A Tradition of Philanthropy
& Service


“Operation Cookie” 2017 aka “Cookies by the 1,000’s”

Students from Sts Felicita & Perpetua School delivered 1000’s of cookies at curbside service

Volunteers, including SP Firefighers packed cookie boxes

100’s of sugar free cookie boxes were packed by club members

Tens of Thousands of cookies were delivered to the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena on Wednesday, May 24th as part of “Operation Cookie” for hospitalized, homeless & special needs veterans. Donors - young and old - from as far away as Palmdale and San Diego brought a variety of cookies of all shapes and sizes for the annual event. The cookies were packaged in patriotically decorated containers saluting our veterans and delivered prior to Memorial Day.

The cookie donors were as diverse as the cookies---from Pre Schools to Senior citizen groups, from churches to local businesses, from working moms to retired business men. Several groups promoted cookie collections and involved entire classrooms or all of the employees. These groups each contributed up to several thousand cookies including San Pasqual Elementary STEAM Magnet school in Los Angeles, Sts. Felicita and Perpetua School in San Marino, Golden Oaks Residents in South Pasadena, St. James Church in South Pasadena, Del Mar Park Senior residence in Pasadena, Big Sunday in Los Angeles, Citizens Bank and Priority One Credit Union in South Pasadena, and SLS Consulting in Pasadena, One local resident baked and donated 550 homemade biscotti and three Woman’s Club members baked 1500 colorful star shaped cookies

Volunteers worked tirelessly to pack cookies in decorative containers, including, community service students from South Pasadena High School, AT&T Pioneers and Arcadia Kiwanis. City Councilman, Robert Joe, staff from the office of State Senator Anthony Portantino, and several South Pasadena Firefighters also took time to work on the cookie “assembly line. “ There were veterans from the Vietnam and Gulf Wars, and the volunteer spirit was epitomized by the participation of five WWII veterans, who served in the Pacific and in Europe. They were Marshall St. John, 89, Marine; John Genovese, 92, Naval Air Force; Al Gonzales, 93, Air Force; Vincent Sugar, 94, Army; and Wendell Hanson, 95, Navy. All five WWII veterans, members of the “greatest generation” reside in South Pasadena. We also had military volunteers from the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado and Camp Pendleton, and volunteers from the V.A. Center in downtown Los Angeles.

The cookies were distributed to over 2000 veterans throughout the southland in appreciation of their service and sacrifices to our country. The cookies were distributed to veterans at Long Beach, Sepulveda-North Hills, and Loma Linda VA health care facilities; to the Wounded Warriors Battalion at Camp Pendleton, to the East LA Veterans Center and Mental Health complex; to Military Women in need, to the Jimmy Miller Foundation that provides ocean therapy for special needs veterans, to veterans at local convalescent hospitals, and to homeless veterans served by the Cabrillo Center in Long Beach and the VA Clinic in downtown Los Angeles, and to numerous other veterans groups. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we had enough cookies to also share with Military troops at Camp Pendleton who will be deployed to Afghanistan, to Veterans attending the South Pasadena Memorial Day program and to VFW families.

“Operation Cookie” originally began in W.W.II when Club members sent cookies to soldiers. It continued during war efforts over the next few decades, including the Gulf War and again in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo. “Operation Cookie” no longer ships cookies to war zones, but now sends the cookies to hospitalized veterans at local veterans hospitals. Cookies are also distributed to homeless and special needs veterans.

The Woman’s Club of South Pasadena, founded in 1899, has a long history of charitable and volunteer services. In addition to “Operation Cookie,” the Club also makes financial donations to charitable and community groups, and provides scholarships to local high school students.


Cookies are needed for hospitalized, homeless and special needs veterans as part of the annual “Operation Cookie” project to be held on Wednesday, May 24th at the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena. The veterans really enjoy home-made cookies, but donations of local bakery and pre-packaged cookies are also welcome. Sugar free cookies are especially appreciated.

Volunteers are needed to help receive and sort cookies, and to work on the “assembly line,” where cookies are individually packed into decorative containers labeled with a special thank you to the veterans for their military service. Help is also needed to load and transport cartons of cookies to VA hospitals and Centers.

