EDITOR: My wife Jane and I have lived in Cloverdale for almost 30 years and raised our family here. So we do consider ourselves "kinda” locals. Over these past 30 years we have attended and participated in many of the various fundraisers for our local nonprofits and enjoyed each and everyone of them. As the demographic in the community changes, the fundraisers, events and galas are evolving to satisfy the old, the new and younger generations.
And quite frankly, it is exciting. Most of our traditional events, the Citrus Fair, various crab and pasta feeds, dances, car shows etc. continue with their heritage and are enhancing their events to accommodate the new and the younger generations. Thank you to all of the volunteers and organizations that sustain these events for Cloverdale. One new gala fundraiser that is knocking it out of the park is the Alexander Valley Film Society’s, Red Carpet Oscar Night.
Kathryn Hecht and her board of directors, along with Marne Dupree have turned local landmarks into fabulous venues for cocktails and over the top food for this marquee event. 2017 was no exception to their magical wonder. So thank you Kathryn and team and all of the Cloverdalian volunteers that work hard to provide us with wonderful events, fundraisers and galas in support of our community. We are truly lucky.
Ron Pavelka, Cloverdale
SRJC scholarship available
EDITOR: Do you know someone who is planning to attend Santa Rosa Junior College this fall? The Green Thumb Garden Club is offering two $500 scholarships to Cloverdale students who are or will be attending Santa Rosa Junior College this fall. Students must meet these criteria: 1) 2.0 minimum GPA; 2) Graduating CHS student or continuing SRJC student or transferring student from SRJC to a four-year college; 3) full-time student (carrying 12 units or more) and pursuing one of following majors: agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, viticulture and wine studies, botany, environmental and related studies. The student must be a Cloverdale resident.
You can review the Scholarship Opportunities page on SRJC website at scholarships.santarosa.edu. Click on the picture towards the bottom to take you to all the scholarships available. Ours is listed as Green Thumb Club of Cloverdale.
Important: The deadline to apply for these scholarships is March 17. For more information contact Nicole Cancillan at the CHS Counselor’s Office or the SRJC Scholarship Office on campus at Plover Hall.
Lynn Caruso, Cloverdale