WCI Monthly Newsletter

WCI September, 2021 Newsletter
Volume 6, Issue 9

A Moment in Time...

Eleanor Roosevelt and the GFWC
Did you know that Eleanor Roosevelt was an active member of a GFWC Woman’s Club in New York, and maintained strong ties with the Federation throughout her years as the First Lady? Before FDR was elected as President, he and his wife lived on N Street in Washington, DC. Eleanor informed the GFWC officers that a suitable building for our national headquarters was for sale - just up the street from her home, and that is how we came to purchase the Miles Mansion in 1922 to serve as the Federation's International Headquarters.

Modified from GFWC 1st VP Gabs J. Condon’s 2011 Speech
WCI President's Message
September, 2021
It’s Kick-Off time again! My favorite event of the whole club year is the Kick-Off Brunch. It is a time to recognize our members for their hard work, meet new members (and we have many), enjoy fabulous Heritage Palms food, and get inspired. It is also the time of football, autumn (yes, those few cool breezes are making their way through), and the start of the Club and Federation year. 

I want to encourage every member to attend the Kick-Off Brunch on Sunday, September 12th, and the De Anza District Conference on Monday, September 20th. We had to make some changes to the “new normal.” We are committed to going forward with in-person meetings, and I made the decision to invite only fully vaccinated members to our meetings and events. This decision was purely for the protection of our members and guests. Every member will be able to attend meetings and events virtually.

So, let’s celebrate! The new club year is a clean slate, ready to be filled with fun and community-enhancing activities and federation involvement. Until then, “Go Cowboys” and “Roll Tide,” and I will see you soon!

Your President,

Mickie Reed
GFWC Woman's Club of Indio - President
DeAnza District 2nd V.P./Membership
CFWC Resolutions Chairman
(760) 668-7018
If You Can’t Access Our Website . . .
Sylvia Baran, Webmaster

Our GFWC Woman’s Club of Indio website has not been compromised or hacked; on the contrary, it is safe and secure and still available for you to access. The website is waiting to have its security certificates reactivated. 

If you use Chrome to go to www.womansclubofindio.org, you should be able to access the club website. If a message appears indicating that our website is not secure, simply click on the button that says “Advanced” and then click on “Proceed to Website” to get to our website.

If you have any questions, please let me know. (760-641-1313)
 Come One, Come All to the
De Anza District Conference
Monday, September 20th 
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Sign In, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM Meeting
Heritage Palms 
We have the honor of hosting the first De Anza District Conference for the new year, and we want as many members to attend as possible. Mickie, District 2nd VP Membership, and Peg, District Amenities Chair, will speak, Lana will give the inspiration and lead the flag salute, and Amelia will lead two songs. They would appreciate your support. Wear your club shirt or a blue top and your name badge to show your pride in our club. It will be an informative and fun day and a rare opportunity to have lunch at Heritage Palms for $15. 

Register and pay by Monday, September 6th, at womansclubofindio.org if paying by credit card, or contact Francine Henigan at treasurer@womansclubofindio.org or 949-929-9507 to pay by check made payable to WCI. Click here for the Call (agenda).
Guidelines for In-Person
Meetings and Events

Only vaccinated members and guests are invited to attend. Even if you are vaccinated, please do not attend if you have any symptoms at all (runny nose, sore throat, cough, etc.), even if you are sure it is just allergies.

All members will be able to attend all meetings and events by Zoom and will be able to see the speakers and send questions and comments. You will get meeting attendance credit for Zoom meetings, too.

These guidelines are to protect all of our members and guests, vaccinated or not, and may be modified as public health guidelines change going forward.
A Round of Applause, Please

Congratulations to our newest Executive Board Member Angela Zepeda. When our Financial Secretary Linda Porras resigned to care for her family, and yes, family always comes first, Angela did not hesitate to step up. Angela, an expert with water conservation, jumped right in with our Yard of the Month Program and offered to serve even more. So, say hello and welcome to our new Financial Secretary, the fabulous Angela Zepeda!
Beginning of September, please report volunteer hours and contributions to Marlon Carrier at dean@womansclubofindio.org.

