In the front row: Patsy Rambo, Past President; Judi Thacker, President; Dixie Thacker, Trustee; Doris Shaffer, Organist
Back Row: Jean Hoffmann,
Secretary, Babette Smith, 1st Vice President, Melissa Tyson, Trustee;
Lillie Merritt, Marshal; Kathy Shuder, 3rd Vice President; Jani Meyers,
Inside Sentinel; Barbara Rowland, Treasurer; Barbara Bruce, Financial
The Native Daughters of the Golden West San Miguel Parlor
installed new officers at their July meeting. The women's group is
dedicated to preserving California's history with emphasis on Missions,
lighthouses and local adobes. NDGW are founders of the Children's
Foundation with serves children with medical, dental, occupational or
educational therapy. To learn more about this fraternal organization
visit their website.
The San Miguel Parlor welcomes new members. Women native
born to California, or born to Californians while on military duty are
eligible. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at
the San Miguel Senior Center. Call President, Judi Thacker 805-467-0093
for an application.
San Miguel Teachers Volunteer
San Miguel teacher Paul DiMatteo works from inside a backhoe's bucket.
Lillian Larsen School teachers, Paul DiMatteo and Christina Wilkinson, volunteered their time and labor at Morning Star Youth Ranch.
The ranch was tearing down an old hay barn to make space for an
office. The ranch will be serving youth and families in our community.
Christina Wilkinson is pictured carrying the old timbers from the barn.
|Christina Wilkinson was named Teacher of Excellence for Special Education in 2007. Read more about Ms. Wilkinson on the Schools page.
Morning Star operates a Used Tack Store at the San Miguel Flouring Mill
to raise funds for their program. The program pairs one child, one
horse, and one mentor to meet the individual needs of each one that
comes to the ranch offered at no cost.
The 1st Annual Equine, Wine and Art Fundraiser will be held at Stacked Stone Cellars on July 27th!!
First Art Piece Installed
The Kalar family is pictured working together to install the mural
generations of Kalars were represented during the installation of the
first piece of artwork to be installed in San Miguel as part of the San Miguel Masters in Artful Places program. Brothers David and Steve, their mother Fern, and David's son Kris Kalar spent several hours mounting and framing the artwork depicting their ancestors on June 16th.
Steve Kalar painted a mural of his great
grandparents, Johnson and Bertha Kalar, agricultural pioneers in San
Miguel from 1881 to 1951. A twenty mule team pulling a wheat harvester
spans the eight-foot tall by fourteen-and-one-half -foot wide canvas.
The Van Horn family donated the space to display the artwork on their barn on Mission Street.
The framed art piece and installation were donated by Steve to San Miguel Resource Connection
to commemorate the agricultural history of San Miguel as well as to
inspire other local artists to offer their artwork to beautify downtown
San Miguel. Vincent Printing gave a special discount for printing the artwork on the outdoor canvas.
Steve Kalar wrote and registered the guidelines for the
community arts program with the state of California for the San Miguel
Resource Connection. Steve spends time living and painting in both Italy
and in San Miguel as a renowned artist. Some of his artwork is on
display in the Museum of the House of Dante.
San Miguel Advisory Council Election Results
The San Miguel Advisory Council stands together after the election results.
L-R Betty Cazaly, Mike Sanders, Steve McHarris, Scott Young
(behind Steve), Denis Degher, Noel Carpenter, Tom Banish, Debra Lewis
and Gary Davis.
The San Miguel Advisory Council held their annual election on
Wednesday, June 25th at the San Miguel Community Center. Candidates gave
a brief introduction of themselves and answered questions from those
attending between 6 and 7 pm with voting from 7 to 8 pm. Seven people
were vying for 6 positions; 4 board positions for 2 year terms and 2
alternates. Winning incumbents were Tom Banish, Betty Cazaly (1st alternate), Denis Degher and Scott Young (2nd alternate) as well as new contenders Gary Davis and Debra Lewis.
line up to get their ballots. Kathy Whitacre is pictured with a member
of the Women's League of Voters checking the voter registration list.
new board elected officers as: Denis Degher, chair; Steve Mc Harris,
vice-chair; Debra Lewis as both secretary and public relations; Tom
Banish, treasurer; and Noel Carpenter, historian.
Michelle Olmsted of the SLO County Public Works Dept.
asked the Advisory Council for a letter of support to apply for a Safe
Routes to Schools grant to fund a pedestrian railroad crossing with
fencing at 16th street. The Council agreed to write a letter of support
with the stipulation that no chain-link fencing be part of the project
and for fencing to meet the San Miguel Design Plan.
The San Miguel Advisory Council announced the launch of their new website
with the goal of keeping the community informed. The website will post
monthly agendas and minutes as well as links to current development
projects. More details can be found at their official website at www.SanMiguelAdvisoryCouncil.com.
Donation for Scholarship
Photo of George Kardashian, Susan Johnson and Supervisor Harry Ovitt in downtown San Miguel courtesy of Lynne Schmitz
The San Luis Obispo County Garbagemen's Association, with the help of First District Supervisor Harry Ovitt, donated $1,000 to the Lynda Stamps Memorial Scholarship Fund of San Miguel.
The check was presented on Friday, June 13, in San Miguel, by George Kardashian, president of the Association, to Susan Johnson, representing the Scholarship Fund Committee, as Supervisor Harry Ovitt looked on.
This year's Lynda Stamps Scholarship recipient is Jaqueline McReynolds.
The Lynda Stamps Community Scholarship was
established in 1998 to benefit Lillian Larsen students and to
commemorate Lynda Stamps. Lynda worked at Lillian Larsen School for
thirteen years and was very active with the students. She died in
September 1998 from cancer.
Each year the scholarship committee's goal is to fund a
scholarship to a graduating senior of Paso Robles High School who also
graduated from the 8th grade at Lillian Larsen School. -story submitted by Lynne Schmitz