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East County News Service

November 9, 2018 (La Mesa) - The public is invited to Soroptimist International of La Mesa's  61th Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Community Breakfast, which will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the Handlery Hotel & Resort, 950 Hotel Circle North in San Diego’s Mission Valley.  Admission is $45 per person.

Soroptimist International of La Mesa (SILM) is an international service organization of women from various businesses and professions (active and retired) who work together to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

At this year’s breakfast, the organization will salute Women Authors of San Diego.  They include:

    MARGARET BHOLA -Women I want to Grow Old With. 


    KATHI DIAMANT -  Kafka's Last Love

     J. ELKE ERTLE - Walled -In: A West Berlin Girl's Journey to Freedom

    GEORGEANNE "GEORGE" IRVINE -  25 children's books about animals

    CHRISTINE HARTWELL -  Dooley Rue, Who Are You?  (Children's Book)

    ANNE HOIBERG - Tears of War: The Many Faces of Refugee Women

    LISA KESSLER - Immortal Beloved

    MAXINE LEVAREN - Rites of Rebellion

    TESSA MC FIONN - The Guardians

    DOREEN J. MATTINGLY - A Feminist In The White House - Midge Constanza

    SUSAN MEISSNER - As Bright As Heaven

    LISA SHAPIRO - No Forgotten Fronts: From Classrooms To Combat

The featured speaker will be the inspiring author, activist poet, and rap artist Cathy Standiford from Huntington Beach, California.

A retired city manager and local government consultant, Standiford is a writer of essays on women’s issues, “activist poetry” and occasional song lyrics. She is also a mentor with WriteGirl, a creative writing and mentoring organization that promotes creativity, critical thinking and leadership skills to empower teen girls.

Former TV personality Geni Cavitt will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.

Guests attending the breakfast are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for the Holiday Food Drive which will support the San Diego Rescue Mission’s efforts to help feed those in need. There will also be opportunity prize drawings.

For more information, or reservations, visit Or contact Dolores Kelly, event chair, at (619) 992-3918