President’s Message

from Patricia Lombard, 64th President of The Ebell of Los Angeles

September 9, 2021

Photo of Patty Lombard President of The Ebell of Los AngelesFall is officially here, though you have to look closely to see the subtle changes in our still warm weather. I hope you have been able to enjoy some summer fun even though our hopes of moving past the pandemic have not entirely come to fruition.

We were all saddened to learn of the passing of Gloria Droguett. She was a force of nature as well as a deeply dedicated member of The Ebell who left a wonderful legacy with the club. I was thankful to be able to visit with her when she helped us celebrate Philip’s retirement. I invite you to read the lovely tribute written by Lizzie in this issue of the magazine.

Our staff and your board have been working hard to get us ready for opening our Ebell season next month. We have even planned a virtual program to ease everyone back in featuring a noted reporter who can give us insights into the crisis in Afghanistan and how it is affecting the daily lives of women and young girls. More details can be found in the magazine and, of course, in your email box!

Thank you to all of you who completed our survey telling us how you would like to participate in Ebell events given the continuing threat of COVID-19. We, like you, are struggling with the best ways to stay safe but still attempt to resume our daily lives. But, we know that life is changed and some of that has been for the better. We are committed to continuing to offer programing virtually as well as in person. Members told us they feel more comfortable attending events in person with other vaccinated guests. As you know, everyone on our staff has been vaccinated and we are extending that same request to members and guests who plan to come into the building. In addition, we are following LA County and LA City guidelines that everyone who comes into the building is also masked.

We will keep you posted on our protocols as we plan each event so you know what you can expect when you come to our wonderful campus.

Please mark your calendars for Opening Day October 2 when our marvelously talented member Sheryl Lee Ralph will grace our historic Ebell Theatre stage.