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Civitans host dance and jamboree

July 18, 2009|By ISABEL ADAMS

Members of the Burbank Civitan Club hosted the last dance of the BCR — “a place to grow” school year at McCambridge Park on June 12. More than 100 people were served Vittorio’s Pizza, cookies and beverages. As part of the festivities, Civitan Club President Elaine Paonessa Elaine Paonessa and President-elect David Holland presented BCR board of trustees member Pam Roldan with a check for $1,000. The Civitan Club has long been a supporter of BCR.

Helping to keep the evening running smoothly were members of the BCR administrative staff. There to provide assistance were the following Civitan members and guests Joan Newbro, Dee Dee Ruhlow, Shari Epstein, David Escobar and past Presidents Randy Garcia, Richard Bertain and Morey Goodstein. Also present were Bobbie Garcia, Rosemarie Holland, Kelly Bertain and sons, Jordan and Jackson Bertain.

The club’s annual Baseball Jamboree was June 20 at George Izay Park. The parade of gaily decorated trucks carrying as many as 1,000 Hap Minor League baseball players preceded a fun day of competitions and hot dogs.


Each year the Burbank Civitans, the Foothill Civitans and the Burbank Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department join forces for these wonderful events, followed on the following Saturday by the Ponytail Girls League. Mayor Gary Bric, members of the City Council, city staff members, city board members and members of the Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department were introduced by mistress of ceremonies Paonessa.

The Burbank Civitan Clubs meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at a member’s home and third Thursday of the month at the Holiday Inn, 150 E. Angeleno Ave., Burbank. For more information, contact Paonessa at (818) 845-6851 or at



Bill Bertrand, a member for the last 37 years of the Burbank Magnolia Park Optimist Club, has been named as the incoming president of the Governing Board of the Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services, one of the region’s largest and oldest education and treatment centers for at-risk children and adolescents in the juvenile justice system.

Founded in 1906 in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles, Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services provides residential and community-based care to its at-risk population. The home’s main Highland Park campus houses 99 teenage boys and a non-public high school for 200 special needs students.

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