WCI Monthly Newsletter

WCI February, 2021 Newsletter
Volume 6, Issue 2

A Moment in Time...

WCI and the County Fair

The December, 2020, Moment in Time featured WCI's fundraising venture at the Riverside County Fair. Here's more of what 1960 club Historian Tommy Izer wrote about the food booth in 1946:

“Faced with the insurmountable problem of raising $2,200 to pay our taxes, we joined together as a club. From our newest member who found the project for us, to our oldest member, we worked 11 days and 1,800 hours of organization and daily shifts at the Riverside County Fair to attain our goal. This spirit has manifested itself in all our projects and drew seven new members and three Junior transfers to our club this year.”

Awe-inspiring, ladies!
WCI President's Message
February, 2021
Dear Friends,

Here we are, almost at the end of the first month of 2021. How time flies when you are staying home. But, again, we are all still standing. We have many things to be thankful for.

We turned in all our club reports, and I am so humbled and honored to lead this fabulous group of volunteers. Reading through our reports, I was amazed to see all the work we did in the last year, all the items we donated, and all the people we clothed and fed. Please check out the link on our website shown below and take a moment to review all our club did this year. You will be as impressed as I am. I do not know if we will win Federation awards for our reports, but you are all winners in my book.
Let’s give a shout out to our 1st V.P. Marlon Carrier, who will represent the De Anza District in LEADS training at CFWC, and who may be selected to represent our State. Congratulations, Marlon.  

One thing is always certain, pandemic or no, we will have sports and the Super Bowl. No big parties, but we can still have a little Super Bowl fun! As you can see in my photo, I am a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan, and even though they will not be in the Super Bowl, I will be wearing my America’s Team colors proudly. I am inviting everyone to wear their team colors to our meeting on February 3rd. If you don’t have a favorite professional football team, wear your college colors, baseball, soccer, or even hockey, whatever stirs your competitive spirit. Participate and be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Let’s have a little fun.

See you on Wednesday. Until then, stay safe and be happy.

Your president,
Mickie Reed
Marlon Carrier Selected as
De Anza District’s 
LEADS Representative

For the second time in three years, De Anza District selected a member from GFWC Woman’s Club of Indio for LEADS. This year, Marlon Carrier will represent our district at the CFWC Winter Conference in February, and if chosen, she could represent our State at the GFWC Convention in July.

Marlon has an impressive résumé and has been an invaluable club member. As a new member, she volunteered to step up when our Board needed a Recording Secretary and is now our 1st Vice President/Dean. She participates in every project and exhibits all the attributes a good leader should possess.

The GFWC Leadership, Education, and Development Seminar identifies GFWC members at the local level who have the potential and desire to assume leadership positions in their State Federations and GFWC on the national level. Participation in GFWC LEADS can help up-and-coming leaders gain the capabilities, confidence, and commitment necessary to pursue and achieve higher offices and serve with distinction.

Please consider attending the CFWC Winter Conference (via Zoom) on February 26th to support our superstar Marlon!
Beginning of February: Please report all volunteer hours and contributions for January to Marlon Carrier at dean@womansclubofindio.org. You may report hours you flew the flag on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day (January 18th), and Inauguration Day (January 20th).

Social: Saturday, January 30th, 5:00 p.m., via Zoom. Valentine Card-Making for our seniors at INRC. $20. Last day to register at membership@womansclubofindio.org is January 28th.

Recipes: Sunday, January 31st, last day to contribute your favorite recipes for the recipe fundraiser book. Send to Sylvia Baran at programs@womansclubofindio.org.

General Meeting: Wednesday, February 3rd, 11:30, via Zoom. Wear you team colors! Guest speaker: Connie Golds. Topic: Mission and Needs of Desert Best Friend’s Closet

CFWC Board Meeting: Friday, February 26th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., via zoom. Open to all WCI members. Deadline to register is February 12th. Email pegboortz9@gmail.com for a registration link. Mickie will give her Resolutions report and the LEADS representative to GFWC will be announced (let’s hope it will be Marlon).

