Campaign focus is to raise funds for prevention education programs for local schools
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – The Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention (SARP) Center of San Luis Obispo County recently kicked off its 4th Annual Fundraising Campaign with an ambitious goal of $15,000 to support the agency’s prevention education groups in local schools.
The SARP Center’s MyStrength and Her Power groups aim to protect, inform, and empower young people by raising awareness, promoting discussion, and changing attitudes. Within the MyStrength program, participants discuss how traditional masculinity can contribute to violence, gender inequality, and unhealthy relationships. MyStrength encourages young men to rise up as leaders to promote gender equality and prevent men’s violence among their friends and in their community. As one MyStrength student explained, “I learned a real man is measured by morals, not muscles.”
The Her Power group empowers young women to be healthy, happy and confident. Within the program, participants discuss important issues including peer pressure, communication, healthy relationships, bullying, safety, conflict resolution, and body image. Hands-on meetings teach active skills for reducing stress, expressing feelings, and being assertive. Upon graduation from the program, one Her Power student said, “I value myself more than I used to. I also learned the signs of your partner being abusive.”
“We believe school education programs are the key to ending sexual violence,” said Kristy McCray, Executive Director. MyStrength and Her Power groups are anticipated to run this fall at Flamson Middle School, San Luis Obispo High School, Grizzly Youth Academy and Lopez High School. Donations from this year’s Annual Campaign will allow the SARP Center to expand these programs to several other schools within the county.
“This is the first year we’ve reached nearly 1,000 potential donors by mail, and we’re really excited about the possibility of raising $15,000 this year,” McCray said. The SARP Center staff mailed mini-journals with information about the agency’s education programs in mid-August, and will be following up with phone calls to select donors.
In 2009, the agency reached 5,866 community members and students through education presentations and MyStrength and Her Power groups. This year’s fundraising goal of $15,000 is needed to continue those programs into 2011 and reach nearly 6,000 county residents.
For further information on MyStrength and Her Power, and other education programs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a donation or for further inquiries, please visit www.sarpcenter.org or call 805-545-8888.
A new website from the Real Estate Foundation of San Luis Obispo County
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA—Supporting local charities is now easier with the launch of the Real Estate Foundation of San Luis Obispo County. Now charitable donors, financial advisors, and nonprofits can discover how easy it is to make gifts of real estate to deserving organizations by visiting www.realestateslo.org.
“Up to now, only two percent of the gifts given to charities were made in the form of real estate,” explained Barry VanderKelen, vice-president and treasurer of the Real Estate Foundation of San Luis Obispo County. “That’s because the legal complexities and risks involved made charities reluctant to accept land and real estate donations. We’re here to simplify and facilitate that process so that more people can donate land, either improved or unimproved, and everyone can benefit.”
The website divides visitors into three categories: a person who would like to donate real estate, a professional advisor who assists clients with their finances, and a nonprofit organization that might be offered gifts of real estate. Visitors are then guided through the process in a “How It Works” section, and the various types of gifts are described.
“We are delighted to be providing this important service that will expand charitable giving in untold ways,” said VanderKelen. “And we’re excited to see the response to this new website. The benefits of giving real estate are many, and we believe it will open doors for everyone.”
The Real Estate Foundation of San Luis Obispo County is dedicated to assisting nonprofit organizations, along with donors and professional advisors, to move through the complicated process of donating real estate to charity. Call (805) 543-2323 or visit www.realestateslo.org for more information. The Real Estate Foundation of San Luis Obispo County is a separate public benefit corporation formed by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation.
Optical Shop Trunk Show is Big Success
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA— More than 55 pounds of food were collected for local food banks by San Luis Obispo Eye Associates’ Optical Shop last month. A trunk show featuring Safilo and other designer frames offered patrons a chance to try on the latest styles and contribute to helping feed the hungry at the same time. Customers who purchased new glasses were given $10 off their frame price for every can of food they brought, up to five cans, for a total possible discount of $50. The food collected at this one-day event was donated to the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County.
“We were really pleased to be able to support the Food Bank Coalition during this event,” said Lisa Otte of San Luis Obispo Eye Associates. “Many of our physicians donate time and talent to the underserved in our county who need help caring for their vision, so this was right in line with their generosity.”
