Last week’s meeting of the Culver City Rotary Club took place at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA, and for a very good reason: The club presented two checks to the Y – the first, for $2,000, was for the Y’s Annual Community Support Campaign. The second, for $1,000, was for a scholarship in memory of long-time Rotarian and Y founder, Harrison F. “Red” Betts. The meeting opened with the invocation by Wendy Taylor and the Pledge and the Patriotic Song were led by the “Y” staff. The steaks were cooked by Susan Cohen, Linda’s sister. While enjoying a multitude of delicious desserts, staff members of the “Y” introduced themselves and described their duties. This week they’ll be back at their regular meeting site, The Culver Hotel.
The Culver City community lost a respected member when William “Bill” Fecho passed away on April 29 at the age of 91. Bill served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, and moved to California in 1945. He and his late wife Gloria, the parents of two daughters, were married 54 years. Bill began working in Culver City at Victor’s Liquor Mart, then as a manufacturer for Overland Machine Products. Bill and Gloria raised their family on Elenda Street, where he was a popular neighbor; he was a founding board member of Culver National Bank in 1984 and a charter member and past President of the Culver City Exchange Club. In his later years, Bill’s greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and dear companion, Lillian Happy. He is survived by his two daughters: Claudia Johnstone (Paul Johnstone) of Honolulu and Diane Fecho (Tom Moriarty) of Marina del Rey; three grandchildren: Chris Johnstone (Erica Johnstone), Doug Johnstone (fiancé Stephanie Deweese), and Samantha Moriarty; and two great-grandchildren: William and Kate Johnstone.
The last weekend of the month will be here before we know it, and here’s a great way to usher out the month of May: It’s the 4th “Affair of the Arts” in downtown Culver City! There’ll be exhibits to view (and things to buy) from 60 of Southern California’s premiere painters, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists, woodworkers, glass blowers and jewelry artists. AND from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, there’ll also be live music, interactive activities for kids, snacks and sweets. Proceeds from the event will fund The Peace Project’s work to rebuild communities in the Philippines as well as the Veterans Independence Project, an initiative to put 1,000 homeless L.A. Veterans in houses by July 4, 2018!
The Culver City Sister City Committee will be holding their Quarterly Dinner & Installation of Officers on Wednesday, June 3 at the Grand Casino Restaurant at 3826 Main Street. Cocktails start at 6:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. The menu includes a mixed green salad and your choice of entrees (Chicken Chimichuri with green Argentinian sauce, pasta and mixed vegetables; or grilled salmon with rice and mixed vegetables, or pasta primavera), cream puffs and biscuits for dessert, and coffee, tea, iced tea or lemonade. The cost is $25.00 per person ($15.00 for students 18 years or younger), plus $.150 per person fee for credit card transactions. Be sure to RSVP by May 27 to Carolyn Burns, [email protected], or call her at (310) 365-0817. You can mail your check (payable to CCSCC) to Carolyn Burns, 10950 Rhoda Way, Culver City, CA 990230. Your reservation and payment must be in Carolyn’s hands prior to the event.
Even though there has been no Centaur News for the past two quarters, the Culver City High School Alumni Association is still functioning and supporting the same programs as they have in the past. Unfortunately there are still no volunteers to take over the production of the News. They’re still looking for a new editor/reporter/writer, and Association dues are still important. Visit their website’s new beginnings at www.cchsa.org or visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/culvercityhsalumni.
Stay connected! The Culver City Rock & Mineral Club welcomes newest members Paige Darlington, Betty Haile and Bruce Jagger to their ranks. They, along with everyone else in the Club is looking forward to another great gem show in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, June 27 and 28. After the show they plan to get back on track with a few scheduled field trips to some of the close by specimen areas for collecting. It has been some time since any organized trips have been planned by the club and there is strong interest among the membership to get some hard dates on the calendar. To find out more about this active bunch, visit www.culvercityrocks.org.
Birthday wishes go out this week to Patricia Lowe, Jessica Parr, Patrick Case and Emma Baker . If you’d like to have your (or a friend, neighbor or family member’s) birthday noted here, send the info to [email protected] and we’ll post it!