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Oakmont League Highlights Service of Longtime Members

Two Glendale residents, Carolyn Beaton and Patsy Dewey, were recently honored by Oakmont League of Glendale at the group’s Casino Night gala, themed “All In On Oakmont League.”
The two women, who joined the group in the 1970s, were recognized for their support of the league’s fashion shows, which for many years funded Oakmont’s ongoing scholarship program.
President Pam Sorem told attendees of the gala, held at the Oakmont Country Club, that the league annually awards scholarships to a deserving student at each of Glendale’s high schools, as well as to a Glendale Community College student transferring to a four-year institution.
Beaton, who joined in 1976, was a model and a finalist in the Miss Glendale competition before working for TV Guide magazine in Hollywood. There, she met and later married Ron Beaton, who worked at a rock ‘n’ roll station.

Lydia Brown-Trout and Kim Klosterman, co-chairs of Oakmont League’s All In On Oakmont League event, are pictured at the gala.

In addition to her fashion show involvement, Beaton served as the league’s program chair for several years, often enlisting people she met through her father-in-law William Beaton, who purchased the local radio station KIEV in 1961.
“So many special women were members of this wonderful group,” Beaton said of her honor. “We all had an interest in giving back to our community.”
Dewey, a graduate of the University of Southern California, began teaching at the elementary school level and married fellow USC student, Steven Dewey, who worked for his father at Dewey Pest Control.
When her children were young, she taught English as a second language at Glendale College to Cuban refugees. She joined the league in 1972 and, as a former model, assisted with the fashion shows.
Dewey, who stepped back from volunteer activities when she took over as head of the family business, said that the league has been an important part of her life.
“It’s a great group and I’m deeply honored by this recognition,” she said.

First published in the April 8 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

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