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Women of dedication

Three La Jolla volunteers are among Salvation Army’s honorees

Prefacing their introduction with the words “poise, passion, pragmatic, partnership, patience, persistence, pluck and prowess,” Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary “Women of Dedication” chair, Carol Chang, presented this year’s honorees to the membership at a high tea Nov. 5 at the Rancho Santa Fe home of Carol Dickinson.

“Portraits in Philanthropy,” the theme of the 45th annual salute to extraordinary Salvation Army volunteers, will see 15 more Women of Dedication added to the list of the 400 volunteers honored by the auxiliary over the last 44 years. A luncheon in their honor is set for Feb. 24 at the Sheraton Harbor Island.

Among the 2009 honorees are three women from La Jolla: Lillian Fishman, Patsy Millard and Barbara Miller.

Lillian Fishman: At age 94, Lillian continues a lifelong career of caring. In 1976, she and her husband, the late Dr. William Fishman, founded the Burnham Institute, the cancer and neuroscience research facility in La Jolla. She is founder and co-director of the “Group of Twelve and Friends,” and the Fishman Award Fund, which supports young research fellows. Today, she is working to help a low-income cancer patient fight the emotional and financial impact of the disease.

Patsy Millard: After moving to California from Tennessee, Patsy, has given 23 years to community service. In addition to her work with the Salvation Army Ladies Auxiliary, she has volunteered at Gold Diggers, Hadassah, the Women’s Auxiliary of Seacrest Village, Club Altura, The La Jolla Historical Society, Newcomers Club, and The Village Garden Club of La Jolla. Patsy is an avid bridge player, and vice-president of the San Diego Jaguar Club.

Barbara Miller: Children of San Diego have a friend in Barbara. As a member of the Bar Association Auxiliary she worked with the Juvenile Court reviewing files of foster children and making recommendations for their placements. She was a founding member of Voices for Children, which serves to ensure that abused, neglected and abandoned kids who have become members of the San Diego County Court, have a safe and permanent home. She is also a member of St. Germaine’s Children’s Charity, Gold Diggers, Children’s Home Society, Angels of Aseltine, and Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary. Barbara is married to retired district attorney Ed Miller.

Women’s Auxiliary of the Salvation Army

Motto: Doing the Most Good

Mission: To serve San Diego’s neediest and loneliest residents. In support of the Army, the Auxiliary raises funds and volunteers for programs that provide food, shelter and counsel

Beneficiaries: Adult Rehabilitation Center, Christmas programs, Door of Hope, Family Services at Joan Croc Center, Homeless Outreach, Senior Nutrition Sites, Silvercrest Residence, Wildwood Ranch Camp

Dues: $35 annual

Headquarters: 2320 Fifth Ave., San Diego

Contact: (619) 446-0273, valsachs@usw.salvationarmy.org