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Articles by Edna Ethington

Da’Hawaii Seniors Club’s Program Co-Chairs Aida Kull and Glena Ujiie prepared another fun-filled meeting which included dancing at their Valentine Swing on Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Cerritos Senior Center. Their early Valentine’s Day celebration also honored the club’s first president, Bennie Cabalona, by crowning her Queen of Hearts for February. Cabalona is also one of the founding members of the club that was founded in 1998.

Members of the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) gathered at Cerritos Park East on Thursday, Jan. 18 for their first meeting of the New Year. They started the year by spending 30 minutes trying to get fit by doing zumba exercises with guest instructor Lettie Morris and her assistant, Sandi Wilkinsen.

The Kyoto Tachibana High School Green Band is one of the oldest marching bands in Japan and is known for their continuous dance-style marching technique that was pioneered at Kyoto Tachibana.  This year’s Kyoto Tachibana Green Band came with 191 students and graduates, including 10 boys and 181 women and girls.  They came to perform in a Disneyland Parade in Anaheim on Dec. 29, 2017, a Band Festival in Pasadena on Dec. 30, the Rose Parade in Pasadena on Jan.

America has a long and complicated history. However, what is proven time and time again is America’s ability to come together to fight against intolerance to create a better country and a better world. The Sept.

Past and present Board members of the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) met on June 3 at the University of Phoenix in La Palma for their Annual Planning Retreat. The Board members spent the day suggesting ideas for activities and programs for the 2017-2018 year. Many interesting activities and programs have already been planned for 2017, and members hope that many people will participate.

The Local Scholarship Committee of the La Palma-Cerritos American Association of University Women (AAUW) held its Twenty-Third Annual Recognition and Awards Program and Brunch at the Cerritos College Board Room on Saturday, April 2. The AAUW Branch proudly presents AAUW scholarships and recognition awards to women students at Cerritos College each spring semester during Women’s History Month in March or in early April. Faculty and staff members of Cerritos College were invited to nominate women students for these awards.

Nearly 200 St. Irenaeus Church parishioners joined members of the Food Bank on St. Irenaeus Church grounds called H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everyday) to celebrate H.O.P.E.’s 26th Annual Dinner, Silent Auction, and Opportunity Drawing Fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Knott’s Berry Farm Resort and Hotel. H.O.P.E. volunteers hope that funds raised from the event will enable them to purchase enough food from Second Harvest to fill some of the Christmas baskets that they plan to fill and distribute on Saturday, Dec.19. H.O.P.E.

Three women professors from Cerritos College came to the Oct. 15 meeting of the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) at Cerritos Park East. The professors came to discuss their experiences with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs in their own lives and at Cerritos College. The three professors were STEM Division Biology professors Dr. Scottie Henderson, Ph.D. in zoology, and Michelle Stieber, Ph.D. in biology, and Janet McLarty-Schroeder, physics, astronomy and astrobiology professor.

About 35 members, spouses and guests of the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) gathered at Cerritos Park East on Sunday, Aug. 16, to enjoy their annual summer barbeque.  With temperatures in the high 90’s to 100 degrees, they were glad to be protected by the overhead shelter and cooled by occasional breezes.  In spite of the heat, everyone enjoyed the barbecued chicken, salads, and desserts that members provided along with lots of cold drinks.

Members of the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) learned about how ZOE works to stop Human Trafficking in Thailand and in Los Angeles County at their Jan. 15 meeting at the Cerritos Library.  Guest speaker Vickie McCoy, general manager of Aftercare-Los Angeles for ZOE International, explained that “ZOE” is a Greek word for “Life,” and ZOE Children’s Homes exists to end the human trafficking of children globally and give them a chance for a new life.