Ladies Social Club news

Barbara Engelhardt

Are you looking for a way to make a difference? Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is an avenue to promote the interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings. Three women from Robson have already found how rewarding this program can be. Jan Stryker, Cindy Johnson and Barbara Engelhardt are CASA volunteers.

Our March program will feature Ashley Flores and Pam Burke who will explain the program. Ashley was raised in Eloy and is a recent graduate of Northern Arizona University. She was the recipient of the Robson Ranch Ladies Club Book Scholarship in her senior year of high school. Ashley is now the program coordinator with Pinal County Juvenile Court Services and CASA of Pinal County.

Pam was raised in Minnesota and is a graduate of St. Cloud State University. She moved to Casa Grande in 1981. Pam has been with Pinal County Juvenile Court Services as a CASA Coordinator for 19 years. She works directly with the volunteers from Robson Ranch.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for foster children to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe permanent home. For many abused children their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

The menu for the March 13 luncheon is corned beef and cabbage. The cost is $10.50++. You may use your Robson card to pay and thereby get the resident discount. Please make your reservation with Geri Nagy by March 6. Email Geri at [email protected]. Geri prefers to get reservations via email, but if that is not possible phone her at 836-6249.

New attendees, please look for our Ambassador of the Year, Carole Crain, who will be at the registration desk to answer your questions. For more information contact one of the 2017 co-chairs: Kay McMurray [email protected] or Ann White [email protected].