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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
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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
| Upcoming Events |
March 3-4, 2013
Sr. Fellows' Winter Retreat
Napa River Inn
Class XVI Commencement Dinner
May 22, 2013, 5-7 pm
Class XVII Welcome Reception
June 28-30, 2013
Sr. Fellows' Taking Stock Retreat, Westerbeke Ranch
I thank those of you who responded to our recent member survey. Your input really helped put our year in perspective and let us know how well we are doing in serving your needs as you work in our regional communities.
Your answers were presented to the Board of Directors at their Strategic Planning Retreat on November 28th, and the resulting discussion will help us develop a work plan for next year.
We are excited to learn that our members are overwhelmingly pleased with their experience with ALF, both as a Fellow and Sr. Fellow. Seventy-eight percent report being extremely or very satisfied with ALF, with all subcategories (such as strategic direction, fostering community engagement, developing ALF connections, relevance in the region, among others) showing improvement in satisfaction scores. We also took seriously the comments by those who are less satisfied and plugged them into the mix for the board retreat, looking for ways to make ALF work for everyone. As always, we appreciate your open communication and encourage you to continue providing feedback.
But the board and I don't plan to rest on our laurels. The board took a look at our chapter's activities and structures and broke them into three categories: preserve, create, and avoid. Each board member then chose an area where they would like to work to continue to make ALF the right organization to assist your leadership journeys. One initiative we will begin immediately is the Class Steward Council to improve our communication to our members.
Wishing you and your family a very warm holiday season, and, as always, we welcome you to get in touch if our staff or I can be of service to you. We look forward to an exciting 2013 -- I hope to see you at one of our upcoming activities!
Wring Out the Old and Ring in the New!
Susan Frazier, Class VI
My time as ALF Board Chair is almost done; I have enjoyed all of it. ALF is a busy place and the opportunity to really dig in and make a difference with the organization is there for everyone, but especially the Chair. Bonnie and her staff keep a brisk pace right up to the end of the year. The highlight for me was kicking off the new summer Taking Stock retreat, and I plan to stay engaged as Chair of the Fellowship Committee to follow the evolution of that and many other exciting plans. I am well aware that the highlight for Bonnie was my lip sync stunt at the Senior Fellows Retreat; nothing makes a CEO happier than a Board Chair being foolish for the cause!
We are also saying goodbye to four special Board members: Garry Maisel Class IX, who also served as Development Committee Chair, Steve Weiss Class VI (best class), Burda Gilbert Class III, and Michele Wong Class VIII. Thank you all for your many years of service and contributions to the organization. You have shepherded the organization through many positive changes.
Enough of the old! The organization is fortunate to be gaining Gary Strong, Class X, as 2013 Board Chair. I am certain he will restore some dignity to the post; along with his thoughtful insight and broad range of skills. Joining our Board are four new members: Becky Johnson Class XV, John Chuck Class XV, Ed Phillips Class V, and Gary Orr Class VIII. Welcome to all; I know you will enjoy being part of this dynamic group.
Finally, we have a new slate of officers for the coming year: Gary Strong, Class X, Chair; Babs Sandeen, Class XII, Vice Chair; Carlos Urrutia, Class IX, Treasurer; Nancy Brodovsky, Class XIV, Secretary; Susan Frazier, Class VI (best class), Immediate Past Chair. The Board had a lively planning session at our recent retreat and I can assure you it will be a very eventful and productive year.
Thank you all for the amazing support you have offered me this last year, and for the opportunity and honor to serve as Chair. I look forward to working with all of you and with Gary as he assumes his new role. And I know all of you join me in wondering: Can he sing?
Have a very wonderful holiday season and I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.
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ALFers Celebrate the Season at the ALF Holiday Party
Dozens of ALFers and their families gather at Susan Frazier's home for this holiday tradition
Fellows and Sr. Fellows gathered at the ALF Holiday Party, hosted by Class VI's Susan Frazier and husband David at their beautiful home in Fair Oaks on Sunday, December 2.
Many thanks to Susan and David and to Stephen Tse for his photos of the event. Everyone attending had a lovely afternoon of sharing the warmth of the holiday season.
Thank you also to everyone who brought an unwrapped gift for the families of St. John's Shelter for Women & Children, the organization led by Class XVI's Michele Steeb. Your generosity will make the holidays a little brighter for many of the families at the shelter.