Fly the Flag: Presidents Day, Monday, February 15th

ESO: Tuesday, February. 16th, 6:00 p.m., via Zoom

Board Meeting: Thursday, February 18th, 5:00 p.m., via Zoom

Next General Meeting: Thursday, March 4th, 11:30, via Zoom. Guest Speakers: Angela Friedrichs & WCI member Rosalind Miller. Topic: CV Foster Kids.
Meetings and Programs for 2020-2021 
February 3rd
Connie Golds
Topic: Desert Best Friend’s Closet

March 4th
Angela Friedrichs & Rosalind Miller
Topic: Coachella Valley Foster Kids
*April 7th
Bingo Party
May 5th
Cinco de Mayo
Scholarship Awards Luncheon

 *This meeting will be held in the evening at 5:00 p.m.
1st Vice President/Dean's Corner
Marlon Carrier

to all Club Award Reporters!
Did you know that 18 individual club members contributed to creating 13 separate CFWC Club Award Entries submitted to De Anza District? We would have had nothing to write about without the contributions of ALL our members and friends of our club. Each entry contains a narrative report on multiple projects that we undertook in 13 program areas defined by Federation. These areas include Health & Wellness, Education & Libraries, ESO, Fundraising, Membership, and much more. Please take a few minutes to review our submissions, which are available in the Member Portal of our website under Club Documents & Information | 2020 CFWC Club Award Entries OR CLICK here: Club Award Entries. You will see the program area's name at the bottom of each document. Thank you to all our members who make our positive impact on our community possible.  

Wishing all our members a very Happy Valentine’s Day!! 
Technology Committee
Sylvia Baran, 3rd VP
Did you know . . . that our website is filled with information about our history and our affiliations? It's true. Click on the website's "About Us" tab, and you'll see the "Who We Are and What We Do" option as well as the "Our History" option.
The "Who We Are and What We Do" page shows just what your membership with GFWC Woman's Club of Indio means. Specifically, your WCI membership includes membership with the De Anza District, the California Federation of Women's Clubs, and the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Through those connections, you are automatically part of an extensive network of 100,000 like-minded members focused on community improvement. And through those connections, our club is supported through information and training. Clicking on any of the logos on that page takes you directly to those parent organizations' websites, and you can see just how much work they're doing to support local clubs.

Under the "Our History" page, you'll see a timeline of our club's history. Throughout the timeline, important dates are highlighted, and some of those dates have pictures embedded to bring into vivid detail the value and accomplishments of this admirable club. There is a link to a full list of WCI presidents just above the group photo. These women are a true testament to our rich history and the firm dedication over many years by so many to lead our club and impact our community.

Now you know.
Calling all WCI members (this is so exciting)

We’re Going to Create a GFWC Woman’s Club of Indio Cookbook!

We have so many members who love to cook and share recipes and we want YOU. We will start by forming a Cookbook Committee and will create our cookbook using recipes from members. We will be using an online cookbook fundraising company to create the book (I’ve checked out several) and it’s super easy. But to do it, we’ll need some help deciding about what format our book will use, collecting recipes, typing them, selecting images to use for the cover, inside, etc., and proofreading to be sure it all looks good. 

This is not going to be a long-term project; rather, this is one we should be able to organize and get off the ground in a month or so once we have our recipes. If you’re interested in helping or if you have recipes you’d like to submit, just let me know. If you’re interested in participating but you can only offer a bit of time, no worries! We’d love to have your help. If you’re only interested in typing the recipes but not be part of collecting them, no worries! We’d love to have your help, too. All of our efforts will result in a cookbook that we can sell to fundraise and support our fantastic projects.

Please contact me directly to be a part of this fun project or to send me recipes. The last day for submitting recipes is Sunday, January 31st. I’m soooo excited and I can’t wait to get started. 😊

(760) 641-1313
Health & Wellness Committee 
Volunteer Action Updates
Marcia Daniels, Health and Wellness Chair
As we are hopefully nearing a brighter time, there is still much to be done for those in our own Coachella Valley. This month, I invite all members to participate in our January and February actions contributing to the Health and Wellness of all.

