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Vol 2014-03
In This Issue
.. Reading Everywhere
.. Parents Talk
.. Floor-Showing
.. Shirlee's Desk
.. What's New
.. Volunteer Spotlight
.. Donor Recognition

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Our CEO attended "The State of Education" presented by our former Board Member, Greta Pruitt, at the Glendale Democratic Club.

Our media team member, Brandi Armstrong, was a special invited guest to Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich's birthday bash, held at the Armenian Temple in Monterey Park.

Volunteer Night Out at the Hollywood Bowl to enjoy the Black Movie Soundtrack was made possible by the ticket donations from Supervisor Antonovich's Deputy, Susy Nemer.


Ronnie Shupe, CIW Community Officer, conducted the yearly orientation for Mothers Behind Bars presenters.  Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez hosted the event.

Thanks to Flintridge Reintegration Council's support by providing free tickets, we were able to invite some of our "reintegration folks" to the Guitar Doors Concert at the Ford Theater.

It just happened without a plan.  Well, maybe there was one..... this just plain 'ol emerged because the mothers in our class at the prison were so excited about the idea of reading books to their kids.  Greta Pruitt brought books for her presentation and then she donated them.  Then Barbara McKenzie-Slater brought books from the public library for her presentation and then..... Now we have people donating books for the children of our recently released moms. Join the CAUSE.

Clean your kids' bookshelves like Peggy Lewis did and send the books to us.  We'll get them into the  hands of our class participants, and some we'll donate some to the prison library.  As quiet as it's kept, our moms love reading kids' books!
  Desmond Tuttu's book on forgiveness was a big hit.


Overheard on the elevator as a mother rubbed her little boy's arm after he got his flu shot:  "Now, you won't get the flu and if you do, it won't be bad."  The older man pushing the elevator button commented, "Now, isn't he lucky with THAT for his major problem."


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Asthma is Blowing in The Wind.....
If you're the parent of a child who continually has a stuffy nose, has a hard time breathing, and is always tired but you think that's just the way things are for  a kid that age, think again.

When fires hit the foothills and other nearby dry areas, those who know their kid is asthmatic are on the alert.
.......More >>> 
Who is Myrna Raeder?.......  
Without fail, every mom in attendance wants the best for her children.  The problem is, in part, that the women haven't much of a clue as to how to exchange the lifestyle they've experienced for the one that is necessary when leading their kids to the university. Using and selling drugs became her way of life.  That's what she knew and that's what she did.....More >>>


   shirlee's desk

On the road again! Reaching out to service clubs, churches, talk shows and everywhere else we can spread the word about the work we do with parents and particularly our work with incarcerated moms.


Recently I did a little stand-up comedy with the Flintridge Reintegration Council's Comedy and Coffee. Also, I appeared in the Belly Room at the Comedy Store in Hollywood.


While parenting is serious business, if you can't find the laughs along the way, you'll be in serious trouble.


Prior to launching our non-profit, Talk About Parenting with Shirlee Smith, I spent 5 years on the "road" as a stand-up comedian.  My material - PARENTING!




Talk About Parenting with Shirlee Smith, Inc. is now listed with the 211 LA County Resource Database, which maintains one of the largest, most accurate health and human services databases in the nation.

Pacific Clinics Training Institute
Shirlee will be a Panelist at the "Best Practices in Our Communities: Relevance and Outcomes Conference"
on October 8, 2014 - 9am - 3:15pm at The Hilton San Gabriel, 225 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel, CA.
Click on the logo below for more information.


Volunteer Spotlight

  Meet Our New Board Members

Walt Haddock is the father of 3 adult children, grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 3. With a background as an accountant, Walt joins the board as the newly elected treasurer.
Tina Liu has an extensive background as an investment analyst and is currently with the California Endowment. She is the parent of a 3-year-old and an infant.
Visit our Board of Directors webpage to read more about our board members.


Florence Beller

  • Education Research

  • Susan Grey

  • Content Editor/ Proofreader

  • Linda Lavin

  • Consultant

  • volunteers

    Brandi Armstrong,

    Pamela Davis, Brooke Petersen,

    James Rodin, 

    Andy Takakjian 


  • Social Media Team

  • Siew Tan

  • Website Maintenance
  • Newsletter Design/Editing

  • donorhighlite

    Phil Argento

    Phillip Bonachi

    Ray Cortines

    Billie Gerren

    Robert Grenche

    Adelaide Hixon

    Edward Hower

    Jackie Jones

    Barbara Lewis

    Peggy Lewis

    Susan Mandel

    Millard and Molly Murphy

    Julie Parker

    Greta Pruitt

    Roosevelt Richardson

    Katey Townsend

    Larry Wilson

    Los Feliz Lions club


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