WCI Monthly Newsletter

GFWC WOMAN'S CLUB
OF INDIO
WCI March, 2021 Newsletter
Volume 6, Issue 3



A Moment in Time...




Vaccines

COVID vaccines are very much on our minds and in the news these days. Tommy Izer, 1960 WCI Historian, wrote about our club's involvement with another hot topic vaccine in 1955.

“Service to our community has been our Federation aim, with perhaps our greatest new effort being the staffing of the hospital and doctors’ offices during the polio clinic drives. Twice during the summer months and again in March, we counted thousands of registration cards for county records. Since the first drive established a county record of 5,200 shots (and 5,200 registration cards) in two days, we are justly proud of being part of this contribution to community service.” 

Well done, ladies.
WCI President's Message
March, 2021
My Friends, 

It has been a full year since we have all been together, enjoying each other's company, Heritage Palms, and those fabulous sourdough rolls. We will have to keep on with our Zoom meetings through May, but come September, I am confident that we will be Kicking Off the Season with a champagne, in-person brunch. So, let's all get our vaccines, wear our masks, and stay safe so that we can have our own Twenty-First Century Roaring Twenties!

Meanwhile, we have been doing good things for our community. Our club has grown. We have been combining some fun Zoom socials with community service projects, and we're planning more. We showed some love to the Indio Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with our treats and Valentine cards. We made a couple more homeowners beam with pride for having their beautiful yards recognized. We are looking forward to reading our worthy scholarship applications and making some Easter baskets for our community children. ESO has finished its mini-library. Our taxes and legal documents are up-to-date and filed. All in all, life is looking up! The Woman's Club of Indio is in an excellent place.

I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on March 3rd! Until then, stay safe! Peace, love, and happiness to you all.

Your President,

Mickie Reed
Marlon Carrier, LEADS Representative

We wish to thank Marlon Carrier, our 1st VP/Dean and De Anza District LEADS Representative, for representing our club and the district at the CFWC LEADS training seminar. Although she was not selected to go forward, we are proud of Marlon for her outstanding service and dedication to our club, De Anza District, and Federation.
Sylvia Baran Wins District Writing Contest!

Excitement and happy dances broke out when Sylvia learned that her essay, A Woman’s Courage, earned 1st place in the De Anza District Writing Contest. She deserves the award and the celebration for crafting a thoughtful look at an experience fifteen years ago that made an unforgettable impression. Congratulations, Sylvia, for creating a riveting tale and for representing our club so well. We are proud of you!

Sylvia’s story recounts the sad and sobering spousal abuse trial she attended when she worked at the Riverside Courthouse and how the young wife’s courage affected her. For years, she considered turning her thoughts recorded in her journal into a retelling of the trial. Recently, she was prompted by the contest to write her story, although it meant reliving the pain and tears of two days sitting on steps, hidden by the clerk’s desk, listening to testimony in the courtroom. To read her story, click here. 

The next stop for Sylvia’s story is the CFWC state competition in May, where we hope it will win and be sent to the GFWC national competition in June. As Sylvia would say, “Woohoo!” 
WCI’s Mini-Library 
Mickie Reed

We are pleased to announce that the Altrurians Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Omicron has completed its first Mini-Library and Book Exchange. The library will be inside the Indio Food Park, located in Old Town Indio at 82868 Miles Avenue (at the corner of Smurr Street). Please stop by the Food Park and thank them for accepting our little library. As the Indio Food Park is a new local business, please show them some WCI love, have some great food, and help them succeed.

We need books, especially children's books and those written in Spanish. We will have a book collection on Friday, March 5th, from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Walgreens on Jefferson and Fred Waring, at our usual location (east side of Walgreens). See you there!
Our Mini-Library was created by Mickie Reed, Ellen Cafferata, and Trish Lounsbury.
Fully-loaded nachos, create-your-own-beverage station, and a menu that changes every week at the Food Park
Membership Dues

If you haven’t paid your $100 membership dues for 2021, please do so right away. Despite the long months of isolation, we increased our philanthropic work and had more fun social events than ever before, and this year we are depending on your dues for our scholarships. See Sylvia Baran’s Did You Know? column for instructions for paying dues online, or you may mail a check to Francine Henigan, 81217 Corte Tolon, Indio, CA 92203.
Beginning of March, please report all volunteer hours and contributions to Marlon Carrier at dean@womansclubofindio.org. You may report the hours you flew the flag on Presidents Day, February 15th.

