November is full of activities to get us all into gear for the Holiday season. This weekend we will be holding our big fundraiser, the American Girl Fashion Show and Tea. Many of you have volunteered to help, starting with decorating at 1 PM on Friday, and serving and selling on Saturday and Sunday but more help would be great, particularly strong backs for cleanup both Saturday and Sunday nights at 6 PM. Call or email Sarah if you can come or send a husband, son or grandson.
The Sunday at 1:30 show is sold out and the others are doing well but we will have room for some walkup patrons at the other shows if anyone asks. We also have many souvenirs unique to the show which make great holiday and birthday gifts. Photos are available at our website at www.paloaltoauxiliary.com.
Many of our members have donated tickets that we are giving to Operation Care and Comfort, a support group for families of active servicemen. They were delighted to receive tickets for many girls and their moms.
The November General Meeting will be held at Cibo Restaurant, 3398 El Camino Real, Palo Alto where we met in June. We’ll have lunch at 12 with a choice of salads or sandwiches for $20. Members may also come at 1 for the meeting and a coffee. We will need to vote to ratify our Holiday gift to LPCH and on our slate of officers for next year.
Coming in December on Saturday the 6th from 10 to 3:30 is the annual Holiday Boutique at Allied Arts. We have several very talented ladies who have made an amazing number of handmade items to sell. We will also sell our cookbooks, wrapped and unwrapped. Sharon Brugos our chairman could use more help for the afternoon shift from 12:30 to 3:30. If you have made things, please get them to Sharon by November 30th. Tell your friends to stop by and get a start on gifts and decorations.
Gerry Nelson reports that Bears and Books has been greatly enlarged with her Bear-Grams. Beargrams make great hostess and easy to mail gifts. Or your group can go to make bears and have lunch, too. We could also each ask our book clubs or other groups to donate new children’s books to go with those darling bears.
Check on your January calendars that you have written down our annual meeting which will be held on WEDNESDAY, January 21st at the University Club. (All Tuesdays were full so this has been moved to Wednesday.)
October was our month to honor members, especially those who have worked for PAA for many years. This year at a lovely garden party in Nancy’s back yard, we presented roses to those who attended from our list of Carole Goldie, Donna Jones and Nancy Larsson for 15 years of service; Marie Ferrero and Mary Koeppen for 20 years; Kay Morris and Barbara Stark for 25 years; Lauren Bailard, Ellen Latour and Elizabeth Modena for 30 years; Fritzie Andrews, Pam Castle, Carolee Petterson, Sue Gates and Norma Cance for 35 years. Truly amazing service has been given by Betsy Bullard, Helen Ernst, Janet Ross, Elizabeth Wiggins, Pat Davis, Pat Ogle and Joanne Rutter for 40 years; Barbara Cole and Molly Meschke for 45 years, Janet Miller and Shirley Steele for 50 years; Marilyn Ellis and Louise Thursby for 55 years and our amazing Margaret Robinson for 60 years. At the tea we welcomed Dr. Neville Golden from the LPCH Center for Adolescent Health. The Board has received some comments about our Tea in the Garden and you are welcome to forward others to Sarah or Nancy.
In news from other Auxiliaries: Charter’s next rummage sales are November 21 and 22nd, and a special holiday Boutique and sale will be held on December 5th in Redwood City. Roth offers free personalization of gifts at the LPC Hospital gift shop on November 20th and don’t forget our table at the Holiday Boutique at Allied Arts on December 6th. See more information at www.supportLPCH.org/Association
Happy thanksgiving to all, see you soon!