by Arlene Massimino
La Cañada-Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild (LCFOG) held its February 4 meeting at the home of Easy Delaney, LCFOG’s hospitality events chair. President Joan Cleven called the meeting to order. Treasurer, Joanne Plosajz announced LCFOG will donate $17,268 to the Charitable Children’s Guild (CCG) for distribution to Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC). This will complete LCFOG’s pledge of $100,000 to OIC. LCFOG’s main goal is to raise funds to support the construction of an Ambulatory Surgery Center on the Los Angeles downtown campus.
“Construction is right on schedule,” said Mary Beth Perrine, Senior Director of Community Outreach, “and the doors should be ready to open in May.” Thousands of children who are treated each year by OIC will have the benefit of the surgery center if needed and will not have to travel to another area for their surgical needs. OIC’s goal for all their patients is to “Grow well; Play well.” Members of the Guild brought donations of homebaked and bakery-bought cookies to the meeting. Caryl Pettit, CCG liaison, will deliver the cookies to OIC. Each year in February, members provide cookies to be given to each department at OIC as a “thank you” in appreciation of the hard work the staff provides for children in need of medical care.
This month, members had a special treat in store after the meeting. After lunch, they traveled to the Pasadena Museum of History and were provided with a private guided tour of the current display, “Fabulous Fashions.” Fashion trends from uncomfortable corsets and ornate bodices of the 1890s, loose-fitting dresses of the 1920s flapper style and the full skirts and princess dresses of the 1950s were displayed and more than one “Oh, I remember those,” was heard from the group.
Also displayed were the shoes, purses and undergarments of three decades: 1890, 1920 and 1950. The display and the commentary evoked many memories.
The La Cañada-Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild meets on the first Thursday of each month, from September to June. Anyone interested in attending a meeting is asked to contact Marie Gilhooly (818) 248-5262 for further information.