From the desk of Eileen Matthews,
Dear Members of Los Ninos ~ CHOC, As we gather together for our annual Christmas luncheon this Monday, we can with pride reﬂect back on a year ﬁlled with excitement, patting ourselves on the back with continued growth in membership, positive changes to our internal structure such as the Los Ninos website, Face book, learning to use email for day to day communication, checking in with www.choc.org and our monthly online newsletter. Did I not mention our amazing DIRECTORY, enabling you to put a face to a name; and last but not least, exceeding our ﬁnancial commitment to Children's Hospital's of Orange County. We are already well on target for a most exciting 2016! I hope all of you can ﬁnd time to come to our monthly general meeting and continue to learn and be a part of what is making Los Ninos so special to the families and children of CHOC. My message to all of you would be incomplete if I did not tell you how much I will miss the smiling faces, dedicated, hard working, fun and sweet personalities of the wonderful ladies who left us this past year and will now be forever in our hearts ~ Mary Smith, Tina Goodale, Chris Fort & Karen Hudnall. "Don't be dismayed at good-byes, A farewell is necessary before you can meet again, And meeting again after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends." (Richard Bach)
This month we’re looking at one of our CHOC members, Marianne Dorsey. Marianne met her husband Jim on a blind date Marianne has a Master's in Education and taught Mathematics for 36 years. She was Master Supervisor of Student Teachers at California State University in San Marcos, California and was listed in “Who’s Who in American Teaching 1996-1997. Marianne authored algebra, trigonometry and modern school mathematics sections of math textbooks for publisher Houghton Mifflin Company, wrote a trivia column for the San Clemente News. She also authored Beginning Computer Courses for Children and wrote curriculum for Vista Unified School District. Marianne worked for several years with children with Down’s Syndrome. Marianne was a volunteer and fundraiser for other non-profit organizations which aided battered women, the mentally ill and helped children of Pendleton Marines by organizing Christmas parties and beach parties. When she worked for the organization for battered women, she organized a raffle, luncheon, and fashion show at the Ritz Carlton which netted a record amount of money…….$72,000! One of the biggest sellers was a large playhouse which she had built and furnished. Fortunately for us she joined CHOC with hobbies that included making gift baskets! She has been instrumental in putting together many of our beautiful baskets we auction off at fund raisers. She rents a storage unit that she pays for out of pocket every month that stores all our gift basket goodies. She is involved in all aspects of the Spring Luncheon (raffle, silent auction, kid’s corner, centerpieces and favors) So far this year alone she has put $2400.00 of her own money towards our spring fundraiser. A Big THANKS!! to Marianne for all her help with Los Ninos Guild.