❤️The residents and the staff at INRC have received their first dose of the COVID vaccine and will be getting their second dose around January 30th. Soon they will not be confined to their rooms, though most out-of-room interactions and visitations will remain limited. They have greatly benefited from our help and are most appreciative of our efforts. We will continue to support them in 2021. Monies that members previously donated will be used to buy needed radios/mp3/CD players in January. And in 2021, we encourage members to write cards and letters to the residents. If you have not done this yet, come on board and join those who have written once or repeatedly!

❤️We are planning an INRC Valentines Event with some details still to be worked out, pending what level of restriction is present at the nursing home. We are already committed to providing Valentine cards to each resident and staff. Via the traditional way, I ask all members to buy or make Valentine cards for one or as many as 20 (or more) residents and staff. My committee will arrange for pickup from you. Alternatively, you can drop off or mail the cards to my home anytime from Feb1-12. Cards can be in Spanish or English. Contact me at health@womansclubofindio.org to participate.  Another way to participate in this Valentine's Day event is by coming to the WCI Winter Social on January 30th, at 5 p.m.

🐰We currently have no scheduled, organized event for CVRM or Galilee until spring, when we again will bring giggles and joy to the kids with our Easter Basket Project. However, there is a significant need for clothes and socks on an ongoing basis. If you wish to make an in-kind donation, please contact me at health@womansclubofindio.org. We will be glad to pick up your donation and get it to these folks. Alternately, if you would like to make a money donation, you can do so by clicking here to our website to complete your donation. Please indicate where you want your donation to go (e.g., CVRM).

On behalf of the entire Health and Wellness Committee, I want to thank all of you for your outstanding involvement in our activities in 2020. We look forward to continuing the work and meeting in person again sometime in 2021.
MLK Moment of Action Project

Our MLK Moment of Action Project is simple. During the month of January, communicate with a young person, of any age, about Martin Luther King Jr., whose ideals are celebrated by a national holiday on January 18. Then post a picture of your communication on the MLK post on our Facebook page or send the photo to indioclubwoman@gmail.com. Below you will find some resources to help you easily participate in this “Moment in Action.”

Questions: Call 818 235-7625 or 408 802-5858
District and State Contests
Dates, Contacts, and Rules

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST: Due mid-March. Mail your photo to Reatha Reedus, De Anza Arts Chair, 29995 Los Nogales Road, Temecula, CA 92591. Must include a signed GFWC Creative Arts Waiver. Photographs will not be returned.

WRITING CONTEST: Due February 15th. Mail to Kay Masonbrink, De Anza Writing Contest, 7746 Dutra Drive, Hemet, CA 92545. Must include a signed GFWC Creative Arts Waiver. Stories will not be returned.

ARTS & CRAFTS CONTEST: Waiting for decision on how to conduct this contest.
For questions or emailed rules and waiver, please contact Peg Boortz at arts@womansclubofindio.org
Wear a mask, maintain social distance & stay informed! See current Riverside County Vaccine Clinic Information here: Riverside County COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics or check with your health care provider or insurance carrier vaccine availability.  
Yard of the Month Winner
Bernadette Subia-Martinez, Recognition Chair,
and Angela Zepeda
"I never win anything!" Ms. Heffler responded when Bernadette Subia-Martinez explained she won our Yard of the Month award. Ms. Heffler was very excited to talk about her savings and desert-scaped yard's low maintenance. She showed us that some plants did not have a water line supplied to them, yet they thrive. Ms. Heffler also was excited to show her goody bag and share information with her neighbors.
Members are encouraged to write congratulatory notes to Michelle Heffler, 47563 Palomino Ct, Indio, CA 92201.

Please contact Bernadette Subia-Martinez or Angela Zepeda at recognition@womansclubofindio.org to nominate more yards with great curb appeal.
Click for volunteer opportunities
Epsilon Sigma Omicron
Educational Society
The Altrurians Chapter Meetings
Sports Category

February 16, 2021: A Course Called Ireland by Tom Coyne. A humorous bestseller about one man’s epic Celtic sojourn in search of ancestors, nostalgia, and the world’s best round of golf. Non-fiction.

