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Blesila “Blessie” Sanchez Trott, a resident of Escondido and a business entrepreneur, was appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women, representing District 3, by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors through the recommendation of Supervisor Dave Roberts in December 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (major in Sociology) from the Far Eastern University, Manila, Phillippines.
In 1982, she was invited to join the largest service organization in the world, Lions Clubs International. After holding several positions at the club and district levels she was elected District President of District 301-D2, encompassing 52 Lioness clubs in Northern Phillipines.
It was through affiliating with this organization that she learned the beauty and value of serving and helping the less fortunate. Her activities included advocacy on women’s rights, protection of impoverished children, and promotion of health and nutrition. One of her projects, the Malnutrition Prevention Program won her recognition as one of the Top Ten Lioness’ in the world from Lions Clubs International.
After immigrating to the United States, she continued to be active with Lions Clubs International. She became Charter president of San Diego Executive Lions Club and also after serving in various positions in the district, she was elected District governor of District 4-L6, covering the Lions Clubs of San Diego and Imperial Counties. Adopting the slogan “Service with a Heart” and translating it into action, District 4L6 was acclaimed as the Number One District in the State of California during her incumbency.
One of the heartwarming accomplishments of Blessie was her 3-time sponsorship of the visit of 27 impoverished children from the infamous slum in Manila, “Smokey Mountain.” The children skillfully performed cultural and interpretive dances on caring for the environment entitled “Children of Mother Earth” at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, the Poway Cultural Center, and in church sanctuaries.
When the devastating Typhoon Haiyan hit the Phillipines, Blessie and her friends initiated a fundraising dinner to benefit the hapless victims who lost their homes and worldly belongings. Their funds were matched by Gawad Kalinga, a Phillipine-based humanitarian organization—resulting in the construction of 20 homes.
As the first Filipino American woman to be appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women, Blessie Sanchez Trott hopes to be a team player in advocating for the rights of women and in strengthening the fight against human trafficking, a growing social menace.