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Nominations sought by Zonta Club

Posted: January 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Brrr! It’s been chilly in the Santa Clarita Valley this past week. Except for a brief warm spell that lasted only hours on Tuesday it’s been exceptionally chilly for our normally balmy valley! Last night the weather report predicted a bone-chilling low of 28! It would be nice to get a little snow, but only enough to watch it fall, then it can melt!

Sadly, it doesn’t look like snow is in the cards for us in the SCV, however, travel a few miles up the grapevine and you might find some of that frigid white stuff!

Pine Mountain Club correspondent Michelle Sathe sent me a recent photo of her car covered with snow. She is not a fan of winter.

Keep your warm, winter coat handy, it looks like the chilly weather continues into the week! Yes! I love it!

Carmen Sarro Award

Nomination forms have gone out to more than 50 local community organizations asking nonprofit groups to nominate their outstanding volunteers to be honored at the annual Women in Service brunch hosted by Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley. Completed nominations are due by Feb. 22, and the winner of the Carmen Sarro Community Service Award will be announced at the annual Zonta Women in Service Celebration on March 23.

Carmen Sarro

The “Carmen Sarro Award for Improving the Status of Women Through Community Service” honors longtime Zonta member Carmen Sarro, who died in 2003.

During her life, Sarro was honored for her dedication to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital volunteer activities, to the Canyon Theatre Guild, to the Boys and Girls Club and to the City of Santa Clarita. In 1985, Sarro was named Santa Clarita Valley Woman of the Year.

Sarro was a member of the local Zonta Club for more than 25 years. During that time, she served as president two times, led the area clubs as director, and served the district as secretary.

I remember Carmen very well. She wasn’t a person you could ever forget. She had the energy of 10 people and was fiercely dedicated to the people and organizations that were important to her. They don’t make very many Carmen Sarros and we were fortunate in the SCV to have her imposing presence for as long as we did.

“Zonta has given a community service award for more than 25 years and since 2004 it has been designated as the Carmen Sarro Award, to remember her for much more than her service to Zonta,” said Chris Miller, president of the Zonta Club of SCV. “We wanted to honor Carmen in a way that recognizes the scope of her service to the entire community. Through the years, she became an icon for the kind of service that we Zontians seek to emulate as a part of our mission.”

Send in your nomination

Nomination forms for the Carmen Sarro Award are available to community organizations online at, or by calling the Zonta message line at 661-252-9351. Completed nominations must be returned by Feb. 22 and guest reservations must be made by March 15 in order by qualify for the $35 per person early bird rate for those who wish to attend the lunch.

Drive Safe Golf Tourney

The Frontier Toyota/Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Drive Safe Golf Tournament will be held on May 11, not on March 11 as previously reported. All proceeds benefit Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Emergency and Trauma services. Tickets are from $125 for a dinner ticket to $7,500 for auction or awards sponsor, with many price levels in between. Contact the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Foundation at 661-200-1200 for information.

Henry Mayo Auxiliary

The Henry mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital is celebrating its 50th year of serving the SCV. There are two special Auxiliary 50-Year Jubilee fundraisers available. The Auxiliary Cookbook contains 150 recipes from hospital employees and volunteers. The book is $10. Also available is the 2013 Henry Mayo Calendar, featuring the hospital’s ER staff. The calendar is $12. Both are available in the hospital’s gift shop. All proceeds benefit patient care services. For information, call 661-253-8051.

Off-the-wall Street Art

Come make a collaborative off-the-wall street art piece with the young artists from the NOMAD LAB Art Project on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You will learn about different ways to use your creativity and the art of graffiti to create something beautiful and unique, and, best of all, without getting in trouble! All ages, no previous experience needed. The reception will take place on the second floor, just off the Patios on the Sears side of the mall.

Michele E. Buttelman is the features and entertainment editor of The Signal. She can be reached by email at Follow SCV Scene on Facebook and on Twitter @SCVScene.


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