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July, 2009 Update

In This Issue
NEW EVENT: Closing Food Gap
Nominate for Class XIV
ALF Summer Party
Strategic Planning Survey
Sr. Fellows Dues Invoices
Yuba River Hike Benefits ALF
Hard Hat Tour of Crocker
Save the Date: Sr. Fellows Retreat
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Our hearty appreciation to Jim & Diane Williams for hosting our annual Summer Party and to Sharon Roseme and the Placer County Fellows who worked so hard in planning the event on June 28th! 

In July, don't miss the our new event, a joint Issue Forum with Valley Vision: Closing the Food Gap with author Mark Winne. See below for more info.

Take a look at what else is going on...

NEW EVENT: Closing the Food Gap with Author Mark Winne, July 23

08 Holiday PartyJuly 23rd Issue Forum to examine food access plus showcase locally grown crops

ALF and Valley Vision invite you to this special joint forum with award-winning author and nationally renowned policy expert Mark Winne, author of "Closing the Food Gap; Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty," to share his perspectives and answer your questions about this emerging topic. 

Food access is one of the nation's hottest public policy topics:
  • The imbalance between food consumed and food imported carries massive economic, land use, and environmental costs.  
  • Skyrocketing rates of obesity and the life-ending diseases it causes have become a leading public health concern here.
  • And we're discovering that far too many people in the underserved areas of our region simply can't access healthy foods.   
Find out what YOU can do to support local agriculture and how to get involved with a Valley Vision initiative to to improve food access.  Get tickets.

Nominate for Class XIV: Deadline July 17 

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 head to the Wilderness in August, 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 July 17.  And keep an eye out for the focus group invitations -- we encourage you to participate in the selection process.

EVENT PHOTOS: ALF Summer Party a HOT Success!

09 summer partyALF Families have a great time together, even on the hottest day of the year

Many, many thanks go out to Jim (VIII) and Diane Williams for hosting the Summer Party at their home in Loomis -- a beautiful setting for a great day!

Much appreciation goes to Sharon Roseme (II) and the Placer Fellows who worked so hard on all of the planning and logistics to enable such a successful event. 

And thanks to our official photographer, Class VII's Stephen Tse, you can re-live the event or see what you missed.  View Stephen's pictures.

Thanks also to Jim's son Matt, owner and chef extraordinaire of Cafe Zorro, who fed us the best of Placer County's summer bounty.  Be sure to drop by his restaurant some time and offer your appreciation!

Thanks for Your Input: Strategic Planning Survey

ALF 2020 logoYour responses will advise the board at their Strategic Planning Retreat on July 22

We received comments from 173 ALF members (54%), with responses representing the diversity of ALF.  Your comments will be reviewed and will help advise the board as they look to the future direction of our chapter.
A report of the board's retreat and survey summary will be available soon.  Stay tuned!
Don't Forget Your Annual Sr. Fellows Dues Invoice (Mailed Three Weeks Ago)
starburst 2ALF depends on its members' support -- help us match the total of approximately 80% of local ALFers who paid dues last year

Annual Sr. Fellows dues notices for '09/'10 went out three weeks ago.  Please keep an eye out for the invoice and consider making an additional gift to support scholarships to the Sr. Fellows program events and the work of ALF. 

Dues remain $240 for the year or $120 for Fellows who have moved out of the region, and dues scholarships are also available.  You can pay by check or credit card, or consider automatic monthly installments either by credit card or drafted directly from your bank account -- see the enclosures in the invoice mailer or call the ALF office to find out how.  You can also pay online

Thank you in advance for your support.  If we can be of any assistance, please contact the ALF office.
LAST CHANCE:  ALFer-led Hike & Picnic on South Yuba River THIS SATURDAY (Benefits ALF)

Yuba RiverEnjoy the beauty of the South Yuba River while benefiting ALF

Gail Johnson Vaughan, Class X, is donating and leading the following event to benefit ALF:

On Saturday, July 11, 2009, beat the heat at the wild & scenic South Yuba River just outside of Nevada City.  Picnic, swim & hike as your host takes you to beautiful pools with private beaches, wild flowers and incredible beauty.

Families welcome. Most trails are easy.  Terrain does includes some scrambling down at least one steep trail.

Tickets for this hike and picnic are available at $35 each.  Get yours today.

Second Hard Hat Construction Tour of Crocker Added
Crocker expansionFirst tour filled up -- don't wait to sign up for this unique opportunity 

Crocker Art Museum Director Lial Jones (Class VI) will lead a hard hat tour of the major museum expansion currently under construction.

On September 9th, Lial will give a briefing and an overview of the floor plans before leading participants on the tour of this exciting project.  Please note: this is a construction site -- there are no elevators so be prepared to walk up/down stairs and wear closed toe shoes.

Join the tour.
SAVE THE DATE: Senior Fellows Retreat 

calendarDon't forget to put this on your calendar!

Senior Fellows' Retreat
November 15-16, 2009
Harvest Inn, Napa Valley

More registration and program information will follow soon.