WCI Monthly Newsletter

WCI July, 2021 Newsletter
Volume 6, Issue 7

A Moment in Time...

How Much Do you Know About WCI?
Quiz No. 2

1. Of our 112 members, how many are men?
2. During WWI, what organization occupied our clubhouse?
3. During WWII, what organization occupied our clubhouse?

Answers are below the list of Anniversaries.
WCI President's Message
July, 2021

While enjoying this pleasant June weather, we are also getting ready for another new club year. Every new year is a blank slate with open-ended opportunities. Your board and chairpersons have been working very hard planning a year with fabulous projects, fun socials, and new ways to get involved in our community. The new club calendar has been distributed, giving you plenty of time to plan, clear your calendar, collect, and get excited for the upcoming year. 

For us, the summer is a time to slow down, relax, take a deep breath, and try to stay cool, so enjoy your summer. I hope to see you at the Masquerade Mystery Lunch and Casino Night. Best of all, we are finally able to meet in person.

Until then, peace, love, health, and happiness to you all,

Your President,

Mickie Reed

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

Please send your hours for May 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 July, please report volunteer hours and contributions to Marlon Carrier at dean@womansclubofindio.org. You may count hours for flying the flag on Flag Day, June 14th.

Fly the Flag: Sunday, July 4th, Independence Day

Masquerade Murder Mystery Lunch: Saturday, July 10th, 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Coachella Valley History Museum; masquerade theme; $60 includes lunch and show. RSVP at www.womansclubofindio.org or membership@womansclubofindio.org.

CVRM Annual School Supplies & Backpack Giveaway: First week in August. Please refer to the Health & Wellness column for details, or contact Marcia Daniels at 818-235-7625 or health@womansclubofindio.org.

Casino Night: Saturday, August 7th, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Coachella Valley History Museum; 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 shoe and sock collection; WCI Art 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; hygiene items collection; WCI Art Show
Books for Indio Schools
Message from Read With Me

I want to thank you for your very generous $2,000 donation for our four Indio Read With Me schools, Van Buren, Jackson, Oliphant, and Mountain Vista. I am attaching pictures from two of the distributions, as well as a picture of your GFWC Woman's Club of Indio labels being added to Mountain Vista's books. We were able to buy 600 books, 150 for each of the schools, with your donation!

Please pass along our thanks to all the wonderful members of your organization.

Alena Callimanis
To see more photos of the children and their new books, go to the Photo Gallery.
Meetings and Programs for 2021 
September 12, 2021: Kick-Off Brunch, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., $28, Soles4Souls shoe and sock collection, WCI Art 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., hygiene items collection, WCI Art Show

October 23, 2021: Area D Convention, Riverside    
November 3, 2021: General Meeting, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., food collection

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 collection

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 CFWC is offering Back to Basics Summer Workshops? 
Would you like to become more involved in our club? Want to learn more about what is involved in particular positions? Take the opportunity over the summer to learn more about position responsibilities and get some new ideas for the upcoming club year.  

All workshops will be via Zoom and are scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pacific on the following topics:  

Thursday, July 1st: CLUB & DISTRICT FINANCE

Schedule not convenient? All Workshops are 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.
Cookbook Pre-Ordering Available Now!
Sylvia Baran, 3rd VP

WCI Cooks . . . We did it! We’ve placed the order for our cookbooks, and we are just weeks away from receiving them. Our pre-order special (buy five, get one free) will continue through September 30th. So, if you’re thinking about a unique gift for friends and family, this is a terrific item to share. A copy of our flyer, an order form, and a return envelope were sent to every member to create a convenient purchase by check. The order form is also on our website, womansclubofindio.org, and the prices are the same ($15). 

Don’t forget to share the details of this fundraiser with your friends and family so that they, too, can gift this remarkable book. This cookbook is not just designed to preserve and share recipes; it’s also intended to raise funds to support many important WCI initiatives.

We will keep you posted about the date the books will be available and anticipate receiving our books in early August. On behalf of the committee, Bonnie, Dona, Emilie, Laura, Margaret, and I thank you for the many orders. We’re excited to get our cookbooks printed and in your hands.
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 Marcia Daniels at 818-235-7625 or health@womansclubofindio.org for details.
CVRM ANNUAL SCHOOL SUPPLIES & BACKPACK GIVEAWAY: (In early August, probably Friday, August 6th, but not confirmed yet.) Traditionally, WCI members donate items and money, as well as stuffing the backpacks and helping in the distribution on Giveaway Day. We are awaiting word from CVRM as to the multiple ways we can help this August. However, we already know that we will be able to donate items and money. 

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. 

