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Member Spotlight: Shelagh Callahan

Featuring Assistance League of Los Angeles’s membership spotlight:

Shelagh Callahan

I joined the League in 2003 through my friend and long-time member Karla Ahmanson. We volunteered together at our children’s school where my son and her twin daughters were first graders.  Karla said she had a great opportunity for me to help some other children who were much less fortunate than our own.  The first day I volunteered at Operation School Bell, I helped a little boy who was over-the-moon excited to have his own toothbrush and not have to share with his brother. That was an eye-opener for me. I became a member that day, but had no idea what a huge role the League would play in my life for the next 13 years.

As a retired CFO and new stay-at-home mom, I embraced the chance to continue to use my professional skills to help the League through financial and leadership roles within our auxiliary and at the Board level.    Now those first graders are in college and I have embraced my empty nest.

In addition to my time at the League and other charities, I am loving the extra time for tennis, hiking, kickboxing, and the beach, but particularly for my new obsession, pickleball, the fastest growing sport in America. I’ve been playing pickleball everywhere from Simi Valley to Manhattan Beach to Temple City and am competing with friends in my first tournament this summer.  I’m always recruiting new players so check it out at