Long Beach Day Nursery Installs New Officers at Annual Meeting, and Celebrates 100th Anniversary
2012-06-20 · By Editor
On June 13, 2012, close to 50 guests attended Long Beach Day Nursery’s (LBDN) 100th Anniversary Annual Meeting and New Officers Installation at the LBDN East Branch. The Annual Meeting was open to family, friends, honorary board members, dignitaries and donors of LBDN.
Out-going 1st Vice Chair/Governance Joan Alderson introduced new board members Joen Garnica (an alumnus of LBDN), Michele Dobson, Lynn Shrum, and Gina Ballard. Board Chair Melanie Werts recognized new Honorary Board members (those board members that have termed out after serving a total of three, three-year terms – nine years ) Elaine Thompson, Brian Russell, Linda Silver, and herself. Honorary Board member Daphne Ching-Jackson installed new board officers for 2012-2013. They include: Chair Deloris Mayuga (Real Estate Investor & Property Manager); Chair-elect Jon Gotz (President, Gotz Insurance Agency); 1st Vice Chair Governance Julie Taboada (Retired Educator); 2nd Vice Chair Resource Development Joan Alderson (Retired Controller of the Girl Scouts of Orange County); Recording Secretary Michael Soutar (President/Partner, MSP Architects); and Treasurer Steven T. Romeyn (Controller & IT Administrator, Commerce Casino).
During her final report to the audience Werts stated, “when I began my year as board chair my theme was Celebrating our past and Securing our future – to best position LBDN for the next century. And we have been busy working on doing just that!” Werts gave an overview of all the 100 Year Anniversary activities and thanked the chairs of the various events. To date, through the 100th Anniversary Steering Committee’s Investment in the Future strategy, more than $100,000 has been raised to help assist LBDN in securing the future and positioning the nursery for the next century.
Executive Director Patrice Wong presented brief highlights of the past year and emphasized that despite the deep cuts in state funding for early childhood education, LBDN continues to provide high quality services for the families and children they serve. Wong stated, “we remain confident that LBDN will continue to weather these tough economic times. This is only possible because of the terrific team that we have, staff, volunteers, board members, and donors.”
New Board Chair Deloris Mayuga thanked outgoing Board Chair Melanie Werts for her extraordinary dedication and hard work for LBDN, and for also taking on the responsibility as the Chair of the 100th Anniversary Steering Committee. Werts was presented with the Chair’s pin which is a circle of children holding hands, set in sterling silver with a small diamond. This pin has been a tradition for many years, presented by the incoming Chair to the outgoing Chair.
Long Beach Day Nursery was founded in 1912 by a group of prominent Long Beach women who felt that working mothers needed quality child care – a radical idea at the time since very few women worked outside the home. One hundred years later, the mission – to provide quality early care and education to young children of working parents – could not be more relevant. And over the years, Long Beach Day Nursery has become the premier early childhood education solution, dedicated to the belief that tomorrow begins today. For more information about the programs and services of the Nursery contact Jill McAllister, Development Associate at 562-591-0509, ext. 111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Long Beach Day Nursery – Ahead of its time. Behind every child.