March: Woman’s History Month

General Meeting: Wednesday, March 3rd, 11:30 via Zoom. Guest speakers: Angela Friedrichs & WCI member Rosalind Miller. Topic: CV Foster Kids.

Book Pickup for Mini-Library: Friday, March 5th, 5:00-5:30 p.m., at Walgreens (Jefferson and Fred Waring) and Dunkin’ Donuts (Jackson and Avenue 42)

Daylight Savings Time Begins: Sunday, March 14th

De Anza District Conference: Monday, March 15th via Zoom, 9:00 a.m.

Board Meeting: Thursday, March 25th, 5:00 p.m. via Zoom

April General Meeting: Wednesday, April 7th, 5:00 p.m., Bingo Party via Zoom
Meetings and Programs for 2020-2021 
March 3rd
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
Did you know that your monthly Hours and Donations Report for each Project you participate in should include the value of in-kind donations? If so, do you know how to value those items? 

GFWC provides an In-Kind Donation Guide which can be found HERE: GFWC In-Kind Donation Guide on the CFWC website. This guide provides a low to high range of the estimated worth of many items based on information provided by the Salvation Army. For other guides, try a Google Search on “Donation Value”. For an item not listed, use approximately 30% of the original price. If you purchased the item specifically to donate, use the amount paid.  
Winter Social Turned Out to Be a LOVE Affair​
Rosalva Campos. Co-Second VP​​
Twenty-two of our WCI lovely ladies joined our virtual winter social to create Valentine’s Day cards for residents at Indio Nursing and Rehabilitation Center while enjoying some yummy popcorn and wine. What a fun way to raise over $300 for scholarships! ​​

Don’t miss our next virtual social. Details will be posted soon on our website.
Technology Committee
Sylvia Baran, 3rd VP
Did you know? Using the website to pay by credit card (for renewing membership dues, making donations, etc.) is intended to be super easy for each of us. When paying online, you fill out a digital form that informs the treasurer that you are paying online and using PayPal to make your payment. The treasurer receives confirmation of your actions from both the website and PayPal. In recent weeks, the treasurer has not received the second notice from PayPal, which means actual payment did not occur. To help clear up any confusion, the way to make a payment is to follow four steps. In the example below, I demonstrate the steps needed to renew and pay membership dues in four easy steps. Here we go!
Step 1: Once on the womansclubofIndio.org website, go to the Join Today page. From there, click on "Renew Membership" link.
Step 2: Once the new window opens, complete the Membership Renewal form. NOTE: You must type in the 4-letter code in the lower left hand corner of the form exactly as it's written in burgundy text next to the "Anti-Spam" box. Then click "Submit Dues.
Step 3:  It will take about 20-30 seconds for the PayPal screen to open up. When it does, click on the grey bar at the bottom where it says "Pay with Debit or Credit Card." If you have a PayPal account and wish to use that instead of a credit card, enter your email and password at the top to log in. Notice at the top right part of the pop-up window, it shows the exact amount it will charge your credit or debit card.  
Step 4: When the next PayPal screen opens up, enter your credit card information and leave the "Ship to my billing address" toggled on. Once you have this filled out, click the "Pay Now" button and you'll get a "Thank you" screen. Shortly after that, you'll get a confirmation email from PayPal showing a charge of $100 to your account.
And with these four steps, you’re all done. And now you know!
If you have any questions, please give me a call (760-641-1313) or send an email. I am very glad to help.
Health & Wellness Committee 
Volunteer Action Updates
Marcia Daniels, Health and Wellness Chair
 
The promise of spring is in the air, but we are still in difficult times. Today, I want to share a letter from the Indio Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (INRC) that I hope will remind you of all the specific good you do as members of WCI. Then I will share with you some exciting news about upcoming Health & Wellness Activities.
WOW! There should be no doubt of how significant your contributions are! 
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And the need for our help continues.

