by Arlene Massimino
Members of La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild (LCFOG) were recognized at the Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon April 26 at Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC). Danielle Barrios, Assistant Director Volunteer Services and Community Outreach, welcomed members from LCFOG, Las Madrecitas, Las Niñas de La Las Madrecitas, Las Vecinas and Las Amigas de Las Lomas, auxiliaries which were formed in 1956 and comprise Charitable Children’s Guild (CCG). Las Niñas de La Madrecitas was formed in 1965. Danielle announced “Volunteers are the backbone of OIC” and that was the theme for the day. Students of Orthopaedic Medical Magnet High School volunteer at OIC on a regular basis. Danielle was pleased to report that members of the five Guilds volunteered 16,200 hours to OIC during 2016.
Special guest speaker was Dr. Rachel Thompson who hails from Chicago and attended George Washington University Northwestern University. She worked several years in Washington D.C. and specializes in neuromuscular orthopaedic cerebral palsy. Dr. Thompson is Associate Director for the OIC and UCLA Center for Cerebral Palsy. She stressed that working in this field “the problems are many but the rewards are even greater”. Her goal is to see that “all patients are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve”. As a neuro-muscular orthopaedist, her vision for the C.P. program is to support health, improve function, optimize confidence and promote well-being.
Attending the event from LCFOG were Joan Cleven, Caryl Pettit, Ginney Pruitt, Judi Mc Clure, Arlene Massimino, Jeanne Long, Marie Baker, Carolyn Geer and Easy Delaney. Two LCFOG members were singled out for their life-time hours to date: Marie Baker with 200 volunteer hours and Caryl Pettit, who can be found working in the It’s a Bargain Thrift Shop two days a week, was recognized for contributing 3,000 hours.
Members of LCFOG were also in attendance at the CCG 106th annual meeting May 3, 2017 held at OIC’s downtown campus. CCG now celebrates its 106th year of making the future better for children with orthopaedic conditions to “Grow Well and Play Well”. Dr. Charles Leroy Lowman began his clinic for crippled children in 1911 at the University of Southern California Graves Memorial Clinic with the help of a group of women from the First Congregational Church Emmanuel Class. From that humble beginning, with the help of CCG and its auxiliaries over the years, Orthopaedic Hospital has become OIC and Crippled Children’s Guild has become Charitable Children’s Guild, both continuing the legacy of hope and promise of Dr. Lowman. Since the Guild began no child has ever been turned away for financial reasons.
Joan Cleven, President of LCFOG, spoke at the CCG meeting outlining LCFOG’s fundraisers which benefit OIC. The Annual Book and Author Luncheon, held in October has been the primary fundraiser for many years. Dinner at Mijares Restaurant in April is a fun and tasty way to raise funds, along with monthly Bunco games. To date LCFOG, organized in 1957, has donated with pride, $707,337 to OIC. Its members also contribute many hours of service in various departments to OIC. Lannie Tonnu gave a captivating speech “Remarks with Gratitude from the CFO” and expressed her joy at serving as OIC’s chief financial officer.
June 1 will mark LCFOG’s final meeting for the 2016- 2017 season. Any woman interested in joining the Guild is asked to contact Hospitality Chair Marie Gilhooly (818) 249-5262 for further information