The San Luis Obispo Retired Active Men organization recently installed new officers for 2015. From left are Steve Lumm, secretary; Bill Fieldhouse, treasurer; Roger Malkus, president; Hank Campbell, outgoing president; and Robert Lever, vice president.
French Hospital Medical Center’s CEO, Alan Iftiniuk, was recognized with the Good Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America, Los Padres Council. Iftiniuk was honored at the Los Padres Council’s annual 2014 Major Member Dinner, an important fundraiser for scouting programs in San Luis Obispo County. The council stated that Iftiniuk is an exceptional local businessman and leader who makes time to volunteer in the community and generously supports local organizations.
Arroyo Grande police Chief Steve Annibali visits with Santa Claus and participants in the Santa Cop program at Quarterdeck restaurant in 2014.
United Staffing Associates LLC has donated $1,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters in support of the organization’s youth mentoring programs. Pictured are ‘Littles’ in the program with their teen mentors.
The seventh annual Octagon Barn Lighting Ceremony was recently held with friends and family of the Land Conservancy in attendance. This year’s honoree to throw the ceremonial switch was John Wallace of the Wallace Group. Traditionally, the Land Conservancy honors individuals and organizations that have helped the Land Conservancy over the previous year. Kaila Dettman, executive director of the Land Conservancy, led the countdown.
Local philanthropist Joan Sargen recently kicked off the 5Cities Homeless Coalition’s year-end fundraising drive by making a $7,000 donation that will add to its efforts to raise $25,000 for referral and support services for the homeless. According to the organization, it has collected and distributed, for families and children in need, donations valued at more than $100,000, including food, household goods, clothing and other necessities. For more information or to contribute, call 574-1638 or visit http://www.5CHC.org. Pictured are Sargen, center, surrounded by coalition representatives, from left, Tom Clough, Janna Nichols and Laurie Morgan.
The Sheriff’s Office recently held its annual Christmas Bicycle Giveaway. Every year since 1989, Sheriff’s Honor Farm inmates have refurbished bikes donated by the community to give to local underprivileged children. With assistance from the Sheriff’s Advisory Foundation, the Honor Farm staff and inmates are able to provide bicycles and helmets to more than 175 children in need.
Members of Rotary’s Roteract and Interact clubs along with Rotary de Tolosa of San Luis Obispo recently came together at Kohl’s for their Child Spree event for underprivileged children. Nearly 110 children throughout the county shopped with help from club members for clothing and necessities. With discounts from Kohl’s, they were able to buy about $130 dollars worth of items. Of that amount, $40 was raised by Mission Prep Interact. Pictured are Mission Prep’s Interact Club members Catherine Ikeda, left, and Marie Labriola, right, at the Child Spree event held at Kohl’s.
Janelle Setina, 16, and Analiese Feuerstein, 13, recently competed in the Breda Open Acrobatic Competition held in Breda, Netherlands. Their delegation was made up of athletes from across the country who came together to represent the United States. The women’s pair won three gold medals in balance, dynamic and overall competitions. This was the first international competition for Janelle and Analiese, who train at Central Coast Gymnastics and are under the direction of Audra Gustin, head coach of the CCOAST Acro program. “They did the best they could possibly do. Winning three gold medals for Team USA was a great accomplishment for them; we were all very proud,” Gustin said. Standing center in the gold medal position, Janelle Setina, left, and Analiese Feuerstein, won three gold medals in the international Breda Open Acrobatic Competition held in the Netherlands.
The Nipomo Lions Club recently collected nearly 3,000 pounds of food and $960 in cash donated by Blacklake Village homeowners and delivered it to the Nipomo Food Basket. In addition, the Nipomo Lions raised $1,500 to donate to the Food Basket.
The Deputy Sheriff’s Association recently made donations to two local charities for the holiday season. The Children’s Resource Network of the Central Coast received toys valued at $4,000, and the Food Bank Coalition received a $2,000 donation. The Children’s Resource Network provides free clothing, school supplies, and resources to children and teens in need. With the Food Bank’s ability to provide $10 worth of food for every dollar donated, the DSA’s amount will provide $20,000 worth of food for families in need. Sheriff Ian Parkinson, third from right, and members of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association present a $2,000 donation for the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County to Wendy Lewis, third from left, the food bank’s chief operations officer.
The Almond Country Quilt Guild recently presented the Paso Robles Children’s Museum with a check for $2,500. The funds were raised at the guild’s annual Holiday Quilt Auction where members donated handmade items to be auctioned off to the public. After expenses were deducted, the remaining profits were donated to predetermined local charities. The museum was selected as one of the charities for 2014. Dora Carey, right, president of the Almond Country Quilt Guild, presents a donation to Jennifer Smith, director of the Paso Robles Children’s Museum.
The Paso Robles Republican Women Federated recently completed their adopt-a-street cleanup at Paso Robles City Hall, a monthly activity for the club. From left are Anita Brooks, Karen Plummer, Sue Evans, Teresa Sullenger, Martha James and Peggy Strickland.
The Atascadero Land Preservation Society (ALPS) recently awarded the Geraldine Brasher Environmental scholarship to Lauren Giggy, a 2014 Atascadero High School graduate. The scholarship will aid in her environmental studies at Fort Lewis College in Colorado. ALPS is a local nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to preserve natural open space in Atascadero for recreational and educational purposes.
The third annual Harvesting Hope Festival recently raised more than $34,000 to help South County families in need, thanks to more than 200 residents of the Trilogy at Monarch Dunes community in Nipomo. The event, organized by the Trilogy Service Club and supported by local businesses and sponsors, raised more than $25,000 for 5Cities Homeless Coalition and more than $8,000 for Nipomo Food Basket. The event featured soup served in handmade ceramic bowls made by Trilogy residents, and showcased local artists, wineries and live music by Pacific Swing. From left are Leon Leornas, Amy Hedges, Tom Clough, Shelly Higginbotham, Pastor Fred Cropp, Julie Edmonson and Bob Schumacher.
Students at Coastal Christian School filled 277 shoeboxes this month with gifts as an outreach to needy children around the globe. The students also raised nearly $1,400 through a coin drive to pay for the shipping costs.The shoeboxes were sent to Samaritan’s Purse, an international organization whose project, Operation Christmas Child, helps children in crisis situations worldwide.
In support of Atascadero’s Dancing with our Stars event benefiting the new Atascadero Library, PG&E recently presented a donation of $2,500. From left are Bob Alberti, Heather Moreno, Eric Daniels, Jeannie Malik and Joe Laurenzi.
From left, Nipomo Kiwanis club members Diane Borad-Mirken, Judy Alvarez, Becky Ebeling, Eunice Lopez and Mary Squellati worked with other groups of volunteers to help serve more than 400 turkey dinners at the fourth annual Nipomo Community Thanksgiving Dinner — an event inspired by the late San Luis Obispo County Fourth District Supervisor Paul Teixeira.
Atascadero Kiwanis Club recently donated more than $8,500 to Atascadero Loaves and Fishes. The funds were raised from the Joe DiDomenico Memorial Golf Tournament sponsored jointly by Atascadero Kiwanis Club and Chalk Mountain Golf Course. From left are Glen Casey, Kiwanis president; Tom Zirk, treasurer of Atascadero Loaves and Fishes; Angela Ramsey and Ronda Almodova, golf committee members; and John Ramsey, who chaired this year’s fundraiser.
Cuesta College students will directly benefit from a $20,000 grant recently awarded by PG&E through the Cuesta College Foundation. The Supporting Student Success grant will provide assistance for students, employees and the community through the Emergency Medical Services program, Cuesta’s Assistance for Student Emergencies fund and Tutorial Services. Pat Mullen, PG&E’s local division director, said of the company’s partnership with Cuesta, “Not only do students benefit, but so does the entire community, including local employers who benefit from a well-trained workforce.” From left are, John Shoals and Pat Mullen of PG&E, Cuesta College President Gil Stork, Lindsey Miller of PG&E and Luis Gonzalez of Cuesta’s Student Success Center.
GleanSLO recently received a $6,300 donation from Niner Wine Estates. The funds will be used for additional storage space, gleaning tools and equipment. Meathead Movers partnered with the winery by donating a portion of the storage rental fee. “With a central hub in SLO where we can house our equipment, GleanSLO will have the flexibility to harvest more fruit from neighborhood trees, increasing the amount of fruit we can distribute through the food bank,” GleanSLO program manager Jen Miller, said. GleanSLO, a program of the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, collects and distributes leftover produce to the hungry. Pictured from left are Niner Wine Estates winemaker Pat Muran; President Andy Niner; winemakers Pat Martinez and Molly Bohlman; and GleanSLO program manager Jen Miller at the presentation of a donation to the GleanSLO program.
The San Luis Obispo FFA chapter recently took four teams to compete in the national finals at the 87th FFA National Convention. The Novice Parliamentary Procedure Debate Team competed against teams from 30 other states to remain undefeated for the third straight year. The team members are Maggie Van Scoy, Callan Treur, Darius Vigil, Vaughn Pavlovich, Carolyn Adams, Tori Hanson and Kalena Cirone. In addition, Cirone was named Outstanding Novice Debater in the nation. The Veterinary Science Team also placed first, defeating 41 other teams. Team members are Amber Bjerre, Darcy Hummell, Brynn Robella, Hailey Robella and Clare Backens. In addition, Robella was awarded ninth high individual and Bjerre was awarded first high individual out of 144 participants in the country. Westmont College freshman and San Luis Obispo High School graduate Benjamin Peterson competed against 46 others and placed second. He was named Reserve Na tional Champion in the Prepared Public Speaker category. The Marketing Plan Team was awarded second in the nation out of 44 written marketing plan submissions. Team members are Evan New Schmidt, Jessica Judge and Aidan Munoz Christian. The Novice Parliamentary Procedure and Veterinary Science teams were coached by San Luis Obispo High School agriculture teacher Anna Bates. Veterinarian Marissa Greenberg also played a key role in co-coaching the veterinary team. The Marketing Plan Team and Prepared Public Speaker individual was coached by agriculture teacher Jodi Evans, with alumnus Kory Fontes co-coaching the marketing team.
Barbie Butz, left, and Lyn Fowler, right, of Coats for Kids accept a donation from Joyce Rabellino of the Atascadero Community Band. The donation was raised at the band’s free Fall Concert.
Small Wilderness Area Preservation was recently given a valuable painting by a nationally known watercolorist and scenic art director for MGM Studios from 1934 to 1969. The painting was given by Bob McDougle, right, and was accepted by Ron Rassmussen, left, of SWAP. SWAP is holding a raffle for the painting.
Students at Flamson Middle School in Paso Robles rose to the challenge offered by Lewis Middle School to raise $1,000 for charity. Students and staff at the school chose the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County to be the recipient of their donations; they raised $1,279 toward that goal. In celebration of the accomplishment, staff members and district employees participated in a Pie-in-the-Face event held at the school. Tammi Barker, right, is hit with a pie by Joe Pritchett at the Pie-inthe-Face event at Flamson Middle School in Paso Robles recently.
St. Barnabas Thrift Shop volunteer Sandy Matson, center, presents a $943 donation to the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County as part of the Arroyo Grande thrift shop’s Community Outreach Program. Accepting the donation are Grace McIntosh, left, and Bryn Smith, right, of CAPSLO.
Cal Poly’s Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity recently volunteered at the Pitch & Putt Mini Golf Tournament in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County and SLO Blues Baseball. Pictured are members of the 2014 Pledge Class and Patty Carpenter, back row, fourth from right, of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County.
The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new 1-acre Fire Safe Demonstration Garden. Using strategies to resist and slow wildfires, the garden will incorporate drought-tolerant plants from regions with Mediterranean climates similar to California’s. Supporters who contributed to the construction of the garden are Cole Farms Trucking, the County of San Luis Obispo, Howard J. Miossi Charitable Trust, Las Pilitas Resources, Leonard Lenger, Madrone Landscapes, David Foote, Owen Dell, Morro Bay National Estuary Program, San Luis Obispo County Fire Safe Council, Semmes & Company Builders, Souza Construction, United Rentals and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.
Quota International of Morro Bay has received an award for its continued support of military troops and their families. The award, presented in Sacramento, was given by the California National Guard Operation Ready Family Program. The club regularly provides the families with gift cards, money for car repairs, transportation, rent and other services. The club recently started providing drinks and snacks to the new San Luis Obispo Veterans Outreach Center. Pictured from left are Jorge Rodriquez, Cindy Conn and George Moran of the Veterans Outreach Center.
Nicholas Attala was recently awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his service provided throughout San Luis Obispo County. To earn the award from President Barack Obama, Attala volunteered more than 100 hours in his community. Attala is a junior at San Luis Obispo High School and plays basketball and volleyball; volunteers with the United Way Youth Board; Interact Club; and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is pictured with Teresa Tardiff, director of CASA of San Luis Obispo.
Paso Robles insurance agency Ted Hamm Insurance recently donated $1,204 to Paso Robles Loaves & Fishes to help feed those in need. Owner Ted Hamm, far left, and Chris Raders, far right, of Ted Hamm Insurance made the presentation to Michelle Karp, left, and Julie Harris, right, of Loaves & Fishes.
The San Luis Obispo County YMCA recently received a donation of $22,000 from PG&E. The funds will be used for lighting upgrades, rebates for the San Luis Obispo fitness facility and a matching grant for youth programs. The leadership team of PG&E also will partner with the YMCA on a community service project to upgrade a native plant garden area at the facility. “The Y has a longstanding relationship with PG&E and greatly appreciates their ongoing support of the Y’s commitment to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” said Monica Grant, CEO of the YMCA. Monica Grant, CEO of the San Luis Obispo County YMCA, third from left, accepts a $22,000 donation from representatives of PG&E, from left, Perla DeLeon, Pat Mullen, Lindsey Miller, Eric Linkugel and Eric Daniels.