SAVE THE DATE: April 10th, 10:00 a.m. for WCI's outdoor, no contact, socially distant Springtime Pet and Hat Parade at the INRC. Bring yourself and, if you like, your favorite leashed pet or stuffed animal. It's spring, so consider wearing a hat that's sure to please. Look for an e-blast in March for details.

THE INRC CARD & WRITING PROJECT CONTINUES. WCI members started writing cards and letters of support to residents and staff of the INRC last summer. Many of you have done this once, and many have done this several times. For some residents, this will be the only contact they get outside of the INRC. If you have not done so yet, come on board and join those who have already participated by contacting Marcia Daniels. And if you have participated, remember the joy you brought and volunteer again. You can write cards and letters in English or Spanish. Health & Wellness Committee members will arrange for pickup and delivery.

YES, IT'S COMING SOON: EASTER BASKET TIME AT CVRM & GALILEE! This year, Easter is April 4th. We will be taking our Health & Wellness to a new level. Though there will be a little candy in each basket, we are mainly including non-food items, such as bubbles, stickers, art kits, art supplies, tattoos, books, small toys, figures, stuffed animals, etc. The baskets are approximately 8x8, 8.5x6.5, 9x5, or 11.6x 8.3. Please plan accordingly when you think of the size of the non-food items you are gathering. Look for an e-blast in March for further details.

Questions about any of our projects? Contact Marcia Daniels at health@womansclubofindio.org or 818-235-7625.
Wear a mask, maintain social distance, and 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 for vaccine availability.  
Yard of the Month Winner
Bernadette Subia-Martinez, Recognition Chair,
and Angela Zepeda
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Matheny

When the Mathenys purchased their house, they added the courtyard. Mr. Matheny worked for Tessera Outdoors, so his knowledge came in handy when he and his wife selected and placed a perfect variety of desert plants in their yard.
Members are encouraged to write congratulatory notes to Mr. and Mrs. Matheny at 83835 Avenida Serena, Indio, 92203.

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

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. We will choose a new reading category at this meeting.

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 new 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. 
New Member Bio

Natalie Keller

Natalie Keller is a Family Law Facilitator for the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside. She is also a Professor of Community Property Law at the California Desert Trial Academy Law School in Indio, CA. Prior to working for the Superior Court of California, she was a private practice Family Law Attorney. Natalie is an active member of the Desert Bar Association and the Warren Slaughter Richard Roemer American Inn of Court. Natalie was born in Palm Springs, CA, and graduated from Palm Springs High School. After graduating high school, she attended the University of California, San Diego, and later went on to graduate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento, CA. Natalie is the mother of twin girls and the wife of a firefighter.  
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"Through the Looking Glass”

A highlight of our members’ interesting lives or contributions to our club.
One Conversation That Changed My Life  
 Janet Hartzler Braslow, M.D.

I did my semester abroad in Haiti. Half the semester was studying Haitian culture, economics, history, religion, and language, the other half in a Peace Corp type assignment. I worked at the rural Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in their public health department, sponsored by Harvard School of Public Health and staffed by Drs. Gretchen and Warren Bergren. I became interested in demography and public health and returned to work with them the following summer when they were between MPH assistants. 

At one point, Dr. Gretchen suggested, “Why don’t you go to medical school? The prerequisites are similar for a Master of Public Health.” 

The thought had never crossed my mind. I started giving this new idea of medical school more and more consideration. I finished my degree in Economics and started taking science courses my senior year. I completed the other prerequisites in a postgraduate year and applied to medical schools wherever it did not snow. I left grey northern Indiana to attend the University of Southern California School of Medicine. I have thoroughly enjoyed my career in medicine, and I would have missed all of this without that one conversation with a mentor.
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.
March Birthdays
Amelia Calderon (1st), 
Sue Karr (4th), 
Karen Van der Ahe (8th), 
Sophia Franz (12th), 
Sandra Burns (15th), 
Marcia Daniels (15th), 
Anita Purscell (15th), 
Katie Berger (18th), 
Christine Curry (19th), 
and
Gloria Beauregard (20th)
District News
No news to report at this time.
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