WCI Monthly Newsletter

WCI August, 2021 Newsletter
Volume 6, Issue 8

A Moment in Time...

Charitable Work 1918-1922

The club was a fledgling community service club in the Spanish Influenza years between 1918 and 1922, and at times, their treasury had as little as $18.89. It is to their credit that they were able to support these causes: layettes for French infants, the Red Cross, a French orphan, books for community singing, pajamas for the Red Cross, Belgian Relief Cloths, a local family in need, a maternity home in LA, playground equipment for schools, the Salvation Army, and toys for children.
WCI President's Message
August, 2021
Dear Friends,

Our club is on fire! That must be why it is so hot in Indio.  

Seriously, we are getting new members every week and having fun at our socials. We had a great time painting a neon jellyfish. We solved a murder and sadly, one of our members, Alora Reed-Garcia, aka Ella Vader, was the killer. The murder mystery was so much fun. And, we are looking forward to our upcoming Vegas-style Casino night, so please join the fun.

Our work in the community is continuing. We are dedicated to helping the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, Coachella Valley Foster Kids, Indio Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Soles4Souls, My Best Friend’s Closet, and our ESO mini-library. Our backpack and school supply drive is in full swing, and we are collecting books, suitcases, interview clothes, shoes, socks, greeting cards, baby dolls, and stuffed animals for these organizations.

So, clean out those closets, pack it up, drop it off, and help our Indio brothers and sisters. Stay cool and step out for some casino fun! And stay safe!

Happy August from your President,

Mickie Reed
GFWC Woman's Club of Indio - President
DeAnza District 2nd V.P./Membership
CFWC Resolutions Chairman
(760) 668-7018
Are you creative? Full of ideas?

I am looking for some creative members to be on a Centerpiece Committee for the DeAnza District Conference set on September 20th. The theme is "Welcome Back" and we have some supplies, with a very small budget.

If you are interested in serving, please contact Mickie Reed at indioclubwoman@gmail.com.

Please send your hours for June 2020 through May 2021 to Marlon Carrier at dean@womansclubofindio.com. We value the work you do on behalf of our club and want to recognize your contributions. Mickie will present awards for service hours and other ways you may have contributed to our club’s success at the September 12th Kick-Off Brunch. 

Contact Marlon if you have questions concerning what can be counted for hours.
Beginning of August, please report volunteer hours and contributions to Marlon Carrier at dean@womansclubofindio.org. You may count hours for flying the flag on Independence Day, July 4th.

CVRM Annual School Supplies & Backpack Drop-Off: July 28th, 6:00 - 6:30 p.m., at the usual three drop-off locations. In-kind and monetary donations for Foster Kids, Desert Best Friend's Closet, and Soles4Souls may be dropped off in addition to the school supplies.

Volunteers are needed to fill backpacks on Friday, August 6th, 8:00 a.m., at CVRM gym, 47-470 Van Buren Street, Indio.
Volunteers are needed to distribute backpacks on Saturday, August 7th, 6:30 a.m. at CVRM drive-by parking lot distribution.
Casino Night: Saturday, August 7th, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Heritage Palms; western theme; $60 includes appetizers; cash bar available. RSVP at www.womansclubofindio.org or membership@womansclubofindio.org.

ESO Meeting: Tuesday, August 17th, 6:00 p.m., Sloan’s

Kick-Off Brunch: Sunday, September 12th, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., $28, Soles4Souls shoes and socks collection; WCI Arts & Crafts Show

De Anza District Conference: Monday, September 20th, 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Hosted by WCI, Heritage Palms

Board Meeting: Thursday, September 30th, 5:00 p.m.

Next General Meeting: Wednesday, October 6th, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.; $28; CVRM hygiene items and Penny Pines collections; WCI Arts & Crafts Show  
Meetings and Programs for 2021 
September 12, 2021: Kick-Off Brunch, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., $28, Soles4Souls shoes and socks collections, WCI Arts & Crafts Show

September 20, 2021: De Anza District Meeting, 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., $15, Heritage Palms

October 6, 2021: General Meeting, 5:00-6:30 p.m., CVRM hygiene items and Penny Pines collections, WCI Art Show

October 23, 2021: Area D Convention, Riverside    
November 3, 2021: General Meeting, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., CVRM food and Penny Pines collections

November 15, 2021: De Anza Conference, 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., $15, Riverside

December 1, 2021: General Meeting, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., toy and Penny Pines collections

To see the full 2021-2022 calendar listing WCI, District, State, and National events, click here.
1st Vice President/Dean's Corner
Marlon Carrier
    Summer Workshops

DID YOU KNOW… that the CFWC Back to Basics Summer Workshops are continuing? 