Fly the Flag: Monday, September 6th, Labor Day (counts as 2 hours for Civic Outreach)

Deadline to RSVP for Brunch: Wednesday, September 8th. $28; Sign up on our website, womansclubofindio.org, if paying by credit card, or contact Bobbi Morris at ebmorris@verizon.net if paying by check.

Fly the Flag: Saturday, September 11th, Patriots Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance (counts as 2 hours for Civic Outreach)

Kick-Off Brunch: Sunday, September 12th, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., $28, Award Presentation, Soles4Souls shoe and sock collection; WCI Arts & Crafts Slideshow. RSVP by Wednesday, September 8th. See details above in Deadline for RSVP. 

De Anza District Conference: Monday, September 20th, 
9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Hosted by WCI, Heritage Palms, $15. See the Come One, Come All article above for details.

Board Meeting: Thursday, September 30th, 5:00 p.m.

Next General Meeting: Wednesday, October 6th, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., Heritage Palms and via Zoom, $28, hygiene items and Penny Pines collections, WCI Arts & Crafts Show  

2021 CVRM Personal Hygiene Drive: September 26th-October 9th. Please see enclosed Health and Wellness Committee Updates for ways you can donate, as well as the 2021 Donation Wish List. 
Meetings and Programs for 2021 
September 12, 2021: Kick-Off Brunch, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., $28, Soles4Souls shoes and socks collections, WCI Arts & Crafts 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., CVRM hygiene items and Penny Pines collections, WCI Art Show

October 23, 2021: Area D Convention, Riverside    
November 3, 2021: General Meeting, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., CVRM food and Penny Pines collections

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 and Penny Pines collections

To see the full 2021-2022 calendar listing WCI, District, State, and National events, click here.
1st Vice President/Dean's Corner
Marlon Carrier
   DID YOU KNOW… that the State of California provides Proof of Vaccination you can load to your phone? 

As requirements continue to change, some venues may require proof of vaccination for entry. The State of California has created a tool for your smart phone (iPhone or Android device) that makes meeting this requirement quick and easy. After entering a few details, you will get a link to a QR code and a digital copy of your record. This electronic record can take the place of the card you were given at time of vaccination.  

The CA Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record portal can be accessed here: CA Vaccine Record Portal.

This portal provides access to a digital copy of your record and includes a list of FAQs along with a phone number for additional assistance. While not widely required now, it is not too early to prepare to present Proof of Vaccination if needed.  
Through the Looking Glass

What One Woman Can Do
Mary Martin-Akhigbe

My heart’s desire is always to help. Children have always touched my heart in a way I cannot explain. Growing up, we didn’t have needed things due to the number of siblings I had, which was nine. My dad was the sole provider and was not able to consistently make enough to go around. 

I vowed I would help those in need, and I prayed and asked God to help me help others. I reached out to a few of my family and friends and asked if they would donate, and they did. I also used funds I made from selling cakes and rushed with excitement to the store each time and bought as many backpacks and supplies as I could. 

So, I give thanks to God for always making a way. 

Editor’s Note: Mary joined WCI three months ago and immediately embraced our mission. With the help of her family and friends, she donated 91 backpacks full of school supplies to the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. Thank you, Mary, for your remarkable generosity and enthusiasm.
Casino Night a Big Hit
Rosalva Campos, Co-2nd VP

Summer Socials wrapped up last month with Casino Night, an evening at The Grille at Heritage Palms, where Raquel and her team catered the event with delicious taquitos, coconut shrimp, and an array of cocktails. Professional dealers provided the perfect opportunity to learn poker, craps, and 21, with one of our youngest attendees taking home the $100 Visa gift card prize for having the most funny money left at the end of the evening. 

