Spring Fling - 2015


The Southern California HCSC Club convened its annual Spring Fling celebration February 18 in the Lower Desert of Southern California. The headquarters for the club was the Hilton Palm Springs Resort where members enjoyed special rates and where several of the events were staged. The three day soiree was ushered in by most welcoming day time temperatures in the low 80’s. For many visitors who traveled from far off locations, they must have felt that the local chamber of commerce had pulled off something special for the JCPenney group.


As is our custom, opening night for this event began with a cocktail reception featuring heavy hors d’ Oeuvres. Ross and Marilyn Willour again graciously hosted our group in the community where they reside. The Clubhouse of the Four Seasons in Palm Springs has become a welcome starting point for nearly five years. Guests began arriving at 5 PM, and they were first greeted by Gerri Burt and Pat Fitzpatrick. After picking up a name badge at the registration table, attendees began searching out old friends and acquaintances. A general high volume of conversation began to fill the room.


Quite a few HCSC members and guests traveled to Palm Springs for this year’s event. It may have been the weather and it may have been the later week in February. Vida Bridwell came up from the Phoenix area to join the festivities. Steve and Dianne Carter also traveled over from the Valley of the Sun and it was great to see both of them. John Liddle came down from Sacramento to party and to also report on Friday to the Foundation Board on the progress of their investments.


Bill McGrath and his bride Mary Beth traveled over from Flagstaff for his first Spring Fling. Bill just graduated from JCPenney, retiring as store manager at the end of January. Bill and Mary Beth couldn’t wait to join HCSC so that they could catch up with their many Southern California partners. Dave and Jan Small were also able to make the event, traveling to the Lower Desert from their home in Cave Creek, AZ.

Hal and Mary Monroe and Jim and Edna McKeown all traveled down from the Northern California club to join in the party. Terry Prindiville and his bride Kay returned to the West Coast and both were warmly greeted by Terry’s former store and regional partners. Sam and Laurie Page trekked up from Tuscon as Spring Fling has been on their radar for many years. Texas folks Mike and Flo Ray, Rudy and Diana Melendez, and Ron and Ruth Winkler all were able to make it for the umpteenth year in a row.

The Northwest was represented by Wayne and Rosalie Schlaefli, Tom and Kathleen Cotton, Stan and Jeannie Cook, and Doug and Barbara Rush. Cotton and Schlaefli have been regular guests at the Spring Fling party.

Thursday members scattered in several directions to take in some of the planned activities. Five teams of golfers competed in the morning on the Cimarron Golf Resort in neighboring Cathedral City. The team of Jeff Paige, Bill McGrath, Ron Rhoads and Jim McKeown came in first narrowing beating by two strokes the runner up team of Keith Armbruster, David Small, Sam Page and Tom Cotton. More will be heard I am sure from these players in September at the Old Region V Tournament in Reno.


Marilyn Willour escorted a large group Thursday morning to the Annenberg Estate in Rancho Mirage. While they weren’t able to tour the residences they did have the opportunity to visit the Annenberg Museum and to check out the grounds at Sunnylands. Other members chose during the day to shop and relax in either Palm Springs or on the El Paseo in nearby Palm Desert.


Thursday night 52 members and guests traveled to the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert to view the only performance this year in the desert of the Vienna Boys Choir. The performance to a packed house was most entertaining, combining liturgical and modern music during a two hour program.


Friday morning both the HCSC Foundation and the Southern California chapter of HCSC conducted separate business meetings. The Foundation had several new applicants to approve for financial aid. Plus John Liddle presented a report to the board on the progress of their investments during the past year. The social club agenda was concerned with finalizing dates for 2015 events. It was decided to pursue a wine tasting and brunch at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula on Saturday, May 30. Details about this event will be coming out shortly.

It was also decided that the Third Annual Partners BBQ will be staged on Saturday, September 12 at Lake Mission Viejo. An ad hoc committee of Stan Newton and Frank Fitzpatrick was set up to button up all the details. Information for this event will be coming out to members in May


The final event Friday was a very generous brunch at the Hilton Palm Springs Resort. Folks visited and ate from 10 AM until Noon and then began their travels. President Mark Schultz shared a few words with the group thanking them for joining the party at Spring Fling 2015.


 Members and guests who attended one or more events at Spring Fling 2015 include:

Stew and Diane Anderson; Keith Armbruster; Bob and Kathy Beard; Betty Bidwell; Jo Ann and Greg Bowman; Vida Bridwell; Gerri and Wayne Burt; Steve and Dianne Carter; Stan and Jeannie Cook; Tom and Kathleen Cotton; Ken and Susan Dall; Frank and Pat Fitzpatrick; Wayne Harmon and Lu Niesley; Ron Hudnall; John Liddle; Barbara and Bob Livingston; Bill and Mary Jane McGrath; Jim and Edna McKeown; Rudy and Diana Melendez; Mirth and Steve Meyer; Bill and Karen Miller; Hal and Mary Monroe; Stan and Cheryl Newton; Larry and Cheryl Noble; Les Olander and Helga Osterman; Sam and Laurie Page; Jeff and Jennifer Paige; Terry and Kay Prindiville; Mike and Flo Ray; Ron and Janice Rhoads; Al and Melissa Rogers; Doug and Barbara Rush; Ron and Kay Salzetti; Mark and Audrey Schultz; Wayne and Rosalie Schlaefli; Bill and Martha Shaver; Dave and Jan Small; George and Sue Steele; Jerry and Teri Wilhelm; Ross and Marilyn Willour; Ron and Ruth Winkler.


Photos courtesy of Wayne Burt


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