ALF Mountain Valley Chapter
October, 2008 Update

In This Issue
"Third Thursday" Talks Youth
Regional Impact Award
Sr. Fellows Retreat
Exemplary Leader 2009
Joe Genshlea's One-man Show
Chapter News
Pay Your Sr. Fellows' Dues ONLINE
Quick Links
Community Partners

Sr. Fellows Program
Silver Star Sponsor

Western Health Advantage


Welcome to the October issue of the ALF e-Carabiner.

It's a busy time for ALF, with lots of opportunities to connect with your classmates and those in other classes.  Read on to see what is going on...

October's Third Thursday Looks at Supporting Young People
Join us for informal conversation around a hot topic of the day!

October, September 16, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, FREE!

Cassandra Jennings (Class III) and Jim Keddy (Class XI) will lead a discussion about how ALF members might work together to provide greater support to young people in our communities through supporting youth jobs and mentoring.  If you have experience in supporting youth development and/or have ideas about the ALF network might be activated to support youth jobs and youth needs, please join us -- there is no charge to attend, but we do request your RSVP.

NEW: Regional Impact Award Luncheon
Regional Impact AwardJoin us in recognizing a successful regional collaboration

Thursday, November 6, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

This year's Regional Impact Award, a celebration of a successful collaborative project with significant positive impact on the region, will honor the Mather Community Campus

Mather Community CampusMCC is a nationally recognized two-year job-training and employment program for as many as 35 families with children, and 200 single persons who were once homeless. To date, more than 2,000 adults and children have been served since MCC opened in 1995.  Join us in celebrating this successful collaboration of local, state and Federal agencies and organizations.

Tickets are $47.50 each, or tables of 8 can be purchased for $750.  More info & tickets
Upcoming Event: Sr. Fellows' Retreat -- Hotel Block Expires Wednesday!
Call today to ensure you get a room at the Vino Bello Resort

November 16-17, Vino Bello Resort, Napa

vino belloIf you haven't already done so, time is running out to make your hotel reservation for the Sr. Fellows' Retreat.  Our room block reservation and guaranteed discount rate expire on Wednesday, October 15.

The Vino Bello Resort has a special ALF Retreat rate of $139 for suites and $169 for one-bedroom condos (both single or double occupancy). Make your reservations now either online (group code: ALF) or by calling (866) 729-7182 and telling them you are with ALF.

Full Retreat & registration details

Did you see the Sacramento Bee article about the efforts to change the way California's government works?  It's the topic on Monday of the retreat.  Check it out!

SAVE THE DATE: March 26, 2009!
Pat Fong Kushida Pat Fong Kushida Named 2009 Exemplary Leader

Get out your 2009 calendar and mark Thursday, March 26, for ALF's annual Exemplary Leader Award Dinner, presented by AT&T.  Class IV's Pat Fong Kushida, CEO of Sacramento's Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce will receive this year's award.  Keep an eye out for more information in the coming months.
Celebrate Sacramento's History
Joe Genshlea LAST CHANCE FOR TICKETS IN THE ALF SECTION of Joe Genshlea's one-man show benefits the Sacramento Theatre Company

Class II's Joe Genshlea, a multiple award-winning litigator and  Sacramento native, has written and will perform a one-man show about his experiences growing up in the state capital at 8:00 PM on Saturday, Oct. 25, with a VIP reception beginning at 6:00 PM, as a benefit for the Sacramento Theatre Company (STC).

"A Sense of Place: Reflections, Recollections And Ruminations on a Sacramento Life", will be directed by Peggy Shannon, STC's artistic director. It will be performed at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the summer home of the Music Circus, at 1419 H Street in Sacramento.

ALF is coordinating tickets for members to sit together for this performance.  Go here to purchase tickets and for more info.

News from the Chapter
Board Chair Larry Garcia leads "Integrated Search and Strategic Planning Process"

     "We are truly at a 'strategic inflection point' in the history of our chapter.  I am excited about the prospect of working with each of you to help design and implement Vision 2020 for ALF and to help identify and engage a new Executive Director to lead us to that vision." 
     Read "Chair's Message," Larry Garcia's full article, in the latest Carabiner newsletter.

Can an ALF/Valley Vision Alliance be More than Just the Sum of its Parts?

     In order to investigate the opportunities for community collaboration through forming a Strategic Alliance, for the past few months, board members of Valley Vision and ALF have been in a dialogue about how our organizations can join together. The question is, "How can one plus one equal three, not just two." 
     Read the article on page 3 of the latest Carabiner newsletter.

Don't Forget to Pay Your
Sr. Fellows Dues...  Pay ONLINE
An important funding source for the Sr. Fellows' program for the year

A big part of ALF's funding for the Sr. Fellows' program comes from your annual dues payment.  The amount remains the same - $240 a year (just $20 a month), and we offer full or partial scholarships.  We have, in past years, had an amazingly high percentage of members pay dues, indicating the value members see in the ALF programs. We hope that will be true this year as well.
Payment of your full dues or Booster and Star Club level dues and contributions can be made right now, online.  If you would like to pay a smaller amount, please send a check payable to ALF and indicate "dues" in the subject line.  Send it to ALF, 1321 Garden Highway, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA  95833.