A special thanks to Lupe Ramos Amith, who generously donated $2,000 towards our summer socials. Finally, thank you to our members, friends, and family who joined us this summer, as we kept cool and social and raised over $1300 for the club.
Health & Wellness Committee 
Volunteer Action Updates
Marcia Daniels, Health and Wellness Chair
This month we highlight two upcoming volunteer opportunities that our members have eagerly awaited.
First, the Fall CVRM 2021 Personal Hygiene Drive needs our help. Susan Everett has generously offered to open her home from September 26th-October 9th to receive your hygiene donations and monies. Her address is 80725 Camino Santa Paula, SCSH phase 3, Indio; 510-333-1497. In addition, we will collect hygiene donations and funds at our October 6th General Meeting at Heritage Palms. Alternatively, you can let us shop for these items for you by directly donating monies through our website (click here). This year, CVRM has requested the following donations of travel size/personal size hygiene items: soap, shampoo, tissues, conditioner, lotion, deodorant, combs, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and emery boards. Once the items are collected, members may participate in assembling the kits in mid-October. Additional information regarding signing up for the in-person kit assembly and the date and location will be forthcoming. We will follow all safety rules relevant to protection from COVID. 

Second, the Indio Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (INRC) is eagerly awaiting our return for the now annual Halloween Pet Parade, which will occur on the INRC outdoor grounds on October 30th. Please watch for details in the October Newsletter. And in the meantime, both residents and staff are hopeful of receiving more cards from our members. Our writing project is so appreciated and needed, especially by many who would not otherwise receive any words of support. Unfortunately, the number of completed cards has lessened. If you have not yet volunteered or have, but not recently, don't hesitate to contact the committee at health@womansclubofindio.org to get information. This project is an easy, quick, no-contact opportunity to better the lives of many.
And now I want to highlight our many WCI members who have generously given their time to organize, donate, and perform volunteer actions to better the lives of many residents in the Coachella Valley this summer. Under the direction of Margaret Nieto and Peggy Mathieson, the 2021 WCI School Supplies & Backpack Drive was a huge success. Thousands of school supplies were donated, packed, and distributed during July and August.

While Margaret provided the logistic coordination and spearheaded communications for collecting and delivering donations, Peggy opened her home as an ongoing drop-off site for several weeks. Peggy and Mickie Reed also shopped for school supplies and backpacks from monies collected from members. Mickie, Dona LaFrance, Margaret, and Peggy stood in the hot sun on July 28th at our three parking lot drop-off sites as members stopped by to donate supplies and money. Donations came from members Ira Adkins, Lana Bathen, Peg Boortz, Janet Braslow, Ellen Cafferata, Marlon Carrier, Carolyn Daniels, Marcia Daniels, Gloria Franz, Lisa Gray, Margo Handelsman, Arlene Handler-Smith, Fran Handler, Francine Henigan, Emilie Jester, Dona LaFrance, Cindy Laribee, Beverli Marshall, Mary Martin-Akhigbe, Peggy Mathieson, Linda Mesman-Poirot, Bobbi Morris, Margaret Nieto, Mickie Reed, Sylvia Rios, Marilee Scott, Barbara Strommen, Bonnie Tucker, and Roz Watkins. Two potential new members, Sandra Curtis and Lucy Wiseman, also made donations. In addition, Mickie went to members' homes to pick up contributions and helped Peggy, Margaret, and Dona take all the donations over to CVRM. On August 6th, members Fran, Arlene, Margaret, Sylvia, Marilee, Bonnie, Claire Whitney, and GFWC HOPE President Lucas Nieto spent considerable time and effort filling backpacks with the school supplies. And on August 7th, members Peggy and Mickie distributed backpacks at CVRM. 

And there is more to acknowledge. In addition to the school supplies and backpacks, many of the same members listed above also donated 80 pairs of shoes, over 100 pairs of socks, 100 job interview outfits, as well as other new and gently used adult and children's clothes. Overall, Mickie, Shelley Diemer, Ellen, and Alice Quiroz-Burns, sorted twenty-six bags of donations. These donations were then made available to My Desert's Best Friend's Closet, Foster Kids Program, Soles4Souls, and the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission.  

