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The photos in the rounder are just a small sampling from the many albums in the ‘PHOTO GALLERY’ section of this website of the Woman’s Civic League of Pasadena members and our guests at League luncheons during the past 3 years. 

 

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 If you are new to our website, take time to go to THE HISTORY LINK of this website to learn what the history of our organization is all about.

 

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Please join the Woman’s Civic League for

Holiday Boutique

Monday, December 4, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

at the Women’s City Club

160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena

Parking Lot on Madison Ave.

Holiday Boutique FREE shopping from 10:00 am-2:30 pm

Lunch at Noon

$35/per person, advance reservations required

Shop for holiday & year–round gifts

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Silent Auction & Opportunity Drawing

Jewelry, Clothing, Gift items, Accessories,

Baked Goods, Jellies, Candies

Proceeds support Women & Children

in the Community

For more information or lunch reservations ENTER ‘ANNOUNCEMENTS’ IN SEARCH WINDOW ABOVE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS PAGE

OR

please leave a message at 626-888-9404

June of 2017….Woman’s Civic League of Pasadena honors one of its own, Rita Elshout, as 2017 Woman of the Year.

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For more pictures and commentary please go to the Photo Gallery link and click on June 2017

WOMAN OF YEAR ARTICLE JUNE 11, 2017 PASADENA NOW

http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/womans-civic-league-of-pasadena-honors-one-of-its-own-rita-elshout-as-2017-woman-of-the-year/

WOMAN OF THE YEAR ARTICLE AUGUST 13, 2017 PASADENA STAR NEWS 

By Patt Diroll, Columnist

 http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/lifestyle/20170813/celebrating-40-years-of-supporting-pasadena-history-preserving-landmarks

AND JUNE 22nd 2017 ONLINE EDITION PASADENA OUTLOOK

http://outlooknewspapers.com/womans-civic-league-names-woman-of-the-year/

 

 

 

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As an annual event, the May luncheon of the Woman’s Civic League is devoted to honoring young women from PUSD Middle Schools for significant improvement in their grades, despite dealing with physical and/or  environmental problems. Learning of their efforts to overcome various obstacles is always inspiring.  The League by acknowledging these young women, hopefully, makes them feel valued and inspires them to continue the hard work needed to meet their life goals.

Link to article and separate slideshow presentation that appeared in Pasadena Now.

(after viewing, use left top back arrow to get back to Homepage)

http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/womans-civic-league-awards-outstanding-pasadena-middle-school-girl-students

http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/middle-school-students-honored-by-womans-civic-league/

ARTICLE PASADENA OUTLOOK MAY 11, 2017

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 Photos and commentary about this event are also in the PHOTO GALLERY FOR MAY OF 2017.

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L. to R. Jennifer Lopez, Washington Middle School; Nicole Lombardi, Sierra Madre Upper School; Maria L. Zavala, Eliot Middle School; Stephanie Pliego, McKinley K-8 School; Emma Black, Blair Middle School; Antonette Beserra, Wilson i.B. Magnet School. 

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Centerpieces at each table created by our own League member Joanie Smith and given to each of the middle school girls to take home consisting of a gift basket loaded with goodies and colorful beach towel.  

The Woman’s Civic League of Pasadena Grant Recipients for 2017 were presented at the April luncheon.

 In keeping with the League’s mission of supporting nonprofit organizations in the Pasadena area,

SEE ARTICLES BELOW and for more photos and details of this event go the “THE PHOTO GALLERY” LINK FOR APRIL 2017

PASADENA OUTLOOK NEWSPAPER APRIL 17TH EDITION 

(CLICK ON PHOTOS ONCE AND AGAIN TO READ TEXT)

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LINK TO ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN PASADENA NOW MAGAZINE:

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http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/the-womans-civic-league-of-pasadena-grant-recipients-for-2017/#.WOcG6PkrJ0w

MARCH WAS OUR ‘MARCH IN WITH MEMBERS’ MONTH

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Visit our PHOTO GALLERY link for March 2017 photos and commentary 