Students from the Interact Club at Mission Prep recently held their annual food drive called “Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat.” Students brought in 3,000 pounds of nonperishable food, which was donated to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County.
The SLO Nitro U-14 fast pitch softball team won a state-wide championship recently at the Salinas Sports Complex, beating their competitors 9-1 in the last game of the gold bracket elimination. The Paso Robles-based team has members from San Luis Obispo, Templeton, San Miguel and Santa Maria, as well as Paso Robles.
Gymnasts from Performance Athletics Gymnastics in San Luis Obispo won top awards at the Raisin Fest Meet recently held in Visalia. The event was hosted by the Central California Gymnastics Institute of Visalia. In addition to winning 11 individual first-place awards, the Performance Athletics gymnasts won the Team Award for Level Three girls. The gymnasts also won 24 awards at the recent Teddy Bear Classic in Redwood City.
Members of Girl Scout Troop 40146 recently earned their Girl Scout Silver Awards by completing a project for the El Camino Homeless Organization in Atascadero. Troop members Katie Adams, KayLynn Haydon, Makayla Hodge, Cati Newlon, and Jaymie Throop worked together to establish a resource room for the clients of ECHO. “The resource room will be a place where clients can use a computer to conduct a job or housing search and further their education,” said Adams of Atascadero. The girls obtained shelving for the room and stocked them with resource books, many of which were donated by Barbara Radisavljevic of Templeton. The scouts partnered with Paso Robles cabinet company, Sligh Cabinets, which stained and finished the shelving. Pictured are, from left, Makayla Hodge, Jaymie Throop, Cati Newlon, KayLynn Haydon and Katie Adams. ECHO Executive Director Bill Watt is pictured with them.
Pattea Torrence, owner of Old Edna Townsite, was recently acknowledged by the California Assembly for her dedication in resurrecting and revitalizing the community of Old Edna and for helping to preserve its history. She received a Certificate of Recognition from Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian for her work over the past 14 years.
From left, American Heart Association’s Heart Walk Director Emily Reneau is presented with a $1,500 donation from Kennedy Club Fitness staff Marjan Otto and Barb LeMoine at the San Luis Obispo Heart Walk recently held in Avila Beach. The club’s donation was made possible through new member proceeds.
The Central Coast Women’s League recently held its 11th annual fundraiser, Bingo for Breast Cancer, at the Elk’s Lodge.
The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center was the recipient of a $5,000 donation from local Realtors to support the Children’s Matinee Program and help maintain the PAC as a state-of-the-art center for the community. Foundation members, from left, Trudie Safreno, Jill Stollmeyer, Ziyad Naccasha and Simone Lagomarsino accepted the check from local Realtors Susie Brans, Colleen Clarke, Tim Kubinski and Melissa Kues. Not pictured is Johnny Hough.
Rooster Creek Tavern in Arroyo Grande was recently honored by Paulding Middle School for its support of Students of the Month for the entire year. From left are seventh-grade students, Olivia Marquez and Danielle Camarillo; Paulding Middle School Principal Ed Arrigoni; Daryl Cope of Rooster Creek; and eighth-grade students Emory Adelman and Lynnde Cole.
Bay-Osos Kiwanis has teamed up with Los Osos Middle School to honor two students each month. The students are selected based on the Character Counts trait of the month. Devon Arn and Emily Oliver were chosen for the character trait responsibility. The Students of the Month, who were selected by their classes and peers, were given gift certificates from the Kiwanis Club and joined the group for lunch at Jimmy Bump’s Pasta House in Los Osos. Pictured are recent honorees Devon Arn, left, and Emily Oliver, right, posing with Bay-Osos Kiwanis President Steve Auslander.
Herb Kandel, right, presents a $500 scholarship to José Esparza, second from left, from The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. The Nipomo High School graduate also received commendations from county Supervisor Caren Ray, left, and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, second from right, for his ambassadorship in helping raise funds and awareness for the organization’s Pismo Preserve project.
Quota International of Morro Bay members Maria O’Reilly, left, and Nancy Trujillo recently participated in the Hunger Walk to benefit The Food Bank in Morro Bay. The club presented checks totaling $525.
Pleasant Valley School was recently awarded a $1,000 grant for classroom technology from the Business Network International Foundation. Since 1998, the BNI Foundation has been mobilizing resources and raising money for schools nationally and globally. The funding will help the school upgrade internal networking capability, replace outdated computers and create a computer lab. From left, Randy Borden, Lisa Bushong, Christina Reid, Charlie Daugherty, Shelly Borden and Gilbert Campos attend the presentation of a grant from the Business Network International Foundation.
Soroptimist International of San Luis Obispo members hold food bags donated to women head-ofhouseholds who are supported by the club. From left are: back row, Florence Aielo, Susan Richardson and Ann Holden; front row, Kaitlin McCall, Helen Larson and Carol Werth.
Devon McReynolds, a San Luis Obispo native and 2006 graduate of San Luis Obispo High School, captured two regional Emmys for her contributions to a Philadelphia documentary history series produced by History Making Productions. The statuettes were awarded for Best Documentary and Best Writing at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-Atlantic Region Emmy Awards ceremony. McReynolds, a senior script writer for History Making Productions, studied history at UCLA, where she also served as an editor of the Arts & Entertainment section of the Daily Bruin, the student newspaper. She is the daughter of Kevin and Allyn McReynolds of San Luis Obispo.
The Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo received a donation from Pacific Western Bank. Pictured from left are Carl Dudley, Michael Burke, Scott Smith, Nathan Roddick, Lynda Nahra, Thomas Strait and Ken Litzinger.
Students at Lewis Middle School accepted the challenge of raising $1,000 for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) research. Their reward, if they reached their goal, was to drench the school principals and school and district staff with ice-filled buckets of water. The students not only met but exceeded their goal of $1,000. Participants included Principal Stuart Hamill; Vice Principal Mayra Trevino; Superintendent of Paso Robles schools Chris Williams; school board member Field Gibson; numerous teachers and district employees.
The San Luis Obispo County Red Cross recently held an event at the Madonna Inn to recognize their volunteers for 2014. The 2014 Volunteer Recognition Award winners and their awards were: The Rev. Steve Carr and Susan Carr of Arroyo Grande Calvary Church received the Good Neighbor Award; Sharon Eames received the Service to the Armed Forces Award; Cheryl Price received the Central Coast Regional Team Award; Brian Gautrey received the Harold B. Vahey Award, Central Coast Regional Team Award; Jean Luis received the Disaster Services Award; and Mark Penza and Suzanne Curtis both received a Unsung Hero Award. Pictured are, from left, the Rev. Steve Carr and Susan Carr, Sharon Eames, Cheryl Price, Brian Gautrey, Jean Luis, Mark Penza and Suzanne Curtis.
The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County recently received $25,000 from the Christine Allen Memorial Food Bank Fund. The donation was the final step of the Legacy Steer Project, which covers the costs for processing meat from animals donated to the Food Bank. Coles Cattle Company, a local cattle breeder donated a steer. Farm Supply donated the feed and Mary Allen, Christine’s sister, donated her time and efforts of raising and showing the steer at the Mid-State Fair The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation bought the steer for a special price of $20.00 per pound (Legacy weighed in at about 1300 pounds) to benefit the fund. From left, Debbie Allen; Mary Allen; Carl Hansen, CEO of the Food Bank; Karen Guriel, representative of the Cole Cattle Company; and Jim Brabeck, CEO of Farm Supply at the presentation of a donation made possible through the Christine Allen Memorial Food Bank Fund.
The San Luis Obispo branch of the American Association of University Women provided scholarships for four Laguna Middle School students who recently attended Tech Trek science camp at UC Santa Barbara. The students included, from left, Taylor Young, Olivia Robertson and Amberly Clark. Not pictured is Anika Meyer.
A golden shovel groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for the new 14-unit sober-living facility expansion at Sunny Acres. Attorneys, supporters and long-term advocates of Sunny Acres and its founder, Dan De Vaul, were in attendance. Local attorney John Belsher addressed the crowd and acknowledged the long road toward realizing De Vaul’s vision for the 72-acre ranch. San Luis Obispo County supervisors Bruce Gibson, Adam Hill and Debbie Arnold, who also attended, were acknowledged for their cooperation and support. Pictured are John Belsher, from left, Dan De Vaul, Jacquelyn Frederick and Jeffrey Stulberg.
The Altrusa Club of San Luis Obispo recently donated $600 to First Tee of the Central Coast’s Laguna Lake chapter. The contribution was made possible through the club’s golf tournament and silent auction held earlier this year at Laguna Lake Golf Course. From left, Laurie Scheeman, Sharon Seitz, Ann Gaines, Todd Bunte and Teri Bensen attend the presentation of a donation to First Tee of the Central Coast from the Altrusa Club of San Luis Obispo.
San Luis Obispo Toastmasters Club No. 83 was recently recognized by Toastmasters International with the Distinguished President’s Club Award under outgoing President Loch Dreizler, who credited his teammates and officers — Sharelle Harms, Jeff Forrest, Gary Hicklin, Rachell Newburn and Cassidy Dadigian — for such a banner year. Toastmasters International says only 7 percent of its clubs worldwide earn such recognition. The club will celebrate its 60th anniversary in October. Officers of the club, from left, are Rachell Newburn, Sharelle Harms, Glenda Moscoso, Edwin Moscoso, Lisa Winn, Cassidy Dadigian and Loch Dreizler. Not pictured are Leslie Kasonoff and Tom Himmelrich.
The Morro Bay Women’s Golf Club recently made a donation of $300 to the Morro Bay High School girls golf team. The check was presented to team captains Lily Keogh, left, and Gracyn Visel, center, by Susan Nail, right, president of the Morro Bay Women’s Golf Club.
Matthew Shuck and Katie Thomas were the first male and female to cross the finish line at the Carl Lewis Challenge 5K run as part of the Best Buddies Challenge event held this month at the Hearst Ranch. Thomas won the overall race, beating Shuck by five seconds. Shuck and Thomas — both members of Team Hearst — were sponsored by Steve Hearst. Shuck, who has an intellectual disability, lives in Atascadero and attends the Escuela del Rio-TIP program. Best Buddies International is a nonprofit organization benefiting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Phillips 66 Santa Maria refinery recently donated $25,000 to support the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center’s many programs, including docent-led walks in the dunes, community education, biological research and summer and afterschool youth programs. The donation will allow the Dunes Center to continue environmental education and preservation and provide funds for new public exhibits. From left, Kristen Kopp and Jim Anderson of Phillips 66 present a donation to Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center representatives Methi Satyanarayana, Diane Tortolano, Doug Jenzen, Lindsey Whitaker and John Deacon.
The Kids Art Smart program at Studios on the Park recently received a $14,000 donation from Salon Roux in Paso Robles. Pictured from top left are Cory Bauer, Jacque Leopold, Syndee Greenwood, Linda Parker Sanpei, Amanda Diefenderfer, Joe Thomas, Anne Laddon, Sasha Irving and Mary Baiamonte of Studios on the Park, with children in the Kids Art Smart program.
Twin Cities Community Hospital staff members recently held their eighth annual Way Cool Back to School program to collect and donate new backpacks filled with school supplies for local children in need. The program was founded in 2006 by Cyndi Allan, a nurse in the emergency department at the hospital. She started with a small group of nurses who provided classroom essentials for 25 North County students. This year, the hospital’s cross-department participants collected 60 backpacks and donated $1,000 to augment any backpacks that needed additional supplies. Since its first year, Allan says Way Cool Back to School has helped over 500 local children from the ages of 3 to 17. Pictured are Twin Cities Community Hospital staff, from left, Lola McClintock, Kathleen Juvet, Tricia Hammond, Chelle Newman, Cyndi Allan, Margie Hienen, Carla Young and Doreen Bird.
Laura Nelson of Pismo Pedicab recently presented a $500 check to Friends of Price House President Effie McDermott, right. Nelson created a lap blanket featuring Pismo Beach historical scenes.
At a recent San Francisco Giants game, Kevin and Jill Coomer of Pismo Beach entered their dog Rooster in a costume contest for Dog Days at AT&T Park. Rooster, who was dressed as Giants first baseman Buster Posey, won the grand prize and was voted best dog costume by the fans.
The Central Coast chapter of the California Land Surveyors Association recently awarded a trophy and $500 to San Luis Obispo High School math teacher Nathan Meinert in appreciation of his teaching a state champion in the TrigStar competition. Meinert coached San Luis Obispo High School senior Taylor McCeary to a first-place win and a $1,000 prize in the Richard E. Lomax National TrigStar Awards state competition. Taylor also won second place in the competition last year. TrigStar, a high school trigonometry program, is presented by the National Society of Professional Surveyors. Pictured is San Luis Obispo High School math teacher Nathan Meinert, left, with George Marchenko, president of the Central Coast chapter of the California Land Surveyors Association and coordinator of the chapter’s TrigStar program.
Heritage Oaks Bank CEO Simone Lagomarsino recently accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Local attorney Michael Morris presented her with the challenge. In addition to a $1,000 contribution from Heritage Oaks Bank to the ALS Association, executive officers at the bank personally matched the funds for a total of $2,000. The Ice Bucket Challenge is a nationwide campaign to raise awareness and help find a cure for ALS, a degenerative condition also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab recently held its ninth annual Scholarship Day in all three of its Central Coast ice cream parlors, in Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo and Orcutt. During the event, 100 percent of net sales were donated to qualifying employees who are moving on to higher education. More than $6,000 was raised and will be split among 11 employees. Pictured with company founder Greg Steinberger, far right, are recipients, from left, back row, Valerie Robles, Olivia DePalma, Lacey Stewart and Paige Kapner; front row, Austin Gasbarra, Chelsea Lovell, America Hall, Katelyn Ingwerson, Marykate Smith and Aaron Friedman. Not pictured is James Simonaro.