Indio Senior Center Needs Our Help
Margaret Nieto, Community Outreach Chair

Indio Senior Center will host a second annual Winter Senior Care Package Giveaway for seniors 55 and older on Wednesday, December 15th, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Thanks to the generosity of the community last year, the Indio Senior Center was able to provide more than 500 care packages filled with blankets, socks, gloves, and other items to make our seniors feel special despite the closure of the center last year. The event was such a great success that the ISC will sponsor this event again this year. 
*Indio Senior Center would like to invite WCI to help distribute Winter Senior Care Packages on Wednesday, December 15th, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 

*We have scheduled a WCI drop-off at the 3 locations for Wednesday, October 20th, from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. See the flier for shopping ideas.

Thank you for your support!!
Join Us for Our
 15th Annual Paint El Paseo Pink
 Saturday, October 9, 2021
 Registration is Open!
Special Offer! Free Admission!
Peg Boortz, Arts & Culture Chair

The WCI Arts & Crafts Slideshow is coming soon. To see your creative endeavors on the big screen:
  • Submit whatever you wish
  • Submit as many projects as you wish
  • Submit projects created recently or long ago
  • Please email a photo of your project(s) to Peg Boortz at arts@womansclubofindio.org.

September Photo Gallery
Yard of the Month
Bernadette Subia-Martinez and Angela Zepeda,
Recognition Co-Chairs
Mary Flynn
80576 Hoylake, Indio 92201 
Mary Flynn is new to Indio and we gladly welcome her to our community. Mary moved here December of last year with her dog, Wolfy. She loves her new home and especially enjoys watching the hummingbirds feed on her "Tecoma stans,” aka "yellow bells.”

Mary loves to play pickle ball with her new friends. Help us welcome and congratulate Mary Flynn.
George and Jennifer Brown 
44757 Sherwood Dr, Indio 92201

This delightful couple purchased this HUD home over 20 years ago. They shared how they WERE once the eyesore of the neighborhood, as you can see by the before and after pictures of the Brown Family home. Thank you, George and Jennifer, for your contribution to your community and congratulations on winning the Yard of the Month Award.
This yard is also home to good pollinators (bees, many beautiful hummingbirds, and iridescent beetles). 

Attached is a link to plants that will attract beneficial insects to your yard. 
This is a wonderful way to attract beauty Into our gardens and support essential ecological survival function

Please contact Bernadette Subia-Martinez or Angela Zepeda at recognition@womansclubofindio.org to nominate more yards with great curb appeal.
ESO Members’ 
New Volunteer Opportunity
Mickie Reed

Our Epsilon Sigma Omicron chapter has a new project. We are going to be volunteers with our local library teaching literacy. The speaker at our meeting was Allyson Jeffredo, Family Literacy Coordinator for the Indio Public Library. She was a very entertaining speaker and she is joining our club!

For additional information, training details, and an application, visit the Literacy Volunteer website here: rivlib.net/website/literacy—volunteer-5546.

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

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. 
Meet Our New Members
Irazema Adkins

Irazema Adkins is a native of the Coachella Valley, having been born and raised in Indio. Her life journey brought her back to Indio, where she and her husband raised their three children, the youngest of which is now 16 years old.

Irazema works in the Literacy Department of the Riverside County Library System and will soon hit the road in the new Mobile Resource Van, bringing literacy to underserved communities within Coachella Valley. 

For Irazema, it has always been essential to give back to the community and positively impact its future. She began volunteering at her children's schools and continued looking for opportunities to make a difference. She shares that she "is excited to be a part of an organization that shares in my desire to highlight what our community offers. I hope to make lifelong friends in the process."

Let's welcome Irazema to the oldest service club in the Coachella Valley. GFWC Woman's Club of Indio is glad to have her as one of our own!
Arlene Handler-Smith (Arlene Smith)
Arlene’s incredible mother, Fran Handler, brought Arlene to WCI. Arlene has been married for 19 years to Keith, and they have a daughter Chloe who is a junior at University Nevada Reno. Their four-legged family includes two dogs and two Greek tortoises.
Arlene just moved to Palm Desert in December to be closer to Fran and other family members. She grew up in Orange County and worked and lived all over the world.

