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Social Butterfly June 5th, 2008

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

Two Dedicated Teachers Retire from Twin Oaks High School

It was like a day at the beach when family and friends at Twin Oaks High School in San Marcos said "Aloha" to two special teachers who are retiring next week at the end of this school year. They are Susan Logan and Alison Markel. Susan's family wanted to surprise their mother/grandmother with something special so planned a big "luau" party, and included Alison when they found out she also was retiring. The party was spectacular with food and decorations of a luau on the beach, complete with sand. Food was provided by Pat & Oscars and Noodles restaurants in San Marcos.

Principal Marc Steffler had many good things to say about both teachers, and from the audience participation it was evident that they are going to be missed. Alison Markel has been a teacher for 30 years, currently a resource teacher and dedicated to "at risk" youth, most of that time in the San Marcos School District. Susan Logan has taught for over 33 years, 26 of those in the San Marcos School District. This year she received the award as "Continuation Teacher of the Year" for all San Diego and Imperial Counties, and two years ago was named "Teacher of the Year" for Twin Oaks High School. She has created and developed many programs for the district , the most recent one called "Orientation" which teaches students "the seven study habits for success and how to be a successful student." This program is being used as a model for other schools throughout the state. In addition, she teaches San Marcos Adult School two evenings a week for adult students in independent study.

Susan was born in Artesia, California, married Ronald Dale Logan (now deceased); she had six children, Christine Bailey, Timothy Logan, Lisann Logan, Kimberly Logan, Matt Logan (and one child, Anthony, deceased). She has eight grandchildren, and has lived in Valley Center since 1977. Her hobbies include genealogy, family outings, painting art, church work, and spending lots of time with her grandchildren. Here’s hoping she is able to spend lots of time doing those special projects now that she's retired. And it appears she has passed along her love of the students and teaching to at least one daughter, Lisann, who is a teacher at the S.M. Elementary School.

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Susan Logan and Alison Markel

Vista Boys & Girls Club Planning Special Events for Summer Camp

The summer camp at the Vista Boys and Girls Club will feature a theme each week. Two examples of some theme activities include "Wet 'n Wild" week, which will include making wood sail boats, bubbles, water balloon toss, beach trips, water balloon tennis, and jump rope splash. For "Summer Olympics" week, activities include boomerangs, potato sack relay, drawing the Olympic torch and flag, and jumping games.

Camp will run from June 18 through August 20, from 7am until 6:30pm. The cost is $50/membership per year, and Day Camp is $12/per day. Call Raul Castillo, Program Director, at 760.724.6606, Ext. 24, to sign up.

Democratic Club to Feature Jim Bell as Guest Speaker

The Lake San Marcos Democratic Club will meet on June 14, at 12:30pm, in the Lake Pavilion, 1105 La Bonita Dr., Lake San Marcos. The guest speaker will be Jim Bell, an ecological designer, author, and lecturer. He is a well known speaker on ecology and planning for a sustainable future, and has received a number of awards for his work in environmental design. He has served on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Ecology Center, I Love a Clean San Diego, Environmental Health Coalition, and the California Association of Cooperatives. Currently he serves as the director of The Ecological Life Systems Institute and the San Diego Center for Appropriate Technology. The meeting is open to the public and members of all parties are welcome. For more information, call 760.752.1035.

Kiwanis Club of San Marcos Collects Worn, Torn Flags

The Kiwanis Club of San Marcos is holding their 7th Annual Worn, Torn, Flag Collection program May 10 through June 10 by placing collection boxes throughout San Marcos where residents can deposit US and CA flags that are ready for retirement. This year the collection boxes are located at Minuteman Press, 277 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Suite H; Star Builders Ace Hardware, 961 Grand Avenue; Palomar College Student Services, 1140 W. Mission Road; in the main lobby at the City of San Marcos, 1 Civic Center Drive; CSUSM in the Dome, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road; Albertson’s, 151 Woodland Parkway; and Stater Bros, 1330 E. Mission Road.

"We know the community looks forward to the flag collection program every year and it really fills a need." said President Anna Dubois. "We've collected and retired over 2000 flags in the past six years and public attendance at the retirement event on Flag Day is growing."

The 7th Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, at 6:30pm at Walnut Grove Park in San Marcos. This ceremony offers residents an appropriate and dignified way to properly dispose of flags that have proudly flown over homes and businesses in San Marcos. Residents need to bring lawn chairs for seating during the event. For more information, contact the Kiwanis Club of San Marcos through their message center at 760.471.3201, by emailing kiwanisofsanmarcos@sbcglobal.net or visit the website at www.KiwanisClubOfSanMarcos.org.

Kiwanis Club of San Marcos President Anna Dubois and Charter Member Wes Rhine display one of the flag collection boxes placed throughout San Marcos May 10 through June 10th.)

Ladies Guest Day Golf Tournament Planned

On Thursday, June 26, the Lake San Marcos South Course Ladies Golf Club will hold their annual guest day tournament with the theme of "June in Bloom" Guest Day. The event starts with breakfast and social time at 7am, a shotgun start at 8am; two best balls of foursome; lunch at the Country Club, and door prizes.

Cost is $40/player; month of May handicaps will be used; and you must have the IDC# for your guests. Envelopes for reservations are in the pro-shop. All members will be eligible to play regardless of how long you have been a member. Turn in your envelopes by Thursday, June 19. If you need a guest, call the Tournament Chairman, Dordi Moriel at 858.756.3191, or Co-Chairman, Rose Mary Brown at 760.744.5147.

June Meeting Announced for Hearing Loss Association

The Escondido Hearing Loss Association (HLA) will meet on Saturday, June 14, starting at 10am, at the Joslyn Senior Center Auditorium, 210 Park Avenue, Escondido. Roberta Smith, a representative of the California Telephone Access Program will be displaying and explaining the use of the "Amazing Phones" that are free for people who have difficulty hearing, seeing, moving, speaking, or remembering. They are offered to any California resident who has an existing residential phone service. There will be a drawing and refreshments at the meeting. For more information, call Sylvia at 760.745.5408.

Palomar Audubon Schedules Bird Watching Event at Kit Carson Park

On Saturday, June 7, at 8am, the Palomar Audubon has scheduled a bird watching field trip at Kit Carson Park in Escondido. From I-15 in Escondido exit east on Via Rancho Parkway; drive about one mile to Park Road entrance on the left. Proceed on Park Road about 3/4 mile to theAmphitheater parking lot on the right. Woodland, riparian and open-area habitats usually supply a nice list of resident birds with a few surprises. For more information, check the website at www.palomaraudubon.org.

Buena Vista Audubon Announces Events

Join Society members for a Whelan Lake bird walk, always on the first Saturday of the month at 8am. Spring is the best time to see this great birding area, not usually open to the public. Take I-5 to Hwy. 76; Turn left at Douglas and continue to signal at North River Road. Turn left and meet at cul-de-sac by entrance gate. The leader is John Haddock, 760.941.7824, for more information.

Then on Sunday, June 15, at 2pm, plan to 'come see the blooms' from the tremendous collection of photos in the archives that will be shown when the Native Plant Club meets at the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center, 2202 So. Coast Hwy, Oceanside. For more information, call the Center at 760.439.2473, or email to BVNPC@sbcglobal.net.

CWONC Meeting Scheduled for Monday


GFWC Contemporary Women of North County (CWONC), a local women's volunteer and social club, will hold its next meeting on Monday, June 9, by going out to dinner and a movie. If you are interested in attending the meeting and becoming a part of CWONC and its many community activities, please call Marilynn Kroeker at 760.471.6396, or visit the club's website at http://www.cwonc.org.

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