OCTOBER 8, 2005
Pauline Field, Editor
Researchers have produced an experimental vaccine that is 100 percent effective in preventing two types of cervical cancer caused by a sexually-transmitted virus. Over 12,000 women aged 16 to 26 in 13 different countries participated in the study of the Gardasil vaccine which targets human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18, which cause 70 percent of cervical cancers, and types 6 and 11, which cause 90 percent of genital warts.
Among the women who received the vaccine, none developed pre-cancerous lesions or cancer cells, while 21 women among the placebo group did.
The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 10,500 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and another 3,700 will die from the disease this year.
Sports for Girls
There's a great website for girls that focuses on sports, camps, classes, training, products and more: http://prettytough.com/index.php
Women in Sports
Hadassah and Brandeis Institute have created a calendar of Jewish women athletes - definitely does not fit the stereotype of Jewish women! Some interesting facts: In 1893 Senda Berenson, director of physical education at Smith College, took the model for the brand new game of basketball--invented as a class exercise for boys--and organized the first basketball game for women.
Charlotte "Eppy" Epstein founded the National Women's Life Saving League in New York in 1914. She then went on to persuade the U.S. Amateur Athletic Union to allow female swimmers to register as athletes and to realize her goal of having women's swimming included as an Olympic sport. She coached her famous "Eppy" swimmers to dominate three Olympiads in 1920, 1924 and 1932.
In 1956 top-ranked British tennis player Angela Buxton--who faced religious discrimination throughout her career--teamed up with African American tennis star Althea Gibson. They won the women's doubles at Wimbledon as one of the greatest duos in tennis history.
For more information on the calendar: Jewish + Female = Athlete: Portraits of Strength from around the World: http://www.brandeis.edu/hbi/info.html#calendar
A Veteran Affairs Department survey from 2002 to 2003
The survey released this week by Rep. Lane Evans, D-Ill., found that almost 60 percent of women and 27 percent of men serving in the National Guard and military reserves have experienced sexual harassment or assault, the Washington Post reported.
SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR WANTED -WASHINGTON D.C.
Thanks to Elena Ong, Public Relations Consultant for letting us know about this opportunity:
Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA37)
Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald seeks a Senior Policy Advisor effective the end of October. Candidate should have some Hill experience as he/she will contribute to oversight of legislative initiatives and liaise regularly with office legislative team.
He/she will research and review domestic/international policy matters, providing analysis and crafting legislation inter alia , on issues that include hunger, national security, economic trade, international development and the political/economic impact of HIV/AIDS.
Candidate should be prepared to attend hearings, briefings and carry out special project assignments as required and to have excellent writing, editing and IT skills.
Fax or e-mail resume and a writing sample to Shirley Cooks at 226-0549, or Shirley.Cooks@mail.house.gov by October 15, 2005.
OPPORTUNITY TO BE A COMMISSIONER
Thought about being a commissioner? Wondered if you should? How to apply? Where to get started? Are you qualified? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, now is the time to take action! The Glendale Commission on the Status of Women will have two positions to fill. Commissioner Raana Hasnat, whose term would have been up in December, has left the country and had to resign, leaving an open seat; Commissioner Karen McNight-Compton has submitted her resignation, opening up another seat. Commissioners serve 3-year terms and are limited to 2 terms.
Who can apply : Any registered voter who lives in the City of Glendale
How to apply : Pick up an application from the Glendale City Clerk's office, 613 E. Broadway, Glendale. Or download an application online at http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/government/boards_commissions.html - click "application" in second paragraph. Or call the City Clerk's office at 818-548-2090
Deadline : Applications are due at the City Clerk's office no later than October 26th at 5:30 p.m.
Then what : A panel of two City Councilmen - Mayor Rafi Manoukian and Councilmember Frank Quintero, will be confirmed at the Council meeting on October 11th; the panel will then review all applications, interview those they wish to, and make their selection. Selected candidates will then be presented to the full Council for approval.
More questions : Any other questions either about the process or if you need assistance completing your application, please call or email me: 818-243-2322 or email@example.com
Please pass this along to anyone you know in Glendale that might be interested.
