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Community: A return to making the rounds in Glendale

March 20, 2012|By Joyce Rudolph

Retirement was fun for a while, but it's definitely not something I want to do for the rest of my life. And so Glendale — I'm back!

In my revised position, I will be reporting on the accomplishments of service clubs, charities and nonprofit organizations in the community. In addition, the column will carry congratulatory announcements, like awards, engagements, weddings and anniversaries, so please send these items to my new email address listed at the bottom of the column.

Speaking of service clubs, the Northwest Lions Club has some exciting news about their winner in the annual speaker contestant. Natalin Daldalian, a Glendale High School senior, is one of three contestants in the Lions Clubs International Student Speaker Contest for metropolitan Los Angeles.

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She competed last night in the Metro Region contest at the Los Angeles Golden Dragon Restaurant. We will have the results of her participation in the next column.

Natalin won the Northwest Glendale Lions Club contest on Feb. 2 and the Zone C Contest on March 8.

Other speakers in Tuesday's competition were Vivienne Le, representing the Los Angeles International Lions Club, and Anna Diep, representing the Los Angeles Chinese Lions Club.

All students spoke on the topic “What Could the America of Yesterday Teach the America of Tomorrow?” The winner advances to the District 4-L1 contest in Ridgecrest in April.

This is the 75th annual Student Speaker Contest sponsored by the Lions of California. The program's purpose is to provide competitive public speaking for students on subjects of vital interest to the students and the American people and to stimulate self-expression and independent thinking.

The contest offers a total of $103,500 in college scholarships. Students receive cash awards at the first three levels. Winners in each of the 15 districts in California receive a $4,500 scholarship. Four area winners each receive a $6,500 scholarship, and the overall state winner receives an additional $10,000 scholarship.

Ryan Nekota was the Northwest Glendale Lions club chairman, and Vince De Santis is zone chairman.

In other Northwest Lion news, the local club will participate in a Kids Health & Fitness Expo sponsored by the Glendale Healthy Kids on Saturday, March 24, at the Edison Pacific Community Center.

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