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Drummond Installed as Assistance League President

From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 12
6/13/2014




Linda Drummond was installed as the 74th president of Assistance League® of Long Beach on May 19 at its annual meeting and luncheon at The Grand Event Center in Long Beach. In her speech to the 200 members in attendance she acknowledged that “this is not my mother’s Assistance League” as it has grown from a handful of women wrapping bandages in tea rooms to one of the largest non-profits in Long Beach.

Today, Assistance League of Long Beach boasts over 900 members and ten philanthropic programs. Among other things, the organization provides free, new school uniforms to 10,000 Long Beach Unified School District students annually, serves some 850 patients in braces monthly at its Orthodontic Center, and brings arts, crafts and conversation to patients at Miller Children’s Hospital.

Linda has a long history with Assistance League. She was a charter member of CAMEO, one of the organization’s auxiliaries, when it was formed in 1986, and then transferred to Chapter in 2002. In Chapter she has served as Staffing Chairman, Recording Secretary, Philanthropic Center Chairman, newsletter editor, Press & PR Chairman, and 2nd VP Fund Development. She brings a vast historical perspective to her presidency yet her eye to the future and her passion for gardening are reflected in her theme “Together we plant the gardens of tomorrow.”

Born in Long Beach to Ralph and Bernice Pillsbury, Linda has one brother, Rick Pillsbury, who is a retired Long Beach Fire Department Assistant Chief. Linda attended Lowell Elementary, Rogers Junior High, and Wilson High School. With degrees from Pomona College and UC Berkeley, she embarked on a teaching career at LBUSD. She taught English and Social Studies at DeMille, Avalon, and Jefferson, and history for twenty years at Wilson. She also served as Program Facilitator at Wilson Classical High School until her retirement in 2002.

Community service runs in the family. Linda is married to Doug Drummond who is a former 3rd District Councilman and currently serves as President of the Board of Harbor Commissioners. They are proud dad and stepmom to Rob Drummond who is Assistant District Attorney in Austin, Texas, and Marianne Drummond who is math department chair at Wilson Classical High School.