WCI Monthly Newsletter

WCI June, 2021 Newsletter
Volume 6, Issue 6

A Moment in Time...

From the beginning, not only did the WCI women educate themselves on civic matters, they also focused on learning about art, music, literature, history, and homemaking. Meetings featured club members singing, playing the piano, acting in skits, and reading excerpts from novels and poetry. Members wrote and read papers on a wide range of subjects, such as preserving food, tending gardens, life in foreign countries, origins of holiday traditions, the lives of famous writers, musicians, and artists, and at one time, the coming of the moving picture. How exciting that must have been!
WCI President's Message
June, 2021
As I write my last newsletter message for this club year, I am filled with gratitude for this past year and all that this little 109-year-old club has accomplished. I am so grateful for all the support I have received. I thought it would be a huge challenge to be a pandemic president, but apparently, I picked the right team because it has been smooth sailing.

I want to thank all of our members, our committees, and the Board for all your hard work, generous donations, and positive attitudes. Even in hard, lonely times, you all showed love for your community and each other.

At the CFWC Convention, I heard GFWC Woman’s Club of Indio announced twice, winning awards. We received the Area D Membership First Place Award, and we received the overall CFWC Membership Creativity award, the highest membership award. As this was our first state award in this century, I might have done a few backflips.

Summer is coming, and there will be some fun socials. Since we have mostly been vaccinated and the COVID situation is better, we can finally have some fun times together. Stay cool and stay in touch! Cheers to next year! 

Your President,

Mickie Reed
Beginning of June, please report all volunteer hours and contributions for May to Marlon Carrier at dean@womansclubofindio.org. You may count hours for flying the flag on May 31st, Memorial Day.

CVRM Toiletries and Snacks Summer Drive: May 28th - June 20th. Parking lot drop-off on Thursday, June 17th, 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Walgreens (Jefferson and Fred Waring), Heirloom Kitchen (Jefferson and Avenue 50), and Dunkin’ (Jackson and Avenue 42). Questions? Contact Marcia Daniels at 818-235-7625 or health@womansclubofindio.org. See Health & Wellness column for details.

Fly the flag for Flag Day: Monday, June 14th

Board and Chairmen Workshop: Saturday, June 19th, 10:00 a.m., Heritage Palms Library

Neon Paint Night: Friday, June 25th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. See Summer Socials flier for details.

Spa Day at Glen Ivy: Monday, June 28th, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. RSVP to Rosalva Campos or Lupe Ramos Amith at membership@womansclubofindio.orgSee Flier for details.

Masquerade Murder Mystery Lunch: Saturday, July 10th, 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Coachella Valley History Museum, masquerade theme, $40 includes lunch and show

Couples 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 
Read With Me Award for Peggy Mathieson

Read With Me recognized our Education and Libraries Chair Peggy Mathieson as one of their Volunteers of the Year. Well done, Peggy! Our 1st VP Marlon Carrier was there to represent our club and support Peggy.
Indio Mayor Recognizes WCI

City of Indio Mayor and member of WCI Elaine Holmes included WCI in her remarks in a Channel 3 News interview. She joined other Coachella Valley mayors in a “Lessons Learned in the Pandemic” report, saying Woman’s Club of Indio “was out there providing meals and reaching out to those who are most vulnerable.” Thank you, Elaine, for the recognition!
2021 Scholarships

Seven high school and two Empowering Women scholarships were awarded at our May 5th General Meeting. Congratulations to all of the hard-working, deserving recipients. We wish you an abundance of success!

We appreciate and thank Scholarship Committee Chair Peggy Mathieson and members Christine Curry, Marcia Daniels, Margo Handelsman, Natalie Keller, Brenda Rockwell, and Donna Weiss for completing the arduous task of selecting the winners.
Newest CFWC Club

On Saturday, May 15th, HOPE was officially welcomed into CFWC. Left to right, Lucas Nieto, 1st Vice-President, Natalie Fabian, Treasurer, and Brianna Fabian, the first-ever President of GFWC HOPE. It is obvious that their mothers, WCI members Margaret Nieto and Lilian Fabian, have passed down the volunteer spirit to their teenagers. Congratulations to all of the members of the club dedicated to Helping Other People Each day.
Meetings and Programs for 2020-2021 
Kick-off Brunch
September 12th, 11:00 a.m.
Program: Member Awards  
General Meeting
Wednesday, October 6th
5:00 p.m.
California Clubwoman Magazine

