Pink, red, flowers, chocolate, hearts, cards, love—and Sierra Madre Civic Club’s birthday—number76 to be exact! How can you not love February---and this year we get an extra day for Leap Year---and we get to celebrate the Year of the Rat! Life doesn’t get much better. 

Hart Park House was shimmering with “a winter theme” both in décor and menu. Our January mixer was great; it is such a wonderful idea. And, we have more guests attending--- hopefully some ladies who will have the interest, energy, willingness to become members and get involved in the great projects, hard work, and social time. We are such a diverse group as far as age, background, interests, but we all bring something special to the group to make Club so successful. Yes, we have members of long standing and new members, but we are open to change and the “current way” of communicating!

A perfect example is our Facebook specialist, Maria Decker!
Maria and I had coffee (at Bean Town, of course-my first visit) while Maria patiently demonstrated what she does and how to make the best use of Facebook! Absolutely amazing just for the pictures alone! Want to see what we did; what everyone wore, ate, drank at an event---check out Facebook! We are a very photogenic group that clearly enjoys and appreciates life. Maria posts pictures, reminders about meetings, etc. 

We are in the 21st Century as in addition to Facebook we have our newsletter and website----with photos from Mary Lou, Birgitta, Prudy, and Maria------what a wonderful way to record our history! (And so much more “current” than developing photos and attaching them to a bulletin board! LOL) 

I look forward to getting to know our guests, encouraging new members, and seeing Hart House ablaze in red and pink and hearts as we celebrate year 76. What a lovely evening and chance to catch up with and honor past presidents! I am so excited as this year I will sit with the leaders who have helped make Club what it is and have guided Club through the years. 

Being President is truly FUN and an honor not taken lightly.

January Inspiration, Jill Girod

Adapted by Pauline Phillips (Dear Abby)
from the original credo of Al-Anon

JUST FOR TODAY – I will live through THIS DAY ONLY.
I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow.
I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome
all of my problems at once.
JUST FOR TODAY – I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds,
I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.
JUST FOR TODAY – I will accept what is. I will face reality.
I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those I cannot.
JUST FOR TODAY – I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration.
I will not be a mental loafer.
JUST FOR TODAY – I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable.
I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path,
and I’ll not speak ill of others.
I will improve my appearance, speak softly and not interrupt when some else is talking. Just for today,
I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.
JUST FOR TODAY - I will do something positive to improve my health.
If I’m a smoker, I will quit.
And I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it’s only around the block. 

2019 Sierra Madre Civic Club Board