Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March Newsletter

March is here and although the lion brought rain and hail this past weekend, I hope the lamb will bring us milder sunny skies.  We have our next General Members’ meeting coming up for Tuesday, March 21st.  It will be held at 1 PM at the Foundation office at 400 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto on the 3rd floor. It’s a red brick building at the corner of Waverly. Parking is available both on the street (2 hours) and at the 3 hour free lot about a block away on Bryant just west of Hamilton.

 We are planning on a short business meeting and an inspiring speaker. Our guest will be Dr. Lisa Chamberlain, a LPCH pediatrician who is heading the Association of Auxiliaries chosen fund for the year entitled, “Talk, Read, Sing”.  The purpose is to promote early brain and language development by empowering parents during the critical first three years of life.  Dr. Chamberlain is organizing a program to give out children’s books at the four clinics run by LPCH as well as the hospital, especially to parents whose low incomes prevent them from purchasing books. 

A board member suggested that we show support by bringing new books for young children to our meeting. It’s really fun to buy a children’s book if you haven’t done so recently, there are so many available. I just bought four Eric Carle board books at Costco as my toddlers love the colorful art as well as the stories.  If you would like to make a donation instead or in addition, we always accept cash and checks.

If you need a ride, please call me and I will try to arrange one. I’ve had one member offer to give rides from Atherton and would love to have a few others offer so that we could have a network of rides from all directions, perhaps as our personal Uber service.

We are still looking for a member to serve on the board as VP for membership.  While Melissa Kertz is going to be working with members from the last four years, we need someone or even two to organize the Vintage Girls luncheon and the October Tea if you want to see them happen.
Restaurants with Heart goes south of the border this month with Quinto Sol in Redwood City. See the attached flyer for details and menus. Put the dates on your calendar: March 27 and 28th for lunch or dinner. 

Beargrams are always available from Gerry Nelson and are fun for St. Patrick’s Day, Spring, Easter, Birthdays, Mother’s Day and Graduations or any holiday you celebrate or as a Hostess gift. Also, Luisa Pliska has PAA cookbooks with lovely flowery illustrations by our own Carolyn Hofstetter.

Other Auxiliaries are busy, too. I took some donations to Charter’s new home last week (807 E. Bayshore Road, EPA). It made me feel good to be clearing out a closet as well as helping them raise money for LPCH. Upcoming sales are March 17 and 18, 10 to 1 and April 7 and 8, 10 to 1. Donations are accepted Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10 to 12 except during sales.

Our board will meet next Monday morning, March 13th, at the Foundation. Please email Nancy Larsson if you have additions to the agenda or want to attend. Members are always welcome.
Happy Spring!
Sarah Beetem

Friday, February 17, 2017

February Message from your PAA President

My daffodils are blooming in large yellow bursts and my native manzanita in tiny pale pink drops so I know it is early Spring in my yard even in the soggy rain.  It was also Spring on Monday when the PAA board met in the home of Marilyn Anderson, our new treasurer. She hosted a lovely lunch for the board and showed us her wonderful collection of whimsical teapots.

Marilyn also works with Charter Auxiliary on their rummage sales and reminded us to save treasures or look for more at their bi-monthly sales, which are now held the first and third weekends in East Palo Alto near the IKEA. You can see their information on the Association of Auxiliaries website at
The only other current activity on the Association calendar is our very own Restaurants with Heart.  Their next dates are February 27 and 28 at Divino in Belmont, so please think of them when you want to get out for lunch or dinner. Gerry Nelson reports that she could use more sales of Beargrams so remember them for spring events, hostess gifts, and birthdays.

The PAA Board adopted a budget for 2017 showing about half the income as last year. While we look for new events, please remember to save or find things for the Summer Garden Party Auction. We would love to increase both  the attendance and the number of items offered for auction this year. We already have promises of sports tickets and original watercolors. Tickets to plays, museums or sports were very popular so if you have contact with a company or team  please ask them now for donated tickets. Waiting until summer usually means that the donations are already given out and it’s too late. Other ideas include lunches or dinners, vacation rental properties, wine, baskets for hobbyists or treasures. We will also need large baskets and small items to complete combined baskets. You can bring items to any meeting or call me for pick up.

Our General Membership meeting in March (March 21 at 1 PM in the Foundation Board Room, 3rd floor) will feature a short talk by Dr. Lisa Chamberlain on the new program, “Talk, Read, Sing” which is part of the national Too Small to Fail campaign. The purpose is to promote early brain and language development by empowering parents especially during the critical first 3 years of life. Packard will be distributing information through their Well Baby clinics primarily to low income families. Early vocabulary development has been shown to be critical to later school success.

