A festive spirit filled the air as the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's Home Tour League installed its officers for 2011 during a luncheon at The Oaks Grille in Valencia on Jan. 25.
The all-volunteer organization, now in its 31st year, raises funds for women's services at the hospital through its popular annual Home Tour, Gala and Boutique. For the last three years, the Home Tour's efforts have helped to fund Henry Mayo's upcoming neonatal intensive care unit, scheduled for completion in Fall 2011.
Installation master of ceremonies Ed Masterson commented on the passion and commitment of the Home Tour's board members.
"You all have your own lives, jobs and families, yet you give your time and play such important roles with Home Tour," Masterson said. "The hospital is one of those organizations that are among the greatest in the community and we thank you for your leadership."
President Barbara Sanguinetti, president-elect JoAnn Vandigni, corresponding secretary Oriana Garlick, recording secretary Mary McCormick, treasurer Debra Weyand, and vice presidents of membership Eva Murray and Barbara Larson raised their hands as Masterson swore them in.
Next, parliamentarian Sue Smyth passed a gavel to Sanguinetti, who is serving a second term as president. She thanked her incoming board and was excited to introduce her theme, "Spring Into 2011."
"I'd like to see a renewing, an upsurge in Home Tour. We want to revitalize it and bring back the glory days," she said. "You are a great group of ladies and it's a selfless thing you do to invest your time with the Home Tour."
For Beverly Caffarelli, joining the Home Tour ten years ago was a way for her to meet new friends after moving to Valencia and get involved in her community at the same time.
"The hospital does such good things and it's something everyone and their family members and friends will eventually have to use," Caffarelli said.
Since becoming a member, Caffarelli has done everything from acting as chairman of the opportunity drawing to volunteering in homes during the tour.
"I like being part of this team and raising money for women's services, especially the last few years for the NICU. One of my children was born premature and I really see a need in this valley for it," she said.
The Holiday Home Tour League is open to new members throughout the year. Membership dues are $25 a year and time commitments can range from one day during the tour to as many hours as a volunteer would like to contribute.
"Members just need to be giving and ready to help," Sanguinetti said.
For more information on the Henry Mayo Holiday Home Tour League, visitwww.henrymayogiving.com or call (661) 253-8051.