Glendale Realtors Group Celebrating Centennial

First published in the Nov. 27 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

By Ani Duzdabanyan / Glendale News-Press

This year, the Glendale Association of Realtors is celebrating its centennial anniversary in the Jewel City, kicking off the 100-year milestone with a gala at the Chevy Chase Country Club.
The association was founded in 1920 as Glendale Realty Board, Ltd., with a president, secretary, treasurer, six directors and 86 members. Now, more than 100 years later (the celebration was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic), the association has 1,740 members, who are benefiting from modern technology, leaving behind the fat volumes of printed multiple listings agents used to rely on as a source of houses on the market.
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La Providencia Guild of CHLA Hosts Charity Fashion Show

First published in the Nov. 20 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Members of the La Providencia Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles recently gathered for its fall fashion show and luncheon at Chevy Chase Country Club this past week.
The Guild’s President Judy Pierce, the event’s chairwomen DeeDee Rowlands and Donna Salant along with family and friends were updated on the organization’s new funding projects and upcoming events.
Presented under the theme “Fall in Love,” this year’s event included a pre-luncheon boutique that showcased fashions by Diana’s Boutique of Studio City modeled by guild and family members. Working the catwalk under the commentary of Ann O’Donnell-Gardner was Michelle Chavoor-Castro, Diana Irell, Rosemarie Witten, Emily Silah, Lauren Rowlands-Fisher, Leah Warner, Sandra Kelley and Sue Meckley, who serves as the guild’s 2nd vice president.
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Glendale Realtors Celebrate at Centennial Gala

First published in the Oct. 23 print issue of the Glendale News Press. First Photos by Erin Rodick / Glendale News-Press.

The Glendale Association of Realtors (GAOR) hosted its Centennial Gala on Thursday evening, celebrating its 100th anniversary of service to the community, according to CEO David Kissinger.
Approximately 175 people attended the dinner at the Chevy Chase Country Club, which included a cocktail reception and DJ dancing. Among the attendees were Glendale Mayor Paula Devine and City Councilmen Vrej Agajanian, Dan Brotman and Ara Najarian. Also present were representatives of Congressman Adam Schiff, state Sen. Anthony Portantino, Assemblywoman Laura Friedman and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger.
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Morikawa Helps U.S. Beat Europe, Win Ryder Cup

First published in the Oct. 2 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Collin Morikawa hoisted yet another prestigious trophy in the professional golf world on Sunday. The 24-year-old phenom, a La Cañada High School graduate who often trained at Chevy Chase Country Club, was part of a historic U.S. team that defeated Europe, 19-9, to claim the Ryder Cup in a dominant performance at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
Morikawa secured the win when he birdied the 17th hole in singles play against Norwegian Viktor Hovland, the No. 14-ranked golfer in the world, for half of a point. He tied with Hovland and finished unbeaten in his first appearance in the Ryder Cup with a 3-0-1 record, including three victories in doubles competition alongside Dustin Johnson.
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Johanna Hahnlein | Obituary

Johanna Hahnlein

Johanna Hahnlein, November 22, 1922 to February 10, 2021, age 98, of Glendale, California, passed away suddenly but peacefully. Her life was filled with adventure and her passion for conversation.
Johanna was born in the farmhouse her grandfather built in the small town of Waizenbach, Germany. She graduated high school in 1936 from a neighboring town and would help out on the family farm after school. She continued her education by taking classes in bookkeeping, cooking, and sewing. Johanna also sang in the local Lutheran Church.
During World War II, she became efficient in collecting, organizing, and sending donations to soldiers. Her work ethic caught the eye of the mayor. He asked her to become his assistant. This included being the town’s bookkeeper and distribution of rationing stamps. Over the course of the next fifteen years, she served under three mayors. In 1945, her town was bombed briefly and several fires were started. Fortunately, her home survived.
When she arrived in Glendale, California, in 1957, she married her sweetheart and has lived here ever since. She was a step mother to Eugene, Richard, and Caryl. She was an avid golfer. She and her husband joined the Chevy Chase Country Club. She hit three holes in one during her golfing days. Her husband, Henry Hahnlein, owned a local manufacturing company and Johanna would frequently help with bookkeeping, parts assembling, and other odd jobs.
Johanna loved to sing and was a member of the Damenchor Frosinn out of Alpine Village in Torrance. She was also a long standing member of the Glendale Women’s Athletic Club. She enjoyed playing Bingo while at Windsor Manor, an assisted living facility, and was quite good at knitting and crocheting. She had an energetic attitude and a genuinely loving demeanor.
She is survived by her brother, Hermann, her stepson, Eugene, and several grandchildren and nieces. Johanna’s family would like to thank friends and extended family for their support and kindness during her stay at Windsor Manor. Her family will celebrate her life privately. May she rest in peace.

Chevy Chase Country Club: #itsfunhere

Chevy Chase Country Club owners are (from left) Esteban Nazarian, Nick Agakanian and Vatche Kouyoumdjian.

That’s not just a hashtag … it’s Chevy Chase Country Club’s game plan — to maintain a fun atmosphere in a beautifully remodeled Clubhouse. The club provides both golf and social membership options, but its restaurant, bar and lounge are open to the public.
The Club is owned and operated by three friends who put their hearts and talents together to revive the 90-year-old club. On Nov. 18, the three sat down with Ron Nedd of the East Glendale Advice Givers, for an exclusive interview.
This 43-minute intimate conversation, gives a detailed look into their lives, the process they withstood to make it happen, and their vision for an all-inclusive community gathering place. Listen at