Also visit our PHOTO GALLERY link for February 2017 photos and commentary 

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Then check out  our PHOTO GALLERY link for January 2017 photos and commentary regarding our January luncheon

             

The Woman’s Civic League hosted our annual

HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE

at the Women’s City Club on Monday, December 5th

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Please visit our PHOTO GALLERY link for December 2016 photos and commentary……

 

WE SHOPPED TILL WE DROPPED WITH outside vendors as well as WCL members providing a spectacular selection of fine jewelry, crafts, home made preserves, candies, baked goods, and an Opportunity Drawing with wonderful gift items and gift certificates. Last but not least an awesome selection of gift ideas in our silent auction!!

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WE WERE THEN TREATED TO A FABULOUS LUNCHEON

STARTER Pumpkin Soup ENTREE Holiday Stuffed Pork Loin (Stuffed with sweet and spicy fruit, pear glaze, baked glazed pears and apples, side of garlic mashed potatoes and green beans) DESSERT Tiramisu 

 ENTERTAINMENT WAS PROVIDED BY:

001_pianoSitting in for Santa at the piano!!! Our own very talented WCL member Margaret Hunter

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JUNE 2016 WOMANS CIVIC LEAGUE WOMAN OF THE YEAR LUNCHEON

 

Pasadena Playhouse boardmember named ‘Entertainment Lawyer of the Year’

JUNE 2015 WOMANS CIVIC LEAGUE WOMAN OF THE YEAR LUNCHEON

 

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/lifestyle/20150607/on-the-town-horner-honored-for-more-than-30-years-of-dedication  (scroll to second half of Patt Diroll’s “On the Town” for coverage of Brenda Galloway as WCL’S 2015 Woman of the year)

Officers of the Woman’s Civic League, from left, Rita Elshout, Jane Muller, Barbara Cole, Brenda Galloway — 2015 Woman of the Year, Sandy McConnell and Marilyn Stadler-Burke at The Women’s City Club in Pasadena. (Keith Durflinger — Staff photographer)

Officers of the Woman’s Civic League, from left, Rita Elshout, Jane Muller, Barbara Cole, Brenda Galloway — 2015 Woman of the Year, Sandy McConnell and Marilyn Stalder-Burke at The Women’s City Club in Pasadena. (Keith Durflinger — Staff photographer)

DSC06120Brenda receiving her Woman of the Year plaque and lovely flowers: L. to R. 2014 WCL Woman of the Year and WCL current President Barbara Cole, Woman of the Year for 2015 Brenda Galloway, WCL board member Marilyn Stalder-Burke and WCLboard member Jane Muller

TEXT OF PATT DIROLL’S PASADENA STAR NEWS ARTICLE ON JUNE 8, 2015:

“Brenda Galloway, a longtime Pasadena activist, has added yet another plaque to her collection of accolades. On June 1, members of the Woman’s Civic League honored her as Woman of the Year at their annual luncheon at the Women’s City Club of Pasadena. In accepting the award, Brenda said her spirit of volunteerism began when she was a youngster in Kentucky organizing school paper drives. And she’s been volunteering ever since she and her husband Bill moved to Pasadena in 1968.

“I’ve always been interested in improving the city’s arts and educational systems, and that’s why I’ve helped with many non-profits,” she said. Her involvements have included the YWCA Pasadena Board of Directors, La Salle High School Board of Trustees, Tournament of Roses, L.A. County Commission of Children and Families, the Jackie Robinson Memorial Celebration, Friends of Cleveland Elementary School, and CASA Glamour Gown Committee, a program that provides girls in L.A. County’s foster care system with prom gowns and accessories.

She is currently a member of the Pasadena Playhouse Diversity Committee, the Pasadena/Altadena Community Endowment Fund Board (PACEF), and the Pasadena NAACP Ruby McKnight Williams Banquet Committee.