The cookies will be delivered to Veteran’s Hospitals, to the Wounded Warriors Battalion at Camp Pendleton, to Military Women in Need, the Foundation for Women Warriors, to the Jimmy Miller Foundation in Manhattan Beach that provides ocean therapy for veterans, to homeless and special needs veterans, and to other veteran groups.

You may deliver your home baked, quality packaged or sugar free cookies (minimum of two dozen) to the Clubhouse at 1424 Fremont Avenue between the hours of 7:00 am and 11:30am, Wednesday, May 24th. Alternate delivery time is the evening before (4pm–7 pm). Convenient curbside service available both days

For further information on cookie delivery and volunteer opportunities, or to learn how you can help in other ways, including financial donations to help defray expenses for supplies, please call or text 213-300-9305, or email spwc1899@aol.com


for Hospitalized, Homeless & Special Needs Veterans May 24, 2017

Hi friends,

"Operation Cookie" for hospitalized, homeless, and special needs veterans is almost here! The veterans really enjoy home-made cookies, and we hope you already have your best cookie recipe planned. But donations of local bakery and pre-packaged cookies are also welcome and we always need sugar free cookies.

“Operation Cookie” delivers decorative containers of cookies to Veteran’s Hospitals, to the Wounded Warriors Battalion at Camp Pendleton, to Military Women in Need, the Foundation for Women Warriors, and to other groups serving special needs veterans. We remember our homeless veterans as well. Your support is more important than ever for the increasing number of veterans who we will remember with your cookies.

You may deliver your cookies (minimum of two dozen) to the Clubhouse at 1424 Fremont Avenue between the hours of 7:00 am and 11:30 am, Wednesday, May 24th. Alternate drop off time is the evening before (4pm–7 pm). Convenient curbside service is available both days. We also hope you will be able to volunteer some time with us helping on the cookie “assembly line,” or packing the cookie boxes in cartons, or helping transport cookies to the various hospital and veterans groups. Financial support is also welcome. For information or to volunteer: call or text 213-300-9305 / Email: spwc1899@aol.com.

Thank you in advance from the “Operation Cookie” Committee 2017
Sheila, Beverly, Sally, Katie, Brandy, Betty, Raquel, Suzanne, Janet, Bee, Lisa

Women in the community interested in learning about the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena (WCSP) are invited to be guests of the Club at a Membership Tea and Luncheon to be held Wednesday, March 1st at the historic clubhouse, 1424 Fremont Avenue.

Guests and prospective members will have the opportunity to become better acquainted with the Club’s variety of activities and philanthropic projects. WCSP, founded in 1899, has a long history of service and charitable programs. Membership Chair, JoAnn Snyder says , “It is Women's History Month and we are proud of the many women in our Club who have contributed to South Pasadena for 117 years. We are looking to expand and diversify our membership to achieve more community involvement and charitable outreach.” She adds, “If you enjoy fun and friendship, caring and creative projects, and meeting new people, plan to attend the Membership Tea and luncheon.” In keeping with the tradition of women’s teas held at the historic 1913 Clubhouse in the past, she encourages guests to wear their favorite vintage or new hat. . Membership information and applications will be available.

There will also be an entertaining musical performance by the award winning Music Committee from the Verdugo Hills Showtime Chorus (VHSC . The Committee specializes in the art of four-part acappella harmony, barbershop style. They will perform a variety of music from country to contemporary, including jazz, rock, and ballads. Barbershop singers are known for their perfectly tuned chords and precise pitches and intonation. They are a chapter of Sweet Adelines International and regularly perform throughout the southland.

Social hour begins at 10:30 followed by a brief business meeting and presentations, the musical program and lunch. Reservations should be made by Sunday, February 26 by calling Lynn Cathcart (323)255-5739/e-mail:spwc1899@aol.com. For more information, visit http://www.thewcsp.org or like us on Face book.

Join with friends, family, or a special someone and share a delicious catered dinner, enjoy fabulous entertainment, and the simple joy of chocolate. Attend the Woman's Club's "For the Love of Chocolate" Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday Feb 4. Use RSVP form on invitation below.