As a former teacher and current grandmother of toddlers, this is a topic dear to my heart. I do hope we will have a good turnout to hear Dr. Chamberlain.  If you need a ride, please call me and I will try to arrange one for you. We have members driving in from all directions and while we can no longer park under the building, we can park nearby in lots for 3 hours or on the street for 2 hours. (I promise to have you out by 2:50.) Meeting at the Foundation allows us to save on rent and give more to the hospital.

Our board is still lacking a Second VP for Membership to deal with the traditional functions like Vintage Girls or the October Tea. If you would be willing to help out, please let me know. We do have Melissa to work with more recent members.

I hope to see you all in March. If you have questions please try our website which will be updated soon, or email or phone me.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

January Blog

January News for PAA

Welcome to a new year! First, a huge thank you goes to all who came to our general meeting and luncheon last Wednesday. Despite some rain, I thought it turned out very well for the 60 or so who attended, thanks to the membership committee and our hostess, Catherine McGilvray.  Thanks also to Gerry Nelson for finding us the centerpieces, donated by Trader Joes, to Dallas for nametags and Stephanie Beach for organization Our outgoing president, Nancy Larsson gave a summary of the past year and presented Brian Perrone, the Senior VP for Development and Administration with our cash gift of $60,500 and a mention of our endowment gifts and our many gifts in kind. Nancy has been “promoted” to be VP and future President of the Association of Auxiliaries.

Our guest speaker was Brittany Lothe, a mother of a “micropreemie” baby boy who spent 153 days in the NICU and continues at age 4 to receive therapy and treatments at Packard. She spoke of the wonderful support given her family by the staff and volunteers. She showed a blanket given to her child, as it reminded her of the loving care of all involved. 

As incoming president, I mentioned some of our goals for the year, including finding one or two new fundraising events and increasing the size of the Summer Garden Party. With the ending of American Girl as we have known it  and our participation in the holiday boutique, we will be looking for new events and activities to add to Restaurants with Heart, Cookbook sales as well as Bears and Books, Tote Bags  and Thora’s Thimbles. 

I also introduced our new Board: with Cathy Murphy and Kathy Squellati as Recording Secretaries, Mary Anne York as Corresponding Secretary, Marilyn Anderson as our new Treasurer (replacing Carol Roland), Ginny Wilson as First VP for ongoing projects, but we still needthe VP for New Projects, and Melissa Kertz as Second VP for new members, have an opening for a VP Ongoing Membership. Nancy Larsson will serve as Past President and I will be President as we move into 2017.

I did some quick statistics with the 76 surveys that were completed. The largest group in PAA are those in their 80’s (26), followed by the 70’s (20), then 60’s (7) . While most of our new members are in their 40’s, there is a gap with none in the 50’s.  I mentioned that 5 in their 90’s turned in the survey and was told that we do have one member who has reached 100.  My favorites were the 14 who were ageless; they turned in the survey without circling an age group. I’d like to know their secret! It does help to see the reality of PAA today and to concentrate on keeping those younger ones interested and active.
A big thank you to VP Stephanie Beach who passed out new directories and folder covers to all who came or offered to deliver them to members. The rest will be mailed. Unfortunately after it went to press, several more changes occurred.  As they continue to occur, during the year, please look to this newsletter/blog for updates. I will be posting it as a blog on our website to encourage all those with computers to look at our website.  Updates on our board page and other details should be coming soon.
Please check each month for changes but scheduled dates for general meetings are as follows:
Tuesday, March 21 at 1 PM
Tuesday, June 20 at 1 PM
Monday, September 18 at 1 PM
And Tuesday, November 21 at 1 PM
Other dates to remember are Saturday, August 26 for the Summer Garden Party and Tuesday, October 17 for the Annual Tea.

We are hoping that a Monday meeting may reach some who are busy (or golfing) on Tuesdays. All meetings are scheduled at the Foundation Office, 3rd floor which saves us a lot of cash for rent elsewhere. Please phone or email if you need a ride, I’d like to set up a ride service for those who need it.

The board meetings are usually held the week before but we are trying to be flexible to encourage more to participate so please phone or email me if you wish to attend. 

Our current needs include two members to join the board and help with either new projects or old members: and ideas for new events. In this New Year of great uncertainties for many, our help may be needed more than ever. If you have questions, ideas, or concerns please contact me directly.

If you have forgotten to pay your dues for 2017, please send your check to Mary Koeppen as soon as possible and save us the cost of another mailing!!

Sarah Beetem

“I am a snowflake but together we are an avalanche.”