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 Social Butterfly May 13th, 2010     

Evelyn Madison - The Social Butterfly

Contemporary Women Hosts Mother's Day Tea

The Contemporary Women of North County (CWONC) and the City of San Marcos present the 10th annual Mother's Day Tea for mothers, daughters and friends on Saturday, May 8, from 11:30am to 1:00pm, at the historic Wood House located at Woodland Park, 1148 Rock Springs Road, San Marcos. Tea, sandwiches and entertainment, as well as a fund-raising raffle, can be enjoyed in a lovely garden setting for the price of $24 per person, $42 for two. Call Laura at 760.744.5534 for tickets and information.

Pictured above are l-r: Vista Mayor Morris Vance, Shadowridge Rotarian and Vista Chamber chairman Cliff Kaiser, Mayor pro tem Judy Ritter, Councilman Bob Clark, and City Manager Rita Geldert. Cliff Kaiser recently graduated from the Vista Citizens Leadership.

Members of the Rincon del Diablo Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) attended the Escondido Family History Fair and Conference, sponsored by the Escondido Stake Center of the LDS Church, and displayed some projects, including quilts they make to send to hospitalized military from Iraq and Afghanistan wars. For information, call Phyllis Young, 760.744.7530, or Nancy Christensen, 760.788.8180.

Pictured tending the information table at the Fair are: l-r, Regent Phyllis Young, members Rachael Jorgenson, Barbara ivory, Maureen Lewnes, and Diane Bonomi.

Panorama Teens Earn Donation: Evie Williams (center, kneeling), publisher of the Beautiful Lake San Marcos Resident Directory, presents a check to team leader, Ruthie Segura, from the Panorama Teen and Family Center. The check is a donation for another great job by the kids from the center, of walking to every home in the Lake delivering the new 2010 resident directory. Looking on from behind the group is a very happy Enrique Perez, founder of the Panorama Teen Center.

May Schedule for S.M. Civic Center Outdoor Screen

The San Marcos Civic Center Screen is an outdoor venue showing movies, shorts and other entertainment on a nightly basis. All entertainment is family-friendly, free to the public and begins at sundown. They have live music on the second Saturday; this month is "Blue Vortex" playing Saturday, May 8th, at 6pm.

May Movies - "Mechanical MAYhem"
Friday, May 7, Tron;
Saturday, May 8, Iron Man;
Friday, May 14, Lilo and Stitch;
Saturday, May 15, Flight of the Navigator;
Friday, May 21, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?;
Saturday, May 22, The Muppet Movie;
Friday, May 28, Robots; and
Saturday, May 29, Short Circuit.

Senior Service Council Provides Programs and Services

The Senior Service Council of Escondido will host the following support group meetings at the Dorothy Boeger Building, 728 No. Broadway, Escondido, (and Joslyn Senior Center, 210 Park Avenue). No reservations are required. For information, call 760.480.0611.

A Respiratory Support Group meeting from 1-3pm, Wednesday, May 12, for people with diseases that include asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Sponsored by the American Lung Association.

On Monday, May 17, a free arthritis and osteoporosis support group meeting from 10-11:30am, for people affected by either or both of these diseases.

Seniors could qualify for an additional credit toward their utility bill from San Diego Gas & Electric's Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Information fliers and applications are available.

The Council offers a job referral service for people older than 50, from 9am-12noon Mondays through Thursdays. Anyone needing minor home repairs, gardening, housework, home care, pet sitting, shopping, or painting can call 760-480-0611. Fees for the work to be done are negotiated between the parties.

The Senior Service Council offers free taxi vouchers for transportation for medical, dental, chiropractic, physical therapy, prescriptions, and eyeglass appointments. The vouchers are good for $7 each way and are available to seniors 60 and older who live in Escondido, have a gross annual income of less than $22,600, and have no other means of transportation. A qualified applicant is entitled to three round trips each month. For the first set of vouchers, you must apply in person and bring proof of income. Apply from 9am-12noon Mondays through Thursdays at 728 N. Broadway. Requests for subsequent months can be ordered by phone. Call 760.480.0611.

Children's/Youth Choir Concert Planned

A Children's and Youth Choir Concert will be presented as part of the Music Series of the First United Methodist Church of Escondido, on Sunday, May 16, at 4pm, in the church Sanctuary, 341 So. Kalmia St., Escondido. The community is invited to attend this program of music. A free-will offering will be collected.

University Women to Present Literary Faire 2010

On Saturday, May 15, from 10am to 1pm, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will present Literary Faire 2010, of Art, Mystery, and History, featuring Susan Vreeland, Denise Hamilton, and Jeri Westerson. The event will be held at the Escondido Country Club, 1800 Country Cub Lane, Escondido. All proceeds fund scholarships for Tech Trek. Info:;, or call 760.745.5551.

Cost is $35/person, with choice of Baked Salmon or Chicken Breast for lunch. Make checks payable to AAUW and send with self-addressed stamped envelope to Janet Boyce, 2147 Royal Lytham Glen, Escondido, 92026.

OASIS Day Trip to Folk Festival

Join the OASIS Travel for the Topanga Banjo Contest and Folk Festival on Sunday, May 16. Travel to the Paramount Ranch in Los Angeles to attend the 50th anniversary celebration folk festival complete with craft stands, food vendors and the excitement of an old-fashioned street fair. All proceeds go to charitable causes. The main goal of the contest is to enable people to experience the joy of banjo/fiddle/guitar music, folk singing and dancing in an outdoor setting. It is recommended you wear sunscreen, hats and walking shoes. Tables and chairs will be provided in a pavilion and at the various stages.