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Deadline to Nominate for Exemplary Leader Extended to December 21st
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 21
Award Selection Criteria
- 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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| New Way to Deepen Connections: Class Steward Council
ALF Board creates council to help connect ALFers to the activities of the organization
As the membership of ALF continues to grow and as each new class pushes a previous class further away from their time together, the Board of Directors has identified increased communication as an important tool to keep members connected.
In response, the board has created the Class Steward Council, a committee of representatives from each class committed to keeping their classmates up-to-date with the activities of the chapter and encouraging engagement. Stewards will serve a one year term and meet 3-4 times a year.
The following board members volunteered to be this year's inaugural council, with openings still available for some classes:
This is a great opportunity to support your classmates and work with members of other classes for the mutual benefit of the Sr. Fellows network and individual members.
- Class I: open
- Class II: open
- Class III: Burda Gilbert (with Sam Oki)
- Class IV: Shirlee Tully
- Class V: Ed Phillips & Griselda Barajas
- Class VI: open
- Class VII: Tom Stallard
- Class VIII: Pam Stewart
- Class IX: Garry Maisel
- Class X: open
- Class XI: open
- Class XII: open
- Class XIII: Stella Premo
- Class XIV: open
- Class XV: open
- Class XVI: open
If you'd like to join the council, please contact Scot in the ALF office to get on the listserv for announcements.
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SAVE THE DATE:
Sr. Fellows' Retreat is March 3-4, 2013
Make your hotel room reservation now; 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.
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.
Do you have ideas about what topics to discuss at the retreat? An ad-hoc retreat planning committee is meeting on Monday, December 17 at the ALF office, noon-1:30 pm, to work on the agenda if you'd like to participate and/or help out. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
In the meantime, please put noon Sunday, March 3 through noon Monday, March 4 on your calendar and call the Napa River Inn to make your room reservation at the ALF discounted rate of $199: Call Karen Kaminski at 707-251-8550 ext 1.
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Encore Fellowships Network Featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review
The Encore Program leverages the experience of executives to improve local nonprofits
As an Encore program operator here in our region, we have become a part of a movement which is having a positive impact on the nonprofit sector. We have become a part of a network that includes more than 200 Encore Fellows in 20 metropolitan areas in the United States.
The Stanford Social Innovation Review recently featured the program in their publication. Check it out!
Recruitment for 2013 Encore Fellows Program is underway. If you are interested in becoming a Work Host or an Encore Fellow, please visit our website (www.alf-mvc.org) to apply, or for questions about the program, please contact Karen at the ALF office, Karen@alf-mvc.org.
|Class XVII Invitees Begin to Confirm|
Participants begin their class year in May, 2013
After sifting through the nearly 300 nominations, Class XVII will be another stellar group of diverse, regional leaders, thanks to everyone who nominated and participated in the selection process chaired this year by Babs Sandeen, Class XII.
The first round of invitations have gone out and we are pleased to announce the first set of acceptances to join Class XVII:
Keep an eye out in future newsletters for more confirmations as they come in, and, if you run across any of our new class members, make sure to give them a big ALF welcome!
- Naaz Alikhan, Principal, Williams + Paddon Architects
- Terry Harvego, Owner, Firehouse Restaurant
- Vikram Janardhan, CEO, Insera Therapeutics, Inc.
- Tony Lopez, Vice President of Operations, PRIDE Industries
- Jeremy Meyers, Deputy Superintendent, El Dorado County Office of Education
- Scott Shapiro, Partner, Downey Brand
If you have ideas for potential ALF Fellows, 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.
ALFers on the Move/Checking In
Keeping up with the activities of ALF members. Have news to share? Email email@example.com.
