Morning update – Nonprofit News – St. Iz, SB Lions, NCL, Rossmoor Women and more


We’ve got a lot of local nonprofit news to catch up to this week.  At the top of our list, St. Isidore Historical Plaza will be formally celebrating the plaza’s designation by the state of California as deserving of state and national historical designation.

The staff and Board of St Isidore Historical Plaza invites the community to join them in their celebration.

The St. Isidore Catholic Church was originally built in 1926, to serve the local Catholic community, primarily Mexican immigrants but also many Belgians.  The structure was damaged in the 1933 earthquake and the chapel was rebuilt in 1933.   The application noted that “The property is associated with the early development of Los Alamitos as an agricultural community organized around a large sugar beet processing factory and with the Latino community living in Los Alamitos, specifically the Mexican immigrants who worked on the town’s farms and at the factory.”

as they formally celebrate

Also, if you want to help St. Isidore  or you can participate in a more subtle form of assistance by downloading and using the new DGS (Do Good & Save) mobile app at many local businesses who have agreed to donate 20% of your purchase back to St. Isidore (or other nonprofits you may choose).

Just download the app.  (through your phones app stores, or just use the QR code to the left).  Then when you’ve paid for your purchase at one of the 20+ participating businesses:

  1. Press the Do Good button at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Scroll across to select St. Isidore.
  3. Scroll down to select the business you’re at and press UPLOAD receipt.

Scott Weir takes reins at Seal Beach Lions Club

Amidst the theme of “Surf’s Up,” the Seal Beach Lions Club held their 2022-23 Board of Director installation of officers dinner Saturday, June 18.

Before handing over the Lion reins to incoming President Scott Weir, outgoing President Stan  Sarkauskas finished his two years as President and awarded many Lions with Special Awards. Among the honorees were Chardy Lang, Cathy Newton, and John Schroeder, who received Lifetime Achievement Awards from President Joe Biden for their commitment to community service.”  Other honorees included Scott Newtpon (Lion of the decade) and Derek Moore (Lion of the Year).

Weir, a life-long resident of Seal Beach, regaled the members present at the Marina Center with the history of the Lions Club in Seal Beach from its founding in 1939 with six members to its current membership of over 400 members.

More information on the Lions and their new Board of Directors can be found in the Sun.  more photos of the event can be seen at their facebook site.

And don’t forget, the Lions annual Fish Fry takes place on July 16 and 17.

Rossmoor Women’s Club Installs new Officers

Seated from left, Yolanda Vargas, Susan Denley, Kathy Loch, Pat Aldridge, Sue Goldberg; standing from left, Deborah Hastings, Rhea Black, Janie Bruce, Lorena Bartlett, Kersti Garthwaite, Beverly Rigney, Denise Stehney, Andrea Lund, Barbara Murphy and Sandy Tessier. Not pictured: Betty Hagan and Michelle Wittenberg. Courtesy photo.

Not exactly breaking news, but better late than never.  The Rossmoor Woman’s Club met at the Grand Event Center in Long Beach in early June to honor their outgoing board and install a new president. Outgoing President Susan Denley expressed appreciation for the hard work done by board members during her two-year Covid-impacted term, and was in turn thanked by incoming president Sue Goldberg.  She was sworn in by former RWC President Sandy Tessier, who is also currently the president of the California Federation of Women’s Club’s Orange District.  The OC Breeze has more details.

NCL Ticktockers celebrate Class of 2022 Graduation

The National Charity League South Coast Chapter celebrated the graduation of its 24 women member Senior Ticktocker class of 2022 at the chapter’s annual Senior Recognition ceremony, dinner and dance held at Old Ranch Country Club on April 30, 2022.

NCL is a mother-daughter organization dedicated to fostering the mother-daughter relationship through philanthropic service, leadership development and cultural experiences. The South Coast Chapter annually contributes thousands of hours of philanthropic service to the Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Rossmoor, Cypress, and Long Beach communities.  Young Women are accepted into the program in 7th Grade.

The NCL Senior Class of 2022 includes Avery Bamberg, Grace Bamberg, Antonia Bareford, Camille Bissell, Julia Brown, Ella Colby, Lauren Cottrell, Kate Curry, Lillian Deere, Summer Drake, Ryan Grace, Catherine Haynie, Meredith Houston, Riley Keany, Olivia Long, Ava Lopez, McKenna Masterenko, Rory McMahon, Skylar Nash, Liberty Osti, Olivia Panzica, Ally Robbins, Sydney Roberts, Abbie Stevens.

More can be read at The Sun.

MyArt combines some belated Spring Cleaning with some musical theater entertainment

MyArt  (Musical Youth Artist Repertory group) is offering a two-fer this weekend.  They’ll be having a clothing drive at their live show this weekend!! “Come on out to see a great show with talented kids from this community”

MyArt is based out of Grace Christian School, 4545 Myra Ave., Cypress, Ca 90630, but operates throughout the Greater Los Alamitos area.



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