Elton John’s eyewear designer, Ray Winston, was on hand to help customers select just the right frame for their face, style, and taste. Winston has been in the eyewear industry since 1969, has studied eyewear fashion in London, Paris, and Milan, and has a private collection of vintage frames that dates back 250 years.
“It was such a pleasure having Ray here to help our customers select their frames,” Otte continued. “He is such a kind and unassuming man, with great taste and wonderful stories to tell. He really made the event special.”
Created in 1995 by the merger of three successful ophthalmology subspecialty practices on the Central Coast, San Luis Obispo Eye Associates offers a full range of services, experienced specialists who are leaders in their fields, state-of-the-art equipment, and the latest techniques in eye care. Visit them online at www.sloeyemd.com.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA—Marking more than 15 years as a designated Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Kevin Dye of Adler Belmont Dye Insurance Services was honored this week for his professional leadership and advanced knowledge. He received the 15-year certificate from the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, a not-for-profit organization of the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. Dye’s longstanding CIC designation requires annual completion of advanced education and training.
“Kevin’s ongoing allegiance and support of the CIC Program is testament to the value he places on ‘real world’ education and customer satisfaction,” said Dr. William T. Hold, President of the Society of CIC. “His clients, associates, and the insurance profession as a whole will benefit from such dedication.”
Respected throughout the insurance industry, the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research maintains high standards annually in hundreds of institutes in all 50 states.
“I am really pleased to be honored by such a prestigious organization,” said Dye. “The training and guidance I receive as a designated CIC allows me to give the best service possible to all our clients.”
Adler Belmont Dye provides a complete slate of commercial insurance products at competitive rates, offering property and casualty insurance protection, and including commercial property, commercial casualty, workers’ compensation, contract surety and employee benefits. ABD is located at 369 Marsh Street, Suite 200 in San Luis Obispo. For more information, call (805) 540-3900 or visit them online at www.AdlerBelmontDye.com.
High test scores attributed to emphasis on “preparing students for success in a global 21st century.”
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – The Laureate School’s 2009-2010 test scores currently sit at or above other private schools nationwide, wit h most scores above private school median scores in Math and Reading from first to eighth grades.* The Laureate’s teachers and administrators analyze score reports yearly to make necessary curricular improvements that result in increasingly effective learning.
The Laureate’s academic program includes administering the Education Records Bureau (ERB) standardized test used by the top private schools across the country. According to the ERB website, “ERB partners with its school members to light the pathway to student learning through high quality assessment tools that improve instruction and program effectiveness.” The Laureate is the only private school in the county to use the ERB tests. For more on ERB, visit www.erblearn.org.
Head of Laureate, Roz Reymers, values the results of their teaching methods and program development. “Our kids just become confident, engaged, and self-motivated,” said Reymers. “We design the curriculum for engagement and we see results.” Reymers credits the success of their students to the dedicated teachers and their collaboration with administration on program changes aligned with today’s learning needs. “All of our faculty and staff believe in the words on the home page of our website: ‘preparing students for success in a global 21st century.’” This philosophy has led to the introduction of Mandarin, as well as Spanish, in all grade levels starting with preschool. “In a global economy, knowing Mandarin will give our students the same edge now provided to students in other countries and top US private schools as they go out into the professional world.”
With increased achievement levels, The Laureate has also been able to develop “Advanced Placement Paths,” a unique Laureate middle school program that allows students to advance to higher levels of education if they are ready, preparing them for placement in higher-level high school math and foreign language classes, as well as honors classes. Throughout kindergarten – eighth grade, The Laureate places a high emphasis on maintaining a comfortable, “differentiated” pace for each individual student resulting in no student falling behind, whether gifted or in need of additional support.
The Laureate School is a private K-8 school established in 1981. They abide by the motto, “preparing students for success in a global 21st century.” For more information, please contact Roz Reymers at (805) 544-2141 or visit www.laureateschool.org
* Reading scores shown for grades 1-8; Math scores shown for grades 1-5. (Middle school students take above –grade-level math and the Mathematics Diagnostics Testing Program (MDTP) is administered.)
