Wednesday, March 25, 2020

PAA Endowment quickly donates a LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robot to LPCH 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Dear PAA friends,

I hope you are doing as well as can be expected during this unusual time.  It’s certainly a new experience to have so much leisure time.  Personally, I’ve caught up all the ironing (which only happens on New Year’s day if I iron, in the family room, while the rest watch football), I’m on my second 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle, and I’ve just finished a 43 hour audio book while working in the garden.  If we could have an outdoor tea in my yard, this week, it’s ready.  Really, the saving grace has been the “Zoom” program on the computer.  My Bible Study class meets on Tuesday mornings, my husband is taking a Stanford class and we’ve  been doing family chats, all on Zoom.  Our whole family, of 25 members including those in Colorado Springs, and Baltimore, visited last night.  

While our auxiliary activities have been pretty much quieted, the staff at LPCH, of course, is working hard in the face of additional hardships.  We know that staffing is short as caution requires some to stay home, volunteering has been suspended so those hands are missing too and we hear that material resources are in short supply.

So, last Thursday evening, when we were made aware of a critical need facing LPCH in the fight against COVID 19: micro-level sanitation, quick action was taken.  The plea was for a LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robot with “intense pathogen killing power” that can disinfect an entire patient room in as little as 20 minutes.  This robot will keep the hospital clean by destroying deadly microorganisms critical in protecting patients, families and staff during this time.

Within minutes of hearing about this need, Association leadership contacted the members of the Endowment Committee, reached out to the Board Members of the Association of Auxiliaries, held a virtual vote (unanimous) and a mere 14 hours later, had a check for the $115,000 from our Association Endowment payout to deliver!  We are grateful to our Endowment Members, our Auxiliary Presidents, Second Delegates and all of our members for making this happen.  And happen so swiftly!  Good job everyone!

Of course we are looking forward to getting back to our old routines.  As soon as possible, we will reinstate Restaurants with Heart, reschedule our missed general meeting and get busy on the next fundraising event.  In the meantime, we are all in this together and need to support each other.  Please call if you need to chat.

Take care of yourself and keep up your spirits,

Friday, March 13th, 2020
Cancellation of PAA Activities Through the End of April

Dear Members and Friends,

Buying into the old adage, "Better Safe than Sorry", we are following the actions of the Association of Auxiliaries, the Foundation and the hospital and canceling Palo Alto Auxiliary's activities through the end of April.  We will let you know if circumstances require more time after that.

That means that we will postpone our general meeting scheduled for next Wednesday, March 18th at Mike's Cafe and, really sadly, cancel our Spring Tea and Fashion Show on April 26th.  We were putting together a lovely event and are very disappointed to have to call an end to it.  But.......we don't want to jeopardize anyone.

We will hope to reschedule the general meeting for May or June and, shortly, will begin planning for the Summer Garden Party at the Richardsons' home in Los Altos.  That date is August 15th, so be sure to put it on your calendars now.  

Wishing good health for you and your families,

Marilyn Anderson

Saturday, February 22, 2020

February 22, 2020

Dear PAAers,

Remember when today (February 22nd) was a holiday to celebrate George Washington’s birthday?  I, for one, don’t love having moved most holidays to Mondays but it does give us nice 3-day weekends.  Wonder how you used the last one.  I used some of the time to work on various plans for PAA.

Coming up in the next couple of months:

RESTAURANTS WITH HEART:  Next week, Monday, February 24th and Tuesday, February 25thwe are at Divino’s in San Carlos.  This is one of my favorite restaurants.  The food is delicious, the staff is very welcoming and happy to be supporting LPCH.  It’s not too late to call Karen Stevens (650) 327-6809 and let her know you would like to attend.  Next month, we are at Rustic House in Los Altos.  Watch for the email or flyer from Ginny Wilson and plan to attend.  Restaurants with Heart is an important fundraiser for PAA and deserves our enthusiastic support.  So, invite your children, grandchildren, neighbors, friends etc. and enjoy lunch or dinner out while giving to the hospital. 

MARCH GENERAL MEETING:  We will meet on Wednesday, March 18th at 11:30 for lunch at Mike’s CafĂ©, 2680 Middlefield Road, (one block off Oregon Expressway) in Palo Alto.  We will order from the menu but I do need to know who is coming so the restaurant can be prepared for our number.  Please call or text me at (650) 400-1969 or email: by Friday, March 6th with your reservation. Following lunch we will have a short meeting and a speaker being arranged by Jeanne Berube from the Foundation.  She is hoping to get us the new doctor with the Teen Van.  

SPRING TEA, FASHION SHOW AND TRUNK SALE:  Plans are moving along for the Sunday, April 26th event and I’m attaching the invitation for your information.  This is a lovely event for bringing your daughter(s) or gathering a group to attend together. Or even come on your own. The committee still needs lots of help – publicity, ticket sales, donation of raffle items, decoration creation, food preparation, set-up and clean-up on the day of the event.  Again, please call, text or email me with your offer of help.  Be sure this date is on your calendar!  And we are still looking for the donation of china cups and saucers and/or white china plates.  We don’t have nearly enough to use instead of renting dishes. 

SAD NEWS:  Irene Bell who passed away recently, joined Palo Alto Auxiliary in 1967 and lived in San Mateo.  We have sent a memorial donation to the hospital in her name but do not have any family contact information.  Can any of you help on that?

Enjoy the lovely weather – my daffodils, camellias and pansies are loving it.

Marilyn Anderson

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Presidents" Blog - 2019 In Review and 2020 Events

December 22, 2019

Dear Ladies of Palo Alto Auxiliary,

In this lovely, and quite busy season, I want you to know how much the work of our members and friends is effective and appreciated.

2019 has been a good year – our “Sip and Shop” event in March made a little money and many new friends. The Summer Garden Party with a Silent Auction was quite successful and, again, introduced some new folks to our work.  The Nutcracker Tea last month was lovely, fun for our many young guests and well received by their parents.  Then, too, we made $12,500. 

These events and your dues and donations have made it possible for PAA to make donations to LPCH totaling $45,000 this year!  Congratulations to all our members who have made that possible.  If any of you want to make “year end” donations, we will be happy to receive them and guarantee their good use.

You all know, by now, that the Annual Membership Luncheon will be back at the University Club (again guests of John McGilvray).  Please get your reservations in to Dallas Manning as soon as possible.  We will be talking about the Special Project for 2020 and, I think, you will be delighted with the auxiliaries have chosen t support.  It’s exciting!

We have started planning the Spring Fashion Show and Tea.  The date needs to be confirmed but it looks like it will be May 17th at Allied Arts Guild.  So put that date on your calendar and you will hear more about it soon.  In the meantime, a number of you have mentioned having china cups and saucers that you no longer use. We think they would be perfect for our spring event so if you want to donate some, please let me know.  I’d be happy to pick them up.

As we end 2019, I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukah and a great New Year.


Marilyn Anderson