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ALF Mountain Valley Chapter
November, 2012
In This Issue
Chair's Message
Auction Items Needed
LAST CHANCE: Sr. Fellows' Taking Stock Retreat
LAST CHANCE: Sr. Fellows' Taking Stock Retreat
LAST CHANCE: Sr. Fellows' Taking Stock Retreat
LAST CHANCE: Sr. Fellows' Taking Stock Retreat
Encore Fellows Places Two More
LAST CHANCE: Sr. Fellows' Taking Stock Retreat
Affinity Groups, Tables of 8
Nominate Potential Class XVII Fellows
ALF Network Use Policy
Save the Dates for ALF Events
Community Events
Quick Links
Community Partners

Two-Star Partners


Western Health Advantage

One-Star Partners

Gilbert Assoc

Kaiser block  

PG&E logo

2012 ALF-MV
Star Club Members
Star Club Members support ALF-MV with a gift of $1200 or $100/month

Doni Blumenstock, Class I
Roy Brewer, Class IX
Matt Kelly, Class XI
Martha Lofgren, Class IX

Parnell Lovelace, Class XV
Garry Maisel, Class IX
Dennis Mangers, Class I
Patricia Marquez, Class XV
Kris Martin, Class II

Cyril Shah, Class XII
Tom Stallard, Class VII
Pam Stewart, Class VIII
Stephen Tse, Class VII

2012 ALF-MV  Boosters
ALF Boosters support ALF-MV with a gift of $600 or $50/month

Joe Coomes, Class III 
Lina Fat, Class III 
Susan Frazier, Class VI
Ed Glavis, Class VI
Larry Greene, Class XV
Jose Hermocillo, Class III

Bill Kennedy, Class IX
Ken Larson, Class V
Laura Mason-Smith, Class III
Randy Reynoso, Class V

Babs Sandeen, Class XII
Bev Scott, Class IX
Terry Street, Class XV
Gary Strong, Class XI

Fred Teichert, Class III
Carlos Urrutia, Class IX
Michele Wong, Class VIII

Like Us!
Dear ,

BonnieWith Thanksgiving a few days away, I have been reflecting on how thankful I am to be a part of this organization.

During our Fellowship Committee meeting recently, someone asked what we thought the Sacramento region would be like if ALF hadn't set up shop here over 15 years ago.  There may be no real way to tell, but I know that as ALF has worked to unite, strengthen, and serve our region's leaders, that our amazing Fellows and Sr. Fellows have taken their skills into our communities to have the types of difficult conversations needed to push for positive change.

But what has been your experience?  We'd like to hear as we plan for the board of directors' strategic planning retreat at the end of the month.  Please take a few moments of your day to complete our member survey.  It's important that we hear from you!

There has never been a time when I have been so proud of our Fellows and everything you do to make our region prosper as we unite, strengthen, and serve our communities.  Let us know if we are meeting your needs as a member of ALF.

As always, we welcome you to get in touch if our staff or I can be of service to you.
Bonnie's signature
Bonnie Ferreira


More People, More Fun, More Meaning

Susan Frazier Susan Frazier, Class VI

Is this an ad for one of those self-help vacation getaways?  No it is instead the view from the Board chair's post at ALF.  Many of you participate in an aspect of ALF, perhaps connecting with your class, serving on a committee, or enjoying a table of 8.  But I get to see the big picture - all the hard work the staff does as well as the incredible amount of engagement in the organization by Senior Fellows.
At a recent meeting of the Women's Affinity group everyone talked of how much they valued that opportunity to connect across classes, but they also talked about involvement on the golf group, various committees, and especially this summer's "Taking Stock" retreat.  Life changing; those are the words that were shared by participants in that very special experience.   more



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Please Help: Member Survey due by Monday Morning

The ALF Board of Directors asks for your help in evaluate the past twelve months and planning for the future

The ALF Board of Directors meets at the end of November for their annual strategic planning retreat but really want to hear from you to help inform their discussion.  Please take a moment to complete the
member survey before 9 am on Monday.

The goal is to exceed the response rate of last year's survey -- at the writing of this newsletter, we were halfway there.  Can you help us get the response the board needs? 
Your answers will help evaluate how we've done over the past year and provide information for the board to plot out the course for the next twelve months and beyond. 

Class XIII is leading the way with the most responses so far... are you going to let them get away with making another claim on being the "best class ever?" 

