2 philanthropic chapters are stronger as 1

Two Glendale chapters of the Philanthropic Educational Organization have blended their memberships and will continue as one sisterhood supporting women's education.

The chapters CJ and JI are now known as Chapter CJJI. A luncheon to celebrate their union was held earlier this month at the Glendale Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ann Denis, of Glendale, who was the president of the CJ chapter, has assumed the presidency of the combined chapter. Edwina Johnson, of La Cañada, is the retiring president of Chapter JI.

The main reason the groups combined is both chapters were losing membership for many reasons, Denis said, including aging, illnesses and living too far away.

"This is the boost we need to keep the sisterhood growing," she said.

The group's main purpose is to support the educational advancement of women. The chapter gives scholarships, grants and loans to young women. It also provides financial assistance to help women receive education who are returning to work. Also, the Philanthropic Educational Organization owns Cottey College in Missouri.

State officers attending were Kate Rutter, state treasurer; Donna Ziel, state past president; and Sue Doyle, state organizer.

"When chapters start to struggle, they think their only option is to disband," Doyle said. "My job is to explore all the options with them and one is a merger where two chapters might be losing membership for a variety of reasons and decide like any good marriage to come together and be stronger together than they would be as individuals."

The merger came at a perfect time for both chapters, she added, because they were both in a situation where they needed the added encouragement, strength and support the other could provide.

Also attending was Mary Wickser, president of the Philanthropic Educational Organization's Glendale Reciprocity Bureau, which is made up of a dozen local chapters.

Longtime members attending the blending luncheon were Clara Mae Tronowsky, a member for more than 70 years and Doris McKently, a member for more than 60.

Chapter CJJI meets twice a month for lunch and a speaker, Denis said.

"We have lots of great programs during our meetings," she said. "They are always on positive subjects and very up-lifting."

'Wonderful Life' is something to celebrate

The Cabrini Literary Guild reminded guests that we're given one life — so enjoy it — at the annual fundraising luncheon with the theme "It's a Wonderful Life!"

Welcoming guests to the Oakmont Country Club were President Miryam Finkelberg and co-chairs Karen Swan and Patty Szot. Also on the committee were Nancy Guillen, Arlene Nalbandian, Aurora Vega-Dottavio, Sally Lim and Genevieve Callopy.

Also helping out were Cecilia Botticella, Jessica Botticella, Heather Ghermezian, Anita Joshua, Laurie Leask, Mary Natalizio, Monica Sierra, Mary Lou Barnes, Maria Elena Cano, Anne Phelps, Ann Herrmann, Maureen Walsh and Marie Urrutia.

Sister Regina Palamara, the guild's guardian angel, encouraged members to put those dents in their wallets and spend big on the grand prizes.

"It does a lot of good for the less fortunate," she said.

Indeed, proceeds will benefit Ascencia homeless services, Catholic Charities Loaves & Fishes, Family Promise of the Verdugos, Glendale Public Library Adult Literacy Program, Glendale YWCA's domestic violence shelter and Shield of Roses. The guild also awards cash to students of Archdiocesan high schools through an annual creative-writing contest.

The $1,000 grand prize was won by Patricia Granja. Guild members also received cash prizes. Guillen won $200 and Cecilia Botticella took home $300, which, she said, will probably be spent on her grandchildren.

A delicious meal was enjoyed while listening to the Ann Louise Christensen Band.

Still time to stamp passport for London

Members and guests will take a virtual trip abroad during the "Passport to London" fashion show lunch to be presented by the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Guild on April 1 at the Sheraton Universal.

George Pennacchio, the entertainment reporter for ABC 7 Eyewitness News, will be the emcee.

Proceeds will go to the guild's pledge of $500,000 for the Cusumano Family Neuroscience Outpatient Center.

Tickets are $110. For reservations, call Grace Mylroie Patz at (818) 846-2177.

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JOYCE RUDOLPH can be reached at rudolphjoyce10@gmail.com.

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