Baseball Report

By Bob Hurst

Wasn’t it just a matter of time before the Boston Red Sox took over the lead in the AL East and started to live up to preseason expectations?

Boston had a day off on Monday after ripping off nine straight wins and taking a two-game lead over the New York Yankees. The Red Sox were 39-26 before beginning a three-game trip to Tampa Bay this week.

Golfers Beware Those Ping’s may be Pang’s

Golf Consumers Beware: Online Counterfeiting on the Rise
Counterfeit Golf Seizures Worth More Than $500K So Far This Year

These counterfeit golf clubs were seized by CBP.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is seizing an increasing number of counterfeit golf products ordered by consumers over the internet. Seizures of counterfeit golf goods have increased by 33 percent from fiscal years 2009 to 2010 and 37 percent in 2009 compared to 2008.

Soroptimist International of Holtville Celebrates 60 Years

Holtville Soroptimist elected Betty Predmore as their new president for the year of 2011-2012

Celebrating Holtville Soroptimist Club’s upcoming 60th year, the club themed their annual installation luncheon as “Building on our Birthday”.  This luncheon was held on Tuesday at the Women’s Club with special guest, JoAnn Sidhuara.  JoAnn is from Soroptimist International of La Jolla and serves as the current District III President for the Desert Coast Region of Soroptimist of the Americas.  She was on hand at the event to install the incoming board of directors of Soroptimist International of Holtville.
Incoming officers for the 2011/2012 year will be Treasurer – Donna Brady, Recording Secretary – Jessica Diez, Correspondence Secretary – Katie Turner, 2nd Vice President – Sarah Enz, 1st Vice President – Jamie Vessey, and President – Betty Predmore.  Outgoing President Laura Goodsell will serve as a director on the board.  Each officer was presented a birthday crown by JoAnn in honor of the 60th birthday of Holtville Soroptimist.
New members Anna Dhalliwal and Jamie Strahm were also introduced by Joan Jencks and Betty Predmore.

Soroptimist International of Calexico to Induct New Members

Soroptimist International of Calexico will be inducting new members to its club during a
ceremony taking place at Best Western John Jay Inn–2455 Scaroni Road, Calexico at
6:30PM on Thursday June 16, 2011.
New Members will be welcomed into a worldwide organization of members who are
committed to improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout
the world.
Soroptimist is a coined Latin word meaning “best for women,” and that’s what the Calexico
Chapter strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other
women to be their best. They believe in dreams and the collective power of working together
to achieve them.
Soroptimist membership celebrates the unique power of women. It’s a gift that women give
to themselves: the chance to help others in an atmosphere of support, friendship and fun. SI
Calexico looks forward to helping the new members explore the gift of membership as they
can now participate in club projects and activities that advance the Chapter’s mission.
As a token of their new membership, each member will be participating in a pinning
ceremony. The pin they will receive represents their commitment to the SI Calexico mission
and to empowering women and girls to live their dreams by giving them the resources to
create positive change for themselves, their families, their communities and the world.
Following the new member induction, the club will be installing a new treasurer and
presenting a donation to the Imperial Valley Food Bank, allowing new members to
experience Soroptimist International of Calexico’s dedication to giving back to the
community. This year the club has donated over $3500 to programs benefitting women and
girls in our local community through scholarships, service projects and donations.

MANA de Imperial Valley to Award $12,500 in Scholarships to Imperial Valley Students

Twenty-five local high school graduates will receive the MANA de Imperial Valley scholarship.
El CENTRO, CA – The Imperial Valley Chapter of MANA, a National Latina Organization
announced this week that it has selected twenty-five local Latina high school graduates to
receive the Imperial Valley Chapter College and University Scholarship in the amount of $500.
MANA de Imperial Valley is committed to supporting Latinas in furthering their education and in
recognizing outstanding students in Imperial County. The community’s support at the Las
Primeras Awards Gala and Scholarship Fundraiser this past year has allowed MANA to raise
the funds necessary for local scholarships and provide them to young Latinas who are pursuing
higher education.
MANA de Imperial Valley will be hosting a reception on Wednesday, June 15th at 9:00 a.m. at
the Steppling Art Gallery on the San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus in Calexico
to award the scholarships to the recipients.
Alicia Armenta, MANA President stated, “MANA de Imperial Valley is thrilled to announce the
2011 MANA Scholarship recipients. The annual scholarship reception is one of the most
rewarding events we have all year because as MANA members we get to meet with the
scholarship recipients and congratulate the students and parents for their hard work and
accomplishments. As MANA de Imperial Valley members we are excited to see that many of
this year’s recipients will be pursuing degrees in nontraditional careers for women in the
sciences such as biology, business economics, computer science, criminal justice, and
mathematics.” This year’s students will be attending public and private colleges and universities
such as Cornell University , San Diego State University, University of California, Los Angeles,
University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California, Riverside, the Fashion Institute
of Design and Merchandising, California State University, Monterrey Bay, University of
California, Berkeley among others.
The 2011 MANA Scholarship was made available to Latina high school graduates who met the
following requirements: have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or
the equivalent); have plans to enroll full-time in a degree seeking program at a two or four year
U.S. accredited institution during the 2010-2011 academic year; have community
service/school activities involvement and all candidates must have demonstrated leadership
and civic/community involvement.