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New members join Foothill Civitans

February 18, 2011|By Isabel Adams

Our Foothill Civitan friends have been keeping busy with different causes. After initiating three new members — Ann Marie Coppen, Muguet Fonteboa and Judy Torres — during their Awards and Installation in September, they have hit the floor running.

They were out in force to assist with the SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) Walk. The SMA Walk, they were told, raised about $75,000. Early in the first quarter they launched their first Internet fundraising project for “Operation Phone Home.” Their net profit was $700, with which they bought “Phone Home” phone cards for our deployed troops.

They also raised funds by participating in a recycling project. Foothill members assisted with the silent auction for BCR “a place to grow” during their holiday program. Another group of Foothill Civitan members served punch and doughnuts to participants at BCR’s TYRO Holiday dance.


As usual during the Christmas holidays, they adopted three families through the Burbank Coordinating Council, providing them with food and gifts. And at their own holiday party, instead of the normal gift exchange, members brought children’s gifts that were then donated to the Salvation Army Burbank Corps.

Their Fashion Show committee is busy planning their big fundraising event scheduled for May 7 at the Castaway Restaurant. More about that later.

The Foothill Civitan Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second (at the Tuttle Center) and fourth (at Gordon Biersch) Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Karen Hubbard at (818) 434-6754 or at


Burbank Noon Lions support training for students to develop leadership skills. When he was no longer playing Wyatt Earp on TV, actor Hugh O’Brien became involved in recognizing skills and leadership training for students across the country. Believing that the leaders of tomorrow need to be groomed today, O’Brien started the Hugh O’Brien Youth Foundation (HOBY).

HOBY established a relationship with Lion Clubs International, which enabled many students to attend the weekend leadership conference by virtue of funding provided by local Lions clubs. The Burbank Noon Lions participated in HOBY for the first time in 2004 working with students at Burbank High School.

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