ALF Mountain Valley Chapter
January, 2009 Update

In This Issue
"Third Thursday" on Prop 8
Dinner with Silicon Valley Fellows
Holiday Party Pictures
Nominate Fellows for San Joaquin
Dancing for Tuition
Help Other Community Groups
Quick Links
Community Partners

Sr. Fellows Program
Silver Star Sponsor

Western Health Advantage


Welcome to 2009!  

Here are a few things to keep in mind over the coming weeks to keep up with your fellow Fellows....

"Proposition 8 Unraveled" Dialogue Moved to Feb. 19

threadsProp. 8 unleashes more than a governmental definition of marriage -- and as leaders, how do we prepare for a court decision sure to make one side very unhappy?

Thursday, February 19, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, FREE  RSVP

The election is over, but the many threads of Proposition 8 continue to be unraveled. At the request of several Fellows we have organized an special 3rd Thursday session to explore the civil rights and other issues in this controversial proposition.

We will have Leslie Jacobs, a Constitutional Law professor from McGeorge and courtesy of Class VIII's Elizabeth Parker, as well as Fellows from all sides of the issue to lead off the discussion. This controversy isn't going to go away any time soon, so join us as we explore ways of coming together for the good of all concerned.

NEW: Joint Dinner with Silicon Valley Fellows Feb. 25

ALF-SVExpand your viewpoint AND your network

Wednesday, February 25,
5:30 - 8 pm, $45

ALF-SV Class XX will be in Sacramento for their March class session during the day, which will culminate with a panel discussion -- a media-eye view of California and the Nation -- and dinner at the Sierra Health Foundation.

Join our own David Hosley as he moderates a panel of media experts including Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters.  It's sure to be thought-provoking!

But don't forget about the opportunity to expand your network!  Meet ALF-SV Class XX and develop connections that can potentially make a difference in your community or professional work.  Make your reservations today!

Event Follow-up: A Warm & Wonderful Holiday Party

08 Holiday PartyHosts Kris Martin & Will Middleton outdo themselves yet again at their Clarkburg home

There really isn't anything much better than to spend a few hours among friends during the holiday season, and the ALF Holiday Party truly fit the bill!  See Stephen Tse's pictures to get a sense of the warmth of friendship and fellowship at the December 7th party!

Do You Know Leaders in
San Joaquin?

ALF's new San Joaquin Chapter seeking nominations for first Fellows class

ALF SJVDavid Hosley left KVIE last year to lead the Great Valley Center and one of his first endeavors was to create an ALF chapter for the San Joaquin Valley. 

This fledgling chapter now needs nominees for the first group of "trailblazers," and if you work with leaders from that area (stretching from Lodi to Manteca) and feel they would make great ALF Fellows for this first class, they would like to hear from you! 

Use their online nomination form and help them get the ball rolling!

Innovative Tuition Fundraising --
and YOU Can Benefit
dancingClass XIII incoming Fellow Wendy Rae Hill arranges for discounted dance lessons -- proceeds go to ALF

Congratulations to Wendy Rae Hill, Director of Government Relations and Political Affairs for the National Association of Social Workers, for being invited to be a Fellow in the American Leadership Forum!

During the weekend of January 23, 24, & 25, The Sacramento Dancesport Project is lowering its private lesson rate from $60 to $35.  All students taking lessons will make their checks payable to the American Leadership Forum on behalf of Wendy Rae Hill. 

Book your lessons and have fun while supporting Wendy and ALF!


Pat Fong KushidaExemplary Leader Award Dinner Honoring Pat Fong Kushida 
Thursday, March 26
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.  Sponsorship opportunities are available to fit any budget -- email Scot at the ALF office for details.

Class XII Commencement Dinner
Friday, April 3, 6-8:30 pm
Join Class XII as they complete their Fellows year and join the ranks of Sr. Fellows.  Always a great event to support friends and reconnect with the class spirit of ALF.  More details to follow.

Help Other Community Groups

Check out these opportunities to help groups working to improve the Greater Sacramento region

Got You BabeMercy Perinatal Recovery Network's "I've Got You Babe" Gala, Feb 4
See a cast of ALFers portraying pop culture icons at this fun and highly entertaining event.  See Lauren Hammond (IX), Cassandra Jennings (III), Ray Kerridge (XI), Kevin McCarty (X), Alice Perez (VI), Randy Reynoso (V), James Shelby (XI), Sandy Smoley (II), and Jimmie Yee (V) as they put their own spin on Sonney & Cher, the Monkeys, Frank Sinatra, the B-52s and more.  More info

Nominations Needed for People Helping People Awards

For 21 years, the Community Services Planning Council's People Helping People Awards have represented the gold standard  for recognizing socially conscious businesses, PHP Awardoutstanding service organizations and individuals for their commitment to community service and improving the quality of life in the Sacramento Region.  All nominees will be recognized at the 2009 People Helping People Awards Luncheon on April 22, 2009, and winners will be featured in Sacramento Magazine.  Nominate someone today!

Assist with Sacramento Homeless Count
Each year the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance coordinates a count of how many homeless people are in the community.  The information from the count helps improve services, develop new programs, support the Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, and keep crucial federal funding for existing programs. 

This year this very important event will be held on January 27, 2009 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. The magnitude of this undertaking requires approximately 350-400 people who are willing to attend a 3-hour training in the week prior to the event, and then to participate from 8:00 to midnight on the night of the event.  More info.