Meet Assembly Candidate Kelly Hayes-Raitt - Sundays in October
Sunday, October 9 and 23 - Santa Monica
Sunday, October 16 - Oxnard
Sunday, October 30 - Topanga
Kelly Hayes-Raitt is running for State Assembly next year in the 41st Assembly District. Be informed. Find out more about your candidate. There's no question you have about any issue important to you that Kelly will not answer. The 41st District is large so if you are in Santa Monica, Oxnard or Topanga, here's four opportunities for you to take an hour and find out for yourself. Each of these events will be in private homes so Kelly will be accessible. Don't miss this opportunity.
Call (310) 392-8715 for times, locations and other details or click on http://www.kellyforassembly.com/
"How To Take Care of Ourselves in a Time of Uncertainty & Fear"
Monday, October 10, 6:30 p.m.
National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) presents an evening with Dr. Debra Mandel at the Magnolia Grill, 10530 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood Contact: Linda Ornelas, Director at 818-426-9287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . RSVP Members $20.00 Guests $23.00 at the door all $25.00. Make check payable to "For You network" (Thanks to Linda Maxwell of We Care For Youth for letting us know about this networking opportunity)
Lessons Learned From Katrina - Are We Prepared
Saturday, October 15, 2:00 p.m.
Congressman Adam Schiff will present a Town Hall meeting at South Pasadena Library. 1115 El Centro Street in South Pasadena. There is no charge for this event but RSVP is requested. Call 626-304-2727
Forum on Ballot Initiatives
Saturday October 15, 10:00am to noon
LWV Pasadena Area presents Hot Topics, Cold Facts, a community forum on the ballot measures; Vosloh Forum; Pasadena City College; 1570 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena (access off Bonnie Avenue on east side of campus); Info: 626-798-0965
Screening of the PBS Documentary, Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories
Children Placed in Custody of Allegedly Molesting Parent Speak Out
Monday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.
Many Family Courts Are Failing to Protect Children From Their Abusers. The Filmmaker Himself, Dominique Lasseur, Will Attend This Film Screening. It is FREE and Open to the Public. Refreshments Will Be Served. 433 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills.
Although many PBS stations will carry this show on October 20th , it does not appear on KCET's schedule.
Forum on Ballot Initiatives
Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. - Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard Street
Speakers: Eugene Lee, Attorney with the Voting Rights Project of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center; Paul Krekorian, President of the Burbank Board of Education, Glendale City Councilmember Frank Quintero, and former Assembly Member Scott Wildman and Rebecca Weiker from Planned Parenthood.
Cancer Awareness Month at Shades of Culture
Thursday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.
Marie Callender's restaurant, 707 N. Pacific, Glendale. Come join this growing group of women over dinner. The speaker will address cancer awareness. Make new friends, renew old acquaintances. Join us. 7:00 p.m. Dinner 8:00 p.m. Program
Forum on Ballot Initiatives
UN Day: 60th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday October 22, 10:00am to noon
LWV Los Angeles & California Common Cause co-host Hot Topics, Cold Facts, a balanced forum on California's November 8th ballot measures; Ahmanson Auditorium; Loyola Marymount University; 1 LMU Dr, L.A. 90045 (off Lincoln near Jefferson); taped for broadcast on LA36 & radio; Info: 213-252-4550; RSVP required: email@example.com
Pasadena-Foothills Chapter of the United Nations Association (PUNA), will hold a fundraiser celebrating 60 years of the United Nations (UN) working toward a more peaceful, just, and humane world. Oscar winner and humanitarian, Morgan Freeman is the Honorary Chair of the event. The gala will include a taped appearance by Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu. The exhibit will feature artwork of community artists and international celebrities inspired by the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Internationally renowned sitar player and Millennium Development Goals ambassador for the UN, Nishat Kahn, will also perform. The event sponsored by K-Mozart, and Cobblestone Wine, will be held at the historic Pacific Asian Museum in Pasadena. The public is invited to attend. $60. For more information and reservations go to www.unapasadena.org or call 626-449-1795
Town Hall on Education
Monday, October 24 th , 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
State Senator Jack Scott invites everyone interested in improving student performance to attend this event. Glendale Adventist Medical Center Auditorium, 1509 Wilson Terrace, Glendale. Free parking. Call for more information: 626-683-0282
"Now That She's Gone"
Tuesday, October 25th, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Women of Washington presents Ellen Snortland in her one-woman show. Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. Reservations are required. Members: $40, non-members, $50. Call 202-296-5922, visit the web: www.womenof.org or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets or more information.
