President Patricia Eskenazi, Alexis Lalli, VP Programs Mari Barke, Mirna Mikhail and VP Ways and Means Nancy Hathcock. Courtesy photo.

Members and guests wore their Wonderland hats at the Rossmoor-Los Alamitos Republican Women Federated’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach. With a beautiful view of the lake, two local high school students each received $1,000 scholarships:

Mirna Mikhail – Senior at Cypress High School, Mirna is vice president of The National Honor Society and handles publicity for the school’s Red Cross club. Since 2015, she has had an integral role in her Girl Scout(s) troop with positions such as leader and co-leader of her patrol. Mirna plans to attend Chapman University and pursue a career in pharmacy.

Alexis Lalli Dorothy Sharp Scholarship – Senior at Los Alamitos High School, Alexis has been an active member of STEAM as a mentor and participant, California Scholarship Federation, National Honors Society and Spanish Honors Society. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at the Los Alamitos Community Center and Youth Center. Alexis will attend Baylor University as a biology major in the pursuit of becoming a doctor.

An active advocate for conservative values and for women getting involved in their community, RLA RWF founding member Dorothy Sharp was also a supporter of the club’s goals to provide scholarships to high school students entering college.

The scholarships were open to seniors at the following high schools: Oxford Academy (Cypress), Cypress High School, Kennedy High School (La Palma), Los Alamitos High School and Pacifica High School (Garden Grove). The club’s scholarship committee reviewed the essays, making their determination without knowing the identity of the student. “In this way, we were focused solely on the student’s compositions. After the essays were read and graded, the scholastic and extra-curricular activities were considered,” said Vice President Ways & Means Nancy Hathcock who chaired the scholarship committee.

California Election Integrity Project Chief Executive Officer Malcolm McGough spoke about the 2020 presidential election before presiding over the auction for a unique tea set that had survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, donated by Shary Reed. Also auctioned during the event were exquisitely designed three-tier centerpieces created by Susan Short. In addition, McGough picked the winning ticket for the teapot filled with $1,000 of money and gift cards. Congratulations to elementary school teacher Rebecca Gerdis!

There were a dozen opportunity drawing gift baskets along with two local vendors selling a variety of clothes and accessories.

“With Scholarship Chairwoman Nancy Hathcock coordinating the event, we knew it would be a fun day,” said President Pat Eskenazi. “We will thank all our volunteers in our club’s next newsletter, but now I want to thank the community for supporting this event. The funds raised goes to local scholarships, paying registration for students to attend Turning Point USA conferences or weekend Youth American Foundation conferences.”

The RLA club, which serves northwest Orange County cities and greater Long Beach, welcomes like-minded women and men who want to impact local, state and national politics. For more information, contact: [email protected]

This article was released by the Rossmoor-Los Alamitos Republican Women Federated.