WCI Monthly Newsletter

WCI January, 2021 Newsletter
Volume 6, Issue 1

A Moment in Time...


In 1916, WCI decided to give a recognition silver spoon to each baby born in the membership. The spoon would have the child’s name on the handle with the letters WCI on the reverse side. After a while, they were ordering spoons by the dozens. Eventually, the club decided to discontinue giving baby gifts as the cost was depleting the treasury.
WCI President's Message
January, 2021
Hello My Friends,

As we all look forward to the start of a new year, let’s take a moment to be thankful for 2020 . . . yes, I said it. We are thankful we learned how to grow and bond during adversity, we served our community like never before, and most importantly, we are still standing whole.

So, it’s time to set some new goals. As club president, I am aiming for our club to grow in number, in recognition, in service to our community, and in friendship. We can achieve these goals together.

The grim reality of our financial situation cannot be avoided. We have scholarships and promised support to projects looming just a few months away. We will not to be able to have our annual fundraiser, so we are striving to find some creative ways to meet our obligations. Please help us. Look for the “Fundraising” section of our newsletter below. There are some easy, no-cost ways to help us earn money, such as nominating us for the “Lift Up Local” grant, which only requires a click of your mouse and does not cost a thing, or submitting your best recipes for our cookbook. As well, there will be some opportunities to donate funds.

At our next meeting, I will ask each one of you to think of just one thing from 2020 that you can be thankful for and one goal for 2021, and you will have an opportunity to share. Anyone who shares will be entered to win a prize. At our February meeting, we will be in Super Bowl mode and get all dressed up in our favorite team regalia to cheer our teams. Show your colors and let’s have a pep rally.

See you on Wednesday, January 6th, at 11:30 a.m. Invite a friend to join us! Until then, be safe and enjoy your holidays.

Can GFWC Woman's Club of Indio Count on You Today??
Sylvia Baran, 3rd VP
BREAKING NEWS: “Lift Up Local,” a program created by the Inland Empire Community Foundation, wants to honor three local non-profits with $5,000 grants on January 7th. We believe that our very own GFWC Woman’s Club of Indio should be one of the awardees. To increase our chances that this will happen, we need every member (and anyone else they know) to simply click on this link and nominate GFWC WCI. That’s it! No monetary or in-kind donation, just 30 seconds of your time. Can We Count on You Today????
How can you help? Great question. All you need to do is click this link to nominate GFWC Woman’s Club of Indio. Submitting an entry takes literally about 30 seconds, and each entry declares we believe WCI is a very deserving non-profit that should be one of the three to receive the grant. The more submissions IECF receives on behalf of a particular non-profit, the more likely that non-profit will be selected. So, all we need is for all of our members, families, and friends to nominate WCI. Don’t forget to involve your kids and grandkids, as well. Grandkids have a fabulous network of techy friends who can get the word spread quickly.
When do you have to act? Another great question. Today, but definitely not later than December 31st. That’s the cutoff. Please click this link to nominate our wonderful club and ask everyone you know to do so as well. Let’s send 150 nominations to ICEF to let them know we’re working so hard to improve our community and their grant would be appreciated.

THERE YOU HAVE IT! Please donate 30 seconds to nominate GFWC Woman’s Club of Indio and share this invitation far and wide. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Just click either name below to start an email. Thank you!

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. I’m soooo excited and I can’t wait to get started. 😊

(760) 641-1313
Contest Reminder
All art, writing, and photography projects for the De Anza District and CFWC Competitions have to be finished by the end of this year. Entries will be submitted to the district early in 2021. Go to our website and click on About Us, then 2020-2022 Board and Committees, and then Arts and Culture for competition details..
End of December: Please report all volunteer hours and contributions for December and any unreported hours and donations for 2020 to Marlon Carrier at dean@womansclubofindio.orgYou may report hours for flying the flag on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 7th, and Christmas Day, December 25th.

WCI Recipe Cookbook: Now is the time to send your favorite recipes and volunteer to serve on the Cookbook Committee. Contact Sylvia Baran at programs@womansclubofindio.org or 760-641-1313. (see 2nd Fundraising article above)

IECF Grant Deadline: Please nominate GFWC Woman’s Club of Indio by Thursday, December 31st (see 1st Fundraiser article above)

Fly the Flag: New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1st

General Meeting via Zoom: Wednesday, January 6th, 11:30, meeting at noon. Guest speaker: member Beverli Marshall. Topic: Neuro Diversity. Please be willing to share one thing about 2020 that you’re thankful for and one goal for 2021. 

