President’s Message 2013 June

Barbara Profile ShotJoel Bishop delighted members at our May meeting with his salute to Ingrid McGuire, our 2013 Founders Day honoree. Joel gave numerous examples of the trail blazed by Ingrid that he would later follow in Monarch Beach Terrace, the South Coast Water District Board, on the Dana Point City Council and as Mayor, with Ingrid always leading the way.  City Councilman Carlos N. Olvera also presented Ingrid with official congratulations from Mayor Steven Weinberg and the City of Dana Point.  Ingrid told us she was deeply touched and proud to be named the Founders Day Honoree.  All of our members should be pleased about Ingrid’s assessment of our Society’s accomplishments.  In a note to us a few days later,  Ingrid wrote that she was  “blown away” by the effort and thoughtfulness shown by our board of directors who put the meeting together.  I also want to express my thanks to Ann Shultz, Program Chair, the Founders Day committee, the board members who brought refreshments and our members and guests who were present or sent messages to honor Ingrid.

A new rug has lowered the noise level in the museum and you will find our new chairs very comfortable when you visit.  Museum VP Ross Teasley reports that the new conference/display tables will arrive the week of June 17th.  The Fernald Knowlton Exhibit is being reduced in size to accommodate a Surfing History display for the summer.  Plan on dropping by with friends or volunteering as a docent.

I am pleased to announce that Stillwater Spirits & Sounds will host our 2013 Home Tour Headquarters, which will include an afternoon reception for all ticketed attendees, at their historic Prohibition-era S.H. Woodruff building.  Save the date of Sunday, October 6, 2013.

Regina Barnes, Scholarship Chair, presented the Doris I. Walker Scholarship at Dana Hills High School and I had the honor to present the Lucy Chavarrias-Saunderson Scholarship at San Clemente High School.  We will introduce you to the two deserving winners of our $1,000 Scholarships at the annual scholarship fundraiser held Wednesday, June 26th.

NEWS!!  Jack Saunderson of El Patio Cafe is catering our June 26th Scholarship Picnic with his mother’s recipes. What could be more appropriate when our first scholarship was named for Jack’s mother, Lucy?  Jack and the Society are dedicating the evening to Beverly Sels, 1936-2013, who began our scholarship program during her presidency in 2001. Our Scholarship Picnic Fundraiser is moving across the street to Lantern Bay Park for this Mexican-style picnic with friends, while enjoying a beautiful ocean view.  Glenn Sels, Jack Saunderson and Blair Walker will each share a story about the ladies we are honoring.   All we need to do is reserve tickets for family and friends so the right amount of delicious food can be prepared.   Oh, please bring some folding money to buy tickets for our raffle as well as for drink “tips”.  Call 248-8121 if you wish to donate an item for the raffle or a dessert for the dinner.  See you at the Scholarship Picnic!

Barbara Force Johannes

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