Milestone dates in 2019
November 25, 2019
We sign the license agreement (also known as the 5 year lease) with the School District. Here is a photo of Amelia doing the honors. Happy Thanksgiving to the community!
We are in final lease negotiations with the Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District.The photo at the right is of our lease meeting with Superintendent Yolanda Valdez at the head of the table.
September 16, 2019
The "Initial Directors" of Dotty Woolum, Larry Jordan and Pat Cassen (see photo at top right) performed their legally prescribed duties: (1)Accept the By-Laws (2)Elect the first Board of Directors and (3)Authorize opening a bank account.
Serving as Directors of the Board : Amelia Williams (President), Gail McClard (Treasurer), Joni Jordan (Secretary), Sulfiati Harris (Programs) and Dusty Garner (Farmer's Market ). The By-Laws allow up to 13 Directors. This board of 5 will get things going and we have room to grow as needed. Their photo is also at the right.
September 16, 2019
The bylaws are complete, thanks to over 3 months of work by the 8 member formation committee. Led by Amelia Williams the committee included Jack Huneke, Jeff Koonz, Joni Jordan, Julie Harcos, Lynn Knudson, Pat Cassen and Sulfiati Harris.
BBQ & Auction Event
August 14, 2019
We receive a certified copy from the CA Secretary of
State that as of August 1st we are a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation.
August 3, 2019
We put on a succesful event that brings in just over $3000 profit after all expenses paid. When added to the amount from the Go Fund Me we have raised $4000.
June 26, 2019
Eddie Valero, the Tulare County Supervisor for District 4 (includes Badger) announces that we have received a Points of Light award, which comes with a $1000 donation to our project that we received at an awards dinner.
We have gone through several phases of development, with a needs assessment survey and community outreach, setting up our 501(C)3 non-profit, maintaining good contact with Tulare County through Supervisor Eddie Valero, and with the Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School district, working with Superintendent Yolanda Valdez, Site Manager Raffi Soghomonian and the School Board Member Lloyd McClard who represents Badger. The School District approved the use of the facility as a community center in June of 2019 and we signed a lease agreement for use of the site for five years at a cost of $1.00/month.
We put on many activities and classes until we had to close in February, 2020 because of the Covid-19. We have been able to provide food distribution during this time because it was outdoors and a drive-through situation. These activities included first aid classes, photography and mosaic classes.
Unfortunately we closed down in the spring of 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. We only had drive-through food distributions at the Center since then and some outdoor site improvements and garden projects, and in spring of 2021 a few classes. We plan to reopen officially on July 3 with a Community Breakfast and Auction.