Cynthia Terry retired in 2009 after 38 years with Long Beach United School District. She joined Assistance League of Long Beach in 2010 because she wanted the chapter legacy of good work to continue. As a high school principal, she had been impressed with Assistance League of Long Beach programs for children in the community. She ensured that her students took advantage of the programs offered: Operation School Bell® , Kids on the Block, tours of the Howard and Asian Arts Collection, Cameo’s Mentoring Program and the Orthodontic Program.
“Assistance League has been so fortunate to have this wonderful woman as a member,” said Linda Drummond. “She was the chair of our successful $6.5 million Creating Smiles Capital Campaign, which has allowed us to expand service to undeserved children in the community. Operation School Bell will now be able to clothe 12,000 students every year; the Orthodontic Program will be able to serve 1,000 students with braces.”
Cameo Professional Auxiliary – Daphne Ching-Jackson
Daphne Ching-Jackson is a 1985 charter member of Cameo Professional Auxiliary. Cameo volunteers mentor underserved students from LBUSD high schools and re-entry career women from Long Beach City College.
Children and women in need have been the focus all of her professional and volunteer activities. She has said her belief is there should be equal opportunities for women to achieve success in life. She enjoys working with like-minded women.
Despite feeling she was too busy to get involved with another organization, Ching-Jackson attended the organizational meeting at her husband’s urging. She fell in love with ALLB and was impressed with the people involved. She immediately joined and has been an active member since.
She has served as chairwoman on multiple committees.
And she is also involved with the American Association of University Women, whose mission is educational equity for women and girls. She has been president three times since she joined in 1994. After serving on the board of Long Beach Day Nursery for nine years, she is now an honorary board member.
Rick Racker Auxiliary – Christina Mansour
Christina Mansour joined Rick Rackers in 2017 and is now the Operation School Bell chairwoman. She said she’d joined because she wanted to be a part of Operation School Bell and its help to children in need in the community.
This year, Operation School Bell has clothed 12,806 children with new sets of school uniforms.
“I’m glad I’m a part of Operation School Bell. It’s a great program to help kids in need,” Mansour said. “So often we take things for granted. We help many children behind the scenes, such as a homeless child, or a foster child in the system. We can help any child in need, so that no one gets left behind.”
She is the youth advisory chairwoman at the Long Beach Yacht Club. She assists the Junior Flag and Board youth to be ambassadors in the community. Their activities include beach clean-ups, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and being role models to current juniors in the Yacht Club.
Las Hermanas Auxiliary– Nancy Lewis
Nancy Lewis is a standout among the throng. Currently, she chairs the Assault Survivors Kits program. As a register nurse, she spent 30 years with the Long Beach Health Department as director of nursing.
She has an impressive history of volunteering in Long Beach: LB Cares, Friends of LB Animals, Meals on Wheels, For the Child, usher for International City Theatre, PEO and the Cancer League’s Discovery Shop.
Because of her experience in the procedures of the Cancer League’s thrift shops, she was particularly interested in working in the Auxiliary’s Thrift & Vintage Shop when she joined the Auxiliary in 2013. With her health background, the Orthodontic Program also appealed to her. She noted it also had special appeal because as a child, she received her own orthodontic care at a low-cost clinic.