California Clubwoman will be offered at no cost to all club members, as it will now be provided digitally. A printed magazine version is available for $8 a year. Our club has been paying for a printed copy subscription for each member, but as now it is offered digitally at no cost, we will no longer pay for the printed version. You do not have to do anything if you want to receive a digital copy, as your email address has already been submitted. If you wish to subscribe to the printed magazine, please fill out the attached form and submit payment. Transmittal and payment instructions are set forth on the form.  
1st Vice President/Dean's Corner
Marlon Carrier
Dr. June McCarroll Award Ballot

HAVE YOU VOTED? The nominations are in, and YOUR VOTE is needed. 

On Monday, May 24th, you received an email with your ballot for the Dr. June McCarroll Award, “Paving our Path to the Future.Please check your inbox or spam folder for an email with the following subject: Woman’s Club of Indio Dr. June McCarroll Award Ballot | Review & Reply Requested from Dean@WomansClubofIndio.org.

Remember the criteria, an award to the member or committee making an exceptional contribution to the club resulting in a significant accomplishment during the club year. Decisive factors include innovation, novelty, uniqueness, and individuality in a new, forward-thinking project or improvement to an existing area. 

Return your ballot by replying to the email, with your vote no later than Friday, June 4thThe winner will be announced during our Membership Awards presentation. 
Cookbook Committee
Pre-Ordering Available Now!
Sylvia Baran, 3rd Vice President
WCI Cooksthe “cooking for a cause” cookbook pre-order sale moves forward apace, and the committee is VERY excited. We are in the final stages of proofreading recipes and will place the order within the next ten days. There are over 200 fabulous recipes, and the committee is so grateful for everyone’s contributions. The cookbook will have a hard front and back cover bound by a plastic comb that will allow the cookbook to lie flat.  
We have a pre-order special through May such that when you order five cookbooks, the sixth cookbook is free. So, if you’re thinking about a unique gift for friends and family, this is a terrific item to share. Every member received a copy of our flyer, an order form, and return envelope to create a convenient way to purchase by check. The order form is on our website, and the prices are the same. 
Don’t wait! Place your order now! So, if you’re interested, don’t wait to place your order to take advantage of our special sale price. Share the fundraiser details with your friends and family so that they, too, can gift this helpful book. This cookbook is not just intended to preserve and share recipes; it’s also designed to raise funds to support many important WCI initiatives.

We will keep you posted about when the books will be available and anticipate receiving our books in July. On behalf of the committee (Bonnie, Dona, Emilie, Laura, Margaret, and me), we thank you for the many orders already placed, and we’re excited to get our cookbooks printed and in your hands.
Health & Wellness Committee 
Volunteer Action Updates
Marcia Daniels, Health and Wellness Chair
CVRM NEEDS OUR HELP: Summer is almost here. The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission (CVRM) will be busier than ever, serving the homeless and needy. We can help by donating needed toiletries and snacks. Household-sized and bulk-sized toiletries are preferred, but personal-sized items are welcomed, too. Especially needed now are shampoo, soap, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, and washcloths. Preferred sizing for snacks is individual packs for distribution during the outreach events. CVRM does not want the toiletries to be individually sorted into kits this summer, so we will not be having a kit-making workshop. Instead, we will have a parking lot drop-off to collect these toiletries and snacks items on June 17th, from 5:00-5:30 p.m. at our usual parking lot sites (Walgreens Pharmacy, Jefferson/Fred Waring; Heirloom, Jefferson/Avenue 50; Dunkin’, Jackson/Avenue 42). If you cannot come to this event, please contact Marcia Daniels 818-235-7625 or health@womansclubofindio.org to make alternate arrangements to pick up your donations from May 29th-June 20th.  

INRC WRITING PROJECT CONTINUES: WCI members have been writing cards and letters to residents and staff of the Indio Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center (INRC) since last July. This project is very much appreciated by all. We will continue to write throughout the summer months and beyond. Please come on board and join us in bringing joy to residents and staff. If you have written before, please consider doing so again. Cards and letters written in either English or Spanish are needed. The Health and Wellness Committee will arrange pickup and delivery. Contact Marcia Daniels for details.