ALF Holiday Party, December 2, 1-4 pm
Susan Frazier opens her home for this holiday tradition 

You and your family are invited for the ALF social event of the holiday season!  Join us for a potluck ALF Holiday Party, hosted by Class VI's Susan Frazier and husband David at their beautiful home in Fair Oaks on Sunday, December 2, 1-4 pm. 

Come mingle with your classmates and meet members of other classes and celebrate in the warmth of friendship at this special time of the year. 

Free to attend -- we just ask for you to bring something to share and an unwrapped gift for the families of St. John's Shelter for Women & Children.

Register here and we hope to see you on December 2nd!



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Exemplary Leader Awards Dinner

Three terrific and deserving honorees, ample time for networking and some fun surprises add up to a great evening

eld honorees Over 400 guests attended ALF's annual dinner, presented by the Nehemiah Corporation of America, on October 3rd at the Sheraton Hotel in Sacramento, gathering to celebrate the accomplishments of Vicki Barber, Joe Coomes, and Tom Stallard

The dinner's planning committee, lead by Nancy Brodovsky (XIV) and Len McCandliss (III), worked hard to produce an event that balanced the desire to celebrate our honorees, find time for participants to network, and raise money for ALF.  Auction co-chairs Mike Kobus (XV) and Stella Premo (XIII) helped develop an incredible array of auction items that kept the crowd busy raising their paddles.

A few surprises along the way - the UCD Aggie Band-uh! A roasting reporter! An arena-sized introduction! - and it all added up to an amazing evening worthy of the occasion.  Many thanks to everyone, from sponsors, to ticket buyers, to fund-a-scholarship donors; success of this magnitude is the result of many, many hands.

Check out Stephen Tse's (VII) great photos: album 1, album 2
More pictures from photographer Tia Gemmell.



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Nominate for Exemplary Leader, 2013

Help identify the next ALF Exemplary Leader

Please consider nominating an outstanding leader for this prestigious award, to be presented at ALF's annual community dinner in the fall of 2013.  Nominees do not need to be ALF Fellows, however, it is best if the person making the nomination is a member of ALF.

Deadline: Friday, December 14

Award Selection Criteria
Honoree(s) should:
*    Exemplifies the ALF Cornerstones;
*    Is regional and collaborative;
*    Is visible in the region for his/her works;
*    Nominee is not required to be an ALF Fellow.

Please see the Nomination Form for details of the award and to make your nomination.



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Sr. Fellows' Retreat is March 3-4, 2013

More info to follow soon!

ALF returns to the Napa River Inn for the traditional Sr. Fellows' Retreat, now in its new late winter/early spring time slot, designed to remove conflicts of elections, holidays, and competing retreats of other organizations.

Stay tuned for more information as both the Fellowship and Community Leadership Committees will be working jointly to develop the agenda to balance both the fun, social aspects you've come to expect with the insightful looks into the issues our region is facing.

Please put noon Sunday, March 3 through noon Monday, March 4 on your calendar and stay tuned for more information!



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Encore Fellows Program Has Placed Five; More to Come

Program leverages the experience of executives to improve local nonprofits

The Encore Fellows Program shows great promise in its first year. Five Encore Fellows have been matched with the following nonprofit organizations in our region:
  • Center for Fathers and Families
  • Foothills Habitat for Humanity
  • Mission Focused Solutions
  • El Dorado Community Foundation
  • Sierra Business Council
Our first cohort of Encore Fellows, which include retirees from Intel Corporation and Hewlett Packard, continue to help build capacity within their nonprofit organizations. Two more fellowship matches are scheduled to be completed by the end this year.
Tuolumne County meeting w/ ALF, City Council, County Administrator and other nonprofit executives

Our program also focuses on helping nonprofits in rural areas and strives to provide sustainable impact within these counties. Check out what our very own Ken Larson (Class V) has to say about his experience as an Encore Fellow: Tuolumne County and their key organizations have expressed great interest in the Encore Program and plan to be a partner moving forward.

