craft creations can be seen in the club’s
glass display case, where they are offered for sale. First Vice President
Eileen Kennedy exhibited a ceramic plaque and a candy dish, both bearing
unusual designs in brilliant color patterns.
When asked how the club members were able to determine harmonious
color patterns, she said, sighted Lions Club members help them with the
“But our keen sense of touch permits our own selection of shapes,” she
The Lions board members pick up the Foothill members for their monthly
meetings, since Foothill members don’t drive. The Lions draw monthly
checks payment of accumulated bills and review Foothill Club finances.
The Lions also maintain the Foothill Club’s building and grounds. The
mutual feelings of respect and affection shown between the sponsoring
Lions clubs members and members of the Foothill Service Club for the
Blind is obvious to the observer.
The Foothill Service Club for the Blind’s facilities are at 117 E. Los
Feliz, between Glendale Avenue and Brand Boulevard. For more
information, call club president Lucinda (Cindy) Frank at 846-0759.
Students will visit Japanese American Museum
The school board and local organizations are working on a project for
students with hopes participation will help stem the tide of possible
prejudicial reaction directed at some people in our society. The project
is to send 2,600 local high school freshmen for a 60- to 90-minute visit
to the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles.
Glendale’s Board of Education, representing the city’s Unified School
District, will combine efforts with Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club,
Glendale Noon Club and Crescenta Valley Rotary Club to send the students
to the museum to learn from history about the cruelty of prejudice
expressed by a majority against a minority in any social setting.
During the early stages of America’s World War II engagement, 120,000
Japanese Americans were summarily rounded up and herded into distant
These people were abruptly cut off from their former lives. Today’s
survivors of that fear-impelled American reaction, and their present-day
descendants, now wish to educate Glendale’s youth about the need to erase
prejudice wherever it appears.
Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale and Super Shuttle San Fernando
management groups have donated van transportation for some of the
Other students will be transported by commercial buses. The museum
management will donate $125toward the cost of each bus rented. The
Glendale School Board estimates that 22 round trips will be needed by 44
buses to complete the freshmen’s visits.
Speakers compete on theme of hate
At a recent Executive Toastmasters Club meeting, the week’s theme word
was Hate and the complementary word was Wit. The challenge for the
competing speakers was to use these two seemingly conflicting concepts in
a constructive mode.
Margaret Kerry-Willcox addressed her pet peeves with whimsical humor.
Gregg Van Citters took a more solemn approach by citing the need to
safeguard our nation’s fundamental freedoms of speech, assembly, press
and religion, which are guaranteed in our Constitution and its expanded
Bill of Rights. Van Citters was awarded a Speaker’s Trophy.
BILL LOCKWOOD writes about service clubs on alternating Wednesdays.
Reach him by calling 243-2265 or e-mail WQLockwood@aol.com.