Arlene currently has two part-time gigs she loves to do: she is a travel agent and a Mary Kay rep. Her main gig is helping pet parents make sense of all the confusing products out there and ensuring their four-legged families are healthy. She works with a small employee-owned company that makes exclusive holistic pet products not sold in stores. She loves helping clients and seeing their dogs and cats thrive.
Her past professional successes include owning a wellness center and managing an outpatient mental health clinic and a jewelry store. She worked for more than 20 years in a variety of positions in the travel industry. 
Her interests include reading, learning, traveling and discovering new cultures, scuba diving, sailing, hiking, bike riding, and creativity. Arlene and Keith just bought a sailboat, and they love spending as much time on it as they can. 

Give a welcome to our newest legacy member!
Bryan Montgomery

Bryan Montgomery became Indio’s new City Manager in May of this year. He and his wife Monica moved to Indio after living nearly 16 years in the Bay Area.

Bryan has a Bachelor’s of Art in International Government Relations and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, both from Brigham Young University. He is a life-long public servant with over 28 years of experience in local government. Previous to his new position in Indio, he was the City Manager in Oakley, CA, Mesquite, NV, Rupert, ID, and an Assistant City Manager in Alamogordo, NM. In addition, Bryan has been an Adjunct Professor at San Francisco State University, speaks Spanish, and periodically lectures in Latin America for the International City/County Management Association, the leading organization of local government professionals. In 2015, he was honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award by VEGA (Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance) for his more than 15 years of pro-bono assistance to ICMA’s Mexico office. He conducted field visits to provide technical assistance to multiple cities and participated in workshops and other events to promote local government management in Mexico.

Welcome to WCI, Bryan. Your distinguished career is most admirable.
Brigette Bartlett-DeLaRiva 

Brigette is a Coachella Valley native. She was born in Palm Springs and now resides in Indio. She graduated from Indio High School and attended UCR and CSUSB. She teaches fourth grade and is starting her 20th year with CVUSD. In addition to teaching, she has been her site’s FNL Kids Club Advisor for seven years.

She is married and has four children, ages 17, 20, 23, and 27. Her youngest just graduated from high school. They enjoy having game nights, going to the beach, and traveling to new places as a family. In her free time, she loves to read, journal, and spend time with her poodles.

Brigette is excited to start a new chapter now that her children are almost all adults and on their own. Volunteering and helping others have always been a big part of her life. She was a peer tutor in high school, and in her 20s, she mentored young girls with the group “Hermanas Intimas.” Now she is an advisor for FNL, an organization that promotes community service. Brigette is excited to be a part of WCI, where she can “meet new friends and give back to the community!” 

Brigette, you definitely have the volunteer spirit. Welcome to our club!
Nadia Villagran-Walsh

Nadia works as a Program Director for Fund Development and Strategic Partnerships at Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Rural LISC), the country's largest nonprofit community development financial institution. She joined Rural LISC in January 2017 as a Program Director and today provides broad oversight and input for Rural LISC's national administrative, financial, and programmatic strategies.

Wearing her strategic partnership's "hat," Nadia works closely with the Rural LISC network of partners, allies, and collaborators - a network of more than 140 nonprofit community development and business development organizations based across rural America. Nadia researches and develops proposal strategies for foundation, corporate, and public funders in her fund development role, including coordinating data and research for proposal and reporting purposes. She also tracks grant and report deadlines and requirements, manages donor acknowledgment, and works closely with the National LISC development team on development-related activities and reports. 

Nadia has more than 20 years of experience in communications, development, and community development. Before joining LISC, she worked at Indio-based Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC) for 13 years, lastly serving as the Director of Operations and Communications, where she oversaw all administration, human resources, and community service activities. Nadia previously served as the Single-Family Development Director and Community Services Director at CVHC.

