Members of Soroptimist International of the Verdugos don't let the calendar and the weather get in their way. On Thanksgiving eve, these intrepid women braved the wind and chilly weather to Max's of Manila Restaurant on West Broadway. Entering what looked like a tropical isle, some 25 members and guests were warmed up by the decor and friendly wait staff.
Soroptimist immediate Past President Edith Fuentes welcomed her audience and introduced Secretary Stephanie Mines who gave "The Pledge of Allegiance." Vice President Geraldine Yumping offered words of inspiration. But Liza Boubari was the star attraction. Boubari is the owner of Glendale Heal Within and the Glendale YWCA board second vice president.
As a volunteer domestic violence counselor through the YWCA, Boubari has become an expert on domestic violence — its cycle and prevention. To support November's "Prevention and End Domestic Violence" theme, Boubari gave a local perspective. She got the attention of her audience with grim statistics. "Three to 4 million women are battered by their husbands or domestic partners every year in the U.S., and 6,000 are killed," she said. Boubari also referred to the 13 residents in a Glendale shelter operated by the YWCA. To promote the residents' safety, the shelter's address is kept private.