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Social Butterfly June 26th, 2008

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

"A Decade of Dreams Came True" at Pace Setter Awards Gala

Susan and George Niece's generosity was celebrated at the Neighborhood Healthcare's 10th Anniversary Pace Setter fundraising gala, held at the Orfila Winery in Escondido. The fact that the Niece's had moved to Minneapolis three years ago didn't stop them from participating in a big way with the fundraising efforts. For more than ten years, George and Susan have been invaluable supporters of Neighborhood Healthcare. They have attended all of the Pace Setter events, been committee members, and George served as Emcee for a number of years. So it was only fitting that they were the recipient of the award this year. "Susan and George Niece today carry on their family's charitable tradition. Their grand plan is to leave a legacy to the communities and organizations they support. We are delighted to honor them at our annual awards event and gala. You could not ask for more dedicated volunteers," said Tracy Ream, CEO of the agency. Mistress of Ceremonies was Estha Trouw, and the award was presented to the Niece's by Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler.

This award is presented to an individual or family with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support and volunteer time, has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, not only to Neighborhood Healthcare but to the community at large. Their generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles on a community level.

Approximately 250 people attended the event and helped to meet the goal of $100,000 for the organization's Endowment Fund that ensures the long-term funding of patient care. The health agency provides services through 11 centers in San Diego and North County to approximately 65,000 patients. When the agency opened in 1969 there was one community clinic in Escondido, open six hours a week, with all volunteer staff of doctors, dentists and nurses, and served 1200 patients. Their future dream is to open a clinic in Poway by the year 2010. To find out how you can help make that dream a reality, visit their website at, or call Connie Burke at 760.520.8365.

Susan and George Niece with Escondido Mayor Lori Holt-Pfeiler
Gerald Bracht, his wife, Tracy, Shelley Schultz & Jim Schultz, Will McLennan & wife, Linda.
Lorraine Boyce, Janet Boyce, Dr. Rob Bridge, and Lee Campbell
Dr Rakesh Patel & wife, Rina, Bill Franklin, Phyllis Coulter, and Tom Jenkins.


Five Scholarships Awarded by Doering Family

Five graduating seniors from three high schools in the Escondido Union High School District received scholarships in memory of Clair and Vera Merrill, long-time residents of Escondido. The scholarships are awarded annually by Joseph and Vivian Doering and family. Receiving scholarships from Escondido High School were Melina Garcia, Miranda Dulce and Karla Castaneda; from Valley High, Fermin Segura; and from Centre City High, Emerald Weebe.

The students receiving scholarships have indicated an interest in pursuing further educational goals. The Doerings have been awarding these scholarships since 1997. The Merrills were active in and took many classes in the Adult Education program sponsored by the District.

RB Art Association Announces July Showings

Barbara Siegal will be showing her paintings at the Incredible Cafe from July 1-31. Painted in a traditional style and in oil and watercolor, her work includes local scenes, still life, seascapes, and florals. The cafe is located in The Mercado in Rancho Bernardo.

In addition, Clementine Porzak and Marcia Da Silva of the Rancho Bernardo Art Association will be showing their work during the month of July at the Pacific Trust Bank, 16536 Bernardo Center Drive. Bank hours are 9am-6pm M-Th; 9-7 Fri; and 9-4 on Saturdays.

Woman's Club to Hold Membership Luncheon

The Woman's Club of Escondido will hold a membership luncheon, open to all women in the area, beginning at 11am on Monday, July 14, at the clubhouse at 751 North Rose, Escondido. Lunch will be provided as well as Dixieland Music. A short presentation on the activities of the club and the philanthropies the club supports will be presented.

RSVP's are required. For additional information about the event or to make a reservation, call Vivian Doering, President, at 760.489.9483, or LaVonne Kraatz, Membership Chair, at 760.741.2140.

Square Dance Classes to be Offered for Beginners

The Wranglers Square Dance Club will open classes for first-time dancers on September 10 and 17, for those who want to learn basic square dance calls and enjoy the many mental and physical benefits of this type of dancing. No experience is necessary, attire is casual, and all ages 12 or older are welcome. Families, couples, singles, and groups of friends are invited to join the fun. Classes will be held from 7-9pm on Wednesdays at Rolling Hills Elementary School, 15255 Penasquitos Drive in Rancho Penasquitos.

The class on September 10 is free, and classes that follow are $32 per person every 8 weeks ($4/class when paid 8 weeks in advance). For more information or class enrollment, contact Alan or Laurie at 858.487.1181, or Square dancing offers immediate benefits of belonging to a lively, fun, congenial group; enjoying mental and physical exercise to spirited music; making life-long friends; and, frequently, sharing a good laugh; as well as health benefits due to the exercise.

The Wranglers Square Dance Club has dancers from Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Ramona, Scripps Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos, and more.

Francine Busby to Speak at LSM Democratic Club Meeting

The July 12 meeting of the Lake San Marcos Democratic Club will feature Francine Busby. Francine has an active voice in North County politics, has been a candidate for office, and has a popular web site called The Buzz which is dedicated to information about political activities in the county. Its goal is to encourage political participation among voters. The club meets at 12:30pm in the Lake Pavilion, 1105 La Bonita Dr., Lake San Marcos. Look for the Democratic Club booth at the Lake San Marcos Fourth of July Celebration. For further information, call 760.752.1035.

First United Methodist Church of Escondido will hold a summer Vacation Bible School

Beach Party Surfin’ Through The Scriptures begins on July 6 with a kick-off dinner at 5:30 pm. Vacation Bible School will be July 7 and ends July 11 from 9:00 am to noon. Cost will be $25 for the first child, $20 for each additional child. After Care available from noon to 6:00 pm. After Care is $12/day or $60 for the week if you enroll before June 30. First United Methodist Church of Escondido, 341 S. Kalmia St. Escondido, CA. Meet at 5:30 pm, July 6, to be part of the event. For more information, call 760-745-5100.



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