La Palma-Cerritos AAUW installs new officers for 2019-2020

Twenty-two members of the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) gathered at the Panda Inn in La Palma on Thursday, May 30, 2019, to thank past board members for their service and to install new board members for 2019-2020.

Prior to the installation of new officers, members enjoyed a Chinese dinner with a choice of assorted chicken, shrimp and won ton soup or a vegetarian soup, and different entrees including walnut shrimp, beef broccoli, crispy spicy chicken, spicy eggplant with tofu, ginger sesame asparagus, noodles with vegetables, white or brown
rice and fortune cookies with icing.

After everyone had finished their meal, Installation Officers Tobi Balma and Sondra Cohen began the Installation of Officers for 2019-2020. Tobi asked President Harriet Moses and members of her 2018-2019 Board members to stand. Tobi thanked them for their service to the branch. Harriet took the opportunity to present her personal souvenir gift to each of her elected board members. They were souvenirs from her recent trip to Africa. Many of the members of the 2018-2019 Board are continuing to serve on the 2019-2020 Board.

Since Harriet Moses was elected for a second term as president, and because she loves to travel, Tobi and Sondra planned a humorous and creative installation program theme of “The La Palma-Cerritos Branch Tour in 2019-2020” with Harriet Moses as Tour Director. Tobi and Sondra presented Harriet with an umbrella, so that she could be seen, as she led the members on the tour, and energy pills, so that she would have energy for her job as president throughout the year.

Each of the other elected officers was presented with some items to help her fulfill the responsibilities of her office. President-Elect Beverly Zwick received baby booties as she took “baby steps” while she learned more about her role. She also received a hearing aid and magnifying glasses so that she would look, listen, and learn skills so that she would be able to fill in as President when necessary.

The remaining Board members all received some practical items to help them with their job responsibilities. Program Co-VP’s Diane Hutson and Karen Cox were given a colander and two stretch bands to help them sift through ideas and stretch for suggestions for programs next year. Membership VP Sue Solomon received a flashlight to help her search for new members and to find past members who may have gone astray.

AAUW Fund Co-VP’s Faith Herschler and Barbara Powell are new members on the 2019-2020 Board. They received a shovel, so that they could dig deeply into pockets, and a pail to collect money for the AAUW Fund. They also received a back scratcher, to use as they reached out to people for help. Faith will share these items with Barbara when she returns from her vacation in Europe.

Repeating as Secretary and Treasurer for 2019-2020 are Christine Taxier as Secretary and Marilyn Forsstrom as Treasurer. Christine received a pencil, pen and notepad for taking notes, and Marilyn received a ledger and a box to hold the funds she will be collecting. Both Christine and Marilyn have done outstanding jobs as Secretary and Treasurer. Members appreciate their many years of service.

After all the new board members learned about their respective duties and accepted their symbolic gifts, Tobi Balma congratulated all the new board members for serving as board members in 2019-2020. Tobi thanked everyone for coming to the Installation Dinner. She especially thanked Program Co-VP’s Beverly Zwick and Brenda Hicks for making reservations and selecting the wonderful menu prepared by Panda Inn in La Palma. There was so much food that some members were able to take hme leftoves to enjoy another day!

All members of the La Palma-Cerritos AAUW are invited to come to the Annual Planning Retreat on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Heritage Park, 18600 Bloomfield Avenue in Cerritos, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the house at the park. Members are asked to come prepared with ideas and suggestions for programs and activities for the branch to consider in 2019-2020.

For more information, contact President Harriet Moses at 714-994-1487.

This article was released by La Palma-Cerritos AAUW.

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Incoming Elected Officers for 2019: Front row, left to right, Beverly Zwick, Diane Hutson, President Harriet Moses, and Christine Taxier. Back row, Karen Cox, Faith Herschler, Marilyn Forsstrom, and Sue Solomon. Photo by M.C. Borja Van-Zitter.