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Downey Y Staffer to Attend Soviet Institute

July 02, 1989

An employee of the Downey Family YMCA has been selected to participate in an advanced course in therapeutic and sports massage at the U.S.S.R. State Central Institute of Sports Science in Moscow. Audrey Watson, an independent massage therapist from Carson, was selected because of her work, community service and performance of professional duties, said Edmond F. Enos, chairman of the selection committee established by the principal sponsor, the Assn. for International Cultural Exchange Programs. Included in the course will be information on innovative exercises, the application of massage to improve sports performance, accelerated recovery from injuries and low back pain management.

New Officers of Rancho Los Cerritos Realtors

Gene Burd has been installed as 1989 president of the Rancho Los Cerritos Board of Realtors, which serves Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Compton, Hawaiian Gardens, Lynwood and Paramount. Burd has been a member of the organization since 1980, was treasurer last year and a director for the past two years. He is 38 and a resident of Cerritos. Other new officers are Jacki Swenson, president-elect; Gary Bingaman, treasurer; and directors Sharon Appier, Evelyn Arnold, Paul Benjamin, Ken Gunderson, David Humphries, James LaPeter, Marguerite Smith, Ray Smith, Wanda Winter, Carolyn Wingate and Tom Yokoyama. Nancy Prigmore is the immediate past president.

2 Student Volunteers at Hospital Honored

Two high school girls have been honored by the Downey Coordinating Council for their volunteer work at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, a county rehabilitation center. Elizabeth Song, a senior at Downey High School and president of the Keywanettes Club, organized the first Keywanette 10-K run held Feb. 4 to benefit the hospital's communications disorders service. Song also is president of her school's Girls League and is studying for a career in business financial analysis. Connie Cho, who began volunteering at Rancho Los Amigos last July, was honored for donating more than 100 hours of service as an aide in recreation therapy, providing therapeutic play activities and helping set up recreation programs for patients. Cho is a student at Warren High School in Downey and is interested in optics, pharmacy and psychology.

Bell Woman Gets National Post in Pilot Club

Patricia Casjens of Bell has been appointed coordinator of the 1989-90 outreach division for Pilot Club International, a civic service organization for executive and professional women with 21,000 members in more than 600 clubs in nine countries. Casjens is a 16-year member of the Pilot Club of Southeast Los Angeles and has held several other offices on the local and district levels, including club president and district governor. She is a paralegal, office manager for a law firm, president of the Friends of Bell Library and a member of the Bell Chamber of Commerce.

Norwalk Realtor Elected to National Board

Wanda L. Winter, owner-broker of Blue Chip Realty in Norwalk, has been elected to a three-year term as a director at-large of the National Assn. of Realtors. Winter is a member and past president of the Rancho Los Cerritos and Norwalk-La Mirada boards of realtors and has been a regional vice president and director of the California Assn. of Realtors.

Hill Serves on Petrochemical Safety Panel

Assemblyman Frank Hill (R-Whittier) has been appointed to the Legislature's select committee on hazardous materials, pipeline, chemical plant and refinery safety. The committee's mission is to examine ways of protecting workers at California's petrochemical facilities, as well as residents in surrounding communities, and to make recommendations to the Assembly by July, 1990.

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