This will be Gabilondo's first term as president, and she will be installed on Feb. 7. Laurie Wexel is the outgoing president.
Gabilondo, whose family has lived in Lilburn for more than 21 years, first started attending Lilburn Woman's Club meetings in 2009, and became a full member by February of the next year.
Her first responsibility was to assist Patti-Jo Shapiro with the club’s public relations. Shapiro died in 2011, and Gabilondo paid tribute to her in Patch, and many other ways.
"We made a great team, and she was a passionate teacher," Gabilondo said.
In 2011, Gabilondo continued on as the club’s publicity chairwoman and also took on the role of co-chairwoman for international outreach. It was at that time, that her appreciation "blossomed" for the club's greater goal to serve.
We talked with Gabilondo recently about her plans as the new president.
For the complete interview with Gabilondo, check Lilburn-Mountain Park Patch.