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December, 2013
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
County Gatherings with Board
Exemplary Leader Awards 2013 Pictures; Nominate for 2014
Karen Nelson Departs
Holiday Party Wrap-Up
Class X's Change for Change
ALF Network Use Policy
Save the Dates for ALF Events
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Star Club Members
2013 ALF-MV  Boosters
Upcoming Events

ALF Board/County Fellows Networking & Cohort Presentations:

January 7, 8-9:30 am

January 8, 8-9:30 am

January 8, 11:30-1:00 pm

January 16, 12-1:30 pm


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Happy Holidays from ALF!  We wish you the warmest wishes for an enchanted season.


Please scan below for some information about ALF in 2014: Nominations for Exemplary Leader 2014, and our gatherings in the counties with our board of directors and presenting information about our new COHORT program. 


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


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Bonnie Ferreira

Network with ALF Board Members, your County Fellows, and learn about the Cohort Program
Start the year off with great friends, connect with the ALF board about where ALF can go, and get the skinny on the new COHORT program

Members of the ALF Board of Directors are coming to you for a special gathering for you and the Sr. Fellows in your county!  
Join members of the ALF board and your fellow county Fellows to network together and hear about exciting new ALF developments in store for the new year, and would love to hear from you with thoughts about how ALF should move into the future.
You'll also hear about the incredible new Cohort Program, an opportunity to experience the current First-Year Fellows Program in a post-graduate setting, creating an opportunity to form bonds with and learn from a whole new group of ALF Sr. Fellows, all facilitated by current program directors Kevin McCarthy and Susan Frazier (Class VI) but with a smaller time and financial commitment than the First-Year Program.
The initial cohort will begin February 20 and we are currently taking applications to participate.  Learn more about and download the application for the Cohort Program by going here. Susan will be on hand at each of the gatherings listed below to answer your questions about the program.
With four small group opportunities - one each in El Dorado, Placer, Yolo, and Sacramento counties - this is a great time to meet with ALF board members and fellow Sr. Fellows in your county and to learn about the cohort program.
Register today for this FREE event at a time and location most convenient to you:
*    Yolo County: January 7, 8-9:30 am - Woodland
*    El Dorado County: January 8, 8-9:30 am - Placerville
*    Placer County: January 8, 11:30 am-1:00 pm - Rocklin
*    Sacramento County: January 16, 12-1:30 pm - Sacramento

Exemplary Leader Awards Dinner another success (pictures!) -- Nominate for 2014

Hundreds celebrate the accomplishments of Larry Vanderhoef and Brice Harris; Who's Next??

Thank you to everyone who attended our premier annual event honoring two distinguished leaders: Larry Vanderhoef, UC Davis Chancellor Emeritus, and Brice Harris, Chancellor of California Community Colleges, on Wednesday, November 6th, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in downtown Sacramento.

Many thanks go to chair Roy Brewer (IX) and Mabel Salon (XVI) who led this year's committee, along with help from Griselda Barajas (V) as auction chair.  We have plenty of pictures for you to enjoy thanks to Stephen Tse (VII) and Tia Gemmell!

Do you know a leader deserving of this prestigious award in 2014?
Nominate him or her now!  Go here for full details, criteria, and the online nomination form.  If you obtain supporting nominators for the same individual, you can indicate this on the nomination form, or, the better option would be to have each individual nominator complete a form to describe the nominee from their own perspective and experience.
DEADLINE IS JANUARY 10TH, 2014, so please don't delay.



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Karen Nelson Departs ALF Staff for New Adventure
Leaves ALF to pursue her desire to work with youth; Brittany Chandler, formerly of Delegata, announced as her replacement

Many of you may know that Karen has resigned her position with ALF effective January 4, 2014.  After two years at ALF, which included her membership in Class XVI, she is following her dream to work with youth and will be the Director of Youth & Community Engagement and will be working with one of her classmates, Staci Anderson, at People Reaching Out. 

Karen has been a important member on our leadership team and her professionalism, focus to detail and her "can do" attitude is nothing short of amazing.  Karen was the first program director for our Encore Fellow's program and through her implementation she has far surpassed our expectations. She has placed over 20 Encore Fellows in nonprofits to help build capacity.  When you think of Karen, you think of excellence in all forms. 

Join us in wishing Karen all of our best in her new adventure.

Filling Karen's very large shoes is Brittany Chandler, formerly the community events and facility manager at Delegata -- yes, she's just moving over a couple of office doors to join ALF (the ALF office moved back in August from the Sierra Health Foundation campus to the Delegata building on the other side of the freeway)!  We've gotten to know Brittany over the past few months and are excited to have her join our team.  Brittany will start with us on January 4th to absorb as much knowledge as possible from Karen before she leaves.

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Successful Holiday Party Benefits Roberts Family Development Center

ALFers celebrate the warmth of the season on the coldest day of the year 

Many, many thanks go to Susan (VI) and David Frazier for opening their home for the ALF Holiday Party on December 8th -- over 45 ALFers and their families enjoyed an afternoon of fun and food, and contributed gifts to the Roberts Family Development Center, run by Class X's Derrell and Class XVII's Tina Roberts.  Tina says, "Thanks from Tina, Derrell, and the kids at our Center! And because we believe in playing it forward, our kids will share with the Mustard Seed school. Happy Holidays!"


Class X's Change for Change Fund Keeps Giving

Class project continues to benefit the region 

It's been a few years since Class X climbed the mountain, yet their class project still hums along generating mini-grants and maximum good will.  To date, the members of Class X have raised $19,202 and given $18,360 of it away to local organizations in need.  

Dubbing it "Change for Change," Class X set up a giving fund at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation in 2007.  Since then, they've awarded small grants to fourteen different nonprofit organizations.  Linda Cutler, a member of Class X and new CEO of SRCF, explains,"The concept was simple - gather the loose change that collects in pockets, on dressers or on the bottom of a purse - and put it to good use."

Change for Change Funds have been making a difference for organizations throughout the region, whether paying for Nature Camp scholarships for twelve Placer County kids or providing a much-needed boost to critical care counseling services in the Delta town of Rio Vista. Recipients along the way include organizations like Cottage Housing, the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County, and Friends-CARE - a service providing help to the children of incarcerated parents, featured in the 2013 Sacramento Bee Book of Dreams.

"Anyone can pitch in," notes Cutler.  "you can donate on the SRCF website or mail a check made out to "Change for Change" to 955 University Ave, Sacramento, CA 95825. Your donation will go directly into the Change for Change Fund and Class X will put it to work right away.  We make our grants four times a year, so we keep all the donations moving along where they will do the most good." 


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 seventeen classes and over 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.


Class XVII Commencement Dinner
Friday, April 11, 6:00 pm
Join the celebration as the current class joins the ranks of Sr. Fellows.

Class XVIII Welcome Reception
Wednesday, May 28, 5:30 - 7:30
Welcome the new class at a reception in their honor.