Girls Friendly Society – Los Angeles invites all girls, ages 5 and up, plus GFS leaders and clergy, to join them for two upcoming events.

Anniversary Service, May 18

The annual GFS Anniversary Service, “Come Unto Christ: There Is No Place Like Home” is a Wizard of Oz-themed celebration planned for Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. John the Divine Church, 183 E. Bay Street, Costa Mesa 92627. GFS chapters are invited to bring their banners; girls should wear their vests with a white shirt and blue skirt or slacks. Girls will take part in a service project, making pet toys, scarves and blankets and collecting donations for Priceless Pets, a non-profit, no-kill pet rescue program. Reservations are requested by May 10. To register, and for information about what to bring for the potluck lunch and other instructions, click here.  An event flyer is here.

‘Splash Bash’ Swim Party, June 22

“Splash Bash,” a summer swim party, will be held on Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Pasadena home of Bishop John Harvey Taylor and Canon Kathy O’Connor. The Taylor-O’Connor home, which is the episcopal residence of the diocese, has a pool, tennis court and koi pond in its beautiful gardens.

GFS World President Thembeka Pamba, of south Africa, will attend; those considering sending a GFS member (age 16 and up) to the GFS World Council in South Africa (July 9 – 19, 2020 at ATKV Klein Kariba Resort) may like to meet Pamba in person at this event. For reservations, email to Nora Harris at

This article was updated on 4-24-19 with additional details.