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GFWC Woman's Club of Indio is delighted to welcome new members.  We appreciate each member's desire to join a club, make friends, participate, learn new things, and contribute to our community.  Welcome!

Check out our spectacular new members!


 Dawn Gummer - Joined April, 2022

Dawn has lived in the Valley since 1959. Growing up in the Valley, she was in Girl Scouts and even met Juliette Low, who is the founder of Girl Scouts. Dawn played in the Hand Bell Choir during Junior and Senior High School and currently is playing the Bells at St Andrew’s. She met two Presidents, President Dwight D. Eisenhower because she went to Eisenhower School, and also presented Gerald Ford with a check for $250,000.00 for the refurbishment of the Torch when she was President of Desert Cities Council of Beta Sigma Phi. Dawn was CEO of Lindsey Concessions for 17 years until the business was sold five years ago. She is currently involved in Eastern Star of the Coachella Valley, an organization that just celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2020. Dawn is looking forward to being involved in the Indio Woman’s Club.

Avi Rodriguez  - Joined March, 2022

Avi moved to the Coachella Valley at the age of 4 and graduated from CVHS in 2004; she is a single mom, passionate about education and providing access for students. She attended CSU San Marcos and her bachelor's in sociology. Then she attended San Diego State where she received a master's degree in post-secondary educational leadership.  Avi's 1st full-time permanent job was as an admissions counselor at CSUSB Palm Desert. Since then, Avi has worked in different departments at the University. She finished her doctoral degree in educational leadership in 2021, and currently is the interim Assistant Dean of Student Engagement at the Palm Desert campus.   During the pandemic Avi discovered a new passion…community service.  She is active with the Indio Rotary Club and actively volunteers with her students in various community organizations and now with the Woman's Club of Indio.  Avi likes to travel, read, and spend time with her daughter, Lyla.


Christal Cansino - Joined  January, 2022

Christal Cansino was raised here in indio for most of her life, graduated Indio High School, class 2004.  She currently attends College of the Desert for Business Administration and will soon transfer to Cal. State San Bernardino to focus on her Bachelor’s in Accounting.  She has a family of five,  including three children, one in elementary and two in high school (both Rajahs). She wants  to be more involved in her community, help make a difference and meet new people.  She is seen here with her firstborn and only daughter Miabella. 

Allyson Jeffredo - Joined October, 2021

Allyson Jeffredo is a writer, educator, and community worker born and raised in the Coachella Valley.  Her passion is providing access to educational services and other resources.  Beyond this, she also loves animals and hiking. You are an exciting and welcome addition to our club!


 Carol Pawluk Joined October, 2021

Carol Pawluk has lived in La Quinta for 4 years, arriving here from Chesterfield, Virginia, where she grew up. She worked in the medical field for years and now assists her husband, Doug, with their income tax business. Carol enjoys swimming, singing, walking and playing with her German Shepherd, Jake. She looks forward to meeting you all and participating in the group activities.

 Souad Elkhantouri - Joined October, 2021

Souad Elkhantouri has been a wife for 42 years, a mother and grandmother. She was a high school teacher in Morocco for 20 years (philosophy).  Fourteen years ago she came to the USA and acquired certifications in NLP, TLT, hypnosis and Kundalini yoga. She is a certified coach, helping people to master feeling peaceful and calm, no matter what challenges they face in life. As an American citizen, she loves to give back to the community and also loves to help couples and partners who are in committed relationships that lost their spark. Souad believes that a good society starts from loving and caring households.  She speaks English, Arabic and French!

Yesenia Olmeda-Fregoso - Joined October, 2021

Yesenia has 26 years of teaching experience.  She enjoys swimming and reading.  She has been blessed with two amazing sons and two wonderful daughters.  You are an exciting and welcome addition to our club!


 Lauren Yamaoka - Joined October, 2021

Lauren Yamaoka is a transplant to Rancho Mirage and originally hails from a small town in Michigan.  She is the Director of Development at The Fuller Foundation, where she works to help clients and donors achieve their philanthropic goals and support Fuller Theological Seminary and its community.  She has worked in nonprofit fundraising for nearly a decade, holding positions with Northwestern University, Southern Methodist University, and the Children’s Medical Center Foundation. She has been active with a number of charitable organizations in recent years, including Dallas CASA and other child welfare organizations, and the Junior League of Dallas, where she held a variety of leadership roles in the areas of training and communications. In her spare time, she is a bookworm and Lauren and her husband, Tom, are so happy to be close to family here in the desert as they are welcoming their first child in February… a baby boy!

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