10666 White Oak Avenue
Granada Hills, CA 91344
Since its inception in 1928, the Norway-based organization, TUBFRIM, has been raising money to help children. A charity in Norway originally created to eradicate tuberculosis in Norwegian children by collecting and selling used frimerker to stamp collectors. Frimerker is the Norwegian word for stamps. Blend parts of the words tuberculosis and frimerker, and you get "TUBFRIM". Originally started to aid children afflicted by tuberculosis, the organization now works to improve the quality of life for children and youth with handicaps as well.
We clip used stamps and send them to a Sons of Norway Lodge. The material is sent to Norway by Star Shipping and DSV Air & Sea free of charge or with SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) at very low costs. The stamps sent to Norway are sold to wholesalers and collectors with the proceeds used by the Norwegian Health Association to finance tuberculosis research and improve the quality of life for children infected by the disease as well as children with handicaps. Several hundred handicapped children benefit from the funds raised by TUBFRIM - every year!
In 1942 a group of women, the San Francisco Sportswomen's Association, decided to create a living memorial to the servicemen and women who had made the ultimate sacrifice in combat during World War II. They thought what better way than to plant trees? And so the Penny Pines Pines Program was born. The U. S. Forest Service agreed to manage and care for the seedlings. Every penny contributed would buy one seedling. It takes 680 seedlings to reforest one acre of land, so a $68.00 donation will plant one plantation.
As part of its philanthtopic mission, the Club donates money every year to Penny Pines. In addition, member donations are collected each month from special containers placed on each luncheon table at our monthly luncheon meetings. Over the last three years, we have collected enough money to fund 9 acres.
Each month we will spotlight two of the activities or organizations that we support either through volunteer hours or donations.