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April, 2009 Update

In This Issue
Doni's Retirement Party
NEW EVENT>>>>........
Nominate for Class XIV
Exemplary Leader Dinner Pictures
Class XII Commencement Pictures
Support Youth Leadership
Valley Vision Honors Doni
Quick Links
Until Tuesday, April 14,
on fabulous items left over from our Exemplary Leader Auction


Also, purchase tickets for these exciting events:

Don Brown (I) & Dennis Mangers' (I) Berkeley Brunch in an Historic Julia Morgan-designed Home
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South Yuba River Hike & Picnic with Class X's Gail Johnson Vaughan
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Community Partners

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Sr. Fellows Partners
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April is Doni's final month as ALF-MV's executive director -- we hope you'll be able to come to her retirement party on April 17 (details below) to celebrate her twelve years as the founding director. 

Also, We've got another full calendar for the next six weeks... PLENTY of opportunity to connect to other ALF members, with more being planned all the time.

Take a look at what's going on...

Doni's Retirement Party Next Friday, April 17th

Doni BlumenstockALF All-Star Band to keep the party rockin' with special songs & guest singers!

You are invited to celebrate Doni Blumenstock's contributions to ALF and the Sacramento Community over the last twelve years... ALF Senior Fellows and Community Leaders are invited to join the party!

Friday April 17th, 5:30- 8:30 or later if you want to dance, North Ridge Country Club, 7600 Madison Avenue in Fair Oaks.

SPECIAL ALF ALL-STAR BAND DANCE CELEBRATION TIL YOU DROP: The ALF All-Star Band will entertain us and provide very danceable music till we drop.  They've been rehearsing, getting special singers lined up on special songs, and are intending to rock out for the hard core dancers....  Don't miss out on all the fun!

NEW EVENT: Swimming in a Sea of Red -- Fixing California's Budget 

Jim MayerIs California destined to swim forever in a sea of red ink?

California Forward has some proposals on budget reform for California.  Join ALF Senior Fellows for a thought-provoking and informative discussion on California Forward's budget reform efforts and find out how you can be involved.
California Forward Executive Director Jim Mayer schedules a return engagement to ALF, Friday, April 24 at 8:00 am at Drexel University, 1 Capitol Mall Suite 200.  (Street parking in Old Sacramento free until 10 AM.)

Last November, Jim Mayer spoke at the ALF Senior Fellows Retreat in Napa where we considered the challenge of governance through the lens of two significant issues impacting Californians: education and health care.  On April 24, Jim will discuss proposals to improve California's budget process and current legislation that has recently been formulated to this end. 

Nominate for Class XIV 

Class XIV logoSelection Committee needs to hear from you with nominations of excellent leaders

With Class XII in the ranks of Sr. Fellows and Class XIII ready to get going in May, it's time to turn our attention to developing Class XIV (that's 14 for the Roman-Numerically challenged). 

ALF needs to hear from you about regional leaders whom you feel would make excellent Fellows.  Don't assume the selection committee will know them -- Nominate them with sufficient information to make clear their value to the region.  Sing their praises and the selection committee will take notice.

Focus groups will convene again this year, so to make sure your nominee gets the most attention, complete your nomination by April 30.  And keep an eye out for the focus group dates -- we encourage you to participate in the selection process.

Event Follow-up & Pictures: Exemplary Leader Award Dinner 
Larry Garcia & Pat Fong Kushida
AT&T presented ALF's annual dinner celebrating the Sac Asian Chamber CEO and Class IV member

Pat Fong Kushida received the 2009 ALF Exemplary Leader Award March 26 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento with over 400 ALF members and Sacramento's boundary-crossing regional leadership attending the celebration filled with inspirational words, warm friends, and incredible networking possibilities.

AT&TThe annual dinner, presented by AT&T, raised nearly $120,000 to fund scholarships for community leaders who would not have otherwise be able to participate in ALF's unique program and network.

Official ALF photographer Stephen Tse, Class VII, captured the fun through his camera lens.  View the photo album.

Event Follow-up: Pictures from Class XII's Commencement Dinner

Class XII GraduationClass XII joins the Sr. Fellows' network, creates outstanding book as a testament to their Wilderness Experience

Class XII fully joined the ALF Sr. Fellows network last Friday night as several dozen spouses, Sr. Fellows, and board members celebrated and welcomed them.  Brian Baker, Bill Mueller, Jennifer Baker, and Margaret Fortune provided insight into their personal experience and their class' year together during moving commencement speeches.

Check out Stephen Tse's photos for a look into the event and definitely make a mental note to join us next year!

Part of their final act as a first-year Fellows class was to create a stunning book about their Wilderness Experience, called Starfish on the Sierra, and reflects the power and impact of the keystone of the ALF program.  Check it out with a Class XII member, or you can see the first few picture pages and order your own copy.

Class X Challenges Other Classes to Support Sacto. Youth Leadership 

youthThe Sr. Fellows of Class X invite others to join them by investing in our future leaders

What began as a Class VI's class project to recreate their ALF experience for inner city at-risk youth, the Sacramento Youth Leadership Program was designed to instill leadership and decision-making skills. 

At the urging of the youth participants, Class VI committed to continuing the program.  Over the past four years, they have worked with nearly 125 youth most of whom remain committed to staying in touch, promoting youth leadership in their home organizations and in the region, and participating in local youth initiatives.

Class X challenges all other ALF-MV classes to match its $1,500 contribution to underwrite the cost of one youth's participation in 2009.  Class X's  contribution  will  be made from its ongoing class project, the Change for Change Fund at the Regional Foundation.

Send contributions to:
Sacramento Youth Leadership Program
c/o Jay Schenirer
2701 10th Avenue
Sacramento, CA  95818

Call Jay with questions: 916.752.3609


calendarKeep an eye out for information about these upcoming events, but put them on your calendar now!

Class XIII Welcome Reception
Wednesday, May 27, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Help welcome Class XIII to the ALF network!

ALF-MV Summer Party
Sunday, June 28, 4-7pm at Williams Pond in Loomis
Always the social event of the summer season -- enjoy the hospitality of our Placer County Sr. Fellows and Class VIII's Jim Williams' home and grounds.

Valley Vision to Honor Doni Blumenstock with 'Legacy' Award

Valley VisionALF to fill a table at May 21st event at Calif. Museum for History, Women & the Arts

The third annual Legacy Feast event, scheduled for May 21, 2009, is promised to be fun and fabulous yet again.  This is Valley Vision's premier event celebrating leadership and the best of our region including locally grown wine and cuisine.  Doni will receive the Legacy of Leadership Award for Social Equity.  Tickets are $150 -- if you'd like to sit with other ALFers, contact the ALF office at