Class XVSusan Harris
Class IDoni BlumenstockAfter serving 10 years on the Roseville City School District board, Rene Aguilera was elected to a school board seat on the Roseville Joint Unified School District, representing Roseville, Oakmont, Granite Bay, Woodcreek and Antelope high schools. Rene is also involved with the Cesar Chavez Youth Leadership Conference and after many years of having the Roseville City School District and Sierra College host the Youth Conference, he is proud to announce that his alma mater of UC Davis will be hosting the conference in 2013! And he is looking for ALF workshop presenters and educational vendors to join!
has been appointed to the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission by Jimmie Yee
(Class V) and will be serving with Class XII's Cyril Shah
At the end of 2012, Joe Genshlea
is leaving the law practice he founded (Weintraub Genshlea, now called Weintraub/Tobin) to focus his attention on his new law and mediation practice. While Joe has enjoyed his years as one of our state's most pre-eminent trial attorneys, he has had an appetite for peace-making. As a mediator, or "negotiator" as he likes to say, he will continue to put his lifetime of experience to good use. His new email address will be firstname.lastname@example.org.Mike Ziegler's
PRIDE Industries continued to defy gravity with growth of 19% in FY 2012, even during these uncertain economic times. The organization added nearly 700 jobs, and expanded to another state - expanding its footprint across 13 states and Washington, D.C. In addition, PRIDE began a new commissary operations contract in Kaneohe, Hawaii, on December 1st, 2012. Located on the island of Oahu, on the northeastern shore near Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, this contract will employ 18-20 individuals with disabilities - and yes, travel requests are being very carefully scrutinized! PRIDE grows in large part, thanks to the referrals of satisfied customers and friends. Our numbers now approach 5,000 jobs, thanks to their support.
Class IV Doug Pringle spent last weekend at his organization's (Disabled Sports USA) annual ski week at Breckenridge Colorado. DSUSA hosted 100 wounded warriors disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan along with another 200 non-veteran disabled including their Youth Development Team of aspiring Paralympians.
Class VII Ami Bera
concluded four years of campaigning with his election to the US House of Representatives in a race that was too close to call until final ballots were tallied last week.
lost his father, Mort, on December 5th. The region will miss his dedication and support. Mort is also survived by founding ALF board member Marcy Friedman
, his wife of 57 years.Allen Warren
has officially been named the winner of his race to be elected to the Sacramento City Council. Like Ami's his race had been too close to call until recently.
For the first time in at least 32 years, California jurors in the American Institute of Architects' California Council annual contest bypassed Los Angeles and San Francisco to pick Sacramento architectural firm Dreyfuss & Blackford for its 2013 firm award. "I think the Sacramento design community lifts their head a little higher because it's recognized statewide that we have talent here. You don't have to go out of town to find design talent," said John Webre
, who oversees 17 other architects and a dozen support staff at Dreyfuss & Blackford. Dreyfuss & Blackford is one of Sacramento's oldest and biggest architectural practices. The firm was chosen for the 2013 honor for its body of work as well as its contributions to the field in general, including leadership roles in events like the recent Capitol Mall Design Competition. (excerpted from Sacramento Bee article
)Class VIIIScott Syphax's
Nehemiah Company's Township 9 closed on its first sale for the building of a 191 apartment complex to Intergral Development and the John Stewart Company. Studio Sacramento
and Scott & David Lowe
(XIII) were awarded the Council for American-Islamic Relations' (Basim Elkarra
, XIV) California's Fairness and Integrity in Media Award for the ALF episode "Muslims in America." Pam Saltenberger
announced that she would be retiring from the Girl Scouts on January 4th. She's very excited about the her next phase of life!Class IXMartha Lofgren
begins her service as Chair of the Metro Chamber of Commerce in January.Scot Siden
teamed up with a longtime friend to purchase a small tennis shop in Davis: Volleys
(or like them on Facebook
). Scot will run the back office while his friend handles the front and day-to-day operations. Class X
Warren Smith is leading a group of investors to bring a top-level minor league soccer team to the region, to begin play in 2014.
Ruth Blank, after eight years at the helm, is stepping down from her CEO position at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. She is staying in the region and plans to focus on her writing. See Ruth's farewell message. The SRCF will conduct a nationwide search for her replacement. Information or interest in the opportunity can be directed to Raylene Decatur of Kittleman & Associates, LLC, in Denver, Colo.: (303) 370-7088, email@example.com.
Celia McAdam has been named Woman of the Year by the Sacramento Chapter of the Womens Transportation Seminar (WTS). The award, which will be presented at the annual awards dinner at the Sheraton Grand on December 13, cites her "contribution to the advancement of women and minorities in transportation, and to your profession in general."
Michele McCormick was a featured actress in a breast cancer awareness spot for Radiological Associates that was broadcast on Sacramento area television stations. "So pleased to be part of such an important message!" she says.
Bill Mueller is back to work at Valley Vision after a frightening bike accident in September left him with broken neck vertebrae and a punctured lung. After five days in the hospital and six weeks of leave, he's getting back up to speed (at work that is -- he's off the bike for a while).
In November, Cyril Shah was elected Trustee of the American River Flood Control District (ARFCD). ARFCD strives to protect over 50,000 homes and properties in the district by improving and maintaining 40 miles of levees primarily along the American River. Cyril's election allows him to continue to serve on the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA). SAFCA serves to protect over 400,000 individuals that reside on the region's floodplain. SAFCA works closely with Federal and State entities to plan and construct major flood control projects including the Natomas Levee and Folsom Dam improvements.
Tina Reynolds' Uptown Studios received the Small Business of the Year Award from the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce at their annual dinner last week. Additionally, Uptown Studios is ready to have anyone join us in our Sock It To Me! campaign to raise over 3000 pairs of socks by Dec 20 to donate to Loaves and Fishes for distribution to people in need. Kind of like a campaign "For Toes In Need!" Check out the campaign web site.
will be leaving the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce at the end of the year for a new role at 3Fold Communications, launching her entrepreneurial vision of providing full-service conference, meeting and event planning, and will be responsible for developing their new line of conference and meeting planning services.
organization, Center for Land-Based Learning,
been funded for four-year capacity-building grant from the S.D. Bechtel Foundation. Part of the funding is to hire their first-ever, full-time Director of the FARMS Leadership Program, the ORIGINAL, flagship program of CLBL - started by Julie and Craig McNamara (Class IV) in 1993. Now, almost 20 years later, the FARMS Program runs in 7 regions of the state, serves ~250 high school youth per year, and implements close to 50 hands-on, experiential, youth leadership field days on 150 different farms and ranches throughout 11 California counties. Mary asks that you pass along the job description to anyone you feel would make an excellent staff member.
Christopher Johnson's invention, Rapid Ramen, got serious support by being stocked in Walmart and getting hyped by AOL and local coverage by KCRA.
ALFers Help Lead Metro Chamber
The new year brings new volunteer leadership at the region's largest Chamber of Commerce, lead by President & CEO Roger Niello (Class XV):
- Chair: Martha Lofgren, Class IX
- First Vice Chair: James Beckwith, Class XIII
- Legal Counsel: Sheila Lamb Carroll, Class XII
- Vice Chair Community Development: Chris Delfino, Class XIV
- At Large Executive Committee Board Member: Brian Dowd, Class XIV
- Vice Chair Small Business: Chris Johnson, Class XVI
- Vice Chair Programs & Events: Tim Murphy, Class XVI
- At Large Executive Committee Board Member: Babs Sandeen, Class XII
- Metro PAC Chair: Michelle Smira, Class XIV
Metro Chamber Recognizes ALFers
The Chamber is also recognizing several members of ALF for their achievements in business and involvement in the regional business community. Awards will be presented at their annual dinner
on February 8th:
- Al Geiger Memorial Award - Scott Syphax, Nehemiah Corporation of America
- Small Business of the Year - Chris Johnson's (XVI) The Johnson Group,
- Centennial Business Hall of Fame - Wells Fargo Bank, work home of Gary Orr (VIII) and Randy Reynoso (V)
- Business Hall of Fame - KVIE Public Television, lead by David Lowe (XIII); and Nugget Markets, Kate Stille's (XV) company
- Volunteer of the Year - Stan Van Vleck (XIII), Van Vleck Ranch / DiMare, Van Vleck and Brown, LLC; Downey Brand, LLP
Does Family Dinner Constitute a Violation of the Brown Act?
