by Barbara Thomas, President Aleli Parlor
On February 2, 2012, Junipero Parlor No. 141, Monterey, hosted the District 22 Official Visit of Grand President Marilynn Rodrigues at the House of the FourWinds in Monterey. The combined Parlors were known as the “Angels with Heart Parlor No. 2012.” The buffet luncheon was catered by Turf Club Catering in Salinas. The tables were decorated in lavender and purple—Grand President Marilynn’s colors.
We were honored to have two of her Grand Officers attend as well: Senior Grand Trustee Suzi Riley, Bonita Parlor No. 10, Redwood City, and Grand Marshall Sharon Logan, San Jose Parlor No. 81.
In addition to the Grand Officers, four Past Grand Presidents attended as well: Past Grand President Dorothy Coats, Encinal Parlor No. 156, Alameda; Past Grand President Sharon M. Johnston, San Juan Bautista Parlor No. 179 and Deputy Grand President to Aleli Parlor No. 102, Salinas; Past Grand President Joan Hall, Charter Oak Parlor No. 292, Visalia and Deputy Grand President to Fresno Parlor No. 187; and Past Grand President Jean E. Koehl, Gilroy Parlor No. 312 and Deputy Grand President to Santa Cruz Parlor No. 26.
Chairman Cece Johnston, San Juan Bautista Parlor No. 179 introduced President Barbara Thomas, Aleli Parlor No.102 and her corps of officers. Marshal Rosemary Perez presented Grand President Marilynn Rodrigues, Angelita Parlor No. 32, Livermore, and escorted her to her seat of honor. President Barbara proceeded to open the meeting.
The Ceremony of Initiation was conducted. Native Daughters of the Golden West was honored to have seven new members initiated:
· Kaitlyn Champlin, Aleli Parlor No. 102, Salinas
· Rita Champlin, Aleli Parlor No. 102, Salinas
· Frances Lopez, Aleli Parlor No. 102, Salinas
· Russell Owens, Aleli Parlor No. 102, Salinas
· Meredith Smith, Junipero Parlor No. 141, Monterey
· Judith Swick, Junipero Parlor No. 141, Monterey
· Vivian Stubblefield, San Juan Bautista Parlor No. 179
Grand President Marilynn pinned the Emblem of the Order and term pins on the new members and presented the new members to the assembled members and guests. Grand President Marilynn also presented Geri Kall, San Juan Bautista Parlor No. 179, with her 50 year pin. A Special Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to Zola Carver, Junipero Parlor No.141 by Grand President Marilynn.
Annual Parlor Reports were presented to Grand President Marilynn by the five Hostess Parlors and Hostess Parlor gifts consisting of an Angel Doll with a skirt of $5.00 Bills and a small gas pump containing a $50.00 gas allowance donation as well as gifts from Past Grand President Sharon Johnston. A coin march and Veteran Raffle was held and a check was presented to Grand President Marilynn for the Special Project Scholarships for Returning Veterans.
Grand President Marilynn closed the visit thanking everyone for putting this glorious day together. She again welcomed the seven new Sisters received today and stressed the importance in keeping our Order going forward.