Our PART celebrated our 25th Anniversary on November 10, 1983 at the Villa Felice restaurant in Los Gatos. Our guest of honor was our PART founder, Mrs. Frances Beilharz. At the time, our PART Director was Mrs. Maruja Reilly and the event was well attended and very successful.
To entertain and inform our guests at our Spring fundraisers, we have had other keynote speakers, Isabel Duron, Senior Anchor at KRON Channel 4, also the Founder and Executive Director of “Education is Liberation”; Marcia Stefanick, Professor of Medicine at Stanford University who spoke on Women’s Health Across their Lifespan.
Place Marcia Stefanick’s photo here…..
We celebrated our 50th Anniversary in March 2008 at the Los Gatos Lodge. Our guest of honor was Peggy Clark, then Director General of the Alliance of PART. We were joined by members of the San Francisco and Contra Costa PARTs, as well as by dignitaries of the cities of Los Gatos and Saratoga,
who presented us with official commendations. Some of our past members joined us, including Ivonne Cooley, who came from Mexico City. At the time, our Table Director was Mariqueta Churchill, who organized the event and invited Isabel Duran, CBS Anchorwoman as keynote Speaker.
The ROTC Honor Guard of Yerba Buena High School opened the event and Lillian Barna, one of our members, was M.C. Mariqueta Churchill offered a warm welcome and our own Pan American Woman 2,000, Helena Richards, introduced our Director General, who gave us an inspiring talk.
Traditional Annual Events
Spring Fundraising Luncheon
This is our biggest fundraiser and for the past few years, we have held this event at Michael’s Restaurant in Mountain View. We invite guest Speakers who draw a large number of guests.
We held our 2014 Fund Raiser at Michael’s in Mountain View again this year! It was well attended by many wonderful contributors. Following are some of the activities and participants.
Our 2013 Speaker will be Elsie Perez, Alliance Director General, whose topic is:
“Connecting the Women of the Americas through Education”
This is a celebration with musical entertainment during the luncheon. It gives us the opportunity of joining efforts to raise enough money for our scholarships and other projects, to interact with prospective members and to get to know our scholarship recipients. It is very rewarding for all members to witness the successful results of our common efforts.
Pan American Day
Each April we celebrate Pan American Day at a member’s home. We dress in typical costumes of the various countries of the Americas and listen to presentations about the origin of Pan American Day and its significance in our Hemisphere. Each member may also give some information about the attire and from what region of the countries they represent. While having fun doing so, we learn about our different cultures. It is also a time for singing, both in English and in Spanish, to remind us that music is a common bond among all countries of the “New World”…
Every year in December, we meet at a restaurant for a festive Christmas get together. Friends and husbands are invited and this is a time for bonding, reminiscing and looking forward to another year.
Years ago, we used to have “POSADAS”. The traditional Christmas celebration of our Table was a Posada, which was held at one of the member’s home at which time husbands, and friends were invited.
In Spanish, the word “Posada” means shelter or lodging. It is a colorful traditional Christmas religious and social party celebrated in Mexico every evening from December16th to the 24th. It is customary to hold a Posada each one of these nights in a home to commemorate Mary and Joseph’s arduous journey from Nazarath to Bethlehem searching for a shelter. The guests are divided, some remain in the house and the rest go outside carrying the figures of Mary and Joseph – each person carries a lit candle while singing asking for lodging. Finally the host and hostess open the doors and let the “peregrinos” in and the figures are set in the Manger. A big fiesta follows accompanied by a big piñata.
As the group became larger, a dinner or a luncheon at a restaurant replaced the Posada. This is a time to enjoy the season with family and friends.