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ALF Mountain Valley Chapter
February, 2009 Update

In This Issue
New ALF-MV Director Hired
"Third Thursday" on Prop 8
Dinner with Silicon Valley Fellows
New Event: Social Cognition
Nominate Fellows for San Joaquin
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ALF's annual auction is fast approaching and we are looking for great items to help raise funds for scholarships to the ALF program.

You can donate online, or email Scot in the ALF office

Thanks in advance for your support!


As we head toward Spring, the ALF calendar gets mighty full, offering you many opportunities to participate, whether for networking, continuing education, or entering into meaningful dialogue around a hot topic.  And there's always fun to be had as well! 

Let's see what's going on in ALF...

Bonnie Ferreira Hired as New ALF-MV Executive Director

Bonnie FerreiraNational Search Resulted in Hiring of the Class XII Member

The ALF-MV Executive Search Committee spent three months culling through interested applicants from both the region and nationally. 

The result?  Bonnie Ferreira, a member of the current class, will replace the retiring executive director, Doni Blumenstock, beginning May 1st.  See the press release for more info.

Thinking Together: Proposition 8 Unraveled, Feb. 19

threadsA dialogue on Prop 8 issues that we are not likely to have elsewhere

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.

The opinions surrounding this highly debated proposition remain polarized, with feelings and tensions still taught.  People on both sides seem clear and grounded in their own convictions on the issue, but struggle to understand the others'. 

This is not a forum to change minds or defend sides.  This is an opportunity for inquiry with permission to ask the questions you've never been able to ask.

Join us as we explore ways of coming together for the good of all concerned.

Joint Dinner with Silicon Valley Fellows Feb. 25

SV logoExpand your viewpoint AND your network

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

ALF-SV Class XX will be in Sacramento for their February 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 thought-provoking panel of media experts including:
  • Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee
  • Judy Lin, Associated Press
  • Edwin Garcia, San Jose Mercury News
  • Araceli Martinez, La Opinion
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.  View a list of SV Class XX members and make your reservation today!

NEW EVENT: "Social Cognition - Seeing the Gorilla in our Midst," March 11
gorilla in our midstWe see what we believe rather than vice versa

Wednesday, March 11, 5:30-7:30 pm, $25

"Innattentional blindness" happens when our attention is so fixed on something that we fail to notice whatever else is going on right in front of us. Did you attend the Sr. Fellows' Retreat in November and experience keynote speaker Bill Isaacs's showing of the Harvard research exercise with the basketball players and the gorilla? 

Class IX's Bill Kennedy will continue exploring innattentional blindness by presenting this workshop on Mind Science and Social Cognition.  

Bill will demonstrate how our own brain perceives, categorizes, stores, and recalls information.  Discover how these structures are created and how they can be changed. 

Participate in this mind-bending workshop and you might not see things in quite the same way again.


Pat Fong KushidaExemplary Leader Award Dinner Honoring Pat Fong Kushida 
Thursday, March 26, Sheraton Hotel
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, KVIE Building
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.

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!