We will have a Parking Lot Drop Off event to facilitate the collection of school donations. The drop-off date and time will be sent to all members in a separate communication. Please look for that information from WCI in your emails in late July. Also, If you find that you cannot bring your items to the Drop Off event, contact Marcia Daniels to make alternate arrangements.                   

Questions about any of our projects? Contact Marcia Daniels at health@womansclubofindio.org or 818-235-7625.
Letter from CVRM

Good afternoon CVRM Volunteers!

CVRM wants to say THANK YOU for patiently waiting to come back for volunteering. We are happy to announce, as of Monday, June 21st, we opened our doors to volunteers! You are welcome to go on the website cvrm.org and schedule your time to serve. Although we are opening, we want to continue to practice safety for all clients, staff, and volunteers. Therefore, if you volunteer in the kitchen, you will be required to wear a mask. We will also limit the number of volunteers per shift in the kitchen to four. 

We are so excited to welcome everyone back to CVRM. We look forward to seeing you in person soon. If you have questions, please feel free to email me. Thank you!


Shannon Curtis
Human Resource Manager
New Hours at Galilee Center

We have new packaging times and days for food and produce.

Weekly food distribution and preparation:
  • Tuesdays, from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m., to fill 300 food boxes for Thursday’s food distribution.
  • Thursdays, from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m., to fill 300 produce boxes/bags.
  • Thursdays, from 3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m., to help load food boxes (approx. 25 pounds) into the trunks of cars. It is very fast paced.
We look forward to seeing you here.

Lupe Torres-Hilario, Director of Operations
66101 Hammond Road
Mecca, CA 92254
WCI Art Show
Peg Boortz, Arts & Culture Chair

The first ever GFWC WCI art slideshow will debut at the Kick-Off Brunch on Sunday, September 12th. Don’t be left out!

  • Submit whatever you wish
  • Submit as many projects as you wish
  • Submit projects created recently or long ago
  • Just submit!
  • Email a photo of your project to pegboortz9@gmail.com 
  • Deadline is extended until the end of August, giving you time to create a new item for the art show.

So far, we have watercolor, pastel, and acrylic paintings; crochet, quilt, needlepoint, embroidery, and sewn pieces; fused glass; painted scarf; tablescapes; painted gourd; flower arrangements, jewelry; set designs; trash to treasure; costumes; diaper cakes; a handmade wreath; and a handmade doll. This may sound like a lot, but those slides go by in about eight minutes. We need at least a dozen more projects to reach the goal of 10 minutes.
July Photo Gallery
Yard of the Month
Bernadette Subia-Martinez and Angela Zepeda,
Recognition Co-Chairs
Geissler Rose Garden
Coachella Valley History Museum
82616 Miles Avenue, Indio, CA 92201

The Geissler Rose Garden is dedicated to Otto and Vida Geissler, early Coachella Valley pioneers. To read more about the Geissler family, their involvement in the date industry, and their many donations to the museum, click here.   
Otto Ernest Geissler
1897 - 1959
 Viola Caroline Meyer Geissler
Members are encouraged to write congratulatory notes to our Yard of the Month winners.

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
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

WCI Clubhouse and the USO

Thanks to Mickie Reed for sending photos and identifying people. Photographs are from the City of Indio’s Facebook page.
During WWII, WCI rented its clubhouse to the USO, retaining the privilege of holding club meetings in the building as usual. Shown in the photo are soldiers from nearby Camp Young. Seated at the table, holding hands with a soldier, is Lillian Abrams Williams. Mickie knew her when they both worked at Gottschalks and Clothestime one summer years later. Lillian married, had eight children, and was active in the Woman’s Club of Indio. To read her obituary, click here.

The two girls in white seated at the ends of the table are teenage identical twins Betty and Bertha Lewis. Their father was the manager of the coffee shop at the Potter Hotel. 

To read about General Patton’s Training Camps in the desert, click here. To see photos of Patton’s camps, go to the Photo Gallery.
July Birthdays
Barbara Rysavy (1st)
Mary Anne McGinley (2nd)
Lindy Duranceau (3rd)
Jo Peckham (3rd)
Irene Massey (4th)
Joy Silver (12th)
Lupe Barboza-Reyes (17th)
Julia Ortega (17th)
Sylvia Baran (18th)
Margaret Nieto (21st) 
Cindy Laribee (23rd
Marilee Scott (24th)
Lisa Gray (25th)
Lana Bathen (26th)
and Jesus Yvette Angulo (31st)
Celebrating Our Members’ Years of Service

Members who joined in July

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

Answers to Quiz No. 2:
  1. Three brave men: Glenn Miller, Richard Canela, and Bryan Montgomery
  2. Red Cross
  3. USO
We Thank and Support Our Sponsors
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Peg Boortz & Dona LaFrance