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Winter 2014

Friday, June 6 | The City Club of San Francisco

Keynote Speaker: Honorable Cruz Reynoso 
First Hispanic Judge on California Supreme Court 
2000 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient  
In This Issue
From Darlene's Desk
#1: Sonja Kos, Volunteer of the Quarter
#2: Film Screening of "Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice"
#3: Peacemaker Awards Nominations
#4: Lights! Camera! YouTube!
#5: Board President's Update
Events & Activities 

MARCH 17-21
California Mediation Week

From Darlene's Desk  
Dear Community,

I hope this new year is off to a great start for all of you. Our BIG NEWS is that we're gearing up for our 4th Annual San Francisco Peacemaker Awards and we're off to a great start. We are delighted -- and honored -- to have the distinguished and inspiring the Honorable Cruz Reynoso join us as the Keynote Speaker. >>>Check out this NPR story to learn more about why we are so excited.

Please save June 6th, 2014 on your calendars and join us at what will be a very special day for our community. If you would like to make a nomination for the SF Peacemaker Awards, now is a great time to do so (see below).

We would love to have you buy your ticket early and/or join us as a sponsor. Here is how you can do that:  Sponsorships & Tickets.

Thank you so much for all you do to support community mediation in San Francisco.

In peace and solidarity,

#1:  Video: Sonja Kos, Volunteer of the Quarter 
Community Boards Mediator Interview Since 2011, Sonja has been one of our volunteer Community Mediators.  In 2011-12 she  co-chaired the Community Outreach and Education Working Group. 

Sonja works as a Community Advocate for TODCO Development Co., fighting for the needs of senior citizens in the Yerba Buena-area properties, with a particular focus on reducing conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles. She also sits on the Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, which advises the SF Board of Supervisors.  Click here for more about Sonja.

#2: Screening of "Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice"
We are very excited that the Honorable Cruz Reynoso accepted our invitation to deliver the keynote speech at the 4th Annual San Francisco Peacemaker Awards luncheon and benefit.

We will be screening the award-winning documentary Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice by filmmaker Abby Ginzberg in March in observance of California Mediation Week.  Date, time, and location will be shared in the near future.

#3: Make Your SF Peacemaker Awards Nominations 

We're taking nominations for our Peacemaker Awards until March 15th. Please make your nominations today and help get the word out. The three awards honor 1. an individual The Raymond Shonholtz Visionary Peace Award, 2. an organization The Community Boards Leadership Peacemaker Award, and 3. a youth The Gail Sadalla Rising Peacemaker Award for their contributions in making San Francisco communities safer and healthier places to live through community building, conflict resolution, and/or violence prevention services or activities. >>>Click here to make your nomination. 


#4:  Lights! Camera! YouTube!
We're looking for folks to help us build the video library for our YouTube Channel video library.  (Be sure to subscribe!)

We're starting with two projects.  The first is to promote the
Neighborhood Mediation Program.  We will have short, simple descriptions of our intake and mediation processes in English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

The second project is to promote The Basics of Mediation training.  We'd love testimonials on what was the most valuable thing people learned, how they're using their skills in their daily lives, and how others can benefit by enrolling.

If you're interested in becoming the next YouTube superstar meme, contact Cordell, cwesselink@communityboards.org or (415) 920-3820 x109. 

#5: Board of Directors, President's Update

Hi, all. Now that we have plunged into 2014, let me share some of what your Board of Directors is up to.  


First, last month we surveyed our Advisory Board members for their feedback on how to best utilize them, and later this month we will be meeting with them to review what we learned and clarify roles and expectations going forward.  


Next, on Feb. 15, the staff and Board are meeting for an all-day retreat to together set goals for the year ahead and collaborate on how to achieve them.  


Third, everyone is focusing on plans for the 4th SF Peacemakers Awards event on June 6.  We need everyone's help identifying sponsors for the event to make this our most successful fundraiser yet, so if you have any leads, please be sure to contact Darlene right away. Hope to see you there, too.  


The Board is also recruiting 3-4 new Board members to join us later this year. If interested, please contact me at Bob@haasjr.org.  


As always, thanks for all your do to make ours a more healthy and peaceful community. Bob Bailey, Board President