Happy 32nd Birthday to Us! A Recap of our Celebration

We turn 32 today! Yesterday we had a great time at both of our viewing locations, celebrating our birthday as well as the people who founded the Chapter 32 years ago. And Penn State beat Wisconsin, so that was a nice cherry on top!

At JT Schmid’s we awarded certificates to Dick Jantzer and Sandy Bennett who have been an integral part of the Chapter, on the Board of Directors since 1986.

Chapter President Michele Trasport-Gonzalez, founding member Sandy Bennett and founding member Dick Jantzer. Photo taken by Gary Clauss

We also celebrated Judy Wolfe, our College Fair chair, as well as Gary Clauss who have been involved for many years.

Chapter Co-Vice President Linda Krall honoring Judy Wolfe, who has been a contributing member for many years. Photo taken by Gary Clauss

Gary, who was one of our founding members said, “the SoCal Penn State Family has been a big part of my life since I moved to California in 1981. I was proud to attend and celebrate the B-Day of our OC PSU Chapter Saturday and to have been a founding Board Member 32 years ago. Time does fly when you are having fun!”

Contributing member and former Chapter Secretary Buck Buchhagen (left) with Gary Clauss, who was an original founding member. Photo taken by Gary Clauss

Our Chapter Secretary Bob Hunter and his lovely wife. Photo taken by Gary Clauss

To our surprise, we were also honored at our party! We received a generous gift from former member Louise Runge and her husband Etienne. We’ve been doing raffles for many years, but we’ve never had such a fancy raffle wheel! Thank you both for this awesome gift – we will be using it for years to come!

Louise Etienne Runge presenting their gift to our Chapter

And of course, to continue the tradition, both locations served cake to all members as a thank-you for their support all these years. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Birthday cake served at JT Schmids. Photo taken by Gary Clauss

Bundtinis served from Nothing Bundt Cakes at our Newport Beach Viewing Location, The Blue Beet!

Here are a few more snaps from our celebration at the Blue Beet. They opened the bar extra early for us and served everything from Bloody Marys to breakfast sandwiches and french fries. We also were lucky to have Penn Staters from Seattle join us from out of town!

Penn Staters who are members of the Seattle Chapter paid us a visit at the Blue Beet.

Sue and friends enjoy breakfast and coffee at the bar at The Blue Beet

Chapter Marketing Director Valerie Stokes and her husband Nathan, who won a $25 Blue Beet gift card last week!

Carol, our Co-Vice President and her good friend Kristen, an OCIEA Member

Thanks again for everyone who attended. We couldn’t do it without you! Follow us on social media to stay up to date on all our events:



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