Burbank Coordinating Council Celebrates 80 Great Years

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Burbank Coordinating Council was recognized by government officials Monday for 80 years of support to the community. The council started such programs as Burbank Temporary Aid Center, school crossing guards and the Senior and Youth boards. Its leaders continue to run the Holiday Baskets program providing food and gifts for more than 500 families each year and camp scholarships for children from low-income families.

By Joyce Rudolph
BurbankNBeyond

Representatives from government offices joined those from PTAs, religious organizations, businesses, charitable and service organizations to wish happy birthday to the Burbank Coordinating Council for 80 years of service to the community on Monday at the Little White Chapel Social Hall.

Celebrating Burbank Coordinating Council 80 year is L/R Eileen Cobos President, Vice Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy, and Past President Janet Deil. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Celebrating Burbank Coordinating Council 80 year is L/R Eileen Cobos President, Vice Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy, and Past President Janet Deil. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

President Eileen Cobos welcomed the more than 50 members and guests to the event where community leaders thanked the council for creating some of the vital and enduring programs — Burbank Temporary Aid Center, Holiday Baskets and others, that make Burbank a great place to live.

Mayor Dave Golonski, holding his grandson Grant, congratulated the council on all the programs it started. Golonski and is wife, Barbara Sykes, are volunteers with the Coordinating Council and give numerous hours to the Holiday Baskets program, so they see the results firsthand.
“Coordinating Council has a rich history and it is pretty amazing all of the things that they have kicked off,” Golonski said. “They were started by funds provided by the Kiwanis and organizations that we know that are really strong organizations like Burbank Temporary Aid Center were actually created by Coordinating Council, so one of the things that we should celebrate is that vision and that wisdom that people way back when had and started those great programs that have become the fabric of our community.”

Coordinating Council -4_1Burbank Coordinating Council began in 1933 through the efforts of the Burbank PTA and Burbank Unified School District administrators. It has been responsible for beginning the Safety Sallies (school crossing guards), Burbank Temporary Aid Center, the Senior and Youth Boards (to help understand the needs of both sectors in the population), Community Forums (to allow all voices to be heard on public issues), Child Guidance and Protection Programs, Operation Death Trap (with Boy Scouts), Books for Korea, Foster Home Studies (to improve the care for foster children), and other programs to help stop abuse and neglect in the homes.

Since 1946, council members have organized the Holiday Baskets program and coordinate with others groups to provide food and gifts for more than 550 low-income families with children on the federal school lunch program. The council also raises funds to send from 50 to 200 children of low-income families to summer camp each year.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mary Hovagimian, district representative for Rep. Adam Schiff, said the congressman felt for all its accomplishments, the Burbank Coordinating Council deserved to be added to the Congressional Record and prepared a statement listing its achievements, which Hovagimian read to those attending the celebration.

“The time, energy and resources that the volunteers of the Burbank Coordinating Council provide to the city of Burbank is extraordinary and so many needy residents have benefitted greatly from the generosity of the Burbank Coordinating Council,” she said, quoting the final words of Schiff’s statement.
Suzanne Dunwell, senior field representative for Assemblyman Mike Gatto, said she felt presenting a piece of paper wasn’t enough to commemorate the council for all its efforts over the last 80 years.
Celebrating Burbank Coordinating Council 80 year is L/R Eileen Cobos President, Vice Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy, and Past President Janet Deil. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Celebrating Burbank Coordinating Council 80 year is L/R Eileen Cobos President, Vice Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy, and Past President Janet Deil. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“You deserve a special gold star in Heaven,” Dunwell said. “You are incredible! We congratulate you on this 80 years of service to our community, your hard work and dedication to implementing and promoting local programs that enhance the quality of life for all of the citizens of the 43rd Assembly District. It is truly commendable and sets an example for all.”

Rita Hadjimanoukian, deputy field representative from Supervisor Mike Antonovich’s office, wished the council a happy 80th birthday and quipped “None of you look a day over 40!”
“I just want to commemorate the importance of your group. You improve the quality of life in Burbank,” she said. “You seem like you each are your own little Mother Theresa — just giving and giving and giving! The community of Burbank certainly appreciates your dedication and I wish you many more years. Congratulations!”
Long time Coordinating Council Member Janet Deil, records a pictures of the Special Cake celebrating the 80 Anniversary.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Long time Coordinating Council Member Janet Deil, records a pictures of the Special Cake celebrating the 80 Anniversary.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In presenting a commendation from the city of Burbank, Vice Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy told how she became a supporter of the Coordinating Council two years ago, helping to fill Holiday Baskets. This year she recruited a neighbor to help and that neighbor plans to return next year. Gabel-Luddy also sought out a business to donate enough to send four children to camp this summer, she said.

“It is that kind of effort and the way it spreads out that makes Coordinating Council such a great, great institution in our community,” she said.
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)