She started her career as a reporter for The Arizona Daily Star and The Tucson Citizen and worked for nearly five years at The Desert Sun in Palm Springs.
Nadia is wife to Mike Walsh, mother to three challenging and amazing daughters, Tatiana, 21, Lily, 5, and Viviana, 3, and she's best friends with Rosalva Campos. She loves traveling, hiking, laughing with her friends, playing tennis, and reading.

Welcome to our club, Nadia! Your résumé is impressive.
Lorelei Ceja

Lorelei was born and raised in Michigan and attended high school in Portland, Oregon. She's called the Coachella Valley her home for almost 30 years now. Lorelei earned her Bachelors in Telecommunications Management from DeVry University and her Master’s Degree in Education from Cal State University San Bernardino. She worked for JFK Memorial Hospital and Sunline Transit Agency before unitizing her computer skills in a new way by becoming an educator with the Coachella Valley Unified School District. Lorelei was a computer specialist at Sea View ES/West Shores HS and Coachella Valley HS before moving to Toro Canyon MS/Desert Mirage HS as a Project Teacher. She has been with CVUSD for 25 years and is currently the State and Federal Projects Director.

Lorelei and Frank, a native of the Coachella Valley and her hubby for 27 years, have four children, aged 17 to 25. Although she enjoys reading, digital scrapbooking, watching movies, and spending time with her family, Lorelei has never been one to sit still. She volunteered with multiple youth programs that her kids were involved in over the past 20 years, including PTO, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, DeMolay, Job’s Daughters, and National Charity League. Lorelei is also a member of the Coachella Valley Chapter, Order of the Easter Star. Now that her children are all grown up, she’s eager to expand her community support in other ways.

Her youngest child just earned a scholarship from the Woman’s Club of Indio. Lorelei was so intrigued by what she learned about our club’s fantastic work that she decided to join and continue serving the community.

Welcome, Lorelei! We appreciate volunteers like you.
Thank You Letter
For our $1,000 donation to the
K-9 Fund
And some more
Our donation of $272 was used to reforest four acres in our local mountains.
Like Our New Border?

Asters are the flower for September birthdays, and they symbolize powerful love.
September Birthdays
Roz Watkins (9th)
Michelle Borthwick (12th)
Lisa Francis (23rd)
Rosalind Miller (26th)

Celebrating Our Members’ Years of Service

Members who joined in September

Joy Silver (1 year)
Nadia Villigran Walsh (1 year)
Angela Zepeda (1 year)
Jo Peckham (2 years)
Zan Stevens (2 years)
Barbara Strommen (2 years)
Claire Whitney (2 years)
Marlon Carrier (3 years)
Peggy Mathieson (3 years)
Donna Weiss (3 years)
Lupe Ramos Amith (9 years)
Rosa Lee Schneck (9 years)
Linda Mesman-Poirot (11 years)
Participate in GFWC’s Soup Recipe Contest

Soup’s on this January, and we need your culinary talents for National Soup Month! Submit your healthy, best-kept secret soup recipe by Friday, September 17, for a chance to be featured in the Winter 2022 GFWC Clubwoman Magazine. We’re looking for GFWC members’ original culinary creations of all kinds—broths, creams, purees, bisques, and chowders.

International President, Marian St.Clair, will review all of the recipes and handpick six to cook and be tasted at GFWC Headquarters. Four of these soups will be published in GFWC Clubwoman Magazine, one President’s Pick and three others selected by Headquarters judges. Each submission should include:
How many servings the recipe makes.
A list of ingredients with exact measurements.
Preparation instructions in the order that they should be followed.
The cooking time and temperature.

Submit your original recipe by Friday, September 17, to PR@GFWC.org. With your submission, please include your full name as you would like it to appear in print as well as your club’s name and state. High-resolution (300 DPI) photographs of your prepared soup are welcome but not required.
We Thank and Support Our Sponsors
 Brought to you by the talented WCI Editorial Staff:
Peg Boortz & Dona LaFrance