April 20, 2021: Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Longest Horse Race by Lara Prior-Palmer. At the age of 19, the author set off on a horse into the Mongolian Steppe not knowing what she was getting into. Non-fiction.

June 15, 2021: In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle by Madeline Blais. A funny and intimate look into the minds and hearts of the members of a girls’ basketball team and their quest for the State Championship and respect. Non-fiction.

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”

A highlight of our members’ interesting lives or contributions to our club.
Found Photos and Fond Memories
Rochelle Watson

Due to a recent home remodeling project, my husband Jim and I have been going through boxes of stuff we kept in storage. I hit the jackpot when I found these newspaper clipping photos of my parents, Paula and Wendell Ford. The picture of my mother becoming a new member of the Woman's Club of Indio makes me smile for several reasons. 
First, my mom kept this image - from 1975! That is a long time ago. So long ago, in fact, that new members of the Indio Woman's Club made it into the newspaper and got a photo with a caption. Please notice that all the new members are wearing a corsage.

I love the hair do's of the ladies and the fashions. My mom never really liked dresses, so it is interesting to see she is the only one wearing "slacks," as she always referred to her pants.

I think Frances Swingle, the member on the left, was a big deal in Indio. Swingle Avenue in Indio is named for the original date orchard her family owned and operated. The area is now tract homes that are very close to the All American Canal and what used to be the US Department of Agriculture Research Station in Indio.

In 1975, I was 14 years old and in my freshman year at Indio High School. Phew, that was a long time ago. My mother volunteered in the office at the high school. She could keep an eye on me that way, I suppose. 

My mom really loved being part of the Woman's Club of Indio. She was president a few times over. Through my mother, I became friends with Gloria Franz, who was a dear friend of my mother and fellow intrepid club member. Gloria created a scholarship in her name, the Paula Ford Scholarship, awarded the year my mom passed, 2011. 
Two more clippings are of my dad, Wendell Ford. Dad worked at College of the Desert for more than 20 years. He started working at the college sometime in 1964 or 1965, which was right when the college was brand new, and the reason we relocated to Indio when I was three years old. 

We lived in a brand new home in Indio, on Sherwood Drive and Miles Avenue. The house was so new it still had date orchards all around it, which was very fun as a child. Over the years, housing and new families replaced the orchards. 

My dad always loved gadgets and tinkering with gizmos, so this was an excellent job for him to have. The library's basement was like a bunker, underground and very cold to keep all the electronics from overheating. It was also where the music practice rooms were until a computer programming lab replaced them, sometime in the 1980s. 

Just look at how much engineering and equipment was needed to shoot a local chamber of commerce meeting and broadcast it into our homes. Now we use our phones to shoot, create, and disburse videos into the world.

Seeing these photos makes me happy. I loved my parents, and the photos reminded me of many fond memories.

It's nice to be a part of the Indio Woman's Club and help my local community in a way that carries on my mother's tradition and the accomplishments of so many wonderful women over the years.
February Birthdays
Gail Sand (1st)
Linda Porras (8th)
Joan Helms (20th)
Mechie Nuñez-Meents (20th)
Margie Heavener (21st)
Alice Quiroz-Burns (22nd)
Gee Gee Hanson (26th)

District News
De Anza District Conference

Fifty-four members of eight clubs met via Zoom for the January 18th conference. Members regretfully accepted De Anza President Christine Hunt’s resignation due to family health matters. Alison Eccleston is now President Pro Tem. Tinka Friend, De Anza Woman’s History Chair, gave an excellent report about Clara Barton’s perseverance against discrimination against women and her efforts to provide help for Civil War soldiers. Guest speaker Shirley Lorraine, CFWC Education & Libraries Chair, spoke about ESO, the Federation’s educational reading program. WCI President/De Anza 2nd VP Mickie Reed reported that most district clubs continue to be active during the pandemic. A new Standing Rule was approved that allows electronic meetings, conferences, and conventions. Jan Emde announced that WCI 1st VP/Dean Marlon Carrier is the district’s LEADS candidate for 2021. Congratulations, Marlon!
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