MOTHER’S DAY AT THE INRC: We are happy to report that because of the efforts of many WCI members, individually decorated Mother’s Day cards were sent to ALL residents and staff moms. In addition, we provided flowers for resident bouquets and a cake for staff. Smiles were seen everywhere. 
Mary Anne McGinley
Mother's Day cake for staff and flowers for all the moms at INRC.
Patti Stratton, Joy Silver, Marcia Daniels, Peg Boortz and Dorothy Yudice.

BIG THANKS TO ALL OF YOU: I want to take this moment to thank WCI members (too numerous to mention for this column, but you know who you are) for your many contributions to our projects during this pandemic time. Your efforts have been so meaningful and so important to many, many folks in the Coachella Valley. I look forward to seeing all of you in person as we move forward and meet again to help others in our community.  

With Gratitude,

Questions about any of our projects? Contact Marcia Daniels at health@womansclubofindio.org or 818-235-7625.
Yard of the Month Winners
Bernadette Subia-Martinez and Angela Zepeda,
Recognition Co-Chairs
Home of Rosemary Putnam, 44728 Sherwood Drive, Indio 92201

Seven years ago, Mrs. Putman decided to design her front yard for the ease of not maintaining a lawn. Angela and I found it entertaining when we noticed all the cleverly placed desert animal-related statuary - roadrunners, lizards, and realistic-looking snakes that blended in so well they appeared to be authentic. On a tabletop, she had rocks painted as cactus, which looked like such a fun thing to try.
Home of Maria Garcia, 46640 Norfolk Court, Indio 92201

Mrs. Garcia, with the help of her neighbor, completed her yard in November 2020. Highly resourceful and well thought out, Mrs. Garcia planted drought tolerant and edible desert plants. She explained how she lives a recycle, reuse, reduce lifestyle. There are no sprinklers, and the flat stone pavers were given to her. Mrs. Garcia uses her mop water to water the plants in the front and freshwater for her edible cactus garden. Cactus “nopales” are famous for offering health benefits due to their high antioxidant, vitamin, and mineral content. Cactus, when prepared correctly, is delicious.

If you have not eaten cactus (nopales in Spanish) and would like to try them, these Indio restaurants can prepare them in a variety of delicious ways.

El Mexicali Café
El Mexicali Café ll
El Campañario
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.
June Photo Gallery
Revised Art Show Requirements
Peg Boortz, Arts & Culture Chair

Realizing the art show requirements were limiting creativity and member participation, we’re throwing the original rules out the window. The requirements are now as follows:

  • Submit whatever you wish
  • Submit as many projects per category as you wish
  • Submit projects created recently or long ago
  • Email a photo of your project(s) to pegboortz9@gmail.com 
  • Deadline is June 15th

So far, we have watercolor, acrylic, and pastel paintings; crocheted, quilted, and embroidered pieces; fused glass trays and necklaces; painted scarf; tablescapes; gourd; door wreath; handmade doll; pandemic masks; and flower arrangements.
Click for volunteer opportunities
ESO Altrurian Chapter
Donates Children’s Books

Wednesday morning, Mickie Reed presented over 200 children’s books to the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission Children’s Reading Room. Our ESO members were delighted to encourage reading by donating books the children will enjoy.
Epsilon Sigma Omicron
Educational Society
The Altrurians Chapter Meetings
Sports Category

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. We will select 3 books for the California History category at this meeting.

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
Joan Helms
In the 1970s, my husband was employed as a production manager at a large printing company in Buena Park, CA. One of the many things they printed were the posters depicting many of Ansel Adams’s photographs. One day, Ansel contacted the printing company and said he would like to have his signature on a few of the different posters. He was invited to come to the shop and sign a signature board with several of his signatures, and then pick the one he liked best to be used on the bottom of the posters. In total, he signed his name 11 times and drew an arrow to the one he wanted. 

As time went by, the store room at the print shop was in a desperate need of cleaning and rearranging, so a couple of the employees were assigned the job. Later that day, my husband went to the water cooler and passed by a trash can. Sitting on top of the full trash can was the Ansel Adams signature board. "Hey, that might be worth some money some day,” he thought to himself, so he carefully removed it from the trash and brought it home. A few weeks later, I had it framed and hung it on our office wall.

In April, 2008, I read in the local newspaper that the Antiques Roadshow was coming later in the year to film their TV show at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Since this TV show is one of my favorites, I was excited to sign up for a lottery draw for two admission tickets. I asked my friend Ann if she would be interested in going with me and she said, "Definitely yes!" She said she would also apply for two tickets, which would give us double the chance of winning. Then I asked my sister Carole and my daughter Julie to apply. Now I would have four chances to win! 

