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Visit your doctor not just any doctor. / With three full-time physicians and a nurse practitioner dedicated to the island and its patients, we invite you to have an on-going relationship  with a provider who knows you and your medicl needs. Monte Mellon, MD Tracey Norton, DO Laura Ulibarri, MD Diane Chamberlin, NP n CONVENIENT // PROFESSIONAL .: COM PASSIONATE Catalina Island Medical Center 24 Hour Emergency Care Radiology, laboratory & physical therapy Skilled nursing facility (31o) 51o-o7oo Provider appointments. M-F 8 am-5 pm Mon.& Wed. 8 am-7 prn (310) 510-0096 CIMedicalCenter.org' Island Medical Center I I Women's Forum Wine Festival Approaches The winner was Island resident Suzanne Vasu. Her mother, Donna Piacentini, passed away last De- cember and was a long time sup: porter of another local group, the Avalon Pony Club. Vasu carried on her family tradition of giving and generously donated the funds for the 201,2 trip to Italy back to" Women's Forum. The result was an unprecedentel profit on the fundraising operation. Vasu learned about her prize when she was contacted by the Women's Forum on speakerphone the night her ticket was pulled by new member Karen Fetteroll. She thanked the Women's Forum by pledging to become more involved with them in the future. ACT  Tours--the firm that manages this year's guided trip to Florence, Italy and other locations worldwide--has worked with the Women's Forum in the past and SEPTEMBER EVENT tS " GROUP'S LAST FUNDRAISER FOR THIS YEAR Tickets for the 17th Annual Catalina Island Women's Forum Wine Festival are available for purchase online at www.theciwf. org. The festival will be held from 2 to 5.p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, on the Descanso side of Casino Point. This is one of only two fund- raising events the Women's Forum holds each year. Tickets are $80, of which $47 is tax deductible. Participants will enjoy live mu- sic as they sample varietals from numerous wineries, indulge in hors d' oeuvres, and vie for a wide range of silent auction items. The Women's Forum recent- !y held the 2012 trip raffle, the group's other annual fundraiser for its charitable programs in Avalon. CATALINA COUPLES: Bob and Carol Butte, organizers of the Church Mouse Marlin Invitational Tournament. Please send us your favorite photo of yourself or of another local Catalina couple to be included in the Catalina Islander. They can be young'or old; in special places, special occasions or just at home. Email your high resolution photo to ed@cinews.us. has received excellent reviews from previous trip winners. An unsigned statement issued by the Women's Forum thanked ACT and each individual who purchased a 2012 raffle ticket. Many people aren't aware of how Women's Forum assists the Avalon community. The mentor- ing program has been managed by Kathie Fitzenberger and her com- mittee for the past three years, Fitzenberger arranges meetings with the Avalon junior and senior girls to share a host of information and activities their way. Highlights of the past year included, a self-de- fense course demonstration, talks by professional women on occupa- tions such as law enforcement and health care. The social activities included mini-golf and a visit to Three Palms Arcade. But what the grad- uating ladies remarked about as the most beneficial or favorite part of the program was the "reality check" they received. Their real- ization that they are growing up, .some moving away to college, and preparing to live a whole new life of independence. The mentoring program helps these girls develop valuable life skills that will assist their transi- tion, off the Island. With the end of school comes the best part: the scholarship awards. For the 2011- 12 school, year the Women's Fo- rum received 19 applications. The scholarship Committee allotted 15 minutes with each applicant for a question and answer session al- lowing the girls to share their per- sonality and aspirations for their futures. All the applicants had exceptional qualities. It was a very difficult decision. The scholarship committee chose the following la- dies for their well-composed appli- cations, polished interview skills, and thorough preparation for their move to college. Katherine Delehant, Alexis Romero, Evelyn Pedroza, Cristina Spruell, Teagan Machado, Sarah Jaeger, and Sadie Parsons. The Kathie Bogenschutz scholarship winner is Janeth Con- treras. The Cappannelli Scholarship winner is Reyna Virgen. The Women's Forum is an open organization and no sponsorship is needed. Membership can manifest in several ways. The $96 in annual dues are collected in January (that breaks down to only $8/month). There is a membership assistance " fund, which remains confidential for anyone who cannot afford the dues, but has the most valuable thing they need--volunteer hours. The group meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month to discuss their mentoring program, general business, and fundraising activities. Meetings sometimes are combined with fun activities such as Segway, tours, Bunko and mini- bowling. There is a board meeting held at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. All members are welcome to at- tend. Many people have limited time to help, but want to support the cause. If that's your situation, you can make a tax-deductible donation tO the Women's Forum at any time. The money goes to several programs, including the Domestic Violence Prevention program, which provides financial and emotional assistance to Ava- lon's abused women and children. There is a 24-hour hot line, which anyone in need can call to contact someone directly in Avalon. For Avalon assistance only, call (310) 510-1233 or call the national help line at (800) 799-SAFE. The forum supports women's wellness in Avalon by donating to disadvantaged community mem- bers facing health issues. The forum also supports the annual health fair held by the Catalina Island Medical Center and many sponsors who take over the ball- room at the Casino Building every April. Like their founders, new mem- bers come to the CIWF for differ- ent reasons: some searching for a worthy cause to support, others seeking-new friends, and some wish to make new-contacts with other professional women. For more information or to purchase Wine Festival tickets, visit the fundraising page of www. theciwf.org. Checks will also be accepted in advance by mail To donate to the silent auction, e-mail info@theciwf.org. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Cham- ber of Commerce office on the Green Pier in Avalon. To contact the Chamber, call (310) 510-1520. !2 ! Friday, August 31, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER