On Oct. 18, U.S. Marines “moms-to-be” from Camp Pendleton were Rotary’s special guests at a baby shower with gifts galore hosted by Rotarians from four local clubs at the Roxbury Park Community Center in Beverly Hills.
Two hours before the event, about 20 Rotarians were seen carrying in dozens of gift baskets, baby blankets, toys, car carriers, strollers, and diapers: everything new moms need. Balloons, confetti, colorful tablecloths decorated the center greeting the 10 pregnant moms when they arrived from Camp Pendleton. Lunch was served, hot dogs and homemade macaroni salad
“It’s just amazing all the suppor t you are providing us,” said Sergeant Michele Hunt, 27, a Marine in her own right, who met her husband Machine Gunner Sergeant Joseph Hunt in the Corps. She is expecting a boy next March and it will be a close call if Joseph will be home in time.
Watching the pregnant moms diapering each other in the baby shower game “Diaper Derby” with unfurled roles of bathroom tissue was hilarious. Michele and her pregnant friend, Jenna Jordan, 26, gave the game their all, but did not win. Still, both moms were excited and grateful for the attention and kindness shown them that day. Jenna explained that her husband, Jerry, is on a ship deployed with the Marine Expeditions Unit, going to different countries providing military training. Her baby girl is due in December, and her husband will return next July ready to meet his daughter.
All in all, it was a fun day for all, and several Culver City Rotary Club members were there to see the fruits of their labor.
For community members interested in Culver City Rotary Club membership and Joel Forman at (310) 559-7250, or member Wendy Taylor at (310) 876-1411. People can also visit www.culvercityrotary.org. Weekly Rotary meetings are hosted on Wednesdays at Noon at the Culver Hotel. All visitors are always welcomed.