Jewel City Kiwanis Club seeking new members

Members of the Jewel City Kiwanis Club are often seen throughout Glendale barbecuing for charitable events. Kiwanis members raise money for children's charities around the world. The Glendale area has several Kiwanis clubs, each doing projects that raise funds for children.

More than 26 years ago, several members of the Glendale Kiwanis Club found that long lunch meetings on a Friday afternoon just weren't convenient with their work schedules. They started the Jewel City Kiwanis Club, which would meet at night. A handful of the original members are still members.

Dick Wonser was the founding member, and the late Bob Davidson was the first president. After a few years trying to raise money by selling coloring books and ringing bells during the holidays, the members decided to start providing food for events. They found an old travel trailer and remodeled it. After gutting the interior, they built a kitchen.

This homemade trailer kitchen lasted a number of years, during which the members saved a portion of their sales for new equipment. About 10 years later, they had saved enough money to pay for a new commercial 20-foot trailer.

Tom Brittan and Howard Shermer headed up the trailer team, designing a custom kitchen trailer featuring a gas cook-top, triple fryers, commercial refrigerators, a freezer and lots of storage. Hidden below is a generator, propane gas system and fresh and gray water storage tanks. They installed fly-up doors and a 16-foot deck that folds down from the back of the trailer. The deck holds two 6-foot commercial barbecues and food preparation tables.

A local business donated a box cargo van to pull the trailer. That truck holds a second commercial refrigerator, a chest freezer, rolling bread racks and other equipment. This truck has a second generator to help power everything.

Bob Morris, of Monterey Tow Service, stores the truck, trailer and equipment and provides electricity all year long. He is one of a half-dozen key members who enable the club to operate. Brittan and Shermer do most of the mechanical work on the equipment. Bill Warner is the treasurer.

This year brought a new level to its membership. Alice Hamrajbaian applied for membership and became the first female member. She works for the city of Glendale. Her daughter has just returned from Afghanistan for the U.S. Air Force.

The club is organizing a membership drive for the coming year. Prospective members can contact the group by visiting

The group will set up at the upper Scholl Canyon Park for the upcoming American Cancer Society Walk-a-Thon on Oct. 2.

This club is famous for two things — no neckties and no singing.

Some of the charities the club supports are the YMCA, YWCA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Little League, City of Hope, high school sports teams and music departments, Crescenta Valley ROTC and Operation Gratitude.

Dinner held for doctors visiting from Armenia

The World Children's Transplant Fund is hosting a dinner to welcome and honor Dr. Gegham Poghosyan and Dr. Davit Dallakyan, who are visiting from Armenia for six months of training in pediatric liver transplantation at USC University Hospital and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

The dinner is at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Rococo Room of Cafe Santorini in Pasadena. Tickets are $65 and can be reserved by visiting

The fund is providing financial assistance for Poghosyan and Dallakyan to receive the specialized transplant training, with the goal to educate the visiting doctors on pediatric organ transplantation and management of transplant candidates and recipients.

Panhellenic group presents scholarships

Members of the Glendale Burbank Area Alumnae Panhellenic, a nonprofit organization consisting of National Panhellenic Conference member sorority alumnae women, have presented the winners of their 2010 scholarship awards.

Awards are given annually to eligible area high school senior girls planning to attend a four-year college or university, as well as eligible area college women who are active members in good standing of a national panhellenic sorority. The alumnae group supports high schools in Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Sunland and Tujunga and young women living in these areas who may be attending schools in other areas.

Local 2010 high school winners are: Alexandra Heyes of Glendale, a graduate of Campbell Hall High school planning to attend Duke University; Angelina Nilssen of Glendale, a graduate of Clark Magnet High School planning to attend Linfield College; Yasmeen Cesare of La Crescenta, a graduate of La Crescenta High School planning to attend New York University; and Nicole Pascua of Tujunga, a graduate of Holy Family High School planning to attend Cal State Los Angeles.

Officers and active sorority alumni representatives for the 2009-10 year are President Sally Hoover Nilssen, Glendale, Chi Omega; Vice President and Benefit Co-Chair Julie Weller, Glendale, Delta Zeta; Secretary Lynne Graves, La Cañada Flintridge, Alpha Delta Pi; Treasurer Harriet Rector, Glendale, Phi Mu; Benefit Co-Chair Deb Ann Orfalea, Glendale, Zeta Tau Alpha; Social Chair Janice Paul, La Cañada Flintridge, Delta Delta Delta; Scholarship Chair Georgine Archer, Burbank, Delta Gamma; Scholarship Committee Members Kim Rodgers Westhoff, Glendale, Alpha Omicron Pi, and Elaine Chapman, La Cañada Flintridge, Kappa Kappa Gamma; Website Coordinator Janis Rosebrook, Glendale, Alpha Xi Delta; and Files Chair Cathy Daniel, South Pasadena, Pi Beta Phi.

The Glendale Area Alumnae Panhellenic group sponsors an annual benefit luncheon to raise money for its scholarships.

National panhellenic sorority members are always welcome as members of the Glendale Area Alumnae Panhellenic. For more information, visit

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