Gary Grossman, right, president of Coastal Community Builders, presents Friends of Price House with a $5,000 check to help fund the first phase of construction on the 7-acre Price Historical Park in Pismo Beach. Also at the presentation are, from left, Effie McDermott, president of Friends of Price House; Terri Gibbs of Coastal Community Builders; and Arlene Gonzales-Gee.
United Way of San Luis Obispo County recently organized two efforts to send children back to school with the tools they need to succeed: KidSpree, a shopping event that provides children with schoolappropriate clothing, and Stuff the Bus, a school supply drive supporting local schools, teachers and families. A record-breaking 250 local children were sponsored for the 17th annual KidSpree, according to a news release from United Way. The Sixth Annual Stuff the Bus, in partnership with KSBY, was sponsored by Golden 1 Credit Union and Zurn Wilkins. During the weeklong event, school supplies valued at more than $31,000 were collected for county school districts.
North County Humane Society in Atascadero recently received a check for $1,400 from George Peterson, owner of Sunset Honda in San Luis Obispo. The auto dealership pledged $100 to local animal shelters for every new Honda sold during its Adopt-A-Honda campaign in June. New adopters also received a $25 gift certificate to Farm Supply. Pictured are Sunset Honda owner George Peterson, second from left, presenting a donation of $1,400 to the North County Humane Society. Accepting the donation for NCHS are Kitty Ressler, left, Sherry Chapman and Martha Pedersen.
The Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area recently announced scholarship winners for the 2014-15 academic year: Recipients Linda Jaimez and Adam Hinrichs will each receive $3,000 toward college tuition fees as they pursue degrees in viticulturerelated fields. Hinrichs, a recent graduate of Templeton High School, plans to study agricultural engineering at Cal Lutheran in September. Jaimez, a Paso Robles native and fourth-year viticulture major at Fresno State, is studying to become a vineyard manager. Pictured from left are Ken Bray, IGGPRA president; family members Anabel, Lourdes and Carlos Jaimez; and Bob Fonarow, IGGPRA treasurer/scholarship committee chairman. Scholarship recipient Adam Hinrichs is not pictured.
Morro Bay resident and Cambria Rotarian James Zuur, swimming for Team USA via Tamalpais Aquatic Masters, recently competed in the FINA Masters World Championships in Montreal. Zuur returned with two gold medals and one silver in team relays. His 200-meter mixed freestyle relay (two women and two men) broke the FINA World Masters meet record and only missed the world record by 1 second, according to the Team USA website. More than 5,800 qualifying swimmers from 93 countries competed in the races.
Condors soccer team, pictured at left, just returned from the Nike Crossfire Challenge Tournament in Redmond, Wash., where they finished in the top four out of 16 girls U-15 silver teams from California, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. The team consists of girls from San Luis Obispo to Nipomo.
A volunteer crew from the California Conservation Corps joined SLO-4-PUPs volunteers to help re-stain the entryway to the El Chorro Dog Park. The re-staining was in preparation for the installation of the new dog park sign, designed by Southpaw Signs of Oceano. The CCC volunteers donate their free time to help with projects at the dog park when needed.
The Avila Beach Junior Lifeguard Program was recently awarded a $7,000 grant from the Avila Beach Community Foundation. The grant will help fund some of the 15 scholarships that the program provides to participants who are unable to pay the full fees. In addition, some of the grant will be used to purchase equipment and help defray transportation costs to competitions.
Emily Rose Friedman of Los Osos Girl Scout Troop 41090 is one of six girls chosen from the Central Coast (Santa Cruz to Thousand Oaks) to attend the Girl Scout Leadership Institute 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference provides girls ages 14 and older with three days of leadership skill-building activities.
Engle & Associates Insurance Brokers in San Luis Obispo recently sponsored a diaper drive with staff, customers, family and friends participating. The diapers and wipes collected went to Womenade, an organization that will distribute them to families in need. Jayne Engle Allen, left, of Engle & Associates Insurance and Sandy Richardson, president of Womenade, stand next to the diapers and wipes collected from a diaper drive sponsored by the insurance broker throughout the month of July.
Marion Hart has earned a doctorate in philosophy, Spanish literature from UC Irvine. Hart, an 8th generation San Luis Obispo County native, graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 2001 and from Wheaton College in 2005. She then received a master’s degree in Spanish and Portuguese from UC Irvine. She currently lectures at Cal Poly and Allan Hancock College.
Lighthouse of Atascadero, a drug awareness group, was the recent recipient of a $2,000 grant from the Atascadero Elks Club through the Elks National Foundation. From left, Donn Clickard, Rolfe Nelson, David Tissue, Lori Bagby, Chris Balogh and Kevin Matherly.
PG&E employees from Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant helped support the Make-AWish Foundation by raising $16,000 at the 17th annual Nuclear Challenge Golf Tournament at Cypress Ridge Golf Club in Arroyo Grande. More than 200 PG&E employees and volunteers took part in the tournament to benefit the foundation’s Tri-Counties chapter. Since the tournament’s inception in 1997, PG&E employees have raised more than $250,000 for the chapter, according to an email from the company. From left, Danya Nunley; Eliana Nunley, Make-A-Wish recipient; Shanna Wasson Taylor, CEO of Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties; and PG&E organizers Heather Lewis, Doug Wise and Bill De Prater at the presentation of a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Members of the Rotary Club of Nipomo barbecued and donated their time for Wilshire Hospice at a recent fundraising event held at the Hearst Ranch.
Access for All, a volunteer group that promotes accessibility within the community through advocacy, community education and outreach, recently tested the new accessible Bluff Trail at Montaña de Oro State Park. “Participants found the new trail smooth riding for folks in wheelchairs and encourage others with mobility limitations to experience the ADA-compliant trail,” said State Parks docent Norma Wightman. “Several vision-impaired participants commented that the brushed edges of the trail helped them guide their canes for safe walking.” More than a mile of trail has been completed and two new ADA-compliant bridges installed. The full trail to the Coon Creek parking lot is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Participants included, from left, Susan Chandler, Ron and Ruth Vasconcellos, Susan Highfill, Dana Holland, John Lee, Paul Mortola, Chris Parker-Kennedy (kneeling), Allyson Buerger, Beverly and Bryan Gingg, and Ed Chandler.
Local 14U fast pitch softball team SLO County Nitro recently competed in the Triple Crown Western World Series of softball in Park City, Utah. The team brought home first place out of 82 teams from nine states in the bronze division.
The Paso Robles Thaddeus Sherman Masonic Lodge No. 196 has announced a partnership with the Paso Robles City Library to support young readers in the Paso Robles community. The lodge’s $850 donation, made through the Paso Robles Library Foundation, will be used in part to launch a new program at the library called the Mason’s Summer Reading Award. Children who complete the “Fizz, Boom, Read” program over the summer will be entered to win the chance to choose a new book, purchased by the Masons, to be placed on the shelves of the Paso Robles Library in their name. The remainder of the Mason’s donation will be used to help supply paperback book prizes for the teen summer reading program, “Spark a Reaction.”
The Five Cities Twirlers recently competed in the U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships sponsored by the United States Twirling Association. More than 500 of the nation’s best baton twirlers competed at the event at the Stockton Arena in the Central Valley. The Five Cities Twirlers Small Juvenile Open Show team Bees Knees took second place with a 1920sstyle flapper routine. The Five Cities Twirlers Juvenile Small Dance Twirl team Alice in Wonderland also placed second in the championships. The team consists of, from left, Claudia Kennedy, Ellie Fuller, Lily Watson, Isabell Dutra and Ireland Corley.
The SLO Skiers and Social Club recently won the top honor for its outstanding charity and community service in the annual competition of all ski clubs in 13 western states. The club was recognized at the Far West Ski Association’s annual convention in Bend, Ore. It was awarded $300 to give to the charity of its choice; the club chose to donate to research for Parkinson’s disease. Club President Fran Long, left, received a check from Sigrid Noack of the western division of the Far West Ski Association’s Charities and Community Program.
RISE has announced the winners of its first RISE Up! awards, honoring four individuals who made outstanding contributions to the organization. RISE — short for Respect, Inspire, Support and Empower — serves victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The following were honored at the recent RISE gala and fundraiser, called Little Italy on the Lake, at the Atascadero Lake Pavilion: The RISE Up! Respect award was presented to Atascadero Police Department Detective Nicholas Coughlin for his work with survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. The RISE Up! Inspire award was presented to Diane Mandala for her six years of dedicated service. The RISE Up! Support award was presented to Michael Gayaldo of Norcast Telecom Networks for providing phone and internet services to RISE free of charge for the past four years. The RISE Up! Empower award was presented to Karen Christian, who provided Spanish translations for RISE’s new outreach materials and website. The honorees were presented with a plaque from RISE and a Certificate of Appreciation from state Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian. Pictured are State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, center, presenting, from left, Diane Mandala, Michael Gayaldo, Karen Christian and Nicholas Coughlin with Certificates of Appreciation in recognition of their contributions to RISE’s sexual assault and domestic violence victim services.
Melissa Styles, a 1999 graduate of Arroyo Grande High School and 2004 graduate of Cal Poly, recently earned a doctorate in dentistry from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She was also honored with the Dean’s Scholarship Award, the Academy of General Dentistry Award and the Community Service Award. Styles will begin her practice with Pacific Dental Services in Petaluma. She is the daughter of Stuart and Marcy Styles of Morro Bay.
The San Luis Obispo High School Agriculture Boosters awarded more than $6,600 in scholarships to eight graduating seniors at the annual FFA awards banquet. Jacquie Johnston, booster vice president, presents scholarships to recipients Benjamin Peterson, left, Aidan Muñoz-Christian, Jessica Judge, Linsie Wyatt, Caitlin Stanton, Kade Huber and Emily Lewis.
The San Luis Obispo Cal Ripken under-10 boys All Star baseball team recently competed in the Cal Ripken state tournament, finishing second to Visalia Cal Ripken. The team qualified for the state tournament after winning the District 6 championship in June.
The North County Humane Society in Atascadero was recently honored by the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, the California state Senate and the U.S. Congress. The Humane Society’s Senior 4 Senior adoption program was selected as the Senior Citizen Program of the Year for 2013. The project was started in 2011 with the goal of encouraging anyone 62 years or older to adopt a cat aged eight years or older at no charge. “The result has been a successful program that helps fill the void of loneliness between humans and animals alike,” said Sherry Chapman, shelter manager. Pictured are, from left, Sherry Chapman, shelter manager, NCHS mascot 'Kitty' and Martha Pedersen, president of the NCHS board of directors.
Atascadero Kiwanis Club Foundation recently made a donation of $30,000 for the construction of an inclusive playground on property owned by the City of Atascadero. The park will feature play structures and turf that can accommodate special-needs children. The donation was presented to Parents for Joy, a community organization dedicated to raising money for the park. The donation was made possible through funds raised at the fourth annual Mayors’ Winemaker Dinner held by the City of Atascadero and the Kiwanis Club. At the presentation were Kiwanian and Atascadero Mayor Tom O’Malley, left; Sarah Sullivan and Jenell Allen, representing Parents for Joy; Albert Almodova, Kiwanis president; and Kathy McCarey, Kiwanis treasurer.
Noran Rahim, a teen mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County, has earned the agency’s Take Flight award. The award honors students who volunteer as mentors throughout all four years of high school. Noran was chosen out of agroup of 79 student mentors. To honor Noran for her work with elementary school youths, she and her Little Sister, Sonia, were treated to an airplane ride. Local pilot Cheryl Cooney, assisted by pilot Elizabeth Dinan, flew the girls on a 30-minute tour over areas of the county. The pilots are members of the SLO chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of female pilots promoting aviation through education, scholarships and mutual support. Pictured are Rahim and her Little Sister, Sonia.
The Santa Margarita De Cortona Catholic Church Altar Society recently awarded more than $5,000 in scholarships to six students of the parish. The Rev. Robert Travis, third from right, presented awards to, from left, Brandon Brown; Julie Smeltzer, standing in for daughter Nicole Smeltzer; Jo Hanna Smet, standing in for daughter Sarah Smet; Erika Smeltzer; Matthew Flynn; and Stanton Schulte.
Bill Pierson was recently honored by the Arroyo Grande Lions Club with the Lions Club International Melvin Jones Fellowship in recognition of his more than 30 years of service to the community. It is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member and represents a donation to Lions International service projects, such as disaster relief or vision improvement efforts, of at least $1,000. Pictured is Arroyo Grande Lions Club secretary Terry Orton, right, presenting the Lions Club International Melvin Jones Fellowship to honoree Bill Pierson.
Helen Summerfield and Pete Gallagher, back row, of the Italian Catholic Federation in Arroyo Grande recently presented scholarships to recipients Sarah Castellino, from left, Gregory Conti and Toby Tonascia.
St. Barnabas Thrift Shop donated $888 to the Five Cities Christian Women as part of its ongoing outreach program. Thrift shop volunteers Sjaan Buck, left, and Peggy Barclay, right, presented the donation to Virginia Mothes, president of the Five Cities Christian Women.
San Luis Obispo High School graduate Rachel Warden, second from left, recently won a 2008 Scion TC car that was given away by Mike McCarthy, third from right, of McCarthy’s Auto Dealership of San Luis Obispo. In order to be eligible to win the car, students had to attend their grad night and sign an “All In Driver No Excuses” pledge to not drive distracted. Students from 15 San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County high schools participated in the pledge. In addition to the car giveaway, more than $4,000 was given to the other participants. Also at the presentation are, from left, J.W. Townsen, Matt Olson, Laura Browning and Chuck Hoops of the CHP.
Trilogy Service Club recently presented a donation of $14,018.18 to Captive Hearts as the recipient of its 2014 Trilogy Fashion Show fundraiser. At left, club members Myra Akel, left, and Amy Hedges, right, present the check to Chaplain Judy Boen, founder and CEO of Captive Hearts in Grover Beach.
