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Burbank Civitans seek members

October 02, 2012|By Joyce Rudolph
  • Burbank Civitan Club President-elect Elaine Paonessa, left, and secretary DeeDee Ruhlow.
Burbank Civitan Club President-elect Elaine Paonessa,… (Photo courtesy…)

The Burbank Civitan Club is seeking more men and women to help with its charitable projects.

Some of the group’s activities include providing food and financial assistance for the annual Graduation Dance of BCR “a place to grow” and supporting, in conjunction with the Burbank parks department, the baseball jamboree in which about 1,000 Hap Minor League baseball players compete in several competitions. Civitans provide trophies, hot dogs and punch. This event has been hosted by the club for more than 50 years.

The main fundraiser each year is the Sunday St. Patrick’s Day Champagne Brunch at the Castaway Restaurant, featuring a buffet luncheon, door prizes, silent auction, music and the O’Connor Irish Dancers.

To join, call Elaine Paonessa at (818) 845-6851.

Agency is there for those who need it

Unless you have taken part in its services, you might not have heard about the Family Service Agency of Burbank.


Its counselors have been helping people cope with life's challenges since 1953. At the helm today is Executive Director Laurie Bleick.

The agency's vision statement is “A Healthy Community Built on Strong Families” and it strives to support the sustainability of the Burbank community by providing all residents access to quality mental-health care and preventive education through quality professional low-cost/no-cost services.

In ecology, sustainability describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. For the agency, sustainability for humans is the potential for long-term maintenance of well-being. That sustainability has environmental, economic, financial, social and psychological dimensions. Basically, that means that if we can learn to cope with the rigors of daily life, we are happier, healthier individuals.

Bleick says this year will be one of preparing for the agency's 60th anniversary and then, starting in January, once a month there will be an outreach to re-introduce the community to the purpose of the agency.

While the agency desperately needs support from the community, Bleick said, the community seems to need the agency more than ever.

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