Recruitment for 2013 Encore Fellows Program has begun. If you are interested in becoming a Work Host or an Encore Fellow, please visit our website ( ) to apply, or for questions about the program, please contact Karen at the ALF office,


ALF Members in Election Results

Election night had an ALF flavor

Members of ALF were found on ballots all around the region.  Join us in celebrating their willingness to run for office and make a difference through the political process!
  • Rene Aguilera (X), re-elected to Roseville Joint Union High School District Board
  • Ami Bera (VII), elected to House of Representative
  • Christopher Cabaldon (VII), re-elected as Mayor of West Sacramento
  • Jim Cooper (VIII), re-elected to Elk Grove City Council
  • Joe Hoffman (XIV), ran for El Dorado County Superior Court Judge
  • Mary Muse (III), ran for El Dorado High School District Board 
  • Richard Pan (XIII), re-elected to the State Assembly
  • Oscar Villegas (XII), re-elected to West Sacramento City Council
  • Katie Villegas (XV), elected to Washington Unified School District Board (West Sacramento)
  • Allen Warren (VII), ran for Sacramento City Council (race still too close to call)
  • Had the Sacramento City Charter Commission proposal passed, Bill Camp (VII) and Michele Smira (XIV) would have been elected to it.  Bruce Starkweather (XII) was also one of the 54 candidates. 

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ALF Members Connect Through
Tables of Eight, Affinity Groups

Pick a restaurant and a date for a Table of Eight or make a reservation to join a table;
Join or start an Affinity Group

Tables of Eight
No agenda, no topic, no facilitators -- the Tables of Eight program is a low-key yet fun opportunity to meet and mingle with a small group of ALFers.  You pick the restaurant and the date, the ALF office sends out and tracks the invitations and everyone pays for their own meals.   Contact Scot in the ALF office to set one up!
The ALF Eagles (Golf Affinity Group)
Chair Michele McCormick (XI) lined up a season of golfing experiences for the group, which finished up its year at Apple Mountain in Camino. Many, many thanks to Michele for all of her work during the season!  Would you like to enjoy a day on the links with other ALFers with the same passion?  Contact the ALF office to get on the group's listserv for announcements on the 2013 season. 

Women's Affinity Group Next Meets 11/29
Chaired by Susan Frazier (VI), the group next meets at her house on Nov 29th at 5:30Email Susan to attend or to get on the group's e-mailing lists for announcements.

Interested in joining or want to start an new affinity group? Email Scot at the ALF office to be added to a listserv or to get a new group started.

Class XVII Initial Invitees Determined
The slate has been determined, but the future success of the First-Year Fellows Program and development of the ALF Network depends on your nomination of potential Fellows 

class XVII logoThe selection process for Class XVII wound its way through the summer and fall and now the Nominating Committee, chaired by Babs Sandeen (XII), has developed, and the board has approved, a slate of initial nominees for the class that will being in May, 2013.  After sifting through the nearly 300 nominations, Class XVII will be another stellar group of diverse, regional leaders, thanks to all who nominated and participated in the selection process through focus group meetings.

Nominations are accepted year round through the nomination form on the ALF web site.  Nominations are kept in the database for up to three years.

ALF Network Use Policy

Balancing member services and ALF communications

network As our chapter has grown, so has the need to communicate between members.  In the early days of email and the internet, that communication was primarily a function supported by the small cadre of Sr. Fellows at that time.  Now, with sixteen classes and approaching 400 Sr. Fellows, the ALF Board has rewritten the policy for the use of the ALF electronic network.  The policy attempts to strike a balance between keeping our members informed of conversations and events in the community and official ALF business.  In essence, the ALF listserv is reserved for ALF business, while members can submit their activities for listing in this newsletter and can post on our Facebook page.  Please review this policy, which can be found on the ALF web site.

calendarALF Holiday Party   
Sunday, December 2

ALF Board Chair Susan Frazier opens her home to ALF members and their families for this annual event.

ALF Sr. Fellows' Reterat
Sunday, March 3 - Monday, March 4
We return the the Napa River Inn for a mixture of fun and taking a look at the important issues our region faces.

Sr. Fellows Taking Stock Retreat 
July 28-30, 2013 
Join together at Westerbeke Lodge in Sonoma for a few days of ALF contemplation and reflection in a beautiful outdoor setting.


Community Events
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Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce Installation & Business Awards Dinner
Thursday, December 6, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Woodlake Hotel

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell
Crocker Art Museum
Class VI's Lial Jones invites all you to this exhibition, which celebrates the full range of Rockwell's artwork, including rarely circulated works from the collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. This presentation features more than 50 original oil paintings of some of his most famous illustrations, drawings, and war bond posters, and more than 300 covers that Rockwell created for The Saturday Evening Post over nearly five decades. In addition to the art on view, personal correspondence and archival photographs offer insight into the life of one of the country's most beloved illustrators.