As part of the annual Pioneer Women celebration organized by the Commission on the Status of Women, I was delighted to honor Jocelyn Geaga-Rosenthal and Helen Brown in council chambers. Jocelyn, a dedicated community activist, is one of the founders of the Historic Filipinotown Improvement Association. She is an UNTAG block captain and is the president of the board of Westlake-Temple Development Corporation. She also runs a community art gallery on Temple Street called Remy's on Temple.
It was a special treat to have Helen Brown join us in council to celebrate her 90th birthday. Born and raised in the Philippines to parents who were involved in setting up the Filipino educational system under American rule, Helen Brown came to Los Angeles many years ago and founded the Filipino-American Library, now co-located with FASGI (Filipino-American Service Group Incorporated) at 135 N. Parkview. Helen has retired from public affairs so it was a special honor to have her grace us with her presence.
Helen Brown, far left; Jocelyn Geaga-Rosenthal, center holding scroll