Monday, July 22, 2013


Society executive director David Fields spoke about the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' charitable works to the Glendale Kiwanis Friday, July 19, 2013.  Fields was warmly greeted by 75 Kiwanis including Jim Dyrness, a Vincentian volunteer at Incarnation Catholic Church in Glendale.  Fields was a guest of long-time Kiwanis member Louie Sadd, whose Datastream company provides IT and web services to the Society's Los Angeles Council. Glendale Kiwanis president Mercy Velazquez presented Fields with a speaker's plaque of appreciation following his talk. Valazquez also gave Fields and Society deputy director of public relations Chris Sariego leaves to place on the "Grow Kiwanis Planting the Seeds of Service" Tree symbolizing working together for the good of the community. Thank you for your hospitality Glendale Kiwanis!
Photos (Top to Bottom)  Society executive director David Fields and Glendale Kiwanis President Mercy Valazquez; Society public relations deputy director Chris Sariego and Fields place leaves on the Kiwanis tree of service.

Friday, July 19, 2013


A Lincoln Heights Chamber of Commerce Business Community Mixer was held in the boutique area of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles thrift store in Lincoln Heights Thursday, July 18, 2013. 40 members of the Lincoln Heights business community attended and enjoyed the beer, wine, sodas and delicious hot and cold appetizers. Deputy executive director of the society, David Garcia, is also a Lincoln Heights Chamber of Commerce board member.
Photos (Top): Frank Villalobos, Barrio Planners President; Steven Kasten chamber president; Society executive director David Fields, John M. Menchaca, president & CEO of El Arca, and David Garcia, deputy executive director of the Society. (Bottom): Society stores director Kellie McCaffrey-Nady, Garcia and Society director of special operations James Bibb.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California—The public is invited to attend the Circle V Ranch “Family Camp” from Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21, 2013. 

Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center is located just 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara across from Cachuma Lake in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Long-time Camp Director Ray Lopez announced, “Our traditional sleep-over summer camp sessions are for children ages 7-13 and run for six days and five nights including all lodging, meals, activities and recreation and space is still available for sessions in August. For those families looking for a taste of Circle V, we invite all ages to experience our Family Camp weekend where parents, grandparents and kids to get a taste of Circle V fun and activities together.” 

To receive the Family Camp application or for more information, contact Circle V Ranch Camp Director Ray Lopez at 805-688-5252 or or download the application at

Thursday, July 11, 2013


This week Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' Executive Director David Fields celebrated his birthday. The staff of the Society's Los Angeles administrative offices threw Fields a surprise birthday lunch of Chinese food and gave him a ceramic wall hanging of Frederic Ozanam.  Happy Birthday Mr. Fields!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Photo: Sandra and Michael Focht, Sr. of the Focht Family Foundation present a $7,500 donation check to Circle V Ranch Camp Director Ray Lopez and Friends of Circle V Founder Sally Corlett.

Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County — Sandra L. Focht and Michael H. Focht, Sr., founders of the Focht Family Foundation, attended the recent Friends of Circle V Ranch V Ranch Camp annual reception and presented a gift donation of $7,500 to Camp Director Ray Lopez and Friends of Circle V Founder Sally Corlett. Mrs. Focht stated, “Our foundation is comprised of three generations of our family. We are committed to local philanthropy and are delighted to make this gift to the wonderful Circle V Ranch Camp”

Mr. Focht stated, “Our family has visited Circle V Ranch Camp and seen first-hand how children’s lives are transformed by attending a week-long summer session. We are very happy to make this donation to assure that more kids receive camperships and can enjoy all the traditional activities and care that Ray and his staff provide. We are very proud to support the mission of Circle V right here in our beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.”

Ray Lopez expressed his appreciation, “On behalf of all our camp staff, I am so grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Focht and their Foundation for their incredibly generous donation to fund camperships for kids to experience summer camp. What a blessing!”

Santa Ynez resident Sally Corlett, founder of Friends of Circle V stated, “I am very thankful to the Focht Family Foundation for their generosity. ‘Friends’ are all volunteers who support the mission of Circle V Ranch Camp to provide a traditional, sleep-over summer camp experience in a safe, nurturing environment. There are no dues or fees to become a “Friend’ of Circle V, just a commitment to help; and the Fochts are incredibly open hearted with this gift.”

Founded by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles Council in 1945, Circle V Ranch Camp has been located on 30 acres in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County in the Santa Ynez Valley near Cachuma Lake since 1990. There are eight Circle V Ranch Camp summer sessions, each six days and five nights of traditional supervised fun for boys and girls ages 7 to 13. Campers enjoy activities including hiking, swimming in the pool, learning about nature, archery, arts and crafts, painting, photography, playing games of baseball, basketball, ping pong, foosball, soccer, miniature golf and of course, campfires, skits and songs.  Campers stay in air-conditioned cabins or traditional canvas tents.

In 2012, the camp hosted more than 1,200 children for this time-honored summer experience. Spaces are still available for Summer 2013 sessions and families with children ages 7-13 are encouraged to apply. 

Please contact Camp Director Ray Lopez at (805) 688-5252 or or visit

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


The Dorothy Llamas Memorial Chapel was dedicated at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' thrift store in Los Angeles, June 21, 2013.  Reverend Pedro Villarroya C.M. officiated. Store employees remembered Llamas, a former store director, as someone firm and kind, and always interested in others. Llamas was active in all levels of the Society, as a Vincentian, council president, district council president and regional historian. "She loved people," said her daughter Rosemary Sudduth, who was present. "She felt everyone was meaningful to God and meaningful to her." Sudduth said a Llamas family chapel is in Providence, Rhode Island, where prayers returned family safe from World War II.  Sudduth is happy to know her family now has another chapel: "We are a praying family. Our family believes in prayer and that prayer changes things." Sudduth said prayers to God in her mother's chapel at the thrift store will  certainly have Llamas' prayers in heaven. "She will be fighting on your behalf!"
Photos: (top to bottom) Rev. Villarroya blesses the chapel interior, Rosemary Sudduth speaks at the event, Rev. Villarroya blesses the chapel exterior in the thrift store.


LA5 Rotary Club of Los Angeles out-going president Jay Richardson presented Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles executive director David Fields with a check for $5,000 June 21, 2013. The funds will be used to purchase appliances for the new kitchen at Society's Cardinal Manning Center homeless services on Skid Row in Los Angeles. "Many thanks to LA5 Los Angeles Rotary for their generosity to us!" said Fields.

Photo: (left to right) LA5 Rotarian and Society board member Mark Mariscal, LA5 Rotarian and Director/Chair of the Grants Committee Dr. Carmen Schaye, Society board president Claire Padama and Society executive director David Fields.