Her past recognitions include: Pasadena Museum of History’s Contemporary History Maker Award, the Citizens’ Community Award from the Pasadena Police Foundation, Pasadena NAACP’s Community Leader Award, the Homes for All Award from Habitat for Humanity and the Pasadena Playhouse/Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Award. In 2009, she was named “Woman of the Year,” in the 29th Congressional District, and she was this year’s Black History Parade Community Honoree and Community Grand Marshal.

Brenda and Bill run Summit Enterprises, a family-owned real estate investment firm, and have two sons, three grandchildren and one grandpuppy. Over the years, their Pasadena home has been the setting for several benefit events including the Pasadena Playhouse, AIDS Service Center, and the National Park Service’s African American Experience Fund. In 1999, Brenda was awarded a lifetime membership in the NAACP for her fundraising efforts and a Campus and Community Special Recognition award from Pasadena City College. In 2000, the Galloways endowed the Sculpture Garden Plaza on the PCC campus.”

Photo of Brenda and her guests at the luncheon: L. to R. Guests of Brenda Galloway: Floraline Stevens, Nell Hollomand, Mary Latimore, Brenda Galloway, Lena Kennedy, Cortez Wilks, Valencia Galloway, Mary Crew, Marjoriedell Hopkins

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(Check out the photo album for this occasion in the PHOTO GALLERY section of the website for June 2015)

 

OPEN LINK UNDER PHOTO BELOW FOR ARTICLE ON PASADENA MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS HONORED AT MAY LUNCHEON

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http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/womens-civic-league-honors-exceptional-8th-grade-middle-school-girls/#.VXph6_lViko

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WE KICKED OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH A GREAT ARTICLE IN THE PASADENA STAR NEWS ON JANUARY 12, 2015

The Pasadena Woman’s Civic League never lets me down

BY PATT DIROLL

CLICKING THE LINK TO ARTICLE  WILL ALLOW YOU TO SEE TO ALL FOUR OF THE FEATURED PHOTOS

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/lifestyle/20150111/the-pasadena-womans-civic-league-never-lets-me-down

To give anyone visiting our website for the first time a way to see what the WCL is all about, here is nice article from the Pasadena Star News on December 8th, 2013 about our launch of the 2013 holiday season with our annual boutique and luncheon at the Women’s City Club:

On the Town: Woman’s civic League tradition lifts Christmas spirit

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/lifestyle/20131208/on-the-town-womans-civic-league-tradition-lifts-christmas-spirit

 

From left, Lela Bissner, Rita Elshout, Judy Reiter (playing the harp) and Katie Ryland, who is president of the Woman’s Civic League, attend the Woman’s Civic League of Pasadena annual Christmas boutique and luncheon in Pasadena on Dec. 2. (Walt Mancin — staff photographer)

From left, Lela Bissner, Rita Elshout, Judy Reiter (playing the harp) and Katie Ryland, who is president of the Woman’s Civic League, attend the Woman’s Civic League of Pasadena annual Christmas boutique and luncheon in Pasadena on Dec. 2. (Walt Mancin — staff photographer)

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FOUNDED IN 1911, THE MEMBERS OF THE PASADENA WOMAN’S CIVIC LEAGUE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN WOMEN OF ACTION AND CONCERN.  Each year beginning in 1944, the League has looked for one such woman of distinction who epitomizes the purpose of the Civic League which is to help advance our community through the study of social, economic and legislative questions and to continually support agencies providing services to women and children. Sometimes our woman of distinction has been a member of the League serving with merit this and other organizations and causes in our City. Other times, our honoree has been singled out from the community at large because of her efforts above and beyond any project she attempts.

 

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The  JUNE 2014 WOMANS CIVIC LEAGUE ‘WOMAN OF THE YEAR’ IS WCL member BARBARA COLE pictured above receiving lovely flowers and a special plaque commemorating the event. L. to R. Outgoing President of WCL, Katie Ryland, WCL member Marilyn Stalder-Burke, Barbara Cole, and WCL member Jane Muller.

