The La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season! Enjoy celebrating with your friends and family members!
About 30 AAUW members and their spouses came to the home of Bob and Carol Marsh in La Palma for their Annual Holiday Party on Saturday, December 14, 2019. The Marshes always decorate their home festively for the holidays, so there was a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. Guests sat around tables which were decorated colorfully in red and green and visited with each other. It was a nice time to relax and enjoy the snacks, drinks, or desserts that everyone brought to share.
Since this is the time of sharing blessings with those who are in need, the La Palma-Cerritos AAUW Branch brought gifts to share with Su Casa, a shelter for abused women and children. Liliana Lopez, Program Manager at Su Casa, Ending Domestic Violence, came to collect all the gifts that members brought. She thanked the AAUW for their gifts and for inviting her to the party. She also said that Su Casa would welcome any clothing, toys, personal toiletries, gift cards, etc. that people would like to donate. Ms. Lopez can be reached at 562-400-2121 or at a 24 -Hour Hotline, 562-402-4888.
Members of the La Palma-Cerritos AAUW have been helping Su Casa for years by donating items that are requested by Su Casa. Some members assist monthly by shopping for groceries that are needed by the residents of Su Casa’s shelter. If AAUW members would like to help by doing grocery shopping for Su Casa, contact Christine Taxier at 714-828-7711 for more information.
After the holidays are over, the Program Co-VP’s Karen Cox, Nancy Kawamura, and May Ann Quinn, are planning new programs in 2o20. They hope that the programs will entice people to come to meetings learn about how people experience life’s problems and successes. There will be guest speakers including an AAUW Fund grant winner, an immigrant, and an author of a book who will share life experiences.
The public is invited to come to the branch’s first General meeting in the New Year on Thursday, January 16, 2019, from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. at Cerritos Park East, 13234 166th Street in Cerritos. There will be a light lunch provided prior to the guest speaker and business meeting. The guest speaker will be Judy Osuna, Community Outreach and Education Manager for the Alzheimer’s Family Service Center in Huntington Beach. Her topic will be “Well Aging and Preventing Alzheimer’s.” Judy will be presenting information about nutrition, exercise, social engagement, and other ways to prevent dementia. The program will be followed by a brief business meeting. Members and guests who would like to attend this meeting must RSVP by January 14, 2019 by contacting Program Co-VP Karen Cox at 562-519-0596.
Persons who have an Associate or higher degree from an accredited college or university are eligible to join the La Palma-Cerritos AAUW. For more information about joining the AAUW, contact Membership VP Sue Solomon at 562-493-3787.