De Anza District Conference via Zoom: Monday, January 18th, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Fly the Flag: Presidential Inauguration Day, Wednesday, January 20th

Board Meeting via Zoom: Thursday, January 28th, 5:00 p.m.

Next General Meeting: Wednesday, February 3rd, 11:30 a.m. Guest Speaker: Connie Golds. Topic: Mission & Needs of Desert Best Friend’s Closet
Happy New Year From Our Members
The Nieto Family
The Mathieson Family
The Franz Family
The Franz Family Pups
Sylvia and Matt Baran
The Reed/Walters Family
1st Vice President/Dean's Corner
Marlon Carrier

Monday, January 4, 2021

Did you know that your Committee Chairs and Board Members are hard at work on our Club Reports for calendar 2020? Reports include a narrative of what our club has accomplished this year as well as details on the number of member volunteer hours and donations you have reported. 

What this means to YOUREPORT all hours and donations through December 31, 2020, no later than MONDAY, January 4th. To complete our reports, we need your input to meet our mid-January deadline for sending our information to De Anza District. Thank you in advance for getting your information to me!  
Wishing all our Members a very Happy New Year!! 
Please report all hours and contributions for December to Marlon Carrier at dean@womansclubofindio.org. For an example of how to submit your hours, click here.
Holiday Social a Huge Success!
Rosalva Campos
Co-2nd VP/Membership

Our WCI lovely ladies definitely know how to make the most of every situation. Even though WCI socials have always been a summer thing, now it is one of the few ways our ladies can remain social during this pandemic. 

Twenty of our lovely ladies joined our virtual holiday social and helped create holiday cards for residents at Indio Nursing and Rehabilitation Center while enjoying some yummy snacks and wine. Along with some great gifts the ladies received with the optional gift exchange, they helped raise over $406. 

Don’t miss our next virtual social. Details will be posted soon on our website. 
Meetings and Programs for 2020-2021 
January 6th
WCI Member Beverli Marshall
Topic: Neuro Diversity 

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.
Health & Wellness Committee 
Volunteer Action Updates
Marcia Daniels, Health and Wellness Chair
Yes, there is still a pandemic to grapple with as 2020 ends and 2021 begins, and our collective and individual hurt is not yet over. Most certainly, COVID-19 has forced us to modify our mode of daily living but has not stopped us from making meaningful contributions in many areas of our community. I want to take this time to highlight some of the actions our members have participated in through Health and Wellness Committee Projects. We can all be proud of how our GFWC Woman’s Club of Indio has risen to the challenges of 2020. We do make a difference. 
In 2020, let’s highlight that the pandemic did not stop us from:
   …assembling and delivering 250 Easter Baskets to children at CVRM and 50 baskets to children at Galilee Center
   adopting the Indio Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where we initiated letter-writing and card projects, donated needed items, put on an animal parade, created staff appreciation days, and bought specialty items
   …donating backpacks and hundreds of back-to-school items for children at CVRM 
   donating over 350 pairs of socks to Socktober at CVRM
   donating a truckload of food for the CVRM November Food Drive 
   donating a truckload of toys, socks, and books for the CVRM December Toy Drive 
   competing for the $5000 Lift Up Local Grants to non-profits (this one is still ongoing through 12/31) 

Teresa Stafford at Virtual Paint Night; participation fees were donated to non-profits.
Rosalind Miller, Marcia Daniels, Margaret Nieto, and Lucas Nieto with blankets, socks, and other items for ISC's Winter Care Packages
Amelia Calderon and other Holiday Social participants made Christmas cards for INRC patients.
Alora Reed-Garcia and Mickie Reed at the IRNC Pet Parade
Holiday Cards for ISC
Margaret Nieto, Civic Outreach 
& Community Development Committee Chair

WCI members donated approximately 80 unsigned Christmas cards to the Indio Senior Center. The cards will be signed by the center staff and placed in Meals on Wheels bags to brighten the day of housebound participants. ISC will appreciate receiving unsigned cards and envelopes celebrating other holidays and birthdays. Please contact me at margaretnieto@aol.com for questions or to donate cards.
Bringing 'Hope' to Indio
The Woman's Club of Indio is sponsoring this student-led group to involve youth in the community
From Indio Live, the City of Indio’s monthly newsletter:
HOPE’s First Community Project

Members of the new GFWC HOPE Club placed boxes around the city in businesses, post offices, and City Hall to join WCI in collecting toy donations for the CV Rescue Mission.
Newsletter Help Wanted

Our newsletter is in dire need of volunteers to write Looking Glass articles for future issues. In the past two years, members have contributed stories about travel, pets, family, causes they support, memories from childhood, and more. Their engaging essays ranged from informative to emotional and inspiring to just for fun. All of the contributions added a human touch to our otherwise information-filled newsletter. 