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA—Earlier this year, a local 21-year-old mechanic won a silver medal in the International Automotive Skills Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since only Brazilians are awarded the gold, this was the highest award possible for non-Brazilian competitors in the grueling four-day competition, and the most recent of many such awards for Daniel Lehmkuhl.
Called an “automotive mechanical wizard in the genius category,” by his current employer, General Manager Kyle Rizzoli of Rizzoli’s Automotive, Lehmkuhl was also just named to the U.S. World Championship Team and will compete in London next year. Rizzoli’s has sponsored Lehmkuhl in both these endeavors.
“We are extremely proud of, but not surprised by, Daniel’s achievements in these national and international competitions,” said Rizzoli. “In addition to the skills he’s worked hard to cultivate, he just has this intuitive and uncanny ‘feel’ for what’s wrong with an engine and what to do about it.”
Lehmkuhl, whose father has been the auto shop instructor at San Luis Obispo High School for 21 years, started competing at a young age in Skills U.S.A., the vocational equivalent of such organizations as Future Farmers and Future Teachers of America. By the time he was a high school senior, he’d won the regional, state, and national competitions. Overall, he’s racked up a dozen awards in automotive technician contests, with the pinnacle being when he was named to compete as part of the USA World team at the World Championships slated for London in late 2011.
Currently working full-time at Rizzoli’s, Lehmkuhl attends Cuesta College and will transfer to Cal Poly to earn his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology, along with a teaching credential.
“I’ve learned so much at these competitions,” he said, recalling that the manuals he used in Brazil were all in Portuguese. “I get to travel around the world, and the experience is amazing. … Rizzoli’s has been very generous in their support of me and I’m really grateful to them for everything.”
Follow Lehmkuhl’s travels and competitions at www.daniellehmkuhl.blogspot.com or call Kyle Rizzoli at 541-1082 for more information.
Linda Ashworth is Recognized at the Association of California Symphony Orchestras’ 42nd Annual Conference
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – San Luis Obispo Symphony volunteer Linda Ashworth, orchestra oboe player, youth symphony coach, music librarian, music education committee co-chair and board member, was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award at the Annual Meeting of the members of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) in San Francisco on July 22, 2010. The awards presentation was part of ACSO’s 42nd Annual Conference, hosted by the San Francisco Symphony, which took place July 22-24, 2010 at the Hilton Financial District in San Francisco. More than 300 orchestra and chorus trustees, volunteers, musicians, conductors, and staff members came together for three days of networking, panels, peer forums and musical events.
Initiated in 1996, the Most Valuable Player Awards were created to recognize exemplary volunteers, volunteer projects, and volunteer organizations working for California’s symphony orchestras and choruses. A total of six awards were presented at the ceremony, representing volunteers from orchestras and choruses from all budget categories throughout California.
“Linda wears a number of different hats at the SLO Symphony; she jumps in and takes action whenever there is a void to fill because she is passionate about sharing the gift of classical music with others,” notes Operations Director, Issy Roberts. “On top of all her other duties with the orchestra she voluntarily created our music library database and catalogued over 1,100 works this year. Linda is a fervent music education advocate in the community. Simply put, she is amazing.”
A retired biologist, Linda is actively involved in marine mammal rescue, teaches oboe to adults and children, and has lectured at Cal Poly State University. She also performs with the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and Opera SLO.
The Association of California Symphony Orchestras is a non-profit service organization composed of California’s professional, chamber, community, and youth orchestras and choruses and their volunteer associations, as well as businesses serving the orchestra and chorus field. Established in 1969, it provides leadership and services to over 120 orchestras and choruses in California and the region. Its mission is to encourage and support the artistic, organizational, and fiscal development of California’s symphony orchestras and choruses. It fosters their ability to serve a diverse population and promotes to the public the value and importance of orchestras and choruses and the music they perform. Services include monthly job announcements, a quarterly newsletter, management consultations, the annual conference and workshops, comparative statistics, Web site, and resource materials. The office is located in Sacramento. http://www.acso.org
People’s Self-Help Housing invites public to a choice of three gala events this Fall
Celebrity Co-Chairs Rona Barrett and Steve Ford invite the public to help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH) at three “Central Coast Taste of Hope” events to be held this Fall.