Grab the refreshing beverage of your choice, sit back, relax, and learn more about how to become a more involved member. Learn skills that apply to all members, what your officers and chairs do, and much more. August dates and times include: 

Tuesday, August 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to noon: SPEAKING & LISTENING SKILLS FOR ALL MEMBERS & LEVELS OF FEDERATION

Friday, August 6th, from 10:00 a.m. to noon: THE ROLES OF A CLUB & DISTRICT DEAN – REPORTING & SUPPORT OF CHAIRS

Saturday, August 7th, from 10:00 a.m. to noon: COMMUNICATIONS BOOTCAMP – HOW TO’S OF COMMUNICATION TOOLS 
Wednesday, August 11th, from 10:00 a.m. to noon: ADMINISTRATIVE & PROGRAM CHAIRS – PROJECT IDEAS & REPORTING

Saturday, August 14th, from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.: GFWC – NAVIGATING THE MEMBER PORTAL

Tuesday, August 17th, from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.: MEMBERSHIP - IDEAS AND SUGGESTIONS


Send reservation inquiries to: reservationscfwc@gmail.com
Schedule not convenient? All workshops will be posted on the CFWC YouTube Channel. Access and subscribe here: GFWC California Federation of Women's Clubs
Contact Marlon Carrier at dean@womansclubofindio.org for questions or links to the workshops.
Health & Wellness Committee 
Volunteer Action Updates
Marcia Daniels, Health and Wellness Chair
INRC WRITING PROJECT CONTINUES: This month marks one year since WCI members began writing cards and letters to residents and staff at the Indio Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center (INRC). Receiving cards is so appreciated by many who would not otherwise receive any words of support. This project will continue throughout the summer months and beyond. Please volunteer to send your greetings of cheer in either Spanish or English. The Health & Wellness Committee will arrange pickup and delivery. Contact Margaret Nieto at 760-799-2391 or civicoutreach@womansclubofindio.org for details.

CVRM School Supplies Distribution: 

There is a particular need this year for backpacks, colored pencils, washable colored markers, calculators, pink rectangular erasers, safety scissors, lined paper, and 1-inch sized three-ring binders/notebooks. “Let Our Committee Do The Shopping For You.” Money donations, payable to WCI (with a note on the check for CVRM School Supplies Giveaway), are also appreciated. Items can be dropped off July 28th from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. at our usual three locations. You may also contact Margaret Nieto at 760-799-2391 or civicoutreach@womansclubofindio.org for questions or alternate drop-off options.

Volunteers are needed to fill backpacks on Friday, August 6th, 8:00 a.m., at CVRM gym, 47-470 Van Buren Street, Indio.
Volunteers are needed to distribute backpacks on Saturday, August 7th, 6:30 a.m. at CVRM drive-by parking lot distribution.

This evening (July 28th), we will be collecting at the three usual drop-off parking lots (Heirloom Kitchen, Dunkin, and Walgreen’s) from 6:00 until 6:30 p.m.
1. School supplies for Coachella Valley Rescue Mission
2. Gently used shoes for Soles4Souls 
3. Gently used business/business casual clothes for My Desert Best Friend's Closet 
4. Dolls, stuffed animals, art supplies and greeting cards for Indio Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
5. Small suitcases and duffle bags for Coachella Valley Foster Kids 
6. Books for the mini-library 
7. Socks for the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission and Galilee Center

If you are interested in volunteering, or have questions, please contact Margaret Nieto at 760-799-2391 or civicoutreach@womansclubofindio.org.
Join Us for Our
 15th Annual Paint El Paseo Pink
 Saturday, October 9, 2021
 Registration is Open!
Waiting for You
Peg Boortz, Arts & Culture Chair

The first ever GFWC WCI arts and crafts slideshow will debut at the Kick-Off Brunch on Sunday, September 12th. There’s still time to send photographs of anything you created before the end-of-August deadline.

