Las Hermanas Speakers

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.

Byron began his career in entertainment at the youthful age of twenty as a folksinger when he was the opening act for Phyllis Diller at the Purple Onion in San Francisco and Mort Sahl at the Hungry I.   In the late sixties, he sang with the New Christy Minstrels and, in the mid-seventies, with Glen Yarbrough and the Limeliters.

Byron developed his comedic skills as part of Byron and Howard when he appeared at the Purple Onion for four years in the sixties and with Rosemary Clooney at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas.

The acting career of Byron was established when he portrayed the Arizona Police Sgt. in the movie Starman with Jeff Bridges, then as Connie in the ABC Movie of the Week, Country Gold, starring Linda Hamilton and Loni Anderson.

Laughter tends to imprint experiences in the brain more readily than speech alone, so there is a strong possibility Byron’s recommendations on surviving a crime will be remembered by the members should they be confronted by such an experience.

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June 2016 Speaker
Paul Garman
Musical Theatre West 
Executive Director/Producer


March 2016 Speaker
Claudine Burnett

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November 2015 Speaker
Lisa Marsh
Long Beach Museum of Art

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March 2015 Speaker
John Thomas
Presentation on Queen Mary

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January 2015 Speaker
Criss Gaines

Presentation on MOLAA

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October 2014 Speaker
Roberta Harris, RN

Orange County Ovarian Cancer Alliance (OCOCA)


March 2014 Speaker
Ginny Baxter

January 2014 Speaker
Anne Salenger
Assistance League National Historian



April 2016 Speaker
Rich Archbold


February 2016 Speakers
Karen Clemens (R) and Iris Schutz (L)
on Bembridge House

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June 2015 Speaker
Steven T. Kuykendall
Presentation on Fisher House

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February 2015 Speaker
Gerrie Schipske
Presentation on Rosie the Riveter

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November 2014 Speaker
Dr. Susan Sklar

Sklar Center of Restorative Medicine


June 2014 Speaker
Dr. Susan Mathieu
Alpert Jewish Community Center


February 2014 Speaker
Sharon Wie
Interval House

November 2013 Speakers
Wendy Asman and Kathryn Somma
of Women's Shelter of Long Beach,
pictured with Mary Breuer, Las Hermanas
Chairman of Assault Survivor Kits 


October 2013 Speakers
Bev, Ann, Darlene

Reported on 2013 Assistance League
National Conference
they attended in Chicago, Illinois,
in October 2013

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Bill Fitzpatrick

Provided info about OLLI
(Osher Lifelong Learning Institute,
formerly known as Senior University),
at California State University, Long Beach.