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50th Anniversary Party  
   
 
Leonard Teyssier, VIPs Join the Poolside Festivities
Le Rondelet Community Celebrates Building’s 50th Anniversary
 
By Bill Heard
 
The courtyard rang with melodic steel drum band music, and buzzed with conversation and laughter as almost 100 residents and guests gathered beside the pool on Saturday, April 8, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Le Rondelet, one of San Diego’s iconic buildings, and home to a community of neighbors.
 
The weather – sunny, cool and blustery – was similar to the weather on April 20, 1967, the day the six-story building was completed, and ready for occupancy as an apartment/hotel. 
 
Enjoying the present-day weather and the festivities was Le Rondelet’s creator and builder, Leonard Teyssier, still the owner of Unit 412, or what he refers to as a “souvenir” of the construction.  Joining him were his wife, Gerri, and sons Paul, Phil and Edward.
 
Homeowners Association President Ed Lazarski started the Anniversary ceremony by thanking the event planning committee – Rita Orcini, Jennifer Martin, Sandy Perlatti, Nina Ladzinski, and Pam Cooper – for arranging the catered buffet, refreshments, and decorations.  He also thanked the Cabaña renovation committee, and the landscape committee for their efforts toward improving the building and grounds.
 
Commissioner Marshall Merrifield, representing the Port of San Diego, toasted Le Rondelet’s anniversary, and its residents, saying, “We just love having you as neighbors.” 
 
Merrifield noted that the Port is building a larger boat launch on Shelter Island, and also has established a special unit responsible for developing an integrated parking plan for all Port properties.
 
Port Commissioner Marshall Merrifield raises his glass to lead residents in an Anniversary toast to Le Rondelet.
 
A voice for homeowners
 
Sharon Cloward, president of the San Diego Port Tenants Association, congratulated residents on the anniversary.  The Le Rondelet Homeowners Association is a member of the Tenants Association, she said, adding that the HOA’s “voice is very helpful any time we have to talk about issues important to Le Rondelet.”
 
Lazarski introduced Teyssier, who told the crowd he, “enjoyed meeting happy owners of Le Rondelet.  It’s really a pleasure to hear that everyone I meet loves their unit, and loves living here at Le Rondelet.”
 
Le Rondelet builder Leonard Teyssier expresses his pleasure at meeting so many residents who enjoy living in the historic building.
 
Lazarski pointed out Pinkee Lauridsen, Unit 606, as the resident who has lived at Le Rondelet the longest – since 1968.  Pinkee also presides over the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, each year, as Mrs. Claus.
 
HOA President Ed Lazarski reads San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s proclamation designating April 8, 2017 as “Le Rondelet Day”.
 
The remainder of the afternoon was given over to food, drink and socializing.  The French Gourmet provided a spread that featured roast beef and roast pork, marinated vegetables, and cheeses.  Refreshments included champagne, various wines and beers, and soft drinks.
 
The festivities paused for a few moments while Lazarski and Mary Jane Rudge, Unit 210, who was celebrating her 94th birthday, wielded a Navy sword to cut the huge 50th Anniversary cake.  Soon, residents and guest were munching on slices of white layer cake with lemon filling, decorated with raspberries, and chocolate script spelling out, Happy 50th Anniversary! 
 
94-year-old resident Mary Jane Rudge cuts the 50th Anniversary cake with the assistance of Ed Lazarski.
 
It was a sweet moment in a celebration that marked the long history of Le Rondelet, a building that, in its early days welcomed hotel guests and apartment dwellers, and which – for the past 45 years – has been a welcoming community of homeowners and tenants.
 
Members of the Anniversary planning committee, back row from left, Pam Cooper, Nina Ladzinski, Sandy Perlatti and Rita Orcini.  Not shown, Jennifer Martin.  Le Rondelet’s longest resident, Pinkee Lauridsen, left, and HOA President Ed Lazarski stand with the group. 
 
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