Several weeks passed when, lo and behold, I got the news that I won two tickets! My daughter called the same day to inform me that she, as well, won two tickets. Julie said she would invite my sister, Carole, to go with her. 

On the ticket was the date and time we were to show up. The filming was on June 7th. Ann's and my time was 10:00 a.m., while Julie and Carole's time wasn't until 3 p.m. Ann and I would meet up with Julie and Carole for lunch at a local restaurant after our time at the convention center to share the exciting news of what our objects were worth. 

We were to bring no more than two items to be appraised by one of the several appraisers at the show. Ann brought a small basket she was SURE was worth thousands of dollars. I brought the Ansel Adams signature board and I was also SURE it was worth thousands of dollars. 

When we arrived at the convention center, there were already several hundred people in line waiting for their turn to get their treasures appraised. It was fun to see what everyone brought and the stories behind their items. When our turn finally came, Ann was sent to the "basket" table and I was sent to the "autograph" table. When I saw Ann's face after she left the appraiser, I knew she was disappointed. "Fifteen to thirty-five dollars at the most,” she said. I, too, was disappointed as the appraiser said my Ansel Adams signature board was worth about five hundred dollars.   

We left with mixed emotions as we drove to the restaurant to meet up with Julie and Carole. We shared our appraised results over lunch and wished them well with the items they brought. Julie’s two old books were worth sentimental value (she thought they were first editions) and an Oriental vase that belonged to her great grandmother was valued at $100.00. Carole brought an old British Boy Scout handbook signed by the author that belonged to our father and was passed down to her. The appraiser couldn't give her a value and suggested she take it to a scout store to get more information.
The first of the three part show aired on Saturday, January 5th, 2009. The next two were shown the following two Saturdays. The big winner was a 1937 painting by American abstract expressionist Clyfford Still that was valued at $500,000.

Although our treasures weren't as valuable as we were hoping, and none of us were chosen to be filmed while our items were being appraised, we were all delighted that we had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the Antiques Roadshow.  
Seeking Looking Glass Volunteers

Do you reminisce about your interesting family history, a trip you took, a charity you hold near and dear, a hobby, or a special accomplishment, current or past? If you do, we want you to join the talented WCI Newsletter staff. As an unpaid freelance reporter, you are invited to write about your fond memories and your story will appear in the Through the Looking Glass section of our newsletter. Contact Peg Boortz at pegboortz9@gmail.com to sign up or for more information.
New Member Spotlight

Hello, my name is Julia Ortega. I've been a resident of the Coachella Valley since I was five years old, and I grew up in Bermuda Dunes. I am a real estate agent in our lovely Coachella Valley. Now that my three children are in college, I have a little bit of time for giving back to the community and meeting some new people.

Our newest member is Mary Martin-Akhigbe. Mary is known as "Love" by her family and close friends. She is a wife and mother of three children and seven grands, with number eight on the way. She is the sister of nine siblings. 

Her hobbies are baking, cooking, and crafting. She has a tremendous love for people and a spirit of giving. Mary holds a real estate license and is a certified nursing assistant, but due to injury, she cannot perform the duties of a nursing assistant. She works for Loma Linda Medical Center as a Radiation Support Administrator.

She describes herself as a person who likes to stay behind the scenes but will do what's in her power and ability. Mary states that she is looking forward to being a part of Indio's finest and thanks us for including her.
June Birthdays
Margo Handelsman (1st)
Emilie Jester (2nd)
Sylvia Rios (2nd)
Yesenia Olmeda-Fregoso (3rd)

Harriet Hanson (11th)
Marie Santana (11th)
Della Homeier (14th)
Karen Hudis (21st)
Elaine Holmes (23rd)
Natalie Keller (28th)

Celebrating Our Members’ Years of Service

Members who joined in June

Katie Berger (two years)
Beverli Marshall (two years)
Dona LaFrance (three years)

De Anza District and CFWC News
District Visitors

Last Saturday, members of the Woman’s Club of Holtville traveled 95 miles north to Indio to visit the Coachella Valley History Museum. Holtville President Deborah Thornburg (seated, right) said they had a lovely day and thanked docents Mickie Reed and Gretchen Perez for giving them the deluxe tour of the museum. We hope we’ll see more of these fun-loving ladies. 
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Peg Boortz & Dona LaFrance