The French Hospital Medical Center Foundation has announced that more than $53,000 was raised during The French Cup, its 8th annual charity golf and tennis tournament. Funds from the event will benefit a significant modernization and expansion project currently underway at FHMC. The winning team of the French Cup is, front row, from left, Joyce Puscheck, Leonard Cohen and Scott Cartwright. Team member Alan Phillips is not pictured. Joining the winning team in the back row is Alan Iftiniuk, president and CEO of French Hospital Medical Center, and Nipool Patel, chairman of the tournament.
PG&E has awarded a matching grant of $5,000 to Estero Bay Community Radio (KEBF), 97.3 The Rock, to help fund operating costs for 2014. To meet PG&E’s match, 97.3 The Rock kicked off 50 Days of Fundraising at the recent Morro Bay MusicFest event, raising $1,500. PG&E will match tax-deductible donations dollar for dollar through July 18. The Rock offers community-based programming for listeners along Estero Bay and provides Emergency Broadcast System services.
The Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County recently installed new officers. The new officers are, back row, from left, Georgie Mendonca, vice president, membership; Tawnee Hosick, vice president, public relations; Maria Vargas, treasurer; Maureen Marquis, corresponding secretary; Bonnie Long, vice president, resource development; front row, Sue Pino, vice president, philanthropic programs; Gail Stoneburg, president; and Carolyn Jones, recording secretary.
Calvin DePass of Nipomo recently competed in the California Senior Games in Pasadena and won a gold medal in racquetball. DePass, 81, competed in the 80-90 age group.
Celebrating their win in the Beat the Heat tournament are, from the top, Rodney Thompson, Wyatt Quick, Carson Turnquist, Bryson Hoier (with home run ball), and Caleb Tweten, members of the Mustang All-Stars Paso Robles youth baseball team.
The Pismo Beach Cities Lions Club recently installed its first woman president, Connie Rose. A news release from the club states that Connie’s father, Joe Rose, was the club’s first president and was founder of the Joe Rose Community Center built in 1945.
Emily Lewis, a 2013 graduate of San Luis Obispo High School, was awarded the Jeff Bryan 4-H/FFA Memorial Scholarship of $500 at the Senior Showcase ceremony recently held at the Performing Arts Center. Lewis, who has been a member of 4-H and FFA for a number of years, will pursue her education at the University of Wyoming to study agricultural business. The annual award was given by the Doris Bryan family.
Andrew “Feddy” Federico, a 2008 graduate of San Luis Obispo High School, recently graduated cum laude from Texas Tech University with dual bachelor’s degrees from the Rawls College of Business and the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources. Federico, who was president of the Finance Association on campus and a member of Delta Sigma Pi, works in Dallas. He is the son of Vicki and Brian Federico of San Luis Obispo.
A founding gift of $100,000 from Jim Sargen and his family recently established The Cindy Sargen Youth Development Fund at the San Luis Obispo County YMCA in support of innovative programming and events for county youths. Cindy Sargen, who died in December 2013, grew up serving as a Y camp and youth leader with YMCAs in the San Francisco Bay Area and the SLO County Y at Camp Ocean Pines. She was passionate about engaging youths in positive experiences that could position them to be happy and successful throughout their life. For more information, contact Monica Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.sloymca.org. Pictured from left are, back row, Kimberly Sargen, SLO County YMCA CEO Monica Grant, Marc Sargen, Jim Sargen and Autumn Sargen; front row, Paige Meier, Rebecca Dargatz, Mia Martin, Gia Brescia, Rocco Koory and Blake Sanchez, Shell Beach Elementary YMCA after-school students.
Celebrating its 30th year, Idler’s Home announced the winners of its annual Mom & Apple Pie Contest. The winners of KitchenAid appliances included Connie Mooney of Arroyo Grande, who won first place and a stainless steel range; Maryann Dinsfriend of Paso Robles, who won second place and a stand mixer; and Cathy Vierra of Atascadero, who won third place and a microwave oven. Fourth- through 12th-place winners received a KitchenAid hand mixer. Holding their winning pies in the Idler’s Home Mom & Apple Pie Contest are, from left, Maryann Dinsfriend, Connie Mooney and Cathy Vierra. Don Idler, president of Idler’s Home, far left, and KitchenAid representative James Stoddard are pictured with the winners.
Local community organizations were recipients of donations of $5,000 from the San Luis Obispo Rotary Club. Rotary Club members, from left, Jim Salio, Karen File, Melissa Babu and Lisa Adams, right, presented the gifts to Marie Larson, Friends of Hapitok; Monica Grant, SLO County YMCA; Gail Stoneburg, Assistance League of SLO County; and Kimberly Colley, Girl Scouts of America.
The Senior Nutrition Program of San Luis Obispo County held its seventh annual Night of a Million Meals fundraiser at The Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach. This year’s sold-out event hosted more than 200 guests who enjoyed casino games, live music, silent and live auctions and a five-course dinner. According to Elias Nimeh, the program’s executive director, it was the most successful fundraising event in the program’s 23-year history. For more information about the program, call 541-3312 or visit http://www.snpslo.org. Pictured are Senior Nutrition Program Executive Director Elias Nimeh, left, and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian. Achadjian was also the emcee for the event.
The Rotary Club of Cayucos-Seaside sponsored the purchase of a $3,000 defibrillator for the Cayucos Fire Department to use in heartrelated medical emergencies. According to the club, the Cayucos Fire Department receives about 300 calls a year; 80 percent of the calls are for medical emergencies. The department serves about 3,000 residents in Cayucos. Pictured are Cayucos Rotarians Sherry Sim, second from left, Gina Spencer, Gil Igleheart and Richard Moore with Cayucos fire Capt. Howard Sanford, left, and fire Chief Mike Minnetti, right.
Members of the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society and fifth-grade students from Winifred Pifer Elementary School in Paso Robles worked together on a community service project creating 32 care packages that were donated to RISE programs to support victims of sexual assault.
Templeton Boy Scout Gabe Gannage, 15, chose to clean and landscape the front entry of the ECHO Homeless Shelter in Atascadero for his Eagle project. With the help of six of his fellow Scouts from Troop 101, Gabe created a simple design with a moisture barrier, chips and four huge boulders. The new landscape replaced a jumble of weeds that had grown during the various construction projects at the shelter.
The Arroyo Grande Sportsman’s Club recently held its 17th annual Kids Adventure Day at Pat Loomis’ Fort Hope in rural Arroyo Grande. Sixty-one children attended the two-day event, where they fished in a pond, learned how to pan for gold, milked a cow and got lessons in archery and BB gun shooting. The kids, most of whom had never had an opportunity to experience an outdoor adventure, were taught about the protection, conservation and propagation of fish, wildlife and natural resources.
The San Luis Obispo Little Theatre has received a $7,000 grant to fund tuition scholarships for students participating in its Academy of Creative Theatre (ACT) educational programs throughout the 2014-15 season. The grant was provided through Art Inspires!, a program of The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County, funded by the Holser Educational Fund for the Performing Arts. ACT provides year-round theatrical training for local youth. The foundation also awarded a grant of $4,000 to further develop the outreach capacity of The Organ Concert Series program at First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo. Pictured are Janice Fong Wolf of The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County, second from left, with, from left, Bryce Engstrom, Wilda Rosene, Kevin Harris, Michael Simkins, Kerry DiMaggio and Matthew Cottle.
The Rotary Club of Arroyo Grande recently celebrated a year of accomplishments at an annual awards dinner where it was announced that the club donated nearly $30,000 to local nonprofits and youth organizations. At the event, Kristy Wood was named Rotarian of the Year for her hard work and dedication to the club. Recently, the Arroyo Grande club donated its annual $10,000 college scholarship to Arroyo Grande High School senior and salutatorian Alyssa Nevis. In addition, the club gave $500 in scholarships to several outstanding Lopez High School students. Pictured are Alyssa Nevis with, from left, Alfred Nevis, Alyssa’s father; Thomas Cook, Alyssa's stepfather; and Franky Curiel.
Paso Robles Unit 50 American Legion Auxiliary recently selected its 2014 delegate and alternates to Girls State. Candidates are chosen based on their leadership qualities, high academic honors and community service. Delegate Emma Zelus and alternates Carly Cargil and Shanna Loughmiller are juniors at Paso Robles High School. The Girls State program is a weeklong hands-on learning session about leadership and government. For more information, visit http://www.cagirlsstate.org. Pictured are, from left, Shanna Loughmiller, Carly Cargil and Emma Zelus.
Sarah Ashley of Templeton has graduated with a doctorate degree in medicine from the UC Davis School of Medicine. Ashley, who graduated from Cuesta College at 14, was also honored with the Alexandra E. Greene, M.D., Memorial Scholarship Award at the commencement ceremony.
The Pismo Beach Cities Lions Club recently held a dinner for scholarship recipients courtesy of Chacho’s Mexican Restaurant. The club presented $2,500 in scholarships to local high school students. Shannon Farley received the Joe Rose Music Scholarship; Donovan Vidal received the Joe Rose Business Scholarship; Clint Doucette received the Zardenetta Safety Award; Kendall Bowers received the Llisa Wyrick Math & Science Scholarship; and Kaela Yancosek received the Shelby Ford Scholarship. At the presentation are, from left, Kim Mistretta, scholarship chairperson; Shannon Farley, recipient; Bernie Dominguez, Lopez High School counselor; Donovan Vidal, recipient; Charlissa Boaz-Skinner, Lopez High School principal; Clint Doucette and Kendall Bowers, recipients; Conan Bowers, Arroyo Grande High School principal; and David Dahmen, vice president of the Lions Club. Not pictured is recipient Kaela Yancosek.
Four San Luis Obispo County youths competed at the Salinas Valley Fair 4-H/FFA Horse Show. Two took home the event’s top prizes. Santa Margarita 4-H Club member Valerie Best, riding Tee’s Impressive Lady, earned Best of Show in the junior division. She also placed in six other events, taking first in hunter hack and trail in her division. Atascadero High School FFA member Casey Nauta, riding Daybreak Jubilee, took Best of Show in the senior division. She also placed in nine other events, placing first in hunter hack and trail in her division. Casey and Valerie are also members of the Atascadero Wranglerettes. Creston 4-H members Payton Ansite and Chelsea Hedlund competed. Payton placed in nine events, and Chelsea placed in two. Pictured is Valerie Best of Santa Margarita 4-H Club competing in hunter hack, riding Tee’s Impressive Lady at the Salinas Valley Fair 4-H/FFA Horse Show.
The Rotary Club of Pismo Beach-Five Cities and Rotary Club of Grover Beach recently announced the winners of the Four Way Test, an essay contest for students. The Four Way Test — “Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?” — promotes values and ethics embraced by Rotarians. First-place winners Mikayla Provence, Mikayla Quam, Kimi White and Lucy Rebecca Wickstrom were awarded $300 scholarships. Second-place winners Talia Conn, Mustafa Assal, Destinee Meza and Leanna Newby were awarded $200 scholarships. Third-place winners John Pollard, Natalie Garcia and Ryan Brennan were awarded $100 scholarships. Pictured are, from left, back row, Mikayla Quam, Ryan Brennan, Kimi White and Natalie Garcia; front row, Destinee Meza, John Pollard, Mustafa Assal, Talia Conn and Mikayla Provence. Not pictured are Lucy Rebecca Wickstrom and Leanna Newby.
Lucas Grant of Atascadero was honored with a Fire Service Award as an outstanding cadet at his recent Allan Hancock College firefighter academy graduation ceremony. He was voted by his classmates as the cadet who best represented their battalion. Grant, a 2005 graduate of San Luis Obispo High School, spent the past four years fighting wildland fires with the U.S. Forest Service. He also worked two years as a Los Padres Hot Shot and two years on Santa Lucia Crew 7. He is now employed with the Atascadero Fire Department. Pictured is Lucas Grant, center, Andy Densmore, coordinator for the fire academy, right, and Chief Kurt Stone of the Atascadero Fire Department.
Students from local high schools each received a $1,500 scholarship for exemplary achievement and community service by King David’s Masonic Lodge No. 209 in San Luis Obispo. Families, friends and school staff attended the dinner held in their honor. The honorees included: Marcela Macias, Margot Kandarian, Eva Adame, Sierra Schwellenbach and Shannon Stebbins from Morro Bay High School; Taylor Gater, Claire Hillsinger, Jessica Fauria and Nora Zakaria from San Luis Obispo High School; and Anne Michelle Lopez from Pacific Beach High School.
Juvenile Court Judge Linda Hurst recently swore in seven new Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and mentors who will be assigned to abused, neglected or abandoned youth transitioning to adulthood. CASA volunteers completed a thorough screening and background check and were provided with 30 hours of initial training. Volunteers are recruited from all areas of San Luis Obispo County. For more information, visit Pictured at the swearing-in ceremony for new CASA volunteers are, from left, Diane Denman, Cathy Carrigan, Judge Linda Hurst, Lous Heshusius, Lauri Harris, Melanie Aranda, Sue Klempner and Rudy Bachmann.
Robert “Bobby” Petro of Arroyo Grande graduated with a doctorate degree in osteopathic medicine from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colo. Petro is the son of Bob and Elaine Petro and a graduate of Arroyo Grande High School. He also attended UC Santa Cruz, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in health sciences.
SESLOC Federal Credit Union announced the most recent recipient of a SESLOC education grant. Nathan Meinert, a math teacher at San Luis Obispo High School, was chosen to receive a grant that will be used to buy a tablet computer he says will be part of his efforts to create a more studentcentered learning environment. Pictured are Meinert and Carla Swift of SESLOC Federal Credit Union.
