President’s Message 2013 January

Barbara Profile ShotNew Year Greetings!   Our December Open house was well attended by some 60 members who filled our City Hall Suite 104 and overflowed onto the front sidewalk.   Power Point photos reviewed the past year’s activities, new members joined our cause and we all enjoyed visiting and sampling tasty treats surrounded by a collection of festive Santas.

As I write this letter to you, our members, I have received the sad news that Beverly Sels, DPHS President for six years, 1996-2001, has passed away.  Beverly and her board members brought the Historical Society to a new era, establishing the DP Heritage Museum in two locations, unveiling the Baby Beach Tile Wall and inaugurating the Annual Home Tour.  The Historical society extends our sincere condolences to her husband, Glenn, and all of Beverly’s family.

You are reading it here first!  The Pat Plepler Citizenship Award will be presented to Terry Walsh at our January 23 potluck dinner and annual meeting!  In addition to enjoying the delicious covered dishes we all provide, highlights will also include the installation of both new and experienced officers and year-end reports.  Also, please join us in thanking Jessica Blair for her participation as our Program Director for the past year.  We wish her a continued health recovery and every success in her law career.

You don’t want to miss “Doc” Paskowitz, famed Stanford medical school graduate, Class of 1946, who left medicine to become a professional surfer and then took his wife and family of nine children with him on a 23-year “surfing safari” of surfing camps and healthy living.  “Doc” will speak at our January 23meeting.

Plans are being made to continue the surfing theme with Mickey Munoz at our February meeting.  Then March will be filled to the brim with our participation in the Festival of Whales.  With your help, we will offer historic walking tours and a booth at the harbor on both weekends, and the public reading of Richard Henry Dana’s Two Years Before the Mast at the Nature Interpretive Center March 8-10.  We would love to have you greet visitors at our booth, join folks on the historic walking tour and read a short passage of R.H. Dana’s description of his voyage.  You will develop a deeper appreciation of Dana Point history when you experience these three activities over the two weekends.  Please join us in sharing our history with visitors to Dana Point.

As promised, an early spring ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception at our new City Hall location is currently in the planning stages.  Look for the date and details in our February issue of The News Drogher.  Our 25th Anniversary year continues to unfold and we want you and all of our members to be part of it!

                                                                                   

                                                                                    Barbara Force Johannes

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