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Stepping Into Society

Celebrating 55 years of inspiring teens to become contributing members of society, the La Cañada Thursday Club is poised to introduce nine young women at its Bal Blanc de Noel.

December 21, 2006|By Elaine La Marr

Following a time-honored tradition, on Saturday, Dec.30, members of the venerable La Cañada Thursday Club will proudly present nine young women as their newest Les Fleurettes Debutantes.

The Bal Blanc de Noel, a black-tie event, will be held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The Thursday Club, established in 1912, created the Les Fleurettes program in 1951 for daughters, granddaughters and nieces of club members. While the Bal Blanc de Noel is the culmination and celebration of an 18-month program of community and social service, cultural, personal development and etiquette lessons, it is the hope of the Thursday Club that they will take lessons learned in the program and continue to contribute to society by volunteering and serving their communities in years to come.

Thursday Club President Peggy Hotaling is proud of the achievements of the program and the young women who are participating in this year's group.

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"It's a great pleasure for me to be a part of this continuing tradition," said Hotaling "This is a very fine group of young ladies and they seem well prepared to take their places as productive members of our society."

Members of the 2006 Les Fleurettes class, representing four different high schools, have volunteered at Door of Hope in Pasadena and Lanterman House museum and Descanso Gardens in La Cañada. In addition, the young women have volunteered countless hours individually with numerous community, church and school organizations such as Students Against Destructive Decisions, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, YMCA, Girl Scouts and Bienvenidos Children's Center.

Hotaling will present a traditional camellia charm to each young woman on behalf of the Thursday Club during the ceremony. Presenting the 2006 Les Fleurettes Debutantes will be La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Gregory Brown. Following their presentation ceremony, the debutantes, dressed in formal ball gowns, will dance a traditional first waltz with their fathers.

Provisional Chairman of the 2006 Les Fleurettes Debutante group is Diane Hyland. Denise Greenawalt is chairman of the Bal Blanc de Noel.

The debutantes are:

Nicole Christine Burns

Nicole Christine Burns is the daughter of Lawrence and Susan Burns of La Cañada Flintridge, the granddaughter of Wilma Baker and Norma Burns, and is the great-granddaughter of former Thursday Club member Golda McAlister. A life-long foothills area resident, Nicole is a senior at La Cañada High School.

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