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Woman’s Club Centennial: SWAT

The Arcadia Woman’s Club celebrated its centennial May 7 at their monthly lunch meeting that featured nearly four dozen VIP guests that represented a Who’s Who in Arcadia, starting with Mayor John Wuo and every City Council Member.


In planning the program for the Centennial lunch, Lauber sought to re-create an explosive celebratory lunch program in the 1970s that featured some dramatic police demonstrations. Chief Guthrie complied by having some of his officers present a mock terrorist act amongst the lunch attendees. <Story continues below the following 1-minute video highlights presented first in Flash format and then a YouTube version…>

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Floretta Lauber addresses VIPs

Floretta Lauber addresses VIPs

A commemorative program summarized highlights of the organization’s first century. (A free exhibit about the Woman’s Club of Arcadia is on display at the Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage through May 31.)

Arcadia Police Chief Robert Guthrie and Lieutenant Brian Ortiz presented a fascinating oral history of the police department during the lunch. Members of the SWAT team were set up in front of the building to show and demonstrate some of their equipment.

— By Scott Hettrick

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