How Lucky am I! I get to wear two hats this time— outgoing and incoming president! What an honor to be President of the Sierra Madre Civic Club. Once again, the installation was special and lovely. Thank you to Jane Zamanzadeh, Helen Stapenhorst, Alice Clark, Nancy Beckham and Sue Quinn who worked so hard to make the installation as normal and special as it always is! And, thank you Gwen Robertson who lead the meeting on Zoom! Certainly a first for Civic Club, but it will not be the last. We had at least 52 members join our Zoom meeting! It was such a joy to hear how happy people were to be connecting with each other and a tribute to all members who wanted the installation and first Zoom general meeting to be a special event.

The Board of 2019-20 was totally awesome, creative, hardworking and supportive. Times were not easy, but the dedication of Club members made the year the best it could be. The work for the Nominating Committee, led by Wendy Senour, was a little easier as almost the entire Board is returning!  I am lucky that I have two amazing groups to work with.

In spite of the pandemic and our year essentially ending in March, a lot was accomplished. Alice Clark got her committee chairs in place and members volunteered. Halloween Window Painting, Community Outreach, Holiday Shoppe and the Annual Party were our traditional fall and winter events. Geri and her Luncheon committees were formed and worked hard preparing for the Aloha Spring Luncheon. Then one short month before our Luncheon, the world changed and literally everything closed; we could not meet, we had to remain at home. Everything was and continues to be uncertain. We spent countless hours determining the best way to undo our Luncheon. Other events that we support like Huck Finn, Mt. Wilson Trail Race and Wistaria Festival were canceled. Through the generosity of members and friends, in spite of not being able to have our fund raiser, we were able to give 5 Educational Awards and support our philanthropies. And most importantly, members remained engaged, supportive, and optimistic. We are even attracting new members!

It is difficult to plan for the next year as so much is out of our control. We might not be able to meet at Hart House until next year. But that will not keep us from meeting as we will continue with Zoom General Meetings in July and for the rest of the year if necessary. Committees continue meeting either in small groups or using Zoom! Mary Bickel continues stuffing eggs, and Carol Cerrina and Geri Wright are planning a meeting to come up with ideas for fund raising. I had no idea when I selected the poppy for my logo how totally appropriate it would be! Like the poppy, Club will survive, thrive and strive to continue making a different to the community. We will be creative, supportive, and successful in making a difference. Most importantly we will do this all together while remaining as safe and healthy as possible. We will take care of each other and be successful in our accomplishing our goals---supporting and serving the community and activities of Sierra Madre. Special times deserve a special motto—fluid and flexible! How can you not love being a part of a group like this!








June 2020 Inspiration, Jill Girod

2019 Sierra Madre Civic Club Board