We thank Joan Helms (3-time guest writer; skydiving, winning the CA lottery, and her dog Mollie), Emilie Jester (3 contributions, trip to Burma-Myanmar, a trip to Jordan, and a memorable night in Bolivia), Lily Sullivan (famous grandmother), Pat Ruth (Rose Parade experience), Sylvia Baran (2 contributions, Alzheimer’s Disease and WCI’s COD tour), Susan Everett (life at her family orchard that led to volunteering at Galilee Center), Jill Golden (her animal rescue shelter), Karla Noonan (Stay Safe Program she created), Bobbi Morris (trip to Iceland), Bonnie Tucker (her dogs, Chip and Teddy), Bernadette Subia-Martinez (her service dog Barnabas), Rosa Lee Schneck (thoughts inspired by pandemic restrictions), Linda Mesman-Poirot (daily routines during the pandemic), Dona LaFrance (her rescue dog Bella), Irene Calderon (surviving COVID-19), and Lana Bathen (Christmas memories).
Please contact Peg Boortz at pegboortz9@gmail.com to volunteer your story. Submissions will be due by the 20th of each month and should be no more than 300 words in length. Dust off your memories or share your recent activities - whatever you have to tell us will be enjoyed by all. 
Volunteers Needed at Galilee Center

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Galilee Center. Because of COVID-19, we had to make changes in the way we accept volunteers. We ask that if you are at risk or have a compromised immune system, please stay home. Included is the schedule of events with specific dates and times for you to choose your preferred hours.

Weekly food distribution:
  • Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. to fill up 300 food boxes and have them ready for Thursday food distribution
  • Wednesdays from 11:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m. to fill up 300 produce boxes
  • Thursdays from 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. to help load food boxes into the trunks of cars; approx. 25 lbs. It is very fast paced.
Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing to move around. No open toe shoes. We can provide gloves and masks If needed.                         
Lupe Torres-Hilario
Director of Operations
66101 Hammond Road
Mecca, CA 92254
760-396-9100 P
760-396-5400 f
Yard of the Month Winners
Bernadette Subia-Martinez, Recognition Chair,
and Angela Zepeda

Mr. Saul Osorio’s home at 82776 Millay Ct was chosen for the attractive, water-conserving yard he designed.  
If you look closely under our sign, there are some work boots partially hidden by the center plant. When asked if those boots had any significance because they looked as if they were intentionally set there, Mr. Osorio responded that those were the boots he wore while he worked on his yard. 
Eisenhower Elementary School received the Yard of the Month Award for its desert landscape.
David Gustafson, Principal, Enrique Leon, DSUSD Grounds Manager, and Scott Bailey, DSUSD Superintendent 
Members are asked to write congratulatory notes to
  • Mr. Saul Osorio, 82776 Millay Ct, Indio, CA 92201
  • David Gustafson, Eisenhower School Principal, 83-391 Dillon Ave Indio, CA 92201
  • Enrique Leon, DSUSD Grounds Manager, 47-950 Dune Palms Road, La Quinta, CA 92253
  • Scott Bailey, DSUSD Superintendent. 47-950 Dune Palms Road, La Quinta, CA 92253
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
ESO Book Club Meets Authors
Peggy Mathieson, Education and Libraries Committee Chair
During our December meeting's discussion of Queen of the Salton Sea, Helen Burns and Me, the authors, Donna Burns Kennedy and her husband, William Linehan Kennedy, joined us to talk about the book's writing and answer our questions. The book combines memoir, biography, and history to recapture Donna's time growing up at Salton Sea Beach. Her mother, Helen, was indeed the "queen." An entrepreneur who endured the constant challenges of the sea's rising and falling, she ran Helen's Place, a seaside attraction in the area's heyday. Helen was a tireless promoter of the Salton Sea area during the 50s and 60s, creating events such as her Hawaiian themed luaus, skiing Santa, beauty contests, and treasure hunts. ESO members appreciated Donna and Bill's insight into the research and writing process, as well as the stories they told. One favorite memory happened when, as children, Bill saw Donna walk through Helen's roadside store when his family stopped at the Salton Sea while traveling. They did not see each other for many years after that, but he remembered her.  
Bill and Donna Kennedy, authors of Queen of the Salton Sea, Helen Burns and Me
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. 
New Member Bios
Angelica Daniel-Martinez

Angelica was born and raised in Coachella and is a proud graduate of CVHS. Currently, she lives and works in Indio. She has been employed with Riverside County Probation Department for 20 years and is a supervising probation officer at juvenile hall. She finds working with teens very challenging yet very rewarding. "I see a younger version of myself in the girls I work with." 