Cal Poly’s student chapter of the California Geotechnical Engineers Association (CalGeo) received a Rising Star Award at the group’s annual conference recently held in Newport Beach. Founded in fall 2013, the Cal Poly CalGeo Club was recognized for its outstanding program of meetings, tours, community service and events. The award also recognized Cal Poly CalGeo’s fifth-place showing in the national GeoWall competition, held in February at the Geo-Congress in Atlanta. For more information, visit http://calpolycalgeo.com. Club members pictured in the front row, from left, are Keegan Arnt, Olivia Davis, Quintin Flores and Max Rossiter. In the back row are advisers Fred Potthast and Jim Hanson. Not pictured are members Zech Alston-Szwabowski and Ana Kirichuk, and adviser Judd King.
The Atascadero Kiwanis Foundation recently donated $1,080 to the Boys and Girls Club to underwrite a summer swimming program utilizing the Atascadero High School pool. The donation will be used to cover the cost of making the pool available during this summer’s Boys and Girls Club program. Pictured are Albert Almodova, right, president of the Kiwanis Club of Atascadero, and Allen Reese of the Boys and Girls Club.
A group of young aspiring musicians recently performed at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in San Luis Obispo. Sponsored by the Central Coast Music Teachers Association, the recital was composed of one vocal student along with 14 piano students from beginner through advanced levels.
Quota International of Atascadero members, from left, Kathy Johnson, Jenell Beltz and Pam Meyer present a donation to Matt Reid, center, for his Mind Over Matter program to benefit veterans. Reid, a veteran who has been deployed several times to Iraq and Afghanistan, founded the support group called Mind Over Matter to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Quota International of Atascadero donated $400 to his foundation.
The San Luis Obispo Elks Club recently donated the venue and supplies to SLO Junior Girl Scout Troop 40318 to host a mother/daughter tea for more than 100 participants.
Greg Ganotisi, left, Reyna Chaves, Maria Alcantar, Sebonay Campos and Eric Robles received scholarships from the Women’s Club of Arroyo Grande. Not pictured is Chaz Aragon. The students were presented scholarships totaling $6,150. Two continuing scholarships were also awarded to past recipients and one re-entry scholarship to a Cuesta College nursing student.
San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge No. 322 recently gave $14,000 to 48 local students from four high schools. Students and their parents and friends gathered for dinner at the Elks Lodge to receive the awards.
The French Hospital Medical Center Foundation announced that the seventh annual Share the Hope event, recently held at the Hearst Ranch, raised $314,000.This exceeds the amount raised at last year’s event and is the record for most funds raised at any foundation event, according to an email from the hospital.All proceeds from the event benefit the programs and services offered free of charge to patients and loved ones at the Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital.Pictured from left are Alan Iftiniuk, French Hospital president and CEO; Thomas Vendegna, chair of the hospital advisory committee and hospital board member; and Steve Hearst, HCRC advisory committee member.
Analisa Cavaletto, left, and Valerie Best of Santa Margarita 4-H Club Dutch oven project prepare meals for the 9th annual Nacitone Dutch Oven Dinner, a benefit for the Nacitone Regional Interpretive Center and Museum.
Girl Scout Sierra Schwellenbach was recently honored with the organization’s highest honor, the Gold Award.Schwellenbach is the first from the Estero Pines service unit to receive the honor in more than a decade, according to Girl Scout leader and service unit co-manager Christina Garcia. Schwellenbach maintains a 4.4 GPA at Morro Bay High School and played varsity basketball all four years, two on the all-county team. She is also a referee for soccer and basketball with the Morro Bay parks and recreation department.Schwellenbach, who has been a Girl Scout for more than 10 years, organized and ran a basketball camp for girls to earn her award.At the award presentation are, from left, Pat Soulliere-Ochylski, membership manager with the Girl Scouts; Karen Sweeny, emcee of the ceremony; Sierra Schwellenbach; Leonard Moothart, president of the Los Osos CSD; and 2nd District Supervisor Bruce Gibson.
The Central Coast Celebration Chorus from Pismo Beach won a first-place small chorus award at the Sweet Adelines’ Region 11 competition. Six of 30 members pictured are front row, from left, Laura Newbre, Madeleine Arel-Davis and Lisa Miller; back row, Trudy Morris, Nannon Kelsal and Connie Ross.
The San Luis Obispo High School FFA Chapter set new records with the number of champion teams and top finishes this year at the state level, said Anna Bates, FFA adviser.Four teams won state championship titles and will compete on behalf of California at the National FFA Finals in October. In addition, the chapter won the National Chapter Award and will also represent California at the national level.Placing first in the state and heading to the national competition are the marketing plan team, veterinary science team, novice parliamentary procedure debate team and the prepared public speaker, Benjamin Peterson.The chapter is coached by Anna Bates and Jodi Evans. Dr. Marissa Greenberg of Animal Care Clinic also coached the veterinary science team.
The Central Coast Condors girls U-10 soccer team from Arroyo Grande won the Cali Crown Soccer Tournament in Bakersfield. Team members include: back row, from left, Elise Flores, Paola Ramirez, coach Rob Flores, Julie Ramirez and Kate Lowry; front row, Alexis Seiler, Jiana Martin, Lindsey Miller, Cynthia Ramirez and Angelina Tapia.
Pacific Western Bank recently teamed up with Family Care Network Inc. (FCNI), a private, nonprofit provider, to support local children and families impacted by trauma. The $5,000 contribution will help provide educational support to families and youths in need of adoption and foster care services. Jim Roberts, CEO and founder of FCNI, added that, “The partnership will also include bankers teaching our transitionalage youth basic financial literacy skills that will help them transition from system dependence to self-sufficiency and independence.” At the presentation were, from left, Brian Tietje, Shay Peck, Carl Dudley, Mike Laidlaw, Jim Roberts, Thomas Strait, Bobbie Boyer and Cameron Ingalls.
Team Aftershock, club basketball for boys ages 14 to 17, are the first-place champions of the May Mayhem Tournament, sponsored by the Cal Swoosh Organization.
The Altrusa Club of San Luis Obispo has made a $600 donation to the San Luis Obispo Friends of the Library’s in-school reading program. The donation will go toward purchasing books for all students whose classes participated in the reading program this year in grades K–2 and 4 at Hawthorne Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. “According to the teachers, students with the FOL volunteers show more interest, try harder and make more progress.” Hawthorne Principal Kirt Collins said. “One positive example is a fourth-grade girl who has been able to progress several reading levels to be near grade level as a result of the one-on-one with the FOL volunteer.” Pictured at the presentation are, from left, front row, Sandra Mason, Julie Dye and Chris Hummel; back row, Kirt Collins, Linda Thompson, Sharon Seitz, Laurie Brown and Laurie Schneeman.
Paso Robles High School SkillsUSA recently sent 54 students and 11 advisers to the California Leadership and Skills Conference in San Diego. The chapter, which had contestants in 23 competitions, won six gold, seven silver and six bronze medals. The gold medalists won in the following categories: Tristan Balson for plumbing, Robert Comstock III for marine tech, Haley Dotson for early childhood education, Wes Harmon for mobile electronics assembly, Violet Lopez for criminal justice and Parker Pilg for electrical construction wiring. They will go on to compete in the national conference in Kansas City, Mo. SkillsUSA is a competition for career technical education students.
Hospice SLO was the recipient of St. Barnabas Thrift Shop’s monthly community outreach commitment of $802. Thrift shop volunteers Sam Agbo, left, and Esther Agbo, right, present the donation to Tony Huffaker, Hospice counseling director and Sissy Gabriel, Hospice volunteer.
Atascadero High School’s Greybots robotics Team 973 recently competed at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition World Championship in St. Louis. Four hundred teams of high school students from all over the globe competed at the event. The Greybots and their robot, Predator, won a gold medal in their division, qualifying them for the Einstein Finals. The finals consisted of the top four alliances of three teams each, or 12 teams total. Team 254 from San Jose along with its alliance teams from Michigan and Illinois won the championship, according to FIRST’s website. In addition to winning a gold medal in their division, the Greybots received the Judges Award for overall excellence. The team qualified to compete in the world championship by winning the regional competition in March.
Girl Scout Troop 40021 of Morro Bay recently organized a service project to help Get on the Bus, a nonprofit organization that reunites children with their parents in prison. The troop coordinated contributions from other troops in the Estero Pines Service Unit and the community in addition to donating items itself. The girls collected picture frames, note cards, pens and postage stamps for “Stay Connected Bags” to help incarcerated parents stay in touch with their kids. They assembled 30 bags and donated 30 teddy bears for the project. For more information, visit http://www.girlscoutsccc.org.
The Volunteer Auxiliary at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center held its 40th annual awards luncheon honoring the hospital’s more than 100 volunteers, including 30 college students, for their years of dedicated service. Sandy Rans of Los Osos was named Outstanding Volunteer of the Year; Jim Ervin of San Luis Obispo was named Hero Volunteer of the Year; and Scottie Morris of San Luis Obispo was honored as a Life Member for her 16 consecutive years of service. In addition, the auxiliary awarded student scholarships to Tom Yusin, a fourth-year pre-med student at Cal Poly and Dominic Grisafe, a fifth-year biochemistry major. Both were awarded $1,000 scholarships. Last year, Sierra Vista volunteers contributed more than 20,000 hours to the hospital and donated nearly $21,000 to local scholarships and nonprofit organizations, according to an email from the hospital. Sandy Rans, right, of Los Osos is honored as Sierra Vista Volunteer Auxiliary’s Volunteer of the Year by nurse Connie Malek, the hospital’s volunteer coordinator.
The San Luis Obispo Soccer Club U-15 girl’s team, SLO Storm, was crowned champions of the 2014 Cal South State Cup recently held in San Bernardino. The team will now represent the club and the Cal South organization in June at the Far West regionals against state champions from Cal North, Nevada and Alaska.
The Nipomo Lions recently donated $900 to Project Lifesaver of San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County. The mission of the program is to provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury to adults and children who wander because of Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia and other cognitive conditions. Clients who are enrolled in the program wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal. For more information, call Marie Brinkmeyer of Senior Volunteer Services at 544-8740. Pictured are Nipomo Lions Club members, from left, Norm Burdick, Bob McGill and Jim Wiggins presenting a donation to Marie Brinkmeyer, executive director of Senior Volunteer Services.
The Five Cities-Pismo Beach branch of the American Association of University Women has awarded scholarships to six Lucia Mar Unified School District seventhgraders to attend the Tech Trek camp at UCSB in July. The Tech Trek experience is designed to develop lifelong interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The six $900 scholarships were awarded to: Madelyn Witcher and Ashlie Andrade of Mesa Middle School; Madison Hermesch and Grace Mann of Judkins Middle School; Zoe Boyd and Trinity Anderson of Paulding Middle School. The scholarships were made possible through a grant from the Women’s Network Group of PG&E, donations from Melfred Borzall Inc., the Five Cities Optimist Club, local residents and branch fundraising. Pictured are Madelyn Witcher, left, Madison Hermesch, Grace Mann, Zoe Boyd and Trinity Anderson. Not pictured is Ashlie Andrade.
Sadie Mae Mace, a student at Paso Robles High School, donated $50 to Woods Humane Society by selling bracelets crafted from recycled materials. The Best Bike Zone in Paso Robles provided a space for her to display her bracelets and animal welfare brochures.
Cuesta College’s marketing and communications department was honored with five awards from the Community College Public Relations Organization, a statewide professional development and service organization that seeks to promote excellence in California’s community college public relations and related professionals. Cuesta received five 2014 PRO Awards in the following categories: First place, newsletter. Second place, feature story. Second place, promotional advertising campaign. Third place, news release. Third place, TV advertisement. Pictured from left are: Mary Ellen Bohnsack, Shannon Hill, Jay Thompson, Lauren Milbourne and Lana Rauch.
Two teams of fourth- and sixth-grade Arroyo Grande girls took top honors at the state Destination Imagination competition, qualifying them to compete at the global finals in Knoxville, Tenn., on Friday. More than 200,000 participants will compete against students from more than 48 states and 15 countries worldwide. The fourth-grade team, Bananas, consists of Sarah Beaudin, Lorena Carroll, Claire Devaney and Felisa Racinez. It is coached by Karen Beaudin. The sixth-grade team consists of Kimberly Beaudin, Olivia Goodwin, Kiana Ayala, Shea Zenker and Claire Benson. It is coached by Kim Goodwin and Karen Beaudin. Destination Imagination is a project-based learning academic program incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the arts and service learning. The Bananas and Ninjas are members of 5 Cities DI club, and all attend St. Patrick School in Arroyo Grande.
Two teams of fourth- and sixth-grade Arroyo Grande girls took top honors at the state Destination Imagination competition, qualifying them to compete at the global finals in Knoxville, Tenn., on Friday. More than 200,000 participants will compete against students from more than 48 states and 15 countries worldwide. The fourth-grade team, Bananas, consists of Sarah Beaudin, Lorena Carroll, Claire Devaney and Felisa Racinez. It is coached by Karen Beaudin. The sixth-grade team consists of Kimberly Beaudin, Olivia Goodwin, Kiana Ayala, Shea Zenker and Claire Benson. It is coached by Kim Goodwin and Karen Beaudin. Destination Imagination is a project-based learning academic program incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the arts and service learning. The Bananas and Ninjas are members of 5 Cities DI club, and all attend St. Patrick School in Arroyo Grande.
The Cal Poly Women’s Club recently hosted a quilt auction and boutique event. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the club’s general student scholarship fund which is awarded annually
Soroptimist International of San Luis Obispo recently presented Christina Kaviani with the Soroptimist Ruby Award: Women Helping Women for her outstanding contributions to the community. She was recognized for her professional achievement and volunteerism demonstrated through her violence-prevention programs and participation throughout the community at events and workshops.Kaviani is coordinator of Cal Poly’s Gender Equity Center and Safer program. As an educator and first responder, she counsels those affected by sexual assault and intimate partner violence.A cash donation in her name will be given to the Gender Equity Center and Safer program.Shown is Christina Kaviani, center, with Soroptimist members Serim Denel, left, and Florence Aiello.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County is the recipient of a $7,500 grant from the Union Pacific Railroad Foundation in support of the agency’s youth mentoring programs. Anna Boyd-Bucy, left, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters receives a check from Liisa Stark of Union Pacific Railroad.
