In typical Civic Club style, we ended 2019 in a flourish of activities and celebrations. The Holiday Fiesta was amazing; such a nice way to celebrate our friendships. Our December hostesses had Hart House looking so festive with the table decorations and the buffet of wonderful, delicious foods! So many options! 

And, the Hart House decorations of the tree and lights added to the magical atmosphere. 

A bonus at our meeting was having Klea Mowrey and Malia Teran visit and share the Sierra Madre Rose Float story. They are 2 of the 3 princesses; they are truly, naturally lovely, poised young ladies—perfect to be the ambassadors for Sierra Madre. The time Barbie Bevington and Gwen Robertson spend with the Rose Float Association, Princesses, and coordinating the many requests for speaking engagements is much appreciated! SMCC is honored to be one of the many organizations the girls visit. 

And in our meeting we segued right into all that is on the calendar for 2020. We hit the ground running in January with Educational Awards, Aloha Spring planning, and the Philanthropy Committee up and running. A goal for 2020 is for SMCC to become more “visible” in town and hopefully attract new members. Remember to share our story and wear our logo! 

I wish each and every one of you and your families the best for the coming year. May we all remain healthy and able to enjoy the many opportunities we have for joy and celebration. And, of course, high on our list of joy is being in Club together!

One cold evening during the holiday season, a six-year-old boy was standing out in front of a store window. He had no shoes and his clothes were mere rags. A young woman passing by saw the little boy and read the longing in his pale blue eyes. She took him by the hand and led him into the store. There, she bought him new shoes and a complete suite of warm clothing. 

When they returned to the street the woman said to the child, “Now you can go home and have a very happy holiday.”
The little boy looked up at her and asked, “Are you God, Ma’am?” She smiled down at him and replied,
“No, son, I’m just one of his children.”
I knew you had to be some relation,” he said.
We are all related in some way – not only to God, but to each other. Blessed are those that recognize the needs of others and fill them with a simple effort of love and compassion.
Love is a miracle! It can come to any of us at any age, at any time and in any place. All we have to do is reach out and touch someone.
You don’t have to wait until the holidays to create your own miracle of love and compassion. Each day can be a holiday, if you show that you care.


December Inspiration, Jill Girod

2019 Sierra Madre Civic Club Board