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

Paul Garman began with Musical Theatre West (MTW) in 1963 when the company was known as Whittier Civic Light Opera. He has served as producer for MTW since the mid-1970s.  Prior to that, he served seven years as the company’s President. 

Of the 180 MTW major productions, Paul has been involved with all but 16, producing 164 of them.  Under his leadership, MTW has grown from an amateur community organization to a nationally respected regional theater group, entertaining over 60,000 patrons annually and garnering critical acclaim and numerous awards. 

In 2007, the organization was presented with the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Sustained Excellence in theater and has won numerous L.A. Stage Ovation awards over the years, including Best Musical for 2012.  Paul received the Arts Community Leadership award from the Arts Council for Long Beach in 2002 and Arts Education Hero of the Year from the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in 2008.  He has been inducted into the La Serna High School Hall of Fame and was honored as Distinguished Alumni of Whittier by the Whittier Historical Society.

His key passion remains the cultivation of new works for the musical stage and introducing young audiences to musical theater.

On June 14, 2016, at the regular meeting of Las Hermanas, auxiliary of Assistance League of Long Beach, the group enjoyed a talk by Paul Garman telling us of the early struggles of the MTW and the development of the organization to what it is today. Paul related the entire process of selection of musicals and staffing to the actual production for the public. Paul also described their program to encourage exposure of young people to musical theater.  When does this man sleep?



April 2016 Speaker
Rich Archbold

The Las Hermanas guest speaker for April was Rich Archbold.  He has been in the newspaper business, starting as a paperboy and editor-in-chief in his high school.  He went on to become the editor of the University of Illinois newspaper.  Throughout the years, he has been a reporter for various newspapers and a Managing Editor in many states.  Archbold joined the Press Telegram in 1978 as a Managing Editor and moved up to Executive Editor in 1997.  During his leadership, the Press Telegram won many awards.  In 2010, he became the Public Editor and Columnist of Press Telegram.  He is active in several organizations and has also taught Public Affairs at CSULB.


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



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.