Past and Present Events – Local

25th Anniversary

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.

Helena Richards and Mariquetta Churchill at the 25th Table Anniversary

Helena Richards and Mariquetta Churchill at the 25th Table Anniversary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50th Anniversary

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Isabel Duran, CBS Anchorwoman as keynote Speaker, welcomed by Violeta Branzuela, and Mariqueta Churchill

 

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.

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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

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.

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Our MC at 50th Anniversary, Lillian Barna

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Helena Richards, PART; Dr. David Wain Coon, President of Evergreen College; Peggy Clark, Director General

 

 

 

 

 

Mariquetta presents our Fundraiser speaker, Peggy Clark, with a boquet of yellow roses.

 

 

 

 

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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 2014 Fund Raiser Chair, Gabriella Navarette, welcomed everyone to the event!

Our 2014 Fund Raiser Chair, Gabriella Navarette, welcomed everyone to the event!

A wonderful luncheon was served to some of the members and their family or friends.

A wonderful luncheon was served to some of the members and family at the 2014 Luncheon.

Many wonderful baskets for the raffle!

Many wonderful baskets for the raffle!

 

With the Scholarship Recipients

Viviana, Mariquetta, Maruja, Lillian are surrounded by the scholarship recipients at the Spring 2014 P.A.R.T. Fund Raiser Luncheon

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We team up to arrange the tables for our guests soon to arrive at Michael’s Restaurant – Shoreline in Mountain View. This is our annual Fund Raiser.

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Many happy faces enjoying the 2014 event!

 

 

Baskets

There will be many happy raffle winners at the Fund Raider!

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Lillian Barna, the Table Scholarship Chair, and Mariqueta Churchill, Fund Raiser Chair, prepare to recognize the 2014 Scholarship recipients.

Our 2013 Speaker will be Elsie Perez, Alliance Director General, whose topic is:

“Connecting the Women of the Americas through Education”

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Elsie Perez, Alliance Director General

 

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.

 

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Javonne Harward hosted a lunch in honor of our table dignatary.

Javonne Harward hosted a lunch in honor of our table dignitary, Elsie Perez.  Lillian and Viviana are welcoming her as well.

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The Pan American RoundTable Flags adorn the Silent Auction Table

The Pan American RoundTable Flags adorn the Silent Auction Table

2012 Fundraiser Luncheon at Michael's in Mountain View, California

2013 Fundraiser Luncheon at Michael’s in Mountain View, California

 

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Our raffle baskets are a work of art, prepared by  Maruja Reilly.

Our raffle baskets are a work of art, prepared by Maruja Reilly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nora White greets guests and handles the registration at the Luncheon!

Nora White greets guests and handles the registration at the Luncheon!

 

 

 

 

 

Violetta Branzuela, Helena Richards, ___?, Nora White

Violetta Branzuela, Helena Richards, Rebecca Thompkins, Nora White

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lillian, Maruja, Helena, Mariqueta, Helen, and Linda at the 2011 Fundraiser.

Lillian, Maruja, Helena, Mariqueta, Helen, and Linda at the 2011 Fundraiser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violeta and Linda successfully coordinated the Silent Auction at the 2011 Fundraiser!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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”…

 

Pan American Day at Rosie's home!

Pan American Day at Rosie’s home and listening to one of our local table Sisters share her countries culture.

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We share stories about our culture, and country.

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Pan American Day at Rosie’s Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Luncheon

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.

 

 

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Our Christmas Party at Viva’s in Los Gatos

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Viviana, Maruja and Linda at Mere Michelle’s PART Christmas Luncheon 2009

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.

 

 

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