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ALF Mountain Valley Chapter
August, 2009 Update

In This Issue
Chair's Message
Sr. Fellows Retreat: Get Your Hotel Room
Exemplary Leader Nominations
Hard Hat Tour of Crocker
Internal Study Mission
Don't Forget: Sr. Fellows Dues
Checking In
Save the Dates: Retreat, Cinderella
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Thanks to all who completed our member survey earlier this summer, the board of directors had good information for the strategic planning process at their July retreat: see the report below from our new Chair, Betty Masuoka.

Don't forget to take a look at what else is going on...

CHAIR'S MESSAGE:  Survey Results Helps Board Set Direction for the Year

Betty MasuokaBy Betty Masuoka, ALF Board Chair

As the new Board and officers begin the year, we took the opportunity to look at where the Mountain Valley Chapter is as it reaches its "teen stage," (Class XIII is going full-steam) and how we can sharpen our future focus in order to capitalize on the bonds created during each class, optimize the engagement of the Sr. Fellows, and give back to this region. 

The discussion at our half-day retreat laid the groundwork to develop a 2020 vision for ALF-MVC (which will be a major focus for the Board this year) as well as what we need to accomplish in 2009-10.  MORE

NEW EVENT: Reserve Your Hotel Room for the Sr. Fellows' Retreat
Harvest InnStay at the Harvest Inn in St. Helena at the Special ALF Group Rate

The Harvest Inn in St. Helena will be the site of the 2009 Sr. Fellows' Retreat, November 15-16.  Retreat registration info will follow shortly, but in the meantime, you can make your reservation at the hotel.

The special rate is $149 for the Sunday night stay, with that rate good for Monday night if you want to stay longer.  Make your reservations online or call (707) 967-4690 Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm PST and reference American Leadership Forum to receive the discounted rate.  Reservations must be made by October 15th.

Stay tuned for Retreat info coming soon!   

Nominate for 2010 Exemplary Leader Award

ladderSelection Committee needs to hear from you with nominations of excellent leaders

Who is ALF's 2010 Exemplary Leader?  We need to hear from you!

Each spring, ALF honors a collaborative leader with the Exemplary Leader Award at our annual dinner.  The criteria for the award is that the recipient reflect ALF's cornerstones, is regional and collaborative, and sufficiently visible in the community.

Who comes to mind?  Let us know by completing our online nomination formDeadline to make your nomination is Friday, September 18.

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.
ALF Partnership: Participate in First Internal Study Mission

internal study missionDiscover what our region does best and opportunities to strengthen it

ALF is excited to be a community partner with the Sacramento Asian Chamber, SACTO, SACOG, Valley Vision and other economic development organizations within the Sacramento region on the very first Internal Study Mission focusing on our region.

As established leaders throughout our region, we hope that you will consider participating as we focus internally on Sacramento's regional assets in the health care sector, clean energy sector and downtown revitalization. 

Our goal is to be able to leverage and build upon our region's assets to create additional opportunities for the region, as well as call attention to some of the challenges and how we can work more collaboratively to accomplish a regional economic development strategy that benefits all of our respective communities.

Save $100 by getting the early bird registration rate by August 31, 2009.  Please go on line to register TODAY! 

Want to know who's already signed up?  Follow the registration link and scroll down to find out!

We look forward to new discoveries right here in our backyard! 

Don't Forget Your Annual Sr. Fellows Dues Invoice (Reminder Invoice to Follow Shortly)
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 in June.  If you haven't paid yet, please keep an eye out for the second reminder 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.
CHECKING IN:  ALFer-led Projects Impact the Region

ALFers working in the region to bring culture, win Federal recognition for a local tribe, and celebrate the opening of a trauma center

See the "Checking In" page of the ALF web site for the full version of these stories:

World Music & Dance Festival     Class III's Lina Fat invites you to join her for the 2nd Annual Sacramento World Music & Dance Festival on September 26 and 27, a true celebration of world cultures, ethnic dance and musical performances. More


      On July 13, 2009, Class XII's Christina Kazhe celebrated four years of successful work when Wilton Rancheria was declared a federally-recognized tribe in the United States.  Wilton Rancheria is not a new tribe in California, but a restored tribe.  The tribal members are descendants of the Plains Miwok who lived and prospered in the Sacramento Valley since time immemorial. Read more (scroll down).


trauma center      Class XII members help classmate Max Villalobos celebrate the opening of Kaiser Permanente's new South Sacramento Trauma Center.  More (scroll down).

SAVE THE DATES: More Info to Follow 

calendarPut these on your calendar!

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

ALF Night at STC's "Cinderella"
Sunday, December 6, 2009