Rotary holds pancake breakfast July 19th; July 4th parade winners announced

Dr. Herman M. Eisen and his children have established the Marjorie G. Eisen “Kindness in Action” Memorial Scholarship at Westchester High School in honor of his wife.

“Marge” Eisen was a 54-year resident of Westchester who was active in community volunteer projects and widely known for her extraordinary kindness, nurturance, friendliness, and wisdom. She died unexpectedly last year, and her family has initiated the scholarship fund as a way to both encourage and promote the qualities that Marge displayed throughout her life —Ýa deep empathy for others, sharing generously of her time and emotional support, and consistent and selfless acts of kindness toward others.

The award is to be presented annually to a female graduating senior at Westchester High School.

“This is a way to encourage and reward within a new generation the exceptional qualities of caring and helpfulness that our mother exhibited throughout her life,” the family said.

This year’s award winner, Virginia Marroquin, was recognized during the Westchester High Senior Awards Ceremony last month.ÝVirginia is a graduating senior whose actions have reflected many of the values and traits embodied by Marge’s legacy.ÝIn addition, Virginia has served in various leadership capacities during her career at Westchester High, including being ASB president during her senior year, junior class vice president, college peer counselor, and member of the girls varsity soccer team.

She plans to attend the University of California in the fall.

Marge was a St. Louis native. Her husband, Herman, was a longtime Westchester pediatrician and founding partner of the Westchester Pediatric Medical Group. Together, this coupleÝplayed a vital and energetic role in shaping Westchester for more than five decades, contributing to the medical and social health of the community and providing support and nurturance to local youths.

Marge’s community contributions spanned many themes. She served as a member of the board of directors of the Airport Marina Counseling Service (AMCS), was active in the Cowan Avenue Parent Teacher Association and the Girl Scouts of America, volunteered with the Equal Housing Commission and the AMCS Home Tour Program, and welcomed countless international students into her home as a host for many university-level scholars.Marge was also an avid oil painter who was known for her deep appreciation of beauty, which she translated into grace and artistry in conducting her daily activities.

Community contributions are welcome to fund additional scholarships for future years. Contributions are tax-deductible and may be directed to Westchester High School for the “Kindness in Action” Scholarship.

For more information about the scholarship fund or how to contribute, Robin Adams, (310) 670-1410.

PARADE ENTRY WINNERS — On Friday, July 4th, the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its Ninth Annual Parade. This year, more than 45 entries participated in the parade and although there were many fantastic parade entries, three floats took home the top prizes.

“Best Overall” went to Tony P’s Dockside Grill with its Tribute to Disney, which included restaurant owner Tony Palermo and his wife, Lauren, dressed up as a Dalmatian and Cruella De Vil.

“Most Spirited” went to the Elks Lodge for its outstanding enthusiasm and spirit.

“Best Theme” went to the Westchester Playa Education Foundation for its use of the California Gold Rush as the theme of its parade entry.

Special 2008 “America’s Salute to California Dreamin'” parade T-shirts are still available for sale for $10 in all sizes in Carolina blue and heather gray.

For information on the parade or to purchase a T-shirt, call the Chamber at (310) 645-5151.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST — The Playa Sunrise Rotary Club will hold its annual Open House and Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19th, at Fire Station No. 5, 8900 S. Emerson Ave. in Westchester.

Breakfast, donated by the Los Angeles Airport Marriott hotel, is $5 per person and $2 for children 11 and under. All proceeds will go to benefit Rotary projects in the community.

The event will also include a moonbounce sponsored by Westchester Watch Works and a children’s arts and crafts area sponsored by Cantalini’s Restaurant, Canterbury Art Shoppe and Sonja’s Scrapbook.

Information, (310) 306-8525.