She is the proud mother of three kids, Nikki, age 27, Joseph, age 13, and Jon, age 8, and they are her world! Angelica had been married for 16 years, and her husband Javier works for Coachella Valley School District. 

Her hobbies include traveling, hiking, scuba diving, and pretty much anything outdoors, in nature, and around water. Angelica is the daughter-in-law of our own sweet Nan Martinez and sister-in-law to the fabulous Bernadette Subia-Martinez. 
Angela Zepeda

A Coachella Valley native and a proud graduate of Indio High School (Go Rajahs!), Angela received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Finance from Cal. State San Bernardino. She went on to receive her Master's in Public Administration.

Angela resides in Coachella and is serving her third term as the elected City Clerk of the City of Coachella. She found her niche as a water conservation professional and public information officer, focusing on communication and outreach.

She has two children, a son Kevis who is 13, and a daughter Audreana who is 9. They enjoy sports and outdoor activities and are avid football/Kansas City Chiefs fans. They have fun with their six pets (two dogs, three guinea pigs, and one chameleon). Angela also likes to scrapbook and memorialize her personal history.

Angela was the impetus for the City of Indio Water Authority's joinder with our Yard of the Month Program, and she jumped right in as the program's Co-Chair. She says, "I love being a part of a group of professional women that gives back to our community to ensure its prosperity and success."
"Through the Looking Glass”

A highlight of our members’ interesting lives or contributions to our club.
Two Coca-Colas
Emilie Jester

In the late 1950s, my father, who worked for the State Department, was transferred from Quito, Ecuador, to La Paz, Bolivia. Quito is at 9,350 feet above sea level, and La Paz is between 13,313 and 11,942, depending on where you are in the city. 

We arrived in November with our two dachshunds and checked into the Hotel Crillon (I don't think it still exists). We had a two-bedroom living room suite. My sister and I shared a bedroom that faced the busy street in front, while my parents' room faced a side street. We were spending over a month there while my mother looked for a suitable house for us.

Since my father was a diplomat, it was customary for my parents to go out to dinner parties and other state functions while my sister and I went up to the dining room to eat by ourselves. We were allowed ONE Coca-Cola each as a treat when we were alone. 

One evening as we ate dinner alone on the hotel's top floor with our Coca-Cola treat, we heard a great commotion on the street. We went over to the wall of windows and looked out to see a mob screaming and throwing rocks at the hotel with slingshots. The electricity went out in the hotel as we stood gawking down on the sizable screaming crowd. Someone told us the next day that the student mob was after Russians who happened to be staying at our hotel. 

We were so scared that we asked someone in the restaurant to call our parents. I remember my mom coming to the phone, and in tears, we told her what was going on outside and begged her to please come back. A few cocktails into her evening, she explained she couldn't get to the hotel and for us to stay up in the restaurant until they came back and got us – meanwhile, we were safe up there. Feeling brave again, I asked her if we could please have another Coca-Cola, and she agreed. 

My sister and I stayed in the restaurant until they could return, and then we all went to our suite together. We found our bedroom windows and the living room windows broken. Glass and rocks were on the floor, and the poor dogs were hiding under the bed in my parents' room. My sister and I found this very exciting! We collected the stones to save and spent the night sleeping in our parents’ room. The next day the hotel replaced the windows and cleaned up the mess. 

I've never forgotten how special that evening was when we saw students rioting and, more importantly, we each got to drink TWO Coca-Colas!
January Birthdays
Alora Reed-Garcia (5th), 
Priscilla Porter (6th),
Claire Whitney (11th),
Ruth Ann Aguilera (14th),
Rosa Lee Schneck (15th),
and Betty Schaffer (26th)

CFWC and District News
The new De Anza District website is under construction, but check out the progress here:  https://www.cfwcdeanzadistrict.org/officers.
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