"Gathering of Sisters: A Women's Fair"
Saturday, October 29, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
If you do nothing else this month, come to this event! There will be a health fair with different screenings, massages, an art exhibit, local vendors and short films. And child care is provided for your potty-trained children so you can take your time and enjoy the afternoon. The event will be at the Edison Pacific Community Center, 820 Maple Street, Glendale. The event is free, so bring your friends and join the fun.
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
If you vote absentee - please send in your ballots. If you vote in person, please take the opportunity to read the propositions, learn about them, and get out and vote on November 8th. For information about the propositions, go to the League of Women Voters http://www.smartvoter.org/2005/11/08/ca/state/prop/ . Or attend one of the Forums noted above.
Remember, it took 78 years of hard work for women to get the vote - let's take advantage of this privilege and use it . PLEASE VOTE!
Do you eat out - at fast food or regular restaurants? Go to the movies? Shop at Ralph's or Bristol Farms? Rent movies? Go to concerts? Stay in hotels? Rent cars? If you answered "Yes" to any of these and would like to save hundreds of dollars between now and November 1 st , 2006, then consider buying the Entertainment book! It is a thick book of coupons that includes all these categories and more. Fifty/Fifty Leadership, of which I am a Co-Chair, has them available for just $25 each - that is a $5 discount per book off the retail price that you will find at Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc. There are books covering three different areas: The San Gabriel Valley which also includes the Claremont and Ontario areas; The San Fernando & Santa Clarita Valleys; and Greater Los Angeles which includes the Westside, South Bay and Long Beach. You can pay by cash, check or credit card. If we cannot arrange for you to pick it up, add $2 per book for shipping. Call or email me at 818-243-2322 pfield@Fifty/Fifty.us
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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Chris Carson, Immediate Past President, Glendale-Burbank League of Women Voters
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Cynthia Nettles, Chair, Turning New Corners
Evan McGrath, Assistant Principal, Holy Family School
I would say "Please join me" on the Glendale Women's Commission, but my first term expires in December so I am up for re-appointment. As I never take anything for granted, I am not assuming that I will be automatically re-appointed. I of course would like to continue serving the women of Glendale in this way, but it is not up to me. The same panel that will consider the appointment of new commissioners will be considering whether to re-appoint me. The Commission has been doing some great work and we need strong, interested people who will continue the work we have started. If you're not sure, call me and I will be happy to talk to you about all it entails and whether it is indeed a "fit" for you.
Ellen Snortland, fellow Board member at Fifty/Fifty Leadership, chided me recently when planning an event. One of our supporters volunteered to give of her time and expertise for a whole day to help us raise money. "That's just what we women do," Ellen said, "we give our time and expertise away for nothing as if we have no value." Good point. Over the years that I have been publishing this newsletter several people have asked me how much time I spend putting each edition together and it is a considerable amount of time. I am going to listen to Ellen's advice and put a value on my time. Because I do not want to exclude anyone from receiving the newsletter, however, I am not going to make it mandatory - kind of difficult anyway as its by email! I am going strictly on the honor system. If you cannot afford it, its my pleasure to send it to you. I do, however, thank you for honoring me and my time with your contributions.
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As it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought it timely to remember the words of Erma Bombeck when she found out she was dying of cancer. Thanks to Music Producer and Movie Director Nancy Montuori Stein for reminding me of this:
IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now, go get washed up for dinner." There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sorry's."
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it, live it and never give it back. Stop sweating the small stuff.
Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what.
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.
Let's think about what God has blessed us with. And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally. I hope you all have a blessed day.