- Sunday, October 3 at 3 p.m. at the historic Rubin home and gardens near the Santa Barbara Mission: Enjoy fine wine-tasting, savor gourmet food and hors d’oeuvres from Santa Barbara’s finest caterers and restaurants in this 1903 American Colonial Revival home. Live music, silent auction, and short awards ceremony honoring Michael Towbes, Donor of the Year; David Boyd and Jeanice Lugo, Volunteers of the Year; Santa Barbara Foundation, Foundation of the Year; and Devlev Peikert, Professional of the Year. Limited to 100 guests, so reserve early.
- Saturday, October 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Edwards Barn, Nipomo: Join the celebration at the beautifully rustic Edwards Barn. The event will feature live and silent auctions, live music with Louie Ortega & Amigos, wine-tasting and a delicious dinner. A short awards ceremony will honor Wells Fargo Foundation as Foundation of the Year; Lauren Luker of Rae Luker Architects as Professional of the Year; and Carroll Building Company as Community Partners of the Year; and Steve Blevins and Emma Lambert as Volunteers of the Year.
- Saturday, November 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Niner Winery: Nestled in the beautiful hills on Highway 46, this new state-of-the-art winery provides a picturesque setting for a silent auction, music, gourmet fare, and Niner’s award-winning wines. Honored will be Heritage Oaks Bank; Community Partner of the Year; Arthur Gallagher Insurance as Professional of the Year; and Hermina Sauberman as Volunteer of the Year. Limited to 75 attendees, so reserve early.
Tickets for each event is $100 and will also support the nonprofit’s Youth Enhancement Education Programs (YEEP) for low-income children at Peoples’ Self-Help Housing properties.
“We are extremely proud of the difference Peoples’ Self-Help Housing has made in the 25 communities we serve in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties,” said PSHH Executive Director, Jeanette Duncan. “For four decades we’ve been making it possible for low-income families, seniors, and special need groups to a have an affordable place to live. A stable home life positively affects every other aspect of their lives. Households are able to devote more of their income to education, nutritious food, and medical care. Seeing those thousands of faces happy families moving into their first home, tenants getting the key to their affordable apartment, and a homeless person moving from the street or a shelter has made this a rewarding experience.”
Duncan expressed particular appreciation for the three unique and beautiful venues selected for the more-than-month-long celebration. “Whether you’ve supported us in the past or are just getting to know us, we hope you’ll come and enjoy the gorgeous settings, wonderful food and music, plus exciting auctions that will be a part of each event.”
Honorary chair Rona Barrett is television broadcaster, gossip columnist, and businesswoman. She founded the Rona Barrett Foundation, a non-profit organization in Santa Ynez that helps in the housing, feeding, and caring for elderly people in need. She co-hosted NBC’s America and published Rona Barrett’s Hollywood magazine. In 1991, she retired full time to her Santa Ynez ranch, where she began planting fields of lavender. Her company is as a producer of lavender bath, beauty, food and aromatherapy products.
Honorary Chair Steven Ford has enjoyed a successful acting career in movies and television for 25 years. Before acting, Ford worked on the professional rodeo circuit as a team roper. He owns a ranch in San Luis Obispo. He is sought after nationally as a motivational speaker for corporate events relating his inspiring experiences during his family’s stay in the White House and his years in Hollywood. He is the third son of former President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford.
Peoples’ progress during the last 40 years has been impressive. The non-profit organization has helped over 1,100 low-incomes households own their first home with a sweat-equity investment. Peoples’ developed and now manages over 1,300 rental units in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties with currently over 5,500 residents. Peoples’ Self-Help Housing continues to be committed to developing vibrant neighborhoods, building safe, attractive, high-quality housing and to provide innovative supportive services so that their residents develop greater self-sufficiency and better quality of life. Peoples’ continues to strengthen its reputation and leadership position as the premiere affordable housing and community developer in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.
The mission of Peoples’ Self-Help Housing is to provide affordable housing and programs leading to self-sufficiency for low-income families, seniors, and other special needs groups on California’s Central Coast. Visit http://www.pshhc.org for details or call (805) 781-3088 or (805) 962-5152.