The Atascadero City Council recently voted unanimously to present the San Luis Obispo County Library with $10,000 to buy equipment and furniture for the new library in Atascadero. The funds had already been earmarked for library expansion and do not impact city operations, according to an email from the city. The Friends of the Atascadero Library have been actively raising funds for the new library project, which is now nearing completion and is expected to open to the public within the next few months.
San Luis Obispo American Legion Post 66 recently donated $500 to the veterans’ treatment mentor program of San Luis Obispo County. The funds will be used to recruit and train mentors. From left, Richard Powell, commander of Post 66, Greg Sanders and Pete Pepper, directors of the mentor program and Greg Somers, 1st vice commander of Post 66 at the presentation of the donation.
Nearly 200 baton twirlers from California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Hawaii recently competed at Long Beach City College for the National Baton Twirling Association All West Regional Championships. Eleven members of the Five Cities Twirlers represented the South County, winning several regional titles. The primary halftime show twirl team, Bees Knees, won first place in the championships. The preteen dance twirl team, Wonderland, placed second in the championships. Other competitors who placed in their categories included: Ellie Fuller, Lily Watson, Layla Wallace, Ireland Corley, Patrick Keith, Isabell Dutra, Bailey Reese and Liam Searby, who placed first in regional men’s twirl, making him champion for his division. Pictured are, from left, Ireland Corley, Helena Miller, Ellie Fuller, Lily Watson, Claudia Kennedy, Isabell Dutra, Bailey Reese, Jaqi King and Layla Wallace.
Templeton High School seniors Adam Hinrichs and Anna Hinrichs recently performed at the piano honors recital for the Music Teachers Association of California in Santa Barbara. They were awarded senior medallions and received scholarships for successful presentation through the Certificate of Merit program for six years. Charlotte A. Wallace of Paso Robles is their music instructor.
The Sapphires, a junior level 3 competitive all-star cheer team from Central Coast Elite at Central Coast Gymnastics, was named first-place team in its division at the American Showcase, a national competition held by The American Cheer & Dance Championships. The Platinum team, junior level 1, was second in its division, and the Rubies team, mini level 1, was second in its division. The teams are coached by Aly Mantell.
The Boys & Girls Club of North San Luis Obispo County recently held its second annual open house, with more than 75 of its supporters attending. The open house sought to increase awareness of the club’s after-school and summer programs for children in grades K-8. The highlight of the evening was a singing performance by local children. County businesses and civic organizations recognized for their continuing support include PG&E, Kiwanis International, Lions Club, Central Coast Funds for Children, Moose Lodge Porch Monkeys, Cellar360, Super Fun Run, King Oil Tools, Staples, Lowe’s, Atascadero Cross-Fit, Southern California Gas Co., Baker Wine & Grape Analysis, and Orchard Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast. Perla De Leon of PG&E presented $12,000 to the Boys & Girls Club. The donation will go toward energy-efficient and break-resistant windows for the club.
GleanSLO, a program of the Food Bank that harvests excess or unwanted produce, celebrated its volunteers who gleaned more than 200,000 pounds of fresh, local produce in 2013. Centrally Grown, a local, mobile catering company, honored GleanSLO volunteers by donating a meal of local and sustainably grown cuisine valued at $6,300 for the volunteer appreciation event. Pictured is Chef Eric Olson, right, of Centrally Grown with his staff and the staff of GleanSLO at the recent volunteer appreciation event.
From left, Tyra Solomon, Carol Norton, Nancy Johnson, Adrienne Harris, Adrienne Shouse, Tim Dawson, Kathryn Winfrey and Carla Wixom attend the presentation of a $500 donation to the Morro Bay National Estuary Program from the Morro Bay Garden Club.
The Atascadero Elks Lodge recently installed new officers for 2014-15. The new officers include, back row, from left: Chuck Cooper, secretary; Darin Giessinger, leading knight; Mark Jennings, loyal knight; Lee Ybaben, lecturing knight; David Martin, inner guard; Lance Erickson, trustee; and Patrick Behr, trustee; and front row: John Paulsen, trustee; Margaret Vandergon, trustee; Kaye Bruns, chaplain; Kevin Matherly, exalted ruler; Virginia Allen, tiller; and Susan Marple, treasurer.
The Santa Margarita 4-H Club Foster Bag Sewing Committee recently met at Hope Lutheran Church in Atascadero to make drawstring bags for San Luis Obispo County’s foster child program. Nine youth members showed up for the sew-in including: Erica Best, Kensington Witt, Chelsea Stilts, Chloe Stilts, Gudrun Derickson, Sigrid Derickson, Elizabeth Schaefer and Baruch Schaefer. Together they have made 52 bags toward their 100-bag goal and continue working toward that end. The bags will be filled with donated items and given to foster children to make the first night away from home a little easier. Items include: a hair brush, night light, shampoo, soap, a small stuffed animal, deodorant, a journal, pens, fun book and a magazine. To donate items for the project, call 345-9066.
Adrienne Sabety has been awarded a fellowship from the National Science Foundation. The fellowship will support her doctorate work in health policy and economics at Harvard University for five years starting this fall. Sabety attended Mission Prep, Cuesta College and UC Berkeley, and she is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass. She is the daughter of Barrie and Melanie Cleveland of San Luis Obispo.
SLO Quilters recently presented the SLO Noor Clinic with a donation of nearly $1,000. The money was raised through a quilt auction and wine-tasting event, The Experience, in 2013. The guild regularly creates and donates quilts to various nonprofit groups in the community and makes donations through fundraising events. For more information, visit http://www.sloquilters.org. Clinic staff members Tom Barber, left, Dr. Scott Bishett, Ellen DeLong, Marisa Prada, and guild members Susan Knowles, Jennifer White, Jody Nelson and Smitty Price were at the presentation. Not pictured is quilter Kathi Settle.
Rylie Norby of San Luis Obispo is the recent recipient of the second Jennifer Thoma Memorial Ballet Scholarship and $2,500 that will allow her to attend an intensive summer ballet program for advanced training. Norby, who is a student at Laguna Middle School, studies dance under the instruction of Michelle Epperheimer at the Academy of Dance/Civic Ballet of SLO. She has performed in the Civic Ballet’s Nutcracker every season since 2007. She also dances with San Luis Jazz, has performed at the Mid-State Fair, Great America, San Francisco Pier 39 and Cal Poly Spanos Theater. Bill Thoma and children Jessica and Jeff Thoma inaugurated the Jennifer Thoma Ballet Scholarship in memory of their wife and mother, who passed away from cancer in 2012. The scholarship is awarded through the Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County. Pictured is Bill Thoma, left, and Jessica Thoma, right, presenting the Jennifer Thoma Memorial Ballet Scholarship to Rylie Norby.
Idler’s Appliances in San Luis Obispo recently donated a dryer to Womenade, a nonprofit organization working to support needy individuals in the county. Womenade gave the dryer to an at-risk family with children. Terry Elfrink and David Buck-Moyer delivered the dryer, and Naomi Blakely facilitated the outreach for Womenade. Idler’s, which also has a store in Paso Robles, is at 122 Cross St. Pictured are Renee Wright, left, Gabe Hedges and Bryan Idler, employees at Idler’s Appliances, standing next to the dryer that was donated to Womenade.
Central Coast Women for Fisheries recently received $2,500 from the Morro Bay 50th Celebration Committee for completion of a public art sculpture to be installed at Target Rock near the entrance of Morro Bay Harbor. Central Coast Women for Fisheries has been working to raise funds for a bronze sculpture of a woman and two children looking out to sea. Titled “Those Who Wait,” it is dedicated to the families of fishermen who wait on shore. The goal is to have the legacy art project fully funded before the end of Morro Bay’s 50th Anniversary year, along with the completion of several other community projects. At the presentation are, from left, Trudy O’Brien, Jeremiah O’Brien, Joan Solu, Kelli Blue, Susan Maharry and Lisa Winn.
Nine moms and 14 kids from the local organization Mindful Mothers helped the SLO Botanical Garden launch its new native plant play meadow. They were hosted by Lindsey Collinsworth, education manager of the botanical garden, and a group of volunteers. The meadow is a collaborative community project designed in partnership with Sage Eco Landscapes. It will connect the current children’s garden with the surrounding chaparral area and discovery hiking trail. Mindful Mothers is a network of 200 local families who are committed to raising children who are mindful of culture, environment, volunteerism and the community.
Firefighters from local departments were recently honored for exemplary community service by King David’s Masonic Lodge No. 209 F&AM in San Luis Obispo. Honorees included: Jeff Simpson, an engineer paramedic for the Morro Bay Fire Department; April Mangels, fire captain for Cal Fire; and Dave Parker, an engineer paramedic for the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department. A $2,500 donation in their honor was made to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. Each honoree received a framed certificate at the awards banquet in San Luis Obispo. Pictured are, from left, Jeff Simpson, April Mangels and Dave Parker.
Arroyo Grande High School recently competed in the Tri-County Forensics League speech and debate state qualifying tournament in Burbank. The students competed against 26 other schools and qualified for the state tournament in Modesto on April 25-27. The seven winners include: Griffin Berlin, fourth place expository; Elizabeth Kell, first place, oratorical interpretation; Bryce Kirby, fourth place, original oratory; Aiysha Mahmood and Landon Echols, fourth place, duo interpretation; and Emily Whitehead and Sydney Morrissey, second place, duo interpretation. The Tri-County Forensics League is a high school speech and debate league organized under the California High School Speech Association. Pictured are from left, Griffin Berlin, Elizabeth Kell, Bryce Kirby, Aiysha Mahmood, Landon Echols, Emily Whitehead, Sydney Morrissey and their coach Jerred Vidal.
The Atascadero Community Band recently performed its winter concert, “Get Your Kicks on Route 66!” Thanks to donations from the audience, the Atascadero Community Band was able to make a donation of $442 to Options Family of Services. The donation will benefit services and programs for adult clients with disabilities. For more information about Options, call 772-6066. Pictured are Heather Lakey, left, and Debbie Bertrando of Options Family of Services accepting the donation,
Throughout March and April, four members of the Five Cities-Pismo Beach branch of the American Association of University Women are characterizing and telling the stories of famous women in history to Lucia Mar Unified School District elementary school students. Pam Zirion is presenting the life of Dorothea Lange, a documentary photographer of the Great Depression; Kathy Cohon is presenting Alice Paul, a suffragist and women’s rights activist; Abby Adams is presenting Dame Daphne Sheldrick, a Kenyan author, conservationist and expert in animal husbandry who rehabilitated orphaned wild animals; and Sandra Pitt, is presenting Julia Morgan, the well-known architect of Hearst Castle. From left are Pam Zirion, Kathy Cohon, Abby Adams and Sandra Pitt.
The San Luis Obispo U-10 AYSO All-Star boys team, SLO United, recently won the state championship, beating Mountain View in the semi-finals, 7-1, and shutting out Manhattan Beach in the finals, 2-0. SLO United was undefeated through the Area Q, Section 10 in the state playoffs, outscoring opponents 55 to 7 on their way to a 12-0 record. The team’s record for the entire three-month All-Star season was 31-4, according to a team representative. Team members Luke Holland, Aiden Kaiser, Ricardo Rodriguez, Luca Marino, Antonio Lopez, Reed Barry, Nathan Kargol, Ved Kenjale and Jack Krill were lead by head coach Bryan Krill and assistant coach Chris Holland.
Camp Fire Central Coast of California recently received a proclamation declaring March 20, 2014, as being Absolutely Incredible Kid Day in the city of Grover Beach. Camp Fire’s Absolutely Incredible Kid Day honors youth nationwide by asking adults to write letters of encouragement and inspiration to the incredible kids in their lives, according to the organization’s website. Pictured are Camp Fire club members, front row, from left, Samantha Azevedo, Miles and Emma Reasner, Ashley Walsh and Dana Petker receiving a proclamation from Grover Beach City Council members Bill Nichols, Jeff Lee, Karen Bright, Glenn Marshall and Mayor Debbie Peterson.
Student musicians recently performed at the Central Coast Music Teachers Association’s spring piano recital at First Baptist Church in Cambria.
The San Luis Obispo chapter of the American Red Cross recently recognized its Heroes of the Red Cross for 2014. Representing seven categories of local heroism, the award winners are individuals and organizations from SLO County who demonstrated acts of courage and community service. The award winners include: Mary Winokur, Education Hero; Beth Johnson, Medical Professional Hero; Randy Harris, John Prickett and Jason Cox, First Responder Heroes; Jim Pickens, Military Hero; Liberty Tattoo Removal, Corporate Hero; Alexander McGee, Youth Hero; and Nate Otter, Good Samaritan Hero. Pictured are, from left, Mary Winokur, Beth Johnson, Randy Harris, Jim Pickens, Jason Cox, John Prickett, Janet Allenspach (Liberty Tattoo Removal) and Alexander McKee. Not pictured is Nate Otter.
Grover Beach Elementary School is the recipient of a $1,200 donation from Goodwill Industries for its participation in a donation drive fundraiser. The school, in collaboration with Goodwill, took part in its first Fill Their Trailers donation drive. Community members were invited to drop their donated goods at the school parking lot where the trailers were parked for three days. The donation will benefit educational programs for the school. Pictured are Franky Martinez of Goodwill Industries, second from left, presenting a donation to James Snyder, center, principal of Grover Beach Elementary School, for participating in a donation drive fundraiser. Also at the presentation are teachers Whitney Bhen, left, Rosana Winn and Sherry Vasquez.
