Old Timers Picnic, Mecham, Schmitz Honor

posted Oct 1, 2011, 1:36 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 10, 2011, 8:33 AM ]

Old Timers Picnic last year
Photos from last years event by Mike Sanders
San Miguel  Lions Club 56th Annual Old Timers Chicken BBQ Sunday August 22nd 2010 at the San Miguel Park on K street. Serving 12 Noon to 3 pm.  Adults $7.00 and Children $4.00. Persons 80 years and over eat for Free! Come see your friends & Pioneer Day Royalty. For more info call John Craspay at 805-472-2362. See You There! - submitted by Jodi Tellier

Take Back San Miguel

Community meeting in Parish Center
Concerned citizens listen to Supervisor Frank Mecham. Photo courtesy of Mike Sanders

First District Supervisor Frank Mecham called for a community meeting on August 12th held at the Mission San Miguel Parish Center. The California Highway Patroland the Sheriff’s Department addressed concerns related to car break-ins, thefts, and related incidents in the San Miguel area.
There were about 100 people that showed up. A good concerned crowd.  Our supervisor and assistant and 10 sheriffs  tried to answer all the questions with true concern for the people of San Miguel. But it comes down to the people of San Miguel having to get proactive about this problem of crime in our community.
Be alert! Lock your cars. 33% of the cars robbed in our area were unlocked. Also trailers have been stolen. Put a ball lock on the hitch. And I know it's hard to lock our houses but we have to start doing just that. Get to know your neighbors. Set up a neighborhood watch. It only takes people getting involved with the neighbors around you to make the difference. Get your neighbors' phone numbers and be able to communicate with each other.
Keep your sheriff's number on your refrigerator and on your cell phone and start calling when you are suspicious of anything questionable happening in your neighborhood. Together we can make our town safe. - Respectfully submitted by Mike and Miki

If you have any questions, please contact Supervisor Mecham’s Office at (805) 781-4491 or 800-834-4636 + 4491 or ask the operator.

Benefit Trailride at Historic Work Ranch

Trail ride at the Work Ranch
The historic Work Ranch is hosting a trailride to benefit CattleWomen Scholarships and Beef Promotion Projects. Event registration is at 8:30 am with the ride starting at 9:00 am on Sunday, September 12, 2010. The horseback ride includes morning coffee, treats and a barbeque lunch. The cost is $75 per rider, limited to the first 100 to register. Be sure to invite your friends so they don't miss out on this amazing opportunity!
Contact Kelly Work at 805-467-3362. The working cattle ranch is located east of San Miguel, California. Please visit their website for a map and directions.

NDGW Roll of Honor Award

Lynne Schmitz with Jean Hoffmann
Jean Hoffmann presents Lynne Schmitz with her award before board members of the San Miguel Resource Connection
The Roll of Honor is awarded to an individual, who is not eligible for membership in the Native Daughters of the Golden West, but provides a major contribution to community and the state of California.
This year the award is presented to 
Lynne Marie Bebout Schmitz 
for her dedication to the community of San Miguel, California.
Lynne moved with her family to San Miguel in 1947 and attended the old San Miguel School from 2nd through 7th grade. Lynne's father died before the move when she was 5 years old. Her mother remarried in 1949 to Jesse Crettol and the family became parishioners of Mission San Miguel.
Jesse built Lynne's mother a new beauty shop next door to their home on K street. He is well known for the work he did restoring adobe buildings - the Estrella Adobe Church was in ruins and Jesse did extensive restoration work to restore it as well as at the Mission, most notably working with a team (including Fr. Ray), to build the bell tower as you enter town.
In 1959 Lynne married Andrew Joseph Schmitz and moved to their 69 acre farm across from the Mission. She and Andrew had five children. Andrew died in 2006.*Click here for more about Lynne.
Lynne's love and devotion to her family and community show in all her volunteer hours spent as a Life Member of Lillian Larsen PTO (Parent Teacher Organization), Camp Fire Leader, 4-H leader, FFA Boosters, Band Booster, Religious Education teacher, Pioneer Players, San Miguel Advisory Council (charter member), San Miguel Resource Connection (charter member and current president), Farm Bureau Women, and Friends of the Adobes. She is also alocal columnist for the Telegram Tribune and Paso Robles Magazine, writing about local history and current information in the San Miguel community.
The award was presented at the Native Daughters of the Golden West's annual convention in Ventura on June 17th, then again locally before the board of the San Miguel Resource Connection, as well as at the San Miguel chapter of NDGW. 
The Native Daughters of the Golden West is one of the oldest fraternal organizations in the state dedicated to preserving the history of California. The NDGW were instrumental in marking the historic El Camino Real with bells in the early 1900’s. These bells can still be seen all along Highway 101, connecting California’s 21 Missions. To find out more about the Native Daughters of the Golden West, visit their website. -submitted by Sherry Farley and Jean Hoffmann

Fundraising Events for
Mission San Miguel

Mission San Miguel
Entry way into Mission gift shop

Old Mission San Miguel, founded in 1797 as the sixteenth in the California Mission chain, was badly damaged by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake in late December 2003. Six years later, the church doors have reopened for services and to display the well-preserved murals painted at the turn of the 19th century and, to this day, remain unretouched.  Insurance did not cover all the expenses of retrofit and restoration.  Fundraisers continue to be held to reconstruct and preserve this priceless early California icon.  Three major events will be held the week of September 18-25:

  • Saturday, September 18, at 7 p.m., a concert by the New World Baroque Orchestra and Chorus will be held at Chapel Hill in Shandon.  “Bach to Broadway” will resonate throughout a moonlit evening, with refreshments and wine-tasting available on site. Ticket prices are $20 and $30.  Contact the Parish Office at 805.467.2131 or Rosemary Szbecki at 805.239.3022 for details.
  • Sunday, September 19, the annual Old Mission Fiesta and Barbecue will be held immediately following the 11:00 Mass.  This is a great family event featuring food and entertainment.  Cost for the barbecue meal is $10.
  • On Saturday, September 25, from 2-6 p.m., the Friends of Mission San Miguel invite all to attend the inaugural Wine Experiencia in the Mission Arcade and Inner Sacred Garden.  Over two dozen local wineries, ten local restaurants, several accomplished local artists and live entertainment will be featured throughout the event.  A silent auction and guided tours of the museum round out the day.  Tickets are $35/advance; $40 at the door.  Presale tickets are available at the Mission Gift Shop, 805.467.3256, the Parish Office, 805.467.2131 or online. - submitted by Lynne Schmitz.