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Bonsall Woman's Club announces awards


Last updated 3/19/2020 at 8:07pm

Bonsall Woman's Club Volunteer of the Year Award Laurie Criscenti holds her award.

FALLBROOK – An air of excitement prevailed at the March meeting of The Bonsall Woman's Club. The much-anticipated Volunteer of the Year Award was presented. The club also revealed the winners of the Palomar District Art Festival.

The Volunteer of the Year was presented to that member who best exemplifies the true meaning of volunteerism. The 2020 recipient was Laurie Criscenti.

Criscenti serves as the fourth vice president of ways and means. She volunteered her time and talents on several committees as well. She facilitated the use of credit cards by members as they participate in club functions, rather than only using cash or checks.

In her various undertakings with the club, she demonstrated strong leadership and organization skills, and she is someone the club can rely on.

Following are the winners of the annual Palomar District Art Festival:



Best in Show – Jackie Nolffk for her color-work crochet cardigan

Best in Show – Beatriz Liner for her can tab black purse

Second place – Mary Forbess for her afghan

Counted-Cross Stitch

Best in Show – Bev York for her flamenco dancer

Other Needlework

Second place – Patty Merriam for her tropical birds tea towel set


Still Life – Color

Best in Show – Marleen DuBona's "Maestra Peace Mural"

Second Place – Mary Jane Poulter's "Crown with High Heel Shoes"

Still Life – Black and White

Best in Show – Patty Merriam's "A Closer Look"

Second Place – Marleen DuBona's "Garden Court, Palace Hotel"

Third Place – Patty Merriam's "Delicate Beauties"

Living Things – Color

Best in Show – Mary Jane Poulter's "Lady with Parrots"

Second Place – Patty Merriam's "Just Chillin'"

Third Place – Marleen DuBona's "Elizabeth's Amaryllis"

Living Things – Black and White

Best in Show – Patty Merriam's "Last Flight of the Day"

Second Place – Marlene Rantanen's "Curiosity"

Third Place – Marleen DuBona's "Brazilian Pepper"

Volunteers in Action

Best in Show – Mary Jane Poulter's "The Lucky Ticket"


Second Place – Marlene Rantanen's "Desert Spring"

Third Place – Mary Jane Poulter's "Roman Statue on Rocks with Waterfalls"

Scenes – Black & White

First Place – Patty Merriam's "Jagged Tranquility"

Second Place – Marleen DuBona's "Classic Golden Gate"

Writing Contest – Poetry:

Best in Show (overall) – Elizabeth Johnson

Poetry – Inspirational

Best in Show – Elizabeth Johnson for "In the Forest of Shrilong"

First Place – Barbara Chahbazian fpr "Positive"

Poetry – Whimsical

Jackie Nolff's knitted sweater is a Best of Show winner in Crafts.

Best in Show – Barbara Chahbazian for "One Day"

First Place – Peg Long for "Jewelry"


Second Place – Barbara Chahbazian for "Imagination"


Best in Show – Barbara Chahbazian's "Lion"

Best in Show – Barbara Chahbazian's "Stormy Cloud over a Meadow"

Of particular note, the Best in Show entries will compete at the state level of the California Federation of Women's Clubs for judging May 20.

Submitted by Bonsall Woman's Club.


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