Las Hermanas

Las Hermanas

Auxiliary of
Assistance League of Long Beach

Charter Date: March 20, 1961

Las Hermanas administers our Assault Survivor Kitsregtm-14_black.jpg program that provides emergency essentials to survivors of sexual assault.  They also participate in nearly all of our other philanthropic programs serving our community in a spirit of friendship.

Las Hermanas Governing Body

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Ann Tarango
Las Hermanas Chairman 

Governing Body

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Back row, left to right; Nancy Lewis, Elissa Viglietta, Pam Lydon, Joyce Dockery, Pam Ott,
Janie Matt, and, Shirley Grote
Front row, left to right; Judy Struett, Nancy McKercher, Ann Tarango, Linda Kimberly,
Judie Lecesne, and Carol Thorburn.  Missing from the photo: Debra Barrad
Chairman & Representative to Chapter Board  Ann Tarango
Chairman Elect  Linda Kimberley
1st Vice Chairman, Membership                 Judie Lecesne
2nd Vice Chairman, Orientation  Terri Richmond 
3rd Vice Chairman, Hours  Janie Matt 
Recording Secretary  Pam Ott 
Correspondence Secretary  Nancy Merkercher 
Finance / Assistant Treasurer  Pam Lydon 
Program / Social Chairman  Debra Barrad
Marketing Communications  Shirley Grote
Thrift & Vintage Shop Liaison  Carol Thornburn
Assault Survivor Kits Chairman  Elissa Viglietta
Reservations  Joyce Dockery
Communication Judy Stuett 
Appointed Position  
Parliamentarian  Nancy Lewis

Speakers Program


September 2016 Speaker
Byron Walls
California Crimefight 

On September 13, 2016, at the monthly meeting of the Las Hermanas Auxiliary of Assistance League of Long Beach, guest speaker Byron Walls, both educated and entertained the group on the subject entitled “Crime Prevention”, giving the essentials through humor on “how to survive crime”. 

Byron is well qualified to speak on this subject.  He has been speaking on the subject of crime safety since 1980 when he worked for the Citizens Against Crime in Nashville, TN.  In 1994, Citizens Against Crime chose Byron as their National Speaker of the Year. Then, after moving to Los Angeles, Byron started California Crimefight.

Although Byron holds a master’s degree in Communications, there is no doubt that his experience on stage and television as an actor, comedian, and folksinger gives him the unique ability to keep his audience laughing while imparting important information.

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Las Hermanas Wassail Committee

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Las Hermanas getting ready for 75th Anniversary aerial photo


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 Las Hermanas
Shambala Preserves
April 11, 2015 

Twenty-eight Las Hermanas members recently visited the Shambala Preserves in Acton, California.  The City of Long Beach generously provided a bus for transportation to the Preserves.  Our Social Committee, led by Bette Brightman and Nancy McKercher, provided refreshments and snacks on the bus, and lunch was also included.  Las Hermanas members received a tour by Preserves volunteers, the highlight being viewing the exotic cats.  At the end of the tour, Tippi Hedren, President of The Roar Foundation, gave us an informative talk about how Roar creates a safe haven for abused, abandoned, or unwanted exotic cats.

How To Join Las Hermanas

If you would like to join Las Hermanas, contribute your time, or make a donation to the Assault Survivor Kits program, contact our Assistance League of Long Beach chapter office.