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Da’ Hawaii Seniors Club of Cerritos looks forward to resuming in-person meetings in 2021

Members of Da’ Hawaii Seniors Club (DHSC) of Cerritos have not been able to have in-person meetings since March of 2020, but members did elect their Board members in January of 2021. Most of the members who served on the Board in 2020 were not able to complete all the programs and activities they had planned for 2020, so they volunteered to be re-elected and continue to serve as Board members in 2021. The Board filled the final position of Co-Recording Secretary at the last Board meeting in February to officially complete the Board for 2021.

The members of Da’ Hawaii Seniors Club appreciate the volunteer work of all their Board members. The elected members of Da’ Hawaii Seniors Club Board for 2021 are as follows: Co-Presidents, Carmelita Tiongson and Donald Izumihara; CO-1st Vice-Presidents for Programs, Sherrie Dixon and Marion Tesoro; Co-2nd Vice-Presidents for Membership, Janie Aguirre and Myrna Matsuno; Co-3rd Vice-Presidents for Public Performance, Hedy Anduha, Frances McCormick, and John Yanagihara; Co-Recording Secretaries, Annie Kelly and Amy Tong; and Treasurer, Richard Chu.

Also serving on the 2021 Board are Refreshment Co-Chairs, Stanley Enomoto, Mary Jane Fujimura, Gail Nagaoka, and Gladys Yoshii; Ohana Care Chairs, Donna Ray and Susan Stern; Sergeants-at-Arms, Gilbert Aguirre and Larry Anduha; and Audio Techs, Howard Koga, Ken Matsuno, and John Yanagihara. It is hoped that a picture of the complete board will be taken when everyone can meet in person.

Of the 22 persons who are part of the Board, many have been members of the club for many years. The Program VP’s, the Membership VP’s, the Audio Techs, the Sergeants-at-Arms, and the Refreshment Committee members are waiting to be active at in-person meetings of the club. The newest member on the Board, Annie Kelley, joined DHSC in June of 2020. The entire Board welcomed Annie Kelly as Co-Recording Secretary in February 2021 and are learning more about her many talents and interests.

Annie became interested in DHSC because of her newest and greatest passion to learn how to play the ukulele as her New Year’s Resolution in 2019. She joined club member John Yanagihara’s Beginning Ukulele Class at the Cerritos Senior Center in April of 2019. She borrowed an ukulele and later bought her own ukulele. She joined John’s class members and performed monthly at Chick-fil-A in Cerritos.

That led to her joining the weekly Friday Zoom Ukulele Class with Co-President Carmelita Tiongson and other members of DHSC. Carmelita asked Annie to consider being the Co-Recording Secretary for DHSC. Annie is currently taking ukulele classes from Pam Sinclair.

Club members probably do not know about Annie’s educational background and extensive business experience. Annie has an A.A. degree in Secretarial Science from L.A. Harbor College and a B.S. in Business Management from CSU Dominguez Hills. She worked for an investment counseling firm as a Legal Secretary for two years, a Ship Supply Company for three year as a receptionist, and later a Bonded Clerk. She worked for TRW/Northrop Grumman as a Secretary, Pricing Control Analyst, and a Business Data Analyst and retired in 2011 after 30 years of service.

After she retired, she volunteered at the Artesia Library helping children with their homework, the San Pedro Library by reading to preschoolers and shelving materials, and at the Museum of Latin American Arts helping with clerical work and events. She and her husband were caregivers for her mother, for two years, until her death in 2016. Since 2016, she has volunteered for USC Family Caregiver Support Center, as a Support Group Peer Facilitator in Long Beach and Santa Fe Springs, the Alzheimer’s Association of Los Angeles, and Pathways Volunteer Hospice organization.

Annie is happily married to her husband, Jim, for 44 years and currently lives in Lakewood. They have a son, a daughter. and four grandchildren. Her hobbies include reading, crocheting, knitting, Backgammon, traveling, and singing and playing the ukulele. She crochets and knits to make hats, scarves, and baby blankets to donate to people who are in need. Annie said that she is interested in singing and playing the ukulele with groups at assisted living facilities, nursing homes, memory care facilities, and local senior centers at some time in the future.

Annie and the Board Members of Da’ Hawaii Seniors Club are looking forward to resuming club activities at the Cerritos Senior Center and meeting club members in 2021, as soon as in-person meetings are allowed.

Residents of Cerritos who are interested in joining Da’ Hawaii Seniors Club can contact Co-VP for Membership Myrna Matsuno, for membership information, at 310-538-2148. There is a Waiting List for residents of other cities who wish to join.

Pictured are Board Members of Da’ Hawaii Seniors Club of Cerritos at a Christmas Party in 2019.
Pictured are Board Members of Da’ Hawaii Seniors Club of Cerritos at a Christmas Party in 2019.
Front row, left to right, are Richard Chu, Mary Jane Fujimura, Susan Stern, Co- Presidents Carmelita Tiongson and Donald Izumihara, Hedy Anduha, Frances McCormick, Marion Tesoro, and Amy Tong. Back row, left to right, Donna Ray, Gilbert Aguirre, Janie Aguirre, and Larry Anduha. Missing from the photo are Membership Co-VP Myrna Matsuno, Refreshment Committee Members Gladys Yoshii, Stan Enomoto, and Gail Nagaoka, Audio Techs Howard Koga, Ken Matsuno, and John Yanagihara, and Co-Recording Secretary Annie Kelly.
(Photo by Edna Ethington)