Alex von Dohlen of Paso Robles Boy Scout Troop 60 has been named Boy Scout of the Year by the Del Norte District. The honor is awarded to a Scout who has shown outstanding adherence to the Scout oath through everyday life and interaction with others. Alex is 16 years old and has been a Scout for five years. The district also honored Randal Moos with the Award of Merit given to Scout leaders who demonstrate a consistent ability to encourage and bring out the best in fellow Scouts. Moos is a Scout leader for Venture Crew 60 and is vice president of membership for the Los Padres Council. Pictured is Alex von Dohlen with his father, Scoutmaster Steve von Dohlen.
Scott Hicks, right, a senior at San Luis Obispo High School, is the winner of the Nipomo Lions Club’s Student Speaker zone-level competition. Calli Singleton, left, of New Tech High School in Nipomo and Carolyn Harmon of Arroyo Grande High School also participated in the contest. Lion Bill Morrow presented them with Certificates of Appreciation. Hicks advances to the district-level competition.
The Morro Bay American Association of University Women observed Women in History month by sponsoring an essay contest for Morro Bay High School students. Winners are Joseph Burton, Brooke Mace and Brighton Meetz-Green. The contest is one of many community education projects funded by the upcoming Morro Bay AAUW annual garden tour, which will be held April 27.Pictured are, from left, Joseph Burton, Brighton Meetz-Green and Brooke Mace.
A group of 23 eighth-graders from St. Patrick’s School in Arroyo Grande brought handmade lap blankets to patients in the acute rehabilitation center of Arroyo Grande Community Hospital. The donation was a community service project.
Local volunteers Bryan Gingg and Sarah Levanway have been named California’s Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year in recognition of their service through Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County. Nominees from across the state were independently judged for the commitment they have shown to mentoring, and for the positive impact they’ve had on their mentees, local agencies and communities. This is the first time San Luis Obispo County residents have received this honor since the nonprofit’s inception in 1995, according to a news release from the organization. Pictured are Big Sister Sarah Levanway, second from left, and Big Brother Bryan Gingg, second from right, with Little Sister Mayra Rios and Little Brother Javier Valencia.
The San Luis Obispo U-10 American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) All-Star boys team recently won the Section 10 championship after besting Santa Barbara 4-2 in the playoffs. The team moves on to the state finals.
The Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo hotel has been awarded the 2013 Hotel of the Year for sending soap shipments to the Global Soap Project every other month without fail. The Global Soap Project recycles millions of bars of soap from a global network of hotel partners and redistributes the soap as part of relief efforts and hygiene education programs in more than 30 countries around the world.
George Brown of Los Osos was recently presented with the Silver Beaver award by the Los Padres Council of the Boy Scouts of America. It is the highest award a local council can present to a vol recognizes Brown for more than 60 years of involvement and leadership with the organization. A former scoutmaster in Los Osos, he is now involved in adult leader training, especially in the safety and health area, and is the risk management chair for the Los Padres Council.
PG&E recently awarded a total of $15,000 in grants to students in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program at Templeton High School. Engineering and physics teacher Jason Diodati worked with advanced engineering students to write the grant. PG&E awarded the following grants: Alex Saad and Jordan Reeves received $5,000 to build a set of Geiger counters; Zack Richardson and Zach Dufault received $5,000 to buy a 3-D printer and 3-D scanner for students to design and build parts for mini solar cars to race; and Justin Haley and Nelson Bernal received $5,000 to buy a TV with all the components necessary to build a human-powered electric power plant from a bicycle to power the TV.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held to signify the opening of the SLO Noor Foundation’s free dental clinic. The clinic will provide dental care for adults who do not have insurance to cover dental work. Services will include cleanings, fillings, X-rays, extractions and hygiene.
Quota International of Atascadero recently participated in the annual Trivia Brain Challenge at the Paso Robles Senior Center. The club donated $1,700 to the facility, which offers services and programs that improve physical and mental health and intellectual and social well-being of seniors.
The Paso Robles Education Alliance is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Justin Vineyards and Winery to support the organization’s ongoing efforts to provide new educational resources and opportunities in Paso Robles public schools. The donation to PREA will help initiate new programs and augment existing initiatives in the district. For information, call 866-620-0584 or visit http://www.GoPREA.org. Pictured are are, from left, Traci McMahan, Darla Stephenson, David Bowman, Jeff Railsback, David Ricanati, Gwen Severson and Brian Thorndyke.
Feel the Love mixed doubles tennis tournament raised $250 for the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County’s free adult health screenings offered at 17 locations throughout the county. Scott Cleere, tournament director, presents the donation to CAPSLO health screening nurse Heather Murphy.
The Rev. Edwin Limpiado of St. William’s Catholic church in Atascadero was recently installed as the church’s new parish priest by the Most Reverend Richard Garcia, bishop of the Monterey Diocese. The mass and ceremony included several priests and deacons from the surrounding areas. A traditional Filipino dinner followed the ceremony. At the installation were, from left: the Revs. Mark Stetz, Ken Brown, Russ Brown and Phillip Garcia; Bishop Richard Garcia; the Revs. Edwin Limpiado and Robert Travis; deacons Ed Callahan and Chuck Roeder; and the Rev. Pedro Umana. Not pictured is the new deacon, Rick Minton.
Evan Jenkins, a sixth-grader at Bishop’s Peak/Teach Elementary School, recently collaborated with GleanSLO for his Community Action Project to collect excess fruit from around his neighborhood. He collected more than 300 pounds of fresh produce that was donated to the Salvation Army, where it was to be distributed to community members in need. GleanSLO is a program of the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County.
In lieu of receiving a holiday gift from the hospital, the Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center’s governing board and medical executive committee requested the funds be donated to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. Wendy Lewis of the Food Bank, second from left, accepts the donation from Jill Bolster-White, left, Joe DeSchryver, and William Sogaard.
Members of the Paso Robles Business Networking International Chapter, Early But Worth It, recently completed a project for the Paso Robles Downtown Main Street Association. Wine barrels planted with olive trees and lavender were added to the downtown streetscape. The work crew included Brad Dyck, Richard Baker, Field Gibson, Mark McConnell, Gary Stair, Jeff and Chloe Railsback, Millie Drum, Mike Howe, Lisa Marrone, Todd Evenson, Jeremy Dortch, Richard Blake and Randy Borden. For more information, call 610-2554.
The United Way of San Luis Obispo County Youth Board recently awarded three $1,000 grants to local groups that have created projects having a positive impact on youth. This year, grants were awarded to One Cool Earth and the Lewis Middle School EnviroTech class, Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County’s Teen Resource Center, and Restorative Partners’ Juvenile Hall Book Club project. For more information, call 541-1234 or visit http://www.unitedwayslo.org.
Atascadero Quota members Donna Cappel, left, and Jenell Beltz, right, present a $1,000 donation to Katie Mervin, executive director for the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center. The Autism Center is a local nonprofit agency committed to strengthening quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Paso Robles High School junior Alec Wingfield will represent San Luis Obispo County at the California State Poetry Out Loud competition March 23 and 24 in Sacramento. Wingfield captured the title in front of a crowd of more than 200 at the county competition. Mission Prep senior John Hollander captured runner-up honors. More than 3,400 high school students from across the county participated with eight high schools, sending their winners to the county competition, including Lincoln Fang of Atascadero High School; Nikki Pesce of Lopez High School; Jerome Andres of Morro Bay High School; Jenna Clift of Nipomo High School; Blake Marchell of North County Christian; and Krissie Miller of San Luis Obispo High School. The event was supported by ARTS Obispo, California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Pictured are, from left, top row, Blake Marchell, John Hollander, Alec Wingfield and Lincoln Fang; bottom row, Jerome Andres, Krissie Miller, Nikki Pesce and Jenna Clift.
The San Luis Obispo County Jazz Federation recently presented its annual young jazz scholarships to college and high school jazz students during a concert at the Steynberg Gallery in SLO. Scholarship winners are, from left, Gracelyn Hedrick, Trent Braswell, Alec Wingfield, James Gallardo, Justin Pecot and Josh Collins. The concert was sponsored by the Matthew Taylor Memorial Scholarship Trust.
Paso Robles Boy Scout Troop 60 recently sponsored Paso Robles Boy Scout Venture Crew 60 to get it started in the Boy Scouts of America’s Venture Crew program. To repay the troop, the Scouts earned money at the Mid-State Fair parking lot, wine events, selling popcorn and donations from Applebee’s restaurant. The funds were used to purchase equipment needed for the group’s camping excursions. The BSA Venture Crew program is open to boys and girls ages 13 to 18 years old and is a youthled organization with help from adult scoutmasters. Pictured is Veronica Burnell, treasurer for Paso Robles Boy Scout Troop 60, receiving a check from Alex Younger, youth leader for Boy Scout Venture Crew 60.
Friends of Martha’s Place, an endowment fund held at The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County, has received a donation of $1,000 from Central Coast Funds for Children, an all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to raising funds to help keep children safe and healthy. The gift will be used to support Martha’s Place Children’s Assessment and Treatment Center, which is dedicated to serving infants and young children at high risk for behavioral health problems. For more information, call 781-4948. Pictured is Central Coast Funds for Children member Leslie Rodman, left, presenting a donation to Cortney Wagner, program supervisor for Martha’s Place Children’s Assessment and Treatment Center.
Nipomo High School FFA recently hosted a Coats for the Cold clothing drive. San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Caren Ray, left, presented Trevor Autry, Kasey Lorance and Lynnae Iliff with an award for the FFA chapter. The award, which was signed by all of the county’s supervisors, praised the chapter for ‘outstanding teamwork in providing support for the Children’s Resource Network of the Central Coast’s Teens Closet programs.’
Eighteen volunteers from San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden and Cal Poly fraternity Alpha Phi Omega recently traveled to Atascadero to help Ruth Scovell with yard work. In exchange, they received invaluable information about plants, bulbs and tubers for the Children’s Garden at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. In her mid-80s, Scovell, also known as the “Flower Lady” at San Luis Obispo’s Thursday night Farmers Market, still plants, maintains and hand-waters her 2-acre property. Lindsey Collinsworth, education manager for the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, helped schedule and arrange the collaboration. “I look forward to fostering more of this type of community collaboration and cross-generational education,” she said. “I am excited to share Ruth’s story and her beautiful plants with our community.”
K-Man Cycle and Run in Atascadero has taken on the sponsorship of 11 teams in the city of Atascadero’s Youth Basketball League. Owner Keith Schmidt offered to sponsor any team that did not have enough sponsors to cover recreation league costs this season. In addition, the business paid for new basketball shoes for league participants who couldn’t afford new shoes. More than 20 youth basketball participants were given $30 gift cards for the purchase of new shoes. Schmidt also volunteers his time to coach a fifth-and sixth-grade boys’ basketball team. For more information on volunteering, call Jennifer Fanning at 470-3426 or email email@example.com.
The Paso Robles Lions Club recently met to pick up trash that had accumulated on Creston Road in Paso Robles as an ongoing project of the club to keep the city clean. Members at the cleanup site are, from left, Rolf Gehrung, Dan Meinecke, Harley Miller, Paul Lamas, Ken Colwell and Larry Matthews. Members not pictured are Paso Robles Mayor Duane Picanco and Mark Stevens.
Hope’s Village director Heinz Huebner, left, accepts a $5,000 donation to Hope’s Village of SLO from Ann and James Whitehead of San Luis Obispo. The donation is earmarked for their upcoming sustainable community village.
Jackhammer Wine, a San Luis Obispo winery owned and operated by Stephen Dooley and Sandy Garber, has donated $1,200 to Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County’s Forty Wonderful program to fund free mammograms in the community for lowincome women who could otherwise not afford them. Dooley and Garber committed to donating 50 cents per bottle of their 2012 vintage of Jillhammer rosé produced to charitable organizations engaged in the fight against breast cancer. For information about the Forty Wonderful program, call Kayla Wilburn at 544-2498, ext. 21, or visit ttp://fortywonderful.capslo.org .C Pictured at the presentation are, from left, Jeremy Meyer, Paula Dooley and Sandy Garber of Jackhammer Wine, Kayla Wilburn of CAPSLO and Stephen Dooley of Jackhammer Wine.
The Knights of Columbus Council 1271 of San Luis Obispo recently held its annual fundraising dinner and raffle to benefit the Bishop Shubsda Seminarian Fund. The dinner, called the Bishop’s Burse, raised $1,260 to support the educational costs of seminarians and continuing education for priests and nuns in the Diocese of Monterey. Pictured are Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Gonzalo Chavez and recorder Jeff Lambert presenting a donation to Deacon Chuck Roeder of Old Mission Church on behalf of the diocese.
French Hospital Medical Center has awarded $48,021 in grant funding to seven nonprofit organizations in San Luis Obispo County. The grants are awarded through a Community Grants Program created by the hospital’s parent company, Dignity Health. Recipients of this year’s grants were the Alliance for Pharmaceutical Access Inc., Cancer Well-fit Inc., Community Counseling Center, Coast Caregiver Resource Center, San Luis Obispo County Child Abuse Prevention Council, SLO Noor Foundation and the Women’s Shelter Program. Pictured are members of the Community Grants selection committee and recipients of the French Hospital Medical Center 2014 grants.
Local nonprofit Jack’s Helping Hand received a donation of $6,000 from funds raised by the Clark Company’s 24th annual Meadow Muffin Golf Classic recently held at Paso Robles Golf Club. The event hosted 95 golfers who came together to benefit several local charities. The funds donated to Jack’s Helping Hand will be used for community programs and family support the organization provides to children with special needs in San Luis Obispo County. Jack’s Helping Hand co-founder Paul Ready, Jim Neville, Brian Haner and Gary Tanner taking a moment to pose for a photo at the Meadow Muffin Golf Classic.
