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Social Butterfly November 12th, 2009

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

Key Club Charter Ceremony Held at San Pasqual Academy

Recently the Key Club at San Pasqual Academy was honored with their Chartering Ceremony, where the charter officers and members were installed by Immediate Past Lt. Gov. Betty Parker, Division 37 of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District of Kiwanis International. The charter officers are Jabriel Jordan, president; William Felix, vice president; LaToya Walker, secretary; Chelsea Murphy, treasurer; and DeJoinea Major, club newsletter editor. Since some of the charter members have moved on, other officers were installed as their replacements.

Tim Cunning, President of the Hidden Valley Kiwanis (HVK) Club, presided over the event and welcomed each officer as they were installed. Others involved in the program were Key Club members Jabriel, Marcus dela Sierra who led the Pledge of Allegiance, LaToya and Chelsea who recited the Key Club Pledge; Dave Schmitt and Lyle Davis of HVK; Ron Major, Principal of the Academy, and Tia Moore, Campus Director; Dan Radojevic, Kristie Buckley, and Jackie Taylor (also a Kiwanian) of the YES Program.

R. B. Republican Women Plan Luncheon and Chinese Auction

On November 20th, the Rancho Bernardo Republican Women will install new president LaJoyce Robinson, as outgoing president Lynn Ann Reagan-Jameson conducts her last meeting. Ten past presidents will be honored, as well as long term members, some with more than 40 years membership. In addition, they will honor Ronald Reagan and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Chinese Auction will cap the festivities with beautiful baskets available for lucky winners. The meeting is open to guests. Cost is $23/person. The meeting is at the Stoneridge Country Club. Call Laura for reservations at 858.673.1409.

photoRichard Lederer Brings His Wit to Escondido Humane Society

The Escondido Humane Society hosts best-selling author Richard Lederer for a book signing and discussion of his newest books, "A Treasury for Dog Lovers" and "A Treasury for Cat Lovers," at the shelter. Books will be available for purchase (both books are $14), and a portion of book sales will go to the Humane Society. The event will be from 1 to 3pm on Saturday, November 21, at the Escondido Humane Society, 3450 E. Valley Parkway, and is free. However, RSVP is required to 760.888.2242 or

Mr. Lederer is the author of more than 30 books on language, history and humor, including his best-selling "Anguished English" series and "Presidential Trivia." In October 2006 he retired as co-host of "A Way with Words" on KPBS, San Diego Public Radio. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Simone van Egeren.

Women of the Moose to Hold Fundraising Event

Saturday, November 21, from 6 to 11pm, the Women of the Moose will hold a fundraiser for the local Moose Lodge in Escondido. "An Early Christmas Gift" will be a dinner, dancing to a live band and raffles event. Proceeds will benefit Moose charities, including Mooseheart (a 1,000 acre community child city and school for children and teens in need of a stable home) and Children's Summer Camp Scholarships, enabling children to have a summer camp experience that would not be able to afford it on their own. Donations for this fundraiser will go towards the purchase of Christmas trees, decorations and gifts, to be raffled off and table centerpieces. Tickets are $15/person. Contact The Lodge @ 760.745.1874 for more information.

Woman's Club Plans Bus Trip to Viejas Casino

On Wednesday, December 2, the Escondido Woman's Club is sponsoring a bus trip to Viejas Casino. The bus will leave at 9am from the Woman's Club building, 751 No. Rose St., (behind House of Prayer Church at Rose and Mission Ave.). The bus will depart from the Casino at 4:30pm.

Tickets are $10/person (cash, or make checks payable to Escondido Woman's Club). For reservations, call June Bilbrey at 760.290.3963. Proceeds will support the Club's Scholarship programs.

Dr. Masroori to Speak at The American Association of University Women Meeting

Dr. Cyrus Masroori, Associate Professor of Political Science at Cal State University, San Marcos (CSUSM), will be the speaker at the next meeting of the (AAUW), Escondido-San Marcos Branch. Dr. Masroori will share his compelling life story. Born in Iran, he was forced to leave as a young adult because of his political views. After a year in Spain, he immigrated to the U.S. as a political refugee. The meeting will be Saturday, November 21, at 10am, at the Escondido Country Club. Cost for lunch is $16/person. Visitors are welcome. Reservations are required by calling Sandra at 760.739.0710.
North County Children's Hospital Auxiliary Meeting Announced

The North County Women's Auxiliary of Rady Children's Hospital will meet on Wednesday, November 18, at 9:30am at the First Methodist Church, 341 Kalmia St. Escondido. They are looking for new members who are willing to donate time and talents to help raise funds for Rady Children's Hospital that benefits children throughout San Diego County. For information, call Danette at 760.749.0333 or Margie at 951.767.1940.

In addition, their annual Holiday Luncheon is on Saturday, December 5, at Shadowridge Country Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista. Proceeds from this "Winter Wonderland" event will benefit the Asthma and Allergy Unit at Rady Children's Hospital. There will be a silent auction, country store, program and auction drawing. Registration starts at 10:30am, and the luncheon at 12Noon. Tickets are $30/adult; $15/child under 12. Seating is limited; reservations, with your choice of Chicken, Salmon or Beef, are required by Wednesday, November 25, and sent to Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary, c/o Lucy Johnson, 1953 Gary Lane, Escondido, 92026.

