Cayucos honors best and brightest

Labor Day honors the contributions of all American workers who individually and collectively help create the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. Today we celebrate their efforts.

And on Sept. 24, the Cayucos Education Foundation will honor seven such men who actively pursued diverse careers and shared their unique talents with Cayucos.A noon luncheon at the Cayucos Elementary School auditorium will recognize Allyn Arnold, Ken Kaberline, Jerry May, Al Musso, Jon Negranti, Bill Radke and Arley Robinson.

Those attending will learn about their careers and contributions while supporting the school’s visual and performing arts program.

For example, Robinson became a small business and restaurant entrepreneur in New Mexico at age 19. Then he bought a truck stop in Bakersfield where he met his wife, Edith.

Together they invested in the Denny’s chain and operated four restaurants in Riverside, King City, Stockton and Kingsburg, where they built their dream home.

Robinson, who recommends on-the-job training, owned and operated a hotel in Morro Bay, a raisin operation and liquor store in the Central Valley, built a 40-custom home subdivision and still maintains rental properties in San Luis Obispo County.

When the Robinsons moved to Cayucos in 1990, he wasn’t one to sit still.

He said, “I always enjoyed going to work. I’m excited by the challenge of making something happen. In Cayucos, there are many people in several organizations who are just as passionate about our community.”

He’s been an active member of the Cayucos Lions, Cayucos Senior Center and Cayucos Citizens Advisory Council for 21 years. He’s been on founding committees for the Friends of the Library, Cayucos Mural Society, Cayucos Pier Plaza Project, The Cage Skateboard Park and the Cayucos Land Conservancy.

He served on the San Luis Obispo County Senior Council and Commission on Aging for a total of 20 years. And he’s coordinated all the activities for the Cayucos Veterans Memorial Lions Hall for 13 years.

What have been his significant projects and achievements? A­long with his colleagues and fellow honorees, he plans to tell all at the luncheon.

Tickets are $25 or a table of eight for $160. Tickets may be purchased by calling 995-0739, 835-6425 or 831-915-0725.

Arley and Edith Robinson have 14 grandchildren.

They might want to celebrate at the Rotary Club of Los Osos’ fourth annual Old Goats & Little Kids Grandparents’ Day & Family Celebration on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A patriotic commemoration ceremony of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 will kick off the day’s events at Baywood Elementary School, followed by a barbecue, bounce houses, face painting, bubbles and contests.

All proceeds directly benefit Los Osos Rotary projects.

Contact Judy Salamacha at judysalamacha@gmail.com or 801-1422.