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On the Town: GCC Patrons Club installs officers; Clancy's Crab Broiler serves Altrusa International dinner; Julliann and Ryan Mayer wed

January 23, 2013|By Ruth Sowby
  • New officers for the Glendale Community College Patrons Club are, from left, Margaret Hammond, Pat Beggs, Judy Gorham, Shirley Wright, Geri Costello, Marianne Jennings, Betty Musacco and President Carolyn Payne.
New officers for the Glendale Community College Patrons… (Photos by Ruth Sowby )

"I hope to one day be able to extend a hand to others in the same manner you have done to me, to be able to make a difference in one's life by providing others with tools to thrive in their chosen field," said Trichele Bubla, recent graduate of the registered nursing program at Glendale Community College. Bubla was referring to the scholarship she was given by the college's Patrons Club.

On Jan. 17 (Thursday) some 60 members of the Patrons Club, now 65 years old, patted themselves on the back for the tens of thousands of dollars donated to students at the college over those years. This year alone the club raised $25,000 for student scholarships. Burbank's Castaway Restaurant was the Polynesian setting for these generous women's annual Installation Luncheon.

Club Advisor and Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Paul Schlossman installed officers. The new board is made up of President Carolyn Payne, 1st Vice President Betty Musacco, 2nd Vice President Marianne Jennings, 3rd Vice Presidents Geri Costello and Shirley Wright, Treasurer Judy Gorham, Recording Secretary Pat Beggs and Corresponding Secretary and Courtesy Margaret Hammond.

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VIPs attending included Interim Supt./President Jim Riggs, Board of Trustees President Armine Hacopian and member Anita Quinonez Gabrielian. Gertrude Ness can't be left out among the dignitaries. She will celebrate her 107th birthday in April. Ness was accompanied by daughter Jo Ness. Gertrude is known for being the show-stopping model in the club's Fashion Show and Luncheon held every November.

Patrons Club members will have the opportunity to be even more generous in the near future. According to Riggs, the college “will be adding more courses” this year — especially good news for students who have had difficulty finding the courses needed to transfer to universities in a timely manner.

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Clancy's Crab Broiler turned out crab, shrimp and salmon dishes for hungry Glendale Chapter members of Altrusa International Inc. The group's dinner program and meeting on Wednesday (Jan. 16) was titled “Social Media Today.” Featured speaker Lee Wochner of Counterintuity LCC in Burbank held the attention of about 30 audience members as he spoke about his specialty, creative strategy. Wochner is also a USC professor in graduate-level writing. He has taught at the university since 2001.

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