I would again like to extend a big thank you to all who made donations in the red kettles this holiday season. A special thanks to the Cookie Crock Market for its $5 coupon offer, which helped make this a very successful year for collections. Ninety percent of the cash and checks deposited in kettles will be used solely in our community during 2015. Thanks to the Cookie Crock Market and the Post Office for allowing us to incessantly ring the bell on their premises. Thanks also to the White Caps Salvation Army Band for playing Christmas music at the Cookie Crock Market.
And finally, thank you to the following bell-ringers, all of whom were volunteers, many of whom have been helping out for years: Ruthanne Anderson, John Angel, Pat and Jess Bathke, Jim Battles, Art Chapman, Jean Chinnici, Bob Clunie, Lis Covello, Barbara Crowley, Don Dallmann, Alan and Judy Doctor, Linda Douglas, Carmelle Dowdle, Betty and Ken Eberle, Joann and Dave Evans, Terry and Jeri Farrell, Dan Field, Jane Fine, Marion Fitzgerald, Carol Frane, Barbara and Marshall Gilston, Shirley Green, Bob Heald, Mary and Robert Hill, Ray Hopkins, Kristi Jenkins, Betty and Tom Johnson, Bill Johnson, Rose Kassler, George Keenan, Paul Kellet, Bob Kelley, Barbara Kellogg, Barbara and Dave Kier, J. Stewart Kreiss, Teri Lord, Abel Martinez, Ralph McAdams, Linda McDonald, Jerry McKinnon, Mike McLaughlin, Priscilla Mikesell, Doreen Minick, Darcy Moreno, Tom Parsons, Dave and Karen Pearson, Maye and Richard Pierpont, Mike Pope, Ann Rodgers, Mike Scharrar, Lynne Singer, John Smart, Claudia Solomon, Doug Spelts, Greg Stone, Susan Stuczynski, Tom Tierney, Vito Tullo, Art Van Rhyn, Ruben Villalobos, Mike Walsh, Sharkey Warrick and Joe Zenk.
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Salvation Army, Cambria
The San Luis Obispo County Park Commission wants to gratefully acknowledge the Board of Supervisors and Dan Buckshi, county administrator, for their support and leadership implementing the long-awaited independent Parks and Recreations Department. And we applaud their visionary decision to appoint Nick Franco as its new director. Franco is an innovative leader with a proven track record of creative problem solving, and he will lead the new department with inspiration and passion.
San Luis Obispo County Parks offers unquestionable value by providing a rich variety of recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. With the new department, and Franco as director, this will be one of the best investments the county has ever made.
Chair, SLO County Park Commission