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Woman’s Club of Holtville Brag from President Deborah Thornburg:  In 1906, the California Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Native Daughters of the Golden West adopted the project of placing ‘mission bells’ along the Camino Real, 455 of them. Roads expanded, vandals vandalized, thieves stole, time passed. By 1960 there were only about 80 left. CalTrans designated money for the project to replace the bells which eventually amounted to 555 bells along state highways. In the year 2000, De Anza District successfully supported an effort to get a Camino Real Bell placed at the Pioneers’ Museum in Imperial Valley. My mother, Jo Thornburg, did the necessary research to historically justify the placement of the bell. Last month, a maintenance truck backed into the support post and knocked the bell over. The support needed to be repaired but the bell itself was undamaged. The volunteers at the museum determined that they had the skills and tools to repair/replace the support in house. The Woman’s Club of Holtville donated the money for the repairs. A small gesture, to be sure, but it is a most rewarding connection to the history of California, the Women’s Clubs of yesteryear, and to my amazing mother.
Riverside Woman’s Club Brag from President Teri Lippert & Katherine Williams Operation Smile: Women from the Riverside Woman's Club sewed and sent 439 patient gowns to Operation Smile. A quilter club member transformed the fabric scraps into a colorful, queen size quilt.  Opportunity tickets to win the quilt were sold for four months.  On December 12th the lucky winner's name was drawn. Of the $2590.00 raised through ticket sales and donations, $1750.00 of it was tripled and $500.00 was doubled by other donor matches. This means that enough money was raised to pay for the surgeries of 27 children.  Twenty seven more smiles.  Yeah!!! Picture to Left: Katherine Williams front left and Judith Glenn back left present the quilt   to winner Barbara Fishell
Hemet Woman’s Club Brag from Reggie Mattox C.A.S.A. (Center Against Sexual Assault): C.A.S.A. in HEMET opened a new facility this summer.  Sixteen club members attended the open house and presented C.A.S.A with $100 and a basket of 75 small bars of soap.  Later in the summer approximately 50 more items of shampoo, toothpaste, etc. were donated to the new facility.
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