  • Submit whatever you wish
  • Submit as many projects as you wish
  • Submit projects created recently or long ago
  • Please email a photo of your project(s) to Peg Boortz at arts@womansclubofindio.org.

August Photo Gallery
Yard of the Month
Bernadette Subia-Martinez and Angela Zepeda,
Recognition Co-Chairs
It is such an honor to recognize a Vietnam Veteran just days after commemorating 245 years of the Declaration of Independence of the United States. This was not planned, yet a mere twist of fate to remind us how important it is to give tribute to those who prioritize our country and our beautiful City of Indio.

Mr. and Mrs. Baca converted their lawn to a beautiful desert landscape seven years ago with the help of Indio Water Authority’s turf conversion rebate program. Their goal was to reduce maintenance while saving water yet still provide a haven for birds. Bernadette and I enjoyed capturing a picture of their birdie tenants who set their nest in the beautiful cabin shown below.

The Baca family is well versed in the importance of water conservation as Mr. Baca retired from the Coachella Valley Water District in 2002 with 25 years of service. Mr. Baca is also a member of the American Legion, a U.S. Veterans Association. On behalf of the Woman’s Club of Indio, we thank you for your service!
Please contact Bernadette Subia-Martinez or Angela Zepeda at recognition@womansclubofindio.org to nominate more yards with great curb appeal.

Epsilon Sigma Omicron
Educational Society
The Altrurians Chapter Meetings
We meet on the third Tuesday of alternate months at 6:00 p.m., at Sloan’s Restaurant on Highway 111, Indio.

California History Category

August 17th: Bold Women in California History by Kay Moore.
Recommended by CFWC. Kay Moore weaves a tapestry of intriguing biographies using little-known historical information to shed light on the diverse achievements of thirteen women.

October 19th: All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani. True story of Loretta Young and Clark Gable’s love affair and the bond between Loretta and her secretary as they encounter scandal and adventure during Hollywood’s Golden Age.

December 21st: TBA

Please check out the ESO page on our website for more information about our book club. Questions about ESO? Contact Peggy Mathieson at education@womansclubofindio.org. 

Through the Looking Glass

Help Wanted

One of the best features in our newsletter is Through the Looking Glass. In the past two years, wonderful Looking Glass essays about trips to foreign lands, relatives, pets, past adventures, COVID tales, and favorite charities have added interest, color, and a personal touch to our otherwise fact-based newsletter. 

We’re seeking volunteers to be the next members to see their personal interest stories published and praised. If you are interested in writing about something near and dear to your heart, please contact Peg Boortz at arts@womansclubofindio.org.
Meet Our New Member
Shelley Diemer

Shelley was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. After finishing her undergrad in Nutritional Science, she moved to Toronto, Canada, where she met her husband. He was offered a job in Michigan, where they moved and spent 18 years, and where Shelley became a dental hygienist. They have one son, who is now 24 years old. 

They moved to Orange County, California, and lived there for ten years, and would travel many weekends to the desert. Once they knew their son was not coming back to Orange County, they jumped at a chance to move to the desert and settled into their home in Indian Palms County Club. 

Shelley has been working as a dental hygienist for the last 30 years and is also a professional educator for Waterpik for the Coachella Valley.

Shelley is always up for a new adventure and volunteers when she sees a need. She volunteered for the Girl Scouts, ran school book fairs, and was awarded Michigan’s PTA Parent of the Year in 2007. She is thrilled she was introduced to WCI and is looking forward to offering her service to Indio.
August Birthdays
Peg Boortz (10th) 
Pat Clinton (11th)
Teresa Stafford (11th)
 Mary Martin Akhigbe (12th)
Gretchen Perez (20th) 
Rochelle Watson (21st)
Bryan Montgomery (21st) 
Lupita Castellanos (25th)
Brenda Rockwell (27th) 
Nancy Neufeld (30th)
Celebrating Our Members’ Years of Service

Members who joined in August

Michelle Borthwick (1 year)
Ruth Ann Aguilera (3 years)
Jesus Yvette Angulo (3 years)
and Rosalind Miller (3 years)

We Thank and Support Our Sponsors
 Brought to you by the talented WCI Editorial Staff:
Peg Boortz & Dona LaFrance