It’s the Ladies Issue, and we have featured some amazing women, as well as offering tempting ways to celebrate Mother’s Day and to travel with your girlfriends to a world-renowned health and wellness retreat.

Suzan Paek is the ultimate mother. She adores her four children, always making time for them in her busy schedule, and proclaiming that “above all, kids need to know they’re loved.”

Chef Jessica Roy’s passion for food started in her mother’s kitchen and took her on to participate in the TNT cooking competition, “On the Menu,” where she won $25,000 for the creation of a signature pizza that went on California Pizza Kitchen’s national menu. Today, her hand-crafted signature dishes are found at the Current Coastal Cuisine Restaurant at the Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel, previously the Fairmont Newport Beach.

In our “Celebrate Mother’s Day at Home” feature, chef Josef Lageder offers recipes for a delicious brunch your mother will love you for creating and will remember forever.

Our Travel Destination feature showcases a trip to the renowned health and wellness retreat at Rancho La Puerta, Mexico. It is the perfect place to be immersed in the world of wellness and healing. It is open to men and women, but a girlfriend’s respite would be just the ticket for you and your friends.

Enjoy the story in Around Town detailing how Mary Roosevelt, whose 25-year marriage to James Roosevelt, the oldest son of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was chagrined with the photo that hung in the lobby of the James and Mary Roosevelt Hall at Chapman University. Asked for a photo of them shortly after James passed away in 1991 to be used to create a painting for the hall, she always disliked the painting. Thanks to friend and Women of Chapman Past President, Kathy Hamilton, a new photo hangs there now, one Mary is very proud of. It took two women to make it happen!

Please enjoy the issue and think about asking your mother to a brunch in her honor – at home!

Until next time,

Donne Bunce, Editor

Cover Photo: Rancho La Puerta, Mexico