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Barbara receiving special certificate from the Mayor of Pasadena, Bill Bogaard

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Article about Barbara Cole that appeared in the Pasadena Star News:

On The Town: Luncheon honors 2014 Woman of the Year

By Patt Diroll, Columnist

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Lisa Milne, left, 2014 Woman of the Year Barbara Cole, Andy Milne, Ashford Milne and Lloyd Milne. Cole was named Woman of the Year by The Woman’s Civic League, which honored her at a luncheon.walt mancini — staff photographer

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Past Women of the Year recipients: Claire Bogaard, Marilyn Stalder-Burke, Lisa Fowler and Rita Sahlein flank Woman’s Civic League President Katie Ryland, center, at the annual recognition luncheon on June 2.walt mancini — staff photographer

Longtime Pasadena activist Barbara Cole not only received the gavel for the second time as president of the Woman’s Civic League of Pasadena, from outgoing president Katie Ryland, but she also took home the plaque proclaiming her the organization’s 2014 Woman of the Year, at its annual recognition luncheon.

Community involvement clearly runs in the Cole family. Among the folks in her cheering section at the event, held at the Women’s City Club on June 2, were her daughter Lisa Milne, and son, Rick Cole, former mayor of Pasadena and now L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s deputy mayor for budget and innovation.

Barbara has a diverse history of civic involvement that ranges from — serving as the Executive Director of the Pasadena Arts Council; the City of Pasadena’s Historic Preservation Commission’s rep, on the Design Commission; membership on several committees including the Playhouse District Master Plan, the Gold Line Oversight Committee, and the panel selecting the Arroyo Parkway Streetscape Design; a member and volunteer with Pasadena Heritage; founding member of the Blinn House Foundation — to coordinator of the Lake Arrowhead Precision Snow Shovel Drill Team for six years.

Locals will remember her semi-synchronized cadre was a crowd-pleaser at numerous events around the Southland, including four Doo Dah parades.

Hizzoner Bill Bogaard joined Marilyn Stalder-Burke, who co-chaired the league’s recognition committee, with Jane Muller, in the tribute.

“The arts and culture and design that characterizes and edifies this great city would not be anything like the level that it is without the contributions that you have made over the years,” he said. “Barbara, you make Pasadena proud!”

Rick Cole also took a turn at the podium, noting that back in the ‘50s, Barbara was a single, working mother raising two young children.

“She would come home tired, but she always had time for us. She was a role model for my sister and me, an independent, pioneering woman,” he said. “That’s why she is so determined to return the Woman’s Civic League – created by pioneering women – back to its glory days. This wonderful legacy should not be left behind.”

INSERT:  (not part of this Star News article) On June 17th, 2015 Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times  interviewed Barbara’s son, Rick Cole. After the wonderful things Rick had said about his mother at the WCL luncheon honoring Barbara as Woman of the Year, it is not surprising that Rick, a former Pasadena Mayor,  turned out to be the kind of person in his professional life that he is as illustrated in this current  LA Times article. Upon reading this article and then having read about Barbara’s civic involvements in the 2014 Pasadena Star News article, one can see clearly who Rick got his sincere interest in civic affairs from.  

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-morrison-rick-cole-20150617-column.html#page=1

Star News article about Barbara and WCL history continues here:

And what a legacy it is.

A search of the Star-News archives revealed that the league’s founders were the “power-chicks” of their day. Organized in 1911 — five months before California became the first state to grant women’s suffrage — they had an ambitious agenda: pasteurized milk and a clean water supply in the city, free garbage collection, and the addition of Kindergarten in the school system.

Those issues triggered a century-long series of projects that would ultimately change the face of Pasadena. The league’s greatest impact, perhaps, was its support for a city plan and a civic center.

The plan that they published 1915 resulted in the creation of our Civic Center — the central library, city hall, civic auditorium, Memorial Park and many buildings around the area.

