Long-time local resident Janna Philpot was elected 2019 President of Vecinos de South Pasadena and is working with fellow officers and members on another active year for the organization promoting Latino culture, family and community in South Pasadena.
“We’re planning for a great 2019!” said Philpot. “On November 2, we’ll celebrate Día de los Muertos at the War Memorial Building. On the 4th of July we’ll return to Garfield Park with our popular food booth. We’ll also have a quarterly presence at the Farmers’ Market with free crafts for kids. Our education committee will be busy awarding scholarships to college-bound South Pasadena High School seniors and with launching our new mini-grants for South Pasadena teachers interested in providing lessons in Latino arts and culture.”
Other officers elected at the Vecinos February meeting were Vice President John Acevedo, Secretary Gloria Mendoza, Treasurer Adrian Acevedo and Membership Bob Spyksma. The meeting was held at the home of Ricardo and Terry Muñoz and included guided tours of their extensive collection of Mexican and Chicano art.
Founded in 2003, the Vecinos bring together Latinos, friends and interested neighbors to form a stronger connection to the City of South Pasadena, “while maintaining and sharing our rich cultural heritage with others.” Over the years its efforts have included community and school Latino-themed programs, college scholarships, speakers, social events and programs providing a forum for teachers, writers, and artists.
Philpot is the mother of three sons attending South Pasadena schools at all levels: Monterey Hills, the middle school, and high school. She has been active in the Monterey Hills Compadres support group for the Spanish immersion program.
All interested persons are welcome at Vecinos events. For more information, contact Philpot at President@VecinosDeSouthPasadena.org.