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2010 TORCH AWARDS ADOPT A FAMILY

Leslie Orticke

 

 

Leslie has served as President of the Los Angeles City Commission on the status of women for nine years. She has dedicated her life to the non profit sector for over 25 years, and has continued that same passion and commitment to the various charitable organizations which she volunteers to make a difference in our communities. She has served in every capacity from president chairperson of every major fundraiser, as well as serving on regional and national committees.a

 

Leslie has served as President of the Los Angeles City Commission on the status of women for nine years. She has dedicated her life to the non profit sector for over 25 years, and has continued that same passion and commitment to the various charitable organizations which she volunteers to make a difference in our communities. She has served in every capacity from president chairperson of every major fundraiser, as well as serving on regional and national committees.

 

BUT, On May 18, 2006, Leslie Orticke experienced a major life changing moment, it was her Hurricane Katrina. While at work she slipped and fell face down on her knees and hands. In November 2008, she endured another fall at work which resulted in her going from a cane to a walker. In spite of this she continued to work with her service organizations and no was aware she was awaiting a knee and joint replacement. And then 6 weeks prior to her surgery, she experience a homeowner’s nightmare, her water heater emptied its entire contents and flooded her condo – destroying the flooring in the kitchen, dining and living room. After staying with friends, she came home to gutted walls, a stove and refrigerator in her living room. While all of this was happening, she was trying to keep her home because she was going into foreclosure. If that wasn’t stressful enough, she fell again and fractured her ribs two weeks before her surgery. Her women’s organizations continued to support her by paying her bills, shopping, taking food to her providing emotional support when the tears would take over. And her sisters in the Inglewood Pacific chapter replaced her carpet. But the aftershocks kept coming, her transportation to physical therapy was cut off, she has not received workmen’s compensation and February of this year she was notified that her state disability was cut off. Even though Leslie is still going through physical therapy ,she will undergo the same operation for her other knee this summer.

 

In January of this year, one of the legacy Ladies members brought to the attention of the membership that Leslie was experiencing some hardship and it was at that moment another member suggested that we adopt Leslie as part of our extended family and THE MEMBERS agreed, and also to recognize her accomplishments with a Sister to Sister award. Legacy Ladies visited Sister Leslie and conducted a needs assessment and called upon the villagers (Ebony Guild, League of Allied Arts, Lullaby Guild, and Link Chapters: Angel City, Claremont, Harbor Area, Los Angeles, Palos Verdes and San Fernando Valley), Leslie’s organizational sisters, to come together and support Leslie on a larger scale. Nearly four years later, Leslie is looking forward to walking without the use of a walker and cane. The first thing she wants to do is go dancing, go back to helping others and living without pain when she walks.

 

BUT, On May 18, 2006, Leslie Orticke experienced a major life changing moment, it was her Hurricane Katrina. While at work she slipped and fell face down on her knees and hands. In November 2008, she endured another fall at work which resulted in her going from a cane to a walker. In spite of this she continued to work with her service organizations and no was aware she was awaiting a knee and joint replacement. And then 6 weeks prior to her surgery, she experience a homeowner’s nightmare, her water heater emptied its entire contents and flooded her condo – destroying the flooring in the kitchen, dining and living room. After staying with friends, she came home to gutted walls, a stove and refrigerator in her living room. While all of this was happening, she was trying to keep her home because she was going into foreclosure. If that wasn’t stressful enough, she fell again and fractured her ribs two weeks before her surgery. Her women’s organizations continued to support her by paying her bills, shopping, taking food to her providing emotional support when the tears would take over. And her sisters in the Inglewood Pacific chapter replaced her carpet. But the aftershocks kept coming, her transportation to physical therapy was cut off, she has not received workmen’s compensation and February of this year she was notified that her state disability was cut off. Even though Leslie is still going through physical therapy ,she will undergo the same operation for her other knee this summer.

 

In January of this year, one of the legacy Ladies members brought to the attention of the membership that Leslie was experiencing some hardship and it was at that moment another member suggested that we adopt Leslie as part of our extended family and THE MEMBERS agreed, and also to recognize her accomplishments with a Sister to Sister award. Legacy Ladies visited Sister Leslie and conducted a needs assessment and called upon the villagers (Ebony Guild, League of Allied Arts, Lullaby Guild, and Link Chapters: Angel City, Claremont, Harbor Area, Los Angeles, Palos Verdes and San Fernando Valley), Leslie’s organizational sisters, to come together and support Leslie on a larger scale. Nearly four years later, Leslie is looking forward to walking without the use of a walker and cane. The first thing she wants to do is go dancing, go back to helping others and living without pain when she walks.