Along with Barbara’s family, in the crowd were Claire Bogaard, Tom Coston, Rick Barr, Christina Karagias, Pat Rosengren, Rita Sahlein, Lisa Fowler, Viola Johnson, Pat Somerville and incoming league officers: Sandy McConnell, Anna Vickson, Cornelia Fuller, Beth Calleton, Maria Cacarnakis, Lourdes Ubovich, Susan Halladay, Lois Russell, Rita Elshout, Freda Surace, Catherine Haskett Hany, and Mary Sands.

(Check out the photo album for this occasion in the PHOTO GALLERY section of the website for June 2014)

 

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The 2013 WOMANS CIVIC LEAGUE ‘WOMAN OF THE YEAR’ WAS  WCL member ANN ERDMAN. Pasadena’s Mayor, BILL BOGAARD, was in attendance to honor her service to him and to the community at large pictured above with Ann on the right and WCL President Katie Ryand on the left.

Ann Erdman served as public information officer for the City of Pasadena from 1991 to 2012. She managed the City’s Public Affairs office where she handled media relations and community relations, while serving as Press Secretary to the Mayor. Now in retirement, Ann serves on the board of directors for Villa Esperanza and Women at Work and does some pro bono publicity for several other nonprofits. She also serves as a volunteer in the archives of the Pasadena Museum of History and as a mentor to technology and communications students at the James Foshay Academy in Los Angeles.

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Ann with her guests for today: L. to R.Audrey O’Kelley, Judy Kent, Stephanie DeWolfe, Jan Sanders, Ann Erdman, Mayor Bill Bogaard, Mic Hansen

News articles about Ann Erdman: (go to top of left hand side of page to the ‘back’ arrow to return to the WCL website after viewing links to news articles)

Scroll to second half of the first Pasadena Star News article link below for section about Ann being honored as Woman of the Year

http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20130623/patt-diroll-domingo-amazes-at-la-opera

http://hometown-pasadena.com/featured/lady-of-leisure/64001

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20120327/citys-ann-erdman-to-lead-the-35th-doo-dah-parade

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS OF THE WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD WERE PRESENT AND PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE 2013 LUNCHEON.  ALL ARE ALL STILL ACTIVE MEMBERS OF THE WOMAN’S CIVIC LEAGUE OF PASADENA.

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Ann, center with past recipients of “Woman of the Year” award from L. to R. Rita Sahlein Year 2000, Hilda Nichols Mager Year 2003, Liz Baronowski Year 1999, Marguerite Hougasian year 2005, Ann Erdman Year 2013, Lisa Fowler Year 2010, Marilyn Stander-Burke Year 2012 and Thelma Johnson Year 2004

Each of these women were honored in past years for their accomplishments in helping to create a more healthy, cultured and educated community and interestingly enough, they continue to be among the movers and shakers in our community today serving in various capacities such as the Humane Society, Pasadena Unified School district, Accessibility and Disabilities Commission and many more outreach organizations needing their help and support.

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OUR HONOREE FOR 2012 WAS WCL MEMBER MARILYN STALDER-BURKE in first picture on the rounder above. She has not only served our organization with great merit but she has worked with great energy, effort and enthusiasm in the community through various organizations. She has worked tirelessly in the field of education well beyond the classroom and has been an effective leader in groups which work for the benefit of women and children.

Business magazine article about Marilyn: (go to top of left hand side of page to the ‘back’ arrow to return to the WCL website after viewing links to news articles)

Marilyn featured and on cover of Business Life magazine:

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http://www.businesslife.com/articles.php?id=2274

The 2011 WOMANS CIVIC LEAGUE ‘WOMAN OF THE YEAR’ WAS  WCL member MARGARET SEDENQUIST

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http://allsaints-pas-news.blogspot.com/2011/05/margaret-sedenquist-named-woman-of-year.html

Patt Diroll: Honoring those who help the community http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20110515/patt-diroll-honoring-those-who-help-the-community  (see second half of article)

 

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