The Sacramento Bee featured an article
on Class XII's Oscar Villegas
and wife Katie Villegas
of Class XV, highlighting their involvement and commitment to the West Sacramento community. Oscar is a city council member, Katie was just elected to the local school board.Singing for CMT's SupperDennis Mangers
(I) and Steve Winlock
(IV) were featured singers in a night of cabaret on October 8th to benefit the California Musical Theatre, Producer of the Music Circus, the Broadway Series and the Cosmopolitan Cabaret. The event, in the Cosmopolitan Cabaret on K St, also showcased the talents of seven other outstanding young singers, several of whom got their start in Sacramento's iconic Music Circus. Stephen Tse
(who else?) captured the event through his camera lens. See his performance photos here
.WHA Expands to North Bay Area; Receives State AwardGarry Maisel
(Class IX) and Rick Heron
(Class XVI) are busy expanding the footprint of Western Health Advantage to the North Bay Area counties of Marin, Sonoma, and Napa (is there irony in Garry finding reasons to be in the wine country on "business?"). This is the first major geographic expansion for WHA since its start in 1997 in Sacramento and a strategic opportunity for the organization as the Affordable Care Act and Covered California (the California health benefits exchange) come online next fall. Additionally, WHA was one of only two health plans in the entire state of California to receive a "Right Care Initiative" Award from the State of California. WHA was recognized as the best network model performance in prevention of heart attacks and strokes. California Department of Managed Health Care Director Brent Barnhardt said of the initiative, "Better managing chronic conditions brings great benefit to us all through reduced health care costs, healthier communities and better quality of life."A Road Runs Around It
On December 6, PCTPA Board Chair and Lincoln City Councilmember Tom Cosgrove
(VIII) and Celia McAdam
(XI) accepted the SACOG Salutes! Project of the Year award for the SR 65 Lincoln Bypass. Tom and Celia have both been working for more than 15 years in bringing this $324 million project to reality.Not What Elvis Had in Mind for Blue Christmas
Della Gilleran (XV), William Ishmael (XII), and John Webre (VII) were among the Board members of the Sacramento Tree Foundation that partnered with the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Sactown Magazine to lead the effort on the Blue Trees Project (at 13th and J Streets downtown). Other supporters included the Downtown Partnership (Michael Ault, XIII). This project was initiated and executed in a record 8 weeks time and used art to help draw attention to both global deforestation and the need to continue to grow and to maintain the Sacramento Region's tree canopy.
Philanthropy Begins, Well, Everywhere!
On December 7th, the Sacramento Business Journal recognized regional companies for their philanthropic endeavors, many of them lead by ALFers: Uptown Studios (Tina Reynolds
, XIV), Five Star Bank (James Beckwith
, XIII), Gilbert Associates Inc. (Dave Ljung
, XIV), Synergex International Corp (Michele Wong
, VIII), PG&E (Brian Jensen
, XII; Rosa Escutia
, XV; Alisa Okelo-Odongo
, XVI), and Wells Fargo (Randy Reynoso
, V; Gary Orr
, VIII).ALF Great Valley Sr. Fellows Named CEO of Calif. Hispanic Chamber
The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CAHCC) has announced that it has hired Mark Martinez
as its new President/CEO effective October 22. A Class II Sr. Fellow of the ALF Great Valley Chapter
, Martinez comes to the CAHCC from Stockton, CA where he was the President/CEO of the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Ernie Gutierrez, CAHCC Board Chair, said, "We are excited to bring Mark on at a crucial time for the CAHCC. He has taken a small chamber of commerce and turned it into one of the most respected organizations in the state. He has a wealth of experience in the business community as well as an intimate knowledge of the CAHCC as a former Board of Director."
ALF Network Use Policy
Balancing member services and ALF communications
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.
|SAVE THE DATES FOR THESE ALF EVENTS |
|ALF Sr. Fellows' RetreatSunday, 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. Get your discounted hotel room of $199 now: call Karen Kaminski at 707-251-8550 ext 1
.Class XVI Commencement DinnerApril TBD
Celebrate with the class as they join the Sr. Fellows network upon the completion of the First-Year Fellows program.Class XVII Welcome ReceptionWednesday, May 22, 2013
Welcome the new class at a reception in their honor.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.
Submit your community events to firstname.lastname@example.org for listing here in future newsletter editions.
Soulful Rockin' Hallelujah ChristmasFriday, December 14, 7 pm
Unity of Sacramento, 9249 Folsom Blvd.
Brenda Davis (XI) & Ed Phillips (V) invite you to this celebration of the season. Be the first to buy two tickets and Brenda & Ed will match it with two free tickets! Contact Brenda for details (you can also call her at 916-801-7346).
American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell
Crocker Art MuseumClass 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.