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In Memoriam: Rodney Howorth, 1940-2018

In Memoriam: Rodney Howorth, 1940-2018

How sad to report that we have lost one of the best of our Historical Society’s pillars—our longtime friend and colleague, Rodney Howorth. Rod passed away on August 1 after a long illness.

Rod was a member of the Board of Directors of the Historical Society for the past 14 years. He served as Secretary, as Publicity and Public Relations Chair, as Committee Chair for the Baby Beach Tile Wall Project and most recently as Chair of our Merchandise Sales.  Rod served on every Home Tour Committee after he joined the Board and handled all the logistics that contributed to the smooth operations of these events.  He wrote articles for our newsletter, assisted with most every event that featured our Outreach Booth, volunteered as a docent at our museum and, in general, was always helpful with a gracious good spirit and ready smile. An article written about Rod a few years ago in the Historical Society Newsletter was titled, “If You Need Something Done, Ask a Busy Man.” For Rod Howorth, that says it all.

Rod was also a pillar of our community with his work as President of the Lantern Village Association, in which capacity he worked for the improvement of the historic core area of Dana Point. He contributed also as a board member of the Dana Point Civic Association, the group that brings us the monthly “Coffee Chat” meetings. Rod was a member of the committee that brought back the Festival of Whales Parade in 2002 and participated in city government as Chairman of the Dana Point Traffic Improvement Subcommittee. There were many other miscellaneous efforts on his part to participate in and improve life in Dana Point. All this led to his being chosen as Citizen of the Year by the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce for 2008.

Rodney Howorth was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and moved to Akron, Ohio, with his family as a young boy and then to California when he was 16. He attended Orange High School, during which time he drove down many times with his friends to surf at Killer Dana and Doheny State Beach. He graduated from California State University, Fullerton, and, subsequently, had a 35-year career with Rockwell International where he was an Executive Advisor and Contract Negotiator. During those years he lived in several places around the Los Angeles area as his work demanded, many of those years on Balboa Island in Newport Beach. He bought his home in the Lantern Village area of Dana Point and moved here in 1980, glad to be near the beach in this welcoming small town. Rod’s sister, Susan, reports that he was an entrepreneur from a young age, selling cards and magazines and earning money for the special cars that he loved. We all admired the more exotic acquisitions of his later years. Rod loved his home here and had happy memories of the special places that existed in those early days.

Those of us who knew Rod and worked with him will always remember his generosity, his great sense of humor, willingness to help and his caring about those around him. So, we must bid a long, fond farewell to this good citizen and good friend.

                               Mary Crowl



As a reminder, the annual renewals for 2019 are now due.  If you joined the Society in the last 6 months, you do not need to pay dues again for this year.  The membership categories are as follows:

The membership categories are as follows:

Individual     $25 annual

Family            $30 annual

Business         $50 annual

Patron             $100 annual

Life                  $500 lifetime

Contact Marsha LaRusso

at rmlarusso@msn.com

All contributions are tax deductible as the Historical Society is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

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Use your Ralph’s grocery bill to help the Dana Point Historical Society! Register at Ralphs.com and not only receive special coupons, but Ralph’s will give from 1% to 4% of your grocery bill to DPHS as your designated community participant. Ralph’s no longer provides a printed letter for easy registration. You must go online to re-register, ANNUALLY. This year’s enrollment started in September.

It’s free! Just follow these instructions for FIRST TIME enrollment:
1) <CLICK> Register (upper right) for an account unless you already have one.
2) Type in your email and choose a password
3) Type in your zip code to find your local Ralph’s
4) Enter your Ralph’s card, if you have one, or skip
5) Choose any email offers you want to receive
6) Confirm your information and <CLICK> Create Account
7) GO TO the Ralph’s home page (refresh the page) and SIGN IN
8) Scroll to the bottom and <CLICK> “Services”
9) <CLICK> “Community Contributions”
10) Scroll to the bottom and <CLICK> “Enroll”
11) Type our organization number 90334
12) Confirm your enrollment choice. (Only one allowed)


Now, each time you shop at Ralph’s, a percentage of eligible food item charges will go The Dana Point Historical Society.
If you have previously created an account and enrolled in the community program, you will see an option to update your annual enrollment in the community program. Simply re-enter our organization number 90334 and confirm.
The Dana Point Historical Society greatly benefits from your participation in this program and we very much appreciate you taking the time to enroll.
If you need assistance participating in this program, please call DPHS at 949-248-8121.

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DPHS Newsletter for September/October 2018

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