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Henry Mayo hospital guild board installed

At ship-themed event, Catherine Montoya becomes board president.

Posted: April 24, 2008 5:51 p.m.
Updated: June 25, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Catherine Montoya is installed as president of the Henry Mayo Guild's board of directors on April 15 by Henry Mayo Health Foundation senior development officer Harriet Davis.

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It was smooth sailing for the seven Santa Clarita Valley women installed as the 2008-09 Henry Mayo
Newhall Memorial Hospital Guild board of directors during a ship-themed ceremony at Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Company on April 15.

Catherine Montoya, an executive assistant for Princess Cruises, took over as president of the organization
from Virginia Hart. "My goal is to get everyone involved. There's no job too small here, everyone is
important. We're all sisters," Montoya said as she received the Guild's presidential gavel from Hart.

Established in 1985, the Henry Mayo Guild raises funds, primarily for the hospital's laboratory services division, with its popular, uniquely-themed annual fall fashion show and the Silver Rose Debutante
Program, which provides social, civic and personal enrichment opportunities for local high school seniors
and juniors each season.

A surprise guest in the audience presented Hart with a special award for her service to the guild. "This is
such a hardworking group, with your fashion show and debutante program. The debutante program is one of the most outstanding programs I've seen over the years, turning these girls into fine young ladies," said Ed Masterson, representative for Assemblyman Cameron Smyth. "Cameron really appreciates all the hard work you do in our community."

After a dinner of ale-marinated tri-tip, chicken piccata or fresh salmon, Henry Mayo Health Foundation
Senior Development Officer Harriet Davis donned a captain's hat to install the board of directors,
including Montoya, parliamentarian Lois Bauccio, corresponding secretary Carol Neyer, recording
secretary Mary McCormick, treasurer Debora Weyand, vice president of membership Tamra Levine, and
president-elect Shelly Hann.

"Aye, aye Captain," Hann replied with a smile and "scout's honor" gesture when asked if she accepted her
responsibilities for the upcoming year.

Hart was presented with a silver necklace, adorned with pink beads and a silver rose medallion, at
evening's end by Montoya.

"I want to thank Virginia Hart. She's left me with some big shoes to fill, especially with the debutante
program," Montoya said. "My daughter was a debutante, where she learned etiquette and leadership. You made her a better woman."

Henry Mayo Guild members meet once a month, while members are accepted throughout the year. A Guild
membership social is planned for late May, which will provide attendees with an opportunity to join the
organization.

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