First published in the Aug. 20 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.
The service club Las Candelas recently held its final meeting of the 2021-22 year at Oakmont Country Club.
The meeting included a celebration of the success of its recent biennial fundraiser, called “Love Has No Limits,” which yielded almost $100,000 to be used for the group’s philanthropic projects in the coming two years.
After the business portion of the meeting, past President Ellyn Semler installed the officers and chairmen for the coming year. Repeating as president will be Rosina Maize, who is a retired art teacher at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School. First vice-president will be Lynne Naeve, and second vice-president will be Karen Swan. Third Vice-President Nancy Stone will be overseeing the group’s service at HillsidesCares in Pasadena, and Jeri Benton Clark will be coordinating service projects at Sycamores in Altadena.
Margaret Cline will repeat as fifth vice-president, and she will arrange meals for the clients residing at the Ascencia facility in Glendale. Cline will be assisted by new member Vicky Voll.
A highlight of the day was welcoming Glendale resident Laurel Patric to the group as a new member. Patric was formerly the director of library services in Glendale.
Las Candelas is a group of about 40 women whose purpose is to give volunteer service and financial assistance to help improve the lives of children and youth in vulnerable situations and to support awareness of their mental health needs. Club members provide services and funding to HillsidesCares, Sycamores, Ascencia, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, YWCA of Glendale and Pasadena and Hillsides’ Youth Moving On program.
The organization will celebrate the opening of its 2022-23 year of service with a summer social in September, to be held at Oakmont Country Club. Meetings and service projects will resume in October.
To learn more about Las Candelas, visit lascandelas.org or its Facebook page at Las Candelas.