Southern California 2014 Holiday Luncheon - Portofino's Resturant

The Southern California HCSC Social Club held its annual Holiday luncheon at Portofino’s Restaurant in La Habra, California on Saturday, December 6th.  The venue and menu selections were carefully arranged for by our late partner Howard Wiese, long time VP of Hospitality.  The restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine and it features an authentic Mediterranean décor.  It is owned and operated by JCPenney retiree Nick D’gidio.

An invocation to begin the festive meal was rendered by Paul Simons.  The five course meal included everything from brochette, polenta and salad, to “your choice” of one of four entrees including pork, sole, chicken or lasagna. Tiramisu capped this fine meal. Red and white wines were generously provided at each table by the restaurant.


At the conclusion of the meal President Mark Shultz welcomed everyone present and presided over a short meeting.  He began by presenting the JCP Fifty Year Pin to retiree Bob Beard who eloquently accepted with humility. Beard spent his entire career working in Southern California, holding positions in stores and the district office. Beard retired as the Store Manager of the unit in in San Bernardino, CA. Schultz then welcomed first time attendee Anna Hecht, former J C Penney store and district office management associate. And then Schultz introduced another first time attendee Jim Ellis who last worked with many of us as a Regional Merchandiser in the Buena Park Office.


Schultz then reviewed our events from the recent year and the tentative plans for the social club gatherings in 2015.  Schultz went on to introduce all the social club board members by inviting them to stand.  At that point He introduced Larry Noble, Secretary for both the Social Club and the J C Penney Foundation. 


Noble began his presentation by providing highlights about the startup of the Foundation which was incorporated in California in 1960. Noble told the audience that the concept came together at the very first HCSC National Convention held in 1959 in Denver, Colorado. In 1960 Mr. Penney made a sizeable personal contribution to get things going.

Noble explained that the Foundation today financially assists needy retirees who meet our current minimum requirements of 60 years of age and at least 20 years of honorable service with J C Penney. Noble also described the quarterly contact each board member maintains with the person they have been asked to chaperone. Noble also explained the non-profit status of the Foundation and how it operates. Noble then presented the board members to stand for recognition.


Schultz then introduced Marilyn Willour, longtime member of the club and resident of Palm Springs, who spoke briefly about some interesting activities in the Palm Springs area that will be available during Spring Fling 2015. These unique venues could be visited during one of the free afternoons of the 2015 event in the Palm Springs area. They included the Palm Springs Air Space Museum, and the Annenberg Estate. Details can be found on our website.

President Shultz thanked everyone present for attending and wished all a safe and happy Holiday season.  Everyone said goodbye at that point and headed home.


Fifty nine members and guests were in attendance. Included were: Bob and Kathy Beard, Greg and JoAnn Bowman, Don Clark and Marie Evans, Ken and Marsha Ellingboe, Frank and Pat Fitzpatrick, Anna Hecht, Ron Hudnall, Barbara and Bob Livingstone, Mirth and Stephen Meyer, Larry and Cheryl Noble, Jeff and Jennifer Paige, Alan and Melissa Rogers, Audrey and Mark Shultz, Paul Simons and Pat Blake, Orma Lee Stiltz, Stan Swanson, Ross and Marilyn Willour, Betty Bidwell, Gerri and Wayne Burt, Jim Ellis, Brad and Charlotte Ferguson, Wayne Harmon and Lu Niesley, Angie  Hernandez, Wally Kendig and Diana Green, Marilyn Marks, Stan and Cheryl Newton, Les Olander and Helga Osterman, Ron and Janice Rhoads, Ron and Kay Salzetti, Jack and Helene Siebert, Bill and Martha Shaver, Virginia Stoops, Phil and Lori Young, Tony and Veta Zarifis.


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