Tour fee of $62/person includes transportation, coach refreshments, tour entry, and driver’s tip. Pick up is either Ed Brown Center, 18402 W. Bernardo Dr., at 8:00am, returning at 5:30pm, or Escondido Transit Center, 500 W. Valley Pkwy, Escondido, at 8:30am, returning at 5:00pm. Call 760.670.5538 or 760.690.2629 to sign up.

Children's Museum to Benefit from Marathon Golf Tournament

Volunteers and employees will be playing in a Marathon Golf Tournament (100 holes of golf in a day) to raise financial support for the Escondido Children's Museum (ECM). Donations are being solicited to sponsor each hole or donate a set amount to reach a $35,000 goal, for which a generous donor challenged. If that challenge is met, that donor will contribute an additional $100,000, over and above the capacity-building grant that was already given to ECM. This is a one-time opportunity to nearly triple the donations. Checks are made payable to "Mountain Shadows Foundation." Donations are tax deductible. "Investing in Escondido Children's Museum is investing in the future of our children," said Erin Hill, who will be one of the 'golfers' to raise those funds. Call or email questions if you need additional information to or 760.215.0601.

"Homemade with Love" Theme for Women's Club Luncheon

The theme of the Monday, May 17, luncheon of the San Marcos-Vista Christian Women's Club is "Homemade with Love." The meeting starts at 11:30am at the Lake San Marcos Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos. Cost of the luncheon is $16 inclusive.

The speaker will be Donna Jacobson from San Diego, who was featured in People magazine, was on Oprah and 20-20. She will share the "Icing on the Cake" as she tells how she was chosen "Twice for Adoptions." The special feature will be some "Showstopper Cakes" in the cakewalk. Some lucky ladies will go home with mouth-watering one-of-a-kind cakes that will be on display. Entertainment will be by Kathy Sherman from Oceanside with some "Sweets Songs" from the heart.

Guests are welcome. The club has no membership or dues. All ladies are invited, and encouraged to make reservations by Thursday, May 13. The luncheon is sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries/Christian Women's Club. For info, go to For reservations, call Donna at 760.432-0772 or Sandy at 760.598.0155.

Upcoming Event for Escondido Republican Women

Volunteers are needed for the following Escondido Republican Women Federated (ERWF) event: Call Jeanne Bunch for information or sign up to help: 760.715.1919 or email

May 16 - staff booths at Escondido's Street Faire, 10am-6pm. The Escondido Republican Club (TERC) will participate, as well.

Sorority Celebrates Founder's Day

The Hidden Valley Vista Council of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority recently celebrated it's 79th Founder's Day with a luncheon at Shadowridge Country Club in Vista. The theme was "Passport to Elegance." Several Rituals, a short Memorial, and installation of officers for the new sorority year were presented. The message from International headquarters was read and the International Theme for the new year will be "New Paths to Friendship."

Order of the Rose Ritual was presented to Betty Sibilla of Gamma Rho Master Chapter. The Silver Circle recipients were Diane Crews and Coleen Kelly of Gamma Rho Master Chapter, and Sandi Kourik of Laureate Alpha Kappa Chapter. The gavel was passed from President Kate Bian to Incoming President, Candace Doherty. Other officers installed were Barbara Gonzales, Vice President; Heidi Versteeg, Recording Secretary; Peggy Williams, Corresponding Secretary; and Nancy Barnett, Treasurer.

l-r: Betty Sibilla, Diane Crews, Coleen Kelly, and Sandi Kourik.

l-r: Candace Doherty, Barbara Gonzales, Heidi Versteeg, Peggy Williams, Nancy Barnett, and outgoing president, Kate Bian.

Just A Mom?

A woman, renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk's office, was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation. She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.

"What I mean is," explained the recorder, "do you have a job or are you just a . . .?"

"Of course I have a job," snapped the woman. "I'm a Mom."

"We don't list 'Mom" as an occupation, 'housewife' covers it," said the recorder emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall. The clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like "Official Interrogator" or "Town Registrar."

"What is your occupation?" she probed.

What made me say it? I do not know -- the words simply popped out. "I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations."

The clerk paused, ballpoint pen frozen in midair and looked up as though she had not heard right.

I repeated the title slowly, emphasizing the most significant words. Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written, in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

"Might I ask," said the clerk with new interest, "just what do you do in your field?"

Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply, "I have a continuing program of research (what mother doesn't) in the laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors and out). I'm working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family) and already have four credits (all daughters). Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities, (any mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it). But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money."

There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.

As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by my lab assistants -- ages 13, 7, and 3. Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model, (a 6-month old baby) in the child development program, testing out a new vocal pattern. I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy? And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than "just another Mom."


What a glorious career! Especially when there's a title on the door!

Does this make grandmothers "Senior Research Associates in the Field of Child Development and Human Relations?" And great grandmothers "Executive Senior Research Associates?" I think so! I also think it makes aunts "Associate Research Assistants."

Please share this with other Moms, Grandmothers, Aunts, and other friends.

May your troubles be less, may your blessings be more --
And nothing but happiness to come through your door!

Happy Mother's Day to all of you!
Writer unknown


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