Oh my goodness! I was overly optimistic and confidant that having the pandemic, the horrible heat wave, and the “virtual school year” we had covered the major issues, and now it was time to get a little more normal-- -NOT. The horrible Bobcat fire has impacted the lives of each Club member and the community of Sierra Madre—along with Monrovia, Arcadia, Pasadena, and Altadena! Never in all my years of living in this area -- which is over 60 (yikes) -- do I remember such horrendous smoke and oppressive air.

And with all these obstacles, Club moves on with events and projects. The Board meets electronically the first Thursday of the month; the general membership meets the second  Thursday of the month; Mary Higgins takes copious notes for both meetings; Sue Quinn makes sure we are following Roberts Rules and that our Bylaws are current and accurate -- truly a challenge in these times. Linda Heller keeps excellent track of our money despite the banks being closed. And our Communications Secretaries Margaret Switzer and Heidi Hartman keep providing information in attractive ways to keep us up to date. Our First Vice President Nancy Beckham and Second Vice Presidents Geri Wright and Carol Cerrina keep their committees on task and supported. Our Third Vice Presidents Gwen Robertson and Helen Stapenhorst have even managed to bring in new members -- the Zoomers. What a tribute to Club to have people wanting to jump right in.  

Our committees are so totally amazing. In spite of all the obstacles, Civic Club will be supporting a modified Halloween Window Painting; invitations were sent for our Make Believe Tea; and Joan Crow and Judie Cimino had us Eating Out at Nano’s -- even with the smoke! Let’s remember to support our local businesses as often as we can to show our appreciation.  

I know each of us keeps all members in their t houghts and prayers to be safe; to have homes and families be safe; and to remain healthy. That is what we do. We must not forget to be absolutely grateful to all the firefighters who battle the blazes twenty four/ seven so that we remain as unscathed as possible. These people are, in my opinion, true heroes leaving their own homes and families to fight to protect communities and people they don’t even know. I know we show our gratitude whenever we can.  

On a lighter note, even in these very erratic, unsettled times with constant changes, uncertainties, and limited sports, the one constant Club can depend on is Mary Bickel stuffing those eggs!  Don’t forget to save those eggshells.



“In the midst of hate, I found there is within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that in the midst of winter I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
Albert Camus

September Inspiration, Jill Girod

2019 Sierra Madre Civic Club Board