April 5, 2012: Our First Official MIXER!
We gathered at the Kelly house on the Mesa (SB Heifer HQ!) for hor d'oeurves and wine to get to know each other, swap ideas and watch some educational videos for inspiration for the Earth Day Festival booth.
In attendance were some key state and national players: Frances Hale (Southwest Regional Volunteer Coordinator) and Lydsay Tellefson (Associate Director of Philanthropy for the western region.)
Anne Martin and Annie Debruynkops, leaders of the Santa Barbara High School Heifer Club (60+ members strong!) enjoyed the videos and brought them back to school to share with other members at their April meeting.
|Frances Hale and Dick Immel|
|Pat and Sheryl Kelly, Stephanie Rivera (SB AVCs)|
|L to R: Lyndsay Tellefson, Anne Martin, Dan Weldy, Annie Debruynkops, Doris Frey, |
Frances Hale, Dick Immel, Sheryl and Pat Kelly at the Kelly's home (HQ!)
He wasted no time after introductions at the door to let it be known that he needed to get this donation to the SBHS club, so that was easy: we had him turn a corner in the house and voila! there sat team Anne/Annie for an immediate and direct connection!
Eyes grew wide and faces brightened as the three realized who each other were. Turns out that there was some kind of type-o miscommunication about a phone number and a wrong e-mail or some such, so after angry "don't call here again!" phone responses to the girls and unanswered emails for Dan, the donation finally met its intended destination.
Dan must be commended for not giving up and making the effort to come up to HQ.
We hope that you can make it to our next mixer in August: kids always welcome. We have good eats and wine and great company! Look for the upcoming e-vite.
April 21 and 22:
The Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival 2012
|Nina from the SBHS Heifer club and Dick Immel man the booth on Sunday.|
|Stephanie Rivera, Mirra Tubiolo (SBHS club) with our bee, |
and booth visitors, Sofia and Adela, on Sunday.
We educated many folks about Heifer's great work and gave away lots of catalogs so that Santa Barbara can be a bigger part of ending world hunger, one alternative gift at a time.
Children had fun playing
our animal husbandry trivia game,
winning our very attractive pencils and
As usual, folks flocked to the booth to add to their collections of our ever popular Wear the Mission buttons.
|A hearty THANK YOU goes to Dick Immel!Hardcore volunteer Dick manned the booth BOTH days, Sat and Sunday, including clean up! |
His ties to Heifer go way back, starting in the '40s, when his older brother hitchhiked across the US in his boy scout uniform to work as a "seagoing cowboy" "on the second ever ship to deliver heifers to Poland after WWII.
|Dick Immel with the new educational info board.|
We are excited to connect with all the people who signed up on our volunteer list and hope that together we can grow awareness of the great work done by Heifer and of the alternative gift giving option.
SBHS Heifer Club's April Event
The clincher in their quest to earn An Ark
On Sunday, April 29, 2012 the successful Santa Barbara High School Heifer Club held its last event of the school year at Alameda Park.
Beneath a deep blue sky, the kids set up a raffle, a cake walk, an informational booth, a donation booth, a bunny petting zoo, and the pièce de résistance: two lamas, on loan from club member Mirra Tubiolo's aunt up in the valley.
| Sophia Hampp, Daniel Guerrero,|
and Taylor Fraker
at the cake walk station.
|The raffle station was run by Kelly Johansson,|
Lydia Nelson, and Kate Van Donge (not pictured)
Anne Martin and Annie Debruynkops, above, who ran the event, said "
This put the total school year earnings for the club at more than $6000, enough to earn yet another ark as well as have money left over for next year's endeavor!
Congratulations!! Way to go DONS!
So that was April. Whew! A lot going on.
We are on hiatus May, June and July. Stay tuned for upcoming good stuff in August.
SB Heifer wishes you a Happy Summer!