Sunday, March 16, 2014

March News

Spring is here! We are halfway through March and it feels like summer. Our gardens are blooming and we are busy planning a new year for PAA.

This week is our March general meeting and as we don’t meet in April, we’re hoping that many of you will attend. We’ll be at Lucie Stern Center in Palo Alto on Tuesday, March 18th at 1:00 PM.

 We’ve invited several members of our sister auxiliaries to tell us about the Affiliates program and show us what they do. Anna Henderson will explain the current Teen Van program and the Beads of Courage project. Louise Scott will talk about the several Hearts and Hands projects and Reading Buddies. Our own Luisa Pliska will describe Packard Pantry.

While some of you have already participated in these projects, we’d like to present an overview of all of them and what they mean to the hospital.

Last month we had a delightful talk by Kristen Beckler from Child Life Services on how children are helped through the traumatic experiences in Emergency.  Unfortunately only fourteen of us were able to hear her talk. Let’s aim for a better turn out this month!

We did have a great turnout at the Association of Auxiliaries annual luncheon on March 3rd. We filled four tables with members and enjoyed the delightful lunch and inspiring speakers, especially a four year old patient and his grateful mother.

Remember to sign up for lunch or dinner at Quinto Sol in Redwood City next week on March 24th and 25th. The Restaurants with Heart group could  use help both prior to the events and by you coming and bringing a friend.  We all like to eat, so why not try this distinctive cuisine in a charming restaurant? See our website for more details.

Also, if you are on Facebook, on your own page go to the box at the top (with the words “search for people, places and things”)and type in PAA and hit the space bar. Go to our page and “like” it….the more ‘likes’ the more viral our information goes. It’s all free advertising!

Our fall fundraiser, the American Girl Fashion Show, has already started with a committee meeting of old and new volunteers. Several minor changes are being considered but the dates are settled for the weekend of November 15 and 16, 2014 so mark your calendars.

Luisa has reactivated the cookbook project and hopes to sell the last ones this year. If you have stored any and have not been contacted by her, please let her know. If you’d like to help out, let her know that, too!!

Please watch this space for updates on events both for PAA and for our sister auxiliaries. We won’t be sending out a paper calendar soon as so many dates are in flux.

We hope to see everyone on Tuesday! Happy Spring.

Sarah and Nancy