Art Walk and Sale at the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center

"Connecting Art and Nature" is the theme of a special November art exhibit and reception at the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center on Saturday, November 14, from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Local North County artists will display nature-themed art of many styles throughout the Nature Center and grounds. The event will also mark the unveiling of a new footbridge and observation decks recently installed along the nature trail. There is no charge to the public and light refreshments will be served. Comfortable footwear is advised. The Nature Center is located at 2202 South Coast Highway, Oceanside. Information: 760-732-0399.

Then on November 18th at the general meeting of the Buena Vista Audubon Society (BVAS), one of America's most prominent birders, Jon Dunn, will present the program. He was Chief Consultant/Editor for the National Geographic Society's "Field Guide to the Birds of North America,” and co-author of the Peterson "Field Guide to Warblers." The meeting is Wednesday, November 18, at 7pm with program at 7:30pm, at the BVAS Nature Center, 2202 So. Coast Highway, Oceanside. For information, call 760.439.2473.

Escondido Republican Club Meeting

Lorie Zapf, President of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA), will be the guest speaker for The Escondido Republican Club's (TERC) meeting on Monday, November 16th.

Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan grassroots movement of concerned citizens and businesses who are fighting against lawsuit abuse in California. CALA serves as a watchdog to challenge the abuse of our civil justice system, and engages the public and the media to deliver the message that lawsuit abuse is harming our economy and costing jobs.

The meeting will be held at Cocina del Charro, 525 N. Quince, Escondido, CA. Check-in begins at 11:30AM with the luncheon meeting beginning at noon.

To RSVP for the meeting, call Sharon Wood at (760) 741-5060. For more information about TERC, visit the website at:

Any questions, please contact: Diane Snyder, 2nd VP - The Escondido Republican Club,(760) 489-6233

Open House Scheduled for "One Woman Show" Artist

An Open House and Art Show featuring Corinne Geras and her "One Woman Show" "Autumn Open House" is scheduled at The Main Frame & Art Gallery, Escondido. The reception will be Saturday, November 21, from 4-7pm, at 430 North Andreasen, Escondido. Corinne's art work will be available for viewing from November 1 thru December 30. For more information, call the Art Gallery at 760.432.8995, or check the artist's website at

Information from Escondido Children's Museum

New Board Member, George Vourlitis, is helping the Children's Museum pilot a lecture series aimed at older museum visitors on science topics of popular interest. The museum is collaborating with the California Center for the Arts to host "Mark Twain Day." In conjunction with the November 21 performance of Hal Holbrook's "Mark Twain Tonight!", the Escondido Children's Museum will host an afternoon of Twain-related fun and learning on Saturday, November 14. See the museum's website for more information -

The Museum is at 380 N. Escondido Blvd. Studio 1, Escondido. Admission is $5.00/person (12 months and under are free). Family memberships are $75.00/year and include unlimited FREE admission for the family and children as well as 5 FREE passes, discounts on birthdays, store purchases, and Saturday programs. Grandparent memberships are $50.00/year.

Documentary Film About Food Production to be Shown in Vista

Film, Inc, the popular documentary film about how our food is produced and distributed, will be shown and discussed on Sunday, November 22nd, at 2:30pm at Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1600 Buena Vista Drive, Vista. This event is part of a study of Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice. This event is free and open to the public.

Republican Women Give Books to Branch Libraries

The Rancho Bernardo Republican Women budgets funds annually to support the National Mamie Eisenhower Literacy Program. Books were purchased for four local branch libraries; Rancho Bernardo, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos, and 4-S Ranch. The three books chosen to donate to each library were "We, the People" by Lynne Chaney, "New Nation: A History of the US from 1780-1850" by Joy Hakim, and "Lincoln President-Elect" by Harold Holzer.

Photo: Pictured in the Rancho Bernardo Library with the donated books are Literacy Chairman Carole Stelman, and Acting Library Manager Pam Oliva.

Founded in 1964, Rancho Bernardo Republican Women was among the first organizations in Rancho Bernardo. Monthly meetings are held with knowledgeable speakers on important issues. Guests are welcome. For information, call 858.674.1051.

Veterans Honored by LSM Republican Women

Recently the Lake San Marcos Republican Women held their annual dinner meeting to honor Veterans, past and present. To start the program, a special song was sung by J. D. Crawford, who had written the song entitled "The Wounded Warrior." Shawna Brooks, a $1,000 scholarship recipient, spoke briefly of the nursing program she is in at CSUSM and thanked the group for their help. In addition to many veterans in attendance, there were two WWII veterans; Morgan Jones, age 93, and Ray Klinke, age 90.

The program was given by Staff Sgt. Philip Ashe, with the Charlie Company, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, who had a short slide show and talked about his "Experiences in Afghanistan."

photoOptimist Club of Carlsbad Hosts Christmas Party

The Optimist Club of Carlsbad is hosting a Christmas party on Sunday, December 6th for children who have lost a parent in the Iraq-Afghanistan wars. This project is one of the Optimist clubs most meaningful. Santa makes a visit, Carlsbad Police Explorers provide help, a very special Fire Truck brings Santa and a few other surprises. For more information contact: Linda Gans (760) 730-0703.


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