At their final meeting of the 2010-2011 year, Las Candelas installed La Cañada resident Monica Sierra as president for 2011-12. The group also celebrated the completion of Bobbi Gangi’s two-year term as president. Under Gangi’s leadership, the group donated $80,000 in programs and services to organizations that serve emotionally disturbed children. Included in those organizations were Hathaway-Sycamores, Hillsides, Glendale Healthy Kids, YWCA and VMH Care. The ladies of Las Candelas personally volunteered nearly 400 hours to these facilities during Gangi’s term.
Linda Malmquist installed the following incoming slate of officers: President Monica Sierra; First Vice-President Ellyn Semler; Second Vice-President Sharon Anderson; Third Vice-President Ginny Simpson; Fourth Vice-President-Marcia Lytle; Fifth Vice-President Jeri Benton; Sixth Vice-Presidents Bobbi Gangi and Diane Russell; Recording Secretary Ann Jones; Corresponding Secretary Pattie McCormick; Treasurer Karen Whyte; Philanthropy Treasurer Harriet Rector and Parliamentarian Cathy Keen.
At the meeting, three provisional members – Pattie Baker, Ann Louise Christensen and Carolyn Beaton (all of Glendale) – were welcomed to the organization. Celebrating the completion of their 2010-11 provisional terms that day were Glendale residents Sharon Anderson, Ginny Simpson and Harriett Rector. Glendale resident and longtime community volunteer Debbie Hinckley was presented the Las Candelas Life Membership Award for her many years of outstanding service to the organization.
Following the installation, a luncheon catered by Franks’ Famous Bakery was enjoyed by the members.
Las Candelas has been helping emotionally disturbed children in the community for more than 50 years. The group, which consists of 40 members, provides volunteer services for children at the Hathaway Sycamores Home in Altadena and Hillsides in Pasadena.