Or purchase tickets ($35) on line by clicking on the following Eventbrite link:
Womans Club of South Pasadena's 'For The Love Of Chocolate' Dinner-Fundraiser

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Art Critic and Author at Woman’s Club
Suzanne Muchnic, longtime art writer and art critic for the Los Angeles Times and contributor to many art publications is the featured speaker at the January 4th, 2017 meeting of the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena. The program, open to the public, will be held at the Clubhouse, 1424 Fremont Avenue.

Muchnic’s presentation will cover the evolution of the Los Angeles art scene since the early 1970s --- before there was the Norton Simon Museum, the new Getty, and only a modest County Art Museum. She will also discuss her critically acclaimed biography, Odd Man In: Norton Simon and the Pursuit of Culture, a biography of the California industrialist and art collector. Her most recent book, published in 1915 by the Huntington Library, is LACMA So Far: Portrait of a Museum in the Making which tells the story of how the Los Angeles County Museum of Art became a major West Coast cultural center.

As art critic-writer, Muchnic traveled widely to report on important artists, museums, exhibitions, and cultural issues. She took readers to all corners of the world to give art its proper context. From Moscow in 1988, she reported on the Soviet Union’s first auction of long-repressed Russian avant-garde and contemporary Soviet art, conducted by Sotheby's, introducing many works of art to an international audience.

In addition to her career as art critic and reporter, Muchnic was the Southern California editor of Artweek and has contributed articles in numerous other publications. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Greater Los Angeles Press Club prize for arts and entertainment.

Muchnic is a graduate of Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate School and has lectured on art history and art criticism at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles City College and Claremont Graduate University

Guests will have the opportunity to personally meet Munchnic after the program. and there will also be book signings and sales. Reservations should be made by Sunday, January 1, 2017 by calling (323) 255-5739 or email: spwc1899@aol.com. The Club meeting begins at 10:30 a.m.and Munchnik’s presentation at 11:00:a.m. followed by luncheon at noon. Cost is $15


The spirit of charitable gift giving highlighted the December meeting of Woman’s Club of South Pasadena. The annual “Spirit of Giving” luncheon program, held at the historic 1913 Clubhouse, culminates a year of philanthropic activities and projects by Club members. Guests were also entertained by young musicians from the Pascale Music Institute of South Pasadena. Special guests from the Huntington Hospital Breast Cancer Program, County USC Hospital, Veterans Centers, and Neonatal centers were on hand to accept donations of items prepared and assembled over the past year. Items include handmade comfort pillows for breast cancer patients, lapghans for wheelchair-bound veterans, hygiene kits with personal sized toiletries for County hospital patients and homeless veterans, and crocheted caps for hospitalized infants. The Club’s Philanthropy Committee also presented monetary contributions to other charitable organizations, including the Holy Family Giving Bank, St James Food Locker, South Pasadena Nature Park, South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Float Committee, Urban Harvester, and the South Pasadena High School Band. the Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition and Friends of Foster Children.

The Woman’s Club, a 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 1899 and has a long history of charitable activities and service. They also provide scholarships to local high school students; distribute 1000’s of cookies to hospitalized and homeless veterans through “Operation Cookie” and volunteer for various community events.

For information on Woman’s Club membership, meetings, and philanthropic projects, call 626-799-9309 or visit the website: thewcsp.org and "like us" on Facebook.

The spirit of charitable gift giving highlighted the December "Spirit of Giving" luncheon meeting of the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena when annual donations were presented.L-R: Stephanie Jones, WCSP Philanthropy Chair, Coco Ceja, LA County Hospital & Medical Center; Nancy Andrews, SP Tournament of Roses; Carol Rodenaucher, Friends of Foster Children-Pasadena ; Ron Brand, Cal Vets Homes, Westwood; Mavis Hansen, Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition; Jeanne Bonafilio, Veterans Administration, Rev Ann Tumulty and Jan Arndt, St James Church and Food Locker,and Linda Hess, Urban Harvester. Not pictured: Representatives from South Pasadena Nature Park;South Pasadena High School Music Deparment, and Huntington Hospital Breast Cancer Center.

Guests celebrated the spirit of the season and enjoyed a musical performance by young string musicians ranging in age from 5 to 10 years from the Pascale Music Insitute of South Pasadena under the direction of Founder and Director, Susan Pascale.