San Juan Resident Donna Friess was honored by the city of San Juan Capistrano Senior Programs as one of four Super Volunteers for 2012. Friess has developed and facilitates a Loss of a Loved One Support group. It is open to all, free of charge and meets the first Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. at the San Juan community center.

The event was held on March 29. During a luncheon hosted by Heidi Ivanoff Director of Senior Programs at the San Juan Community Center, Friess was presented with an engraved paper weight by Mayor Larry Kramer. Councilman John Taylor and Councilwoman Laura Freese were in attendance as well as city commissioners. The Smoothies played music for the event.

In addition, WomanSage Board Member, Donna Friess, has been invited to speak at the American Association for Women in Community Colleges on May 4 at their annual conference “Women Holding Up Half the Sky”, to be held on Friday, May 4 at the Cerritos Public Library in Cerritos, California.

Friess will speak on the topic of “Re-Inventing Yourself,” an uplifting exploration of self-discovery and growth for women of all ages and life situations. Donna Friess, WomanSage membership chairwoman, is also professor emeritus at Cypress College and a renowned life coach and author of several books.

Donna Friess has served on the board of WomanSage for one year, making a significant contribution to increasing and expanding membership for the non-profit organization, which helps women to revitalize themselves and enrich their lives. Her experience, charisma and dynamic personal style have made her an excellent spokesperson for WomanSage and her speaking engagements always draw a large and enthusiastic following. For more information or

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