New Frontiers Natural Marketplace has donated more than $3,000 to the San Luis Obispo County YMCA. Pictured from left are Dusty Colyer-Worth, New Frontiers marketing manager; Monica Grant, CEO of SLO County YMCA; and Stephen Dominguez, New Frontiers store team leader.
A Cooper’s hawk was recently released by Pacific Wildlife Care in the San Luis Obispo Country Club area after being rehabilitated for five weeks. The bird was taken to the center with head trauma as a result of being hit by a car. Wildlife veterinarian Shannon Riggs, along with senior rehabilitators and a team of volunteers, nursed the hawk back to health.
Old Juan’s Cantina, a Mexican restaurant in Oceano, organized a donation this past holiday season that brought in $2,750 for the Boys & Girls Club of South San Luis Obispo County. The funds were raised by a donation from every combination meal ordered through the month of December. This is the fourth consecutive year that the family-owned and operated restaurant has chosen to support the organization because of its commitment to the community. Pictured are Old Juan’s Cantina owner Eva Verdin, right, presenting a donation to Jordan Cooper for the Boys & Girls Club of South San Luis Obispo County. For more information about the Boys & Girls Club, visit http://www.bgcslo.org.
The Central Coast Women’s League recently donated $10,000 to the Noor Free Clinic to be used for women’s breast cancer medical assistance as a result of its annual Bingo for Breast Cancer fundraiser. At the presentation are, from left, Donna Phillips, president of Central Coast Women’s League, Dr. Ahmad Nooristani, and Val Fishel, fundraiser chairwoman.
The Kiwanis Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa has made a $630 donation to support the SLO Friends of the Library’s In-School Reading program. The donation will go toward purchasing books for children in the program. Program coordinator Linda Thompson said, “Program volunteers work in the classroom with individual students to help them improve their reading skills. At the end of the school year, all students in those classrooms receive books selected by their teachers to take home with them.” At the presentation were, from left, Ken Barclay, Richard Riggins, Linda Thompson and Sally Hillis.
Nathan Church of Troop 6 in San Luis Obispo earned the rank of Eagle Scout at his Court of Honor held recently at the Santa Margarita Community Hall. He also received commendations from Sheriff Ian Parkinson, Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian and Congresswoman Lois Capps. His Eagle Scout project was to fabricate a 16-foot welded steel gate to control access to the San Luis Obispo Sportsmen’s Association facility. Nathan welded the gate with help from Brian Terberg, his coach and neighbor, and scouts from his troop helped him install and paint the gate. Pictured is Nathan Church with Scoutmaster Owen Shea.
The Templeton FFA Grapevine Pruning Team recently traveled to Dinuba High School to participate in a contest. The team placed eighth in the state and took third place in the written exam, which tested knowledge of commercial pruning practices in the wine and table grape industries. The team competed against 26 schools from across the state. The Templeton FFA Grapevine Pruning Team members are, from left, Cailyn Ortega, Anna Hinrichs, and Justin Haley.
SLO County 4-H recently held a horse expo at Edwards Barn in Nipomo. Members learned about horse breeds, how to prepare treats for horses (molasses and oat cookies), and how to take horse vital signs. They also tested their knowledge through feed and tack identification. A Cal Poly student also led a discussion about education in equine science.
Pacific Western Bank recently contributed $5,000 to the San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund. The Housing Trust Fund provides financing and technical assistance to help private developers, nonprofit agencies and local governments build affordable housing for working families, seniors on fixed incomes and persons with disabilities. Pictured are San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund’s executive director Jerry Rioux, left, with Pacific Western Bank’s Michael Laidlaw, Thomas R. Strait and Nathan Roddick.
100 Women Who Care recently made a $10,000 donation to the Senior Nutrition Program. From left, 100 Women Who Care members Susie McCormick, Kathy Peterson, Cathie Orrick, and Lynette Kisaka present the donation to Elias Nimeh, executive director of the program and volunteer Jan Yuhas.
Central Coast Funds for Children recently made a donation of $2,500 to the Assistance League for their Operation School Bell program. At the presentation are, from left, Ricki Pace, Charlene Ables, Donna Cummings, Gail Stoneburg, Bonnie Long and Leslie Rodman.
Emily Quin Rosenthal, a 1999 graduate of Morro Bay High School and a 2008 graduate of Cal Poly, recently earned a doctorate in polymer science from the University of Akron. She is the daughter of Robert and Barbara Rosenthal of Los Osos.
The Morro Bay Commercial Fishermen’s Organization recently donated $2,000 to the Central Coast Kidney Foundation. The donation was made possible through an endowment to the fishermen’s organization from local fisherman and member Edmund Ewing, who recently died and had been on kidney dialysis. The donation will go to support and educate patients on dialysis and/or those who have received an organ transplant of any kind. At the presentation were, from left, Pamela Hurt, Tom Hafer, Bob Wendt, Jeremiah O’Brien and Joe Conchelos.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County recently surprised three employees at Mindbody, a San Luis Obispo-based online software company, with Big in the Spotlight awards in celebration of National Thank Your Mentor Day. The recipients, Ash Rexford, Christiana Enriquez and Lorin Acker, each devote six to eight hours a month spending time with their mentees through fun, engaging activities. Rexford, who has been a volunteer Big Sister for 14 months, takes her 13-year-old Little Brother hiking and bird-watching. Enriquez and her 17-yearold Little Sister are about to celebrate four years of shared activities. Acker, the newest volunteer of the trio, met her 12-year-old Little Sister in May. Pictured are Madge Morningstar of Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO County, second from left, Ash Rexford, left, Christiana Enriquez and Lorin Acker.
The El Paso de Robles chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently announced the winners of its Good Citizen Contest. The first-place winner of $250 is Olivia Nelson, who attends Atascadero High School. Runners-up Brooke Lane Barrett of North County Christian and Logan Ferry of Paso Robles High School were awarded $150 each. The DAR Good Citizens program and scholarship contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship and is open to all seniors enrolled in accredited schools. For more information, call 395-0630 or email dmcpatriotdaughter @gmail.com . Pictured are Brooke Barrett, left, Olivia Nelson and Logan Ferry.
The Templeton FFA grapevine pruning team recently traveled to Napa Valley for an industry tour of Castello di Amorosa and a contest hosted by St. Helena High School. The team placed fifth overall in the general knowledge test and third overall in cane pruning. Sophomore Louis Lindsey placed second in the quadrilateral-spur-pruning class, and junior Justin Haley placed third in the cane-pruning class. Pictured are, from left, Templeton FFA grapevine pruning team members Anna Hinrichs, Cailyn Ortega, Justin Haley and Louis Lindsey.
Bill Welter, left, homeless services representative, receives donations from Bob Grosse of the San Luis Obispo County Band. The band recently played a benefit concert in support of the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter for the homeless. Pismo Beach-based Thrivent Financial provided matching funds for a total of $2,407.
SLO Spoke Folk, a student-run nonprofit founded by San Luis Obispo High School seniors Taylor Gater and Kaesha Freyaldenhoven, recently donated 17 bikes to children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters programs. By repairing donated bicycles, SLO Spoke Folk was able to give each child a helmet donated by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and a lock provided by Art’s Cyclery. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Pictured are SLO Spoke Folk founders Kaesha Freyaldenhoven, left, and Taylor Gater, right, presenting Little Brother Jacob with a new bike.
Cadette Girl Scout Troop 40329 organized and hosted a neighborhood food drive for Paso Robles Loaves and Fishes. With the help of 13 local Girl Scout troops, they put about 2,500 bags and fliers on doors asking for food donations. The scouts collected 3,266 pounds of food for the charity.
Jeremy Bond, left, and Marilyn Nelson, right, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church’s thrift shop volunteers, present a donation of $928 to LeeAnn Smith, co-director of the Captive Hearts recovery program, one of 12 recipients of the thrift shop’s monthly Community Outreach Program.
St. William’s Catholic Church of Atascadero recently raised $4,200 at its Christmas Bazaar and divided the proceeds among four local charities, including El Camino Homeless Organization, Loaves & Fishes, Tree of Life Pregnancy Support Center and RISE, formerly the North County Women’s Shelter and Resource Center and the Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention Center women’s shelter. At the presentation are, from left, parish priest Edwin Limpiado, Tillman Moen of ECHO, Jennifer Adams of RISE, Pam Johnson of Tree of Life and Bill Parenti of Loaves & Fishes. Presenting the checks is Cathy Chavez-Clegg.
The San Luis Obispo Little Theatre has received a $3,000 grant from the Central Coast Funds for Children in support of its Academy of Creative Theatre production of “Pinocchio.” The grant underwrites free and discounted tickets to the performances for underserved children and families in collaboration with the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County. In addition, the grant has underwritten many of the costs associated with the production and the training of the students involved. ACT’s production of “Pinocchio” is directed by Shelagh Garren and features 23 student actors.
The competition dance team from Studio @ — Ryan’s American Dance recently returned from the Tremaine Winter 2013-14 Tour in San Francisco, where it took several top honors. The dancers, who included both boys and girls and ranged in age from 6 to 14, competed in a number of categories including hip-hop, jazz and contemporary. The hip-hop trio of Makaio Carinio, Baylor Smith and Luke Walker was awarded the high score for all juniors at the event and will go on to represent the studio at a regional competition. The dancers also took home the Showmanship trophy in the juniors’ category for rock ’n roll for a number that featured all 16 members of the studio’s competition team.
Members of Quota International of Morro Bay recently visited De Groot’s Nursing Home in San Luis Obispo and presented a $1,000 donation and Christmas toys to Sjany De Groot. Pictured from left are Shari Capilla, Marge van Beurden, Shary Goulart and Sjany De Groot.
Ashley Lu Couch and Ciaran Webster collected 200 coats in the second annual Old Mission School coat drive, Warmth is Our Mission. The coats were donated by the families of Old Mission School. Ciaran and Ashley’s delivery to the Children’s Resource Network included 100 coats as well as 50 hats and gloves. The Children’s Resource Network distributed the coats to children in San Luis Obispo County. The women’s and men’s coats were donated to Prado Day Center. Pictured are Lisa Ray, left, of Children’s Resource Network and her daughter, Olivia, with Old Mission School eighth-graders Ashley Lu Couch and Ciaran Webster
The French Hospital Medical Center Foundation recently received a $9,000 donation from the PUMA Aquatic Swim Club for the Hearst Cancer Resource Center. The donation was raised at the team’s sixth annual swim meet at Arroyo Grande High School. Swimmers from the Central Coast, Central Valley and Southern California participated in the event. The meet raised money through sponsorships, entry fees, an auction and the concession stand, bringing the six-year total donation to the HCRC to $58,000.
Region 34 branch offices administrators of Edward Jones in San Luis Obispo County worked all year to put together a quilt and other gifts that were auctioned off to raise funds for the Senior Nutrition Program. The auction raised $916.
The San Luis Obispo Police Officers’ Association recently donated a Christmas gift of $3,000 to the Maxine Lewis Homeless Shelter. The funds were raised at a benefit poker tournament organized by the SLOPOA and will benefit children who utilize the shelter facilities.
Carol of the Arts was recently held at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande. The event showcased more than 500 visual and performing arts students from Arroyo Grande High School. The event brought in more than $1,350 as well as 130 toys. The money benefits the arts at Arroyo Grande High School, and the toys were donated to Toys for Tots.
The Trilogy Service Club, a club run by residents of Trilogy at Monarch Dunes, has awarded more than $26,177 to the 5Cities Homeless Coalition to assist with housing and immediate needs for families who are homeless. The funds were raised through the club’s annual Harvesting Hope Festival. More than 150 residents of Trilogy volunteered their time, with an additional 80 sponsors, auction donors, wineries and local artists lending their support for the event. At the presentation are, from left, Michael Comerate, Liz Howland, Betsy Ehrler, Julie Edmonson, Robyn DeRohan, Amy Hedges and Jamie Herbon.
The Nipomo Lions Club recently collected approximately 1,500 pounds of food and $425 in cash donated by the Blacklake Village Homeowners and delivered it to the Nipomo Food Basket. This was the club’s fourth annual food drive.
The Templeton FFA chapter recently served as a Toys for Tots dropoff location. The group collected 143 toys for its winter community service project.
Local Port San Luis commercial fisherman Mike Limon and crew aboard the Xiphias won best in show at the second annual Port San Luis Boat Parade.
The 169 members of the San Luis Obispo Retired Active Men Branch No. 2 recently installed new officers. Pictured from left are Roger Malkus, vice president; Bill Fieldhouse, treasurer; Hank Campbell, president; Steve Lumm, outgoing president; and Frank Lebens, former president.
Central Coast Funds for Children recently installed officers for 2014. The new officers include, from left, Ricki Pace, grant review chairwoman; Patti Hempenius, parliamentarian; Cheryl Fernandez, corresponding secretary; Chris Wheeler, recording secretary; Muriel Harkins, treasurer; Susan Murray, vice president; and Chris Poe, president. Not pictured is Claudia Grant, fundraising chairwoman.
Kate Boyd, a 2006 graduate of San Luis Obispo High School, recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business, with a management and marketing option, earned online through the Penn State World Campus. She is the daugh ter of John and Liz Summer of San Luis Obispo.
The fourth-grade class at St. Patrick’s School in Arroyo Grande recently collected 27 bikes to give to the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office for its holiday bike collection program. The bikes were refurbished and given to children in need.
Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County recently received a $4,500 donation from the SLO Wine Country’s Rockin’ Harvest Celebration fundraiser. At the check presentation are, from left, Paula Dooley, Anne Boyd, Carolyn Jones, Gail Stoneburg, Bonnie Long, Donna Cummings, Heather Muran, Susan Armstrong and Jean-Pierre Wolff. The donation will be used to help fund ALSLOC’s programs to benefit local youth.