▪ The Tulare County Association of Realtors swore in its 2017 officers and directors at its annual Installation & Holiday Luncheon. Introduced were Ed Morton, president; Ruben Olguin, president-elect; Brian Gilbert, secretary treasurer; and directors Rick Williams, Clay Smith, Eddie Mendez, Natalie Iaquinto, Mike Allen, Wendy Little, Michael Gutierrez, Anne Owen and Joseph Nguyen.
▪ The Building Industry Association of Fresno/Madera Counties honored recently retired Clovis Councilman Harry Armstrong for his commitment to seeking good planning for the betterment of the community and enriching the region with strong vibrant neighborhoods during his more than 50 years of service to the city of Clovis. During the proceedings the new members of the 2017 Board of Directors were introduced. They include: John A. Bonadelle (Bonadelle Neighborhoods), Patrick Darnell (DR Horton), Ed Dunkel (Precision Engineering) and James Jimison (Benchmark Communities).
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▪ The workers compensation team at Adventist Health/Central Valley Network received a 2016 Theodore Roosevelt honorable mention award from Risk and Insurance magazine. The team was recognized for best practices in workers compensation and disability management, specifically in reducing needle sticks and improving ergonomics.
▪ Fresno Chapter 108 of the National Association of Women in Construction presented the following awards at its annual Christmas party: Rhonda Watras, Future Leader of the Year 2016; Teri Sherron, Member of the Year 2016; and Pauline McIntosh and Carolyn Mooradian, Honorary Members of the Year 2016.
▪ The Tulare County Association of Realtors presented awards at its annual Installation & Holiday Luncheon. Two Presidential Awards were presented to Brian Gilbert (Advanced Property Sales Inc.) and Jose Jimenez (Melson Realty). The Affiliate of the Year Award went to Lisa Riggins (Kings Mortgage), and this year’s Realtor of the Year went to Clay Smith (Craig Smith & Associates).
▪ Fresno Acura has earned the Acura Environmental Leadership Award and has been recognized by Acura as a leader in the company’s effort to reduce the environmental impact of dealerships in communities around the nation. The award is for achieving specific environmental targets based on a rigorous points system that includes reducing total energy use at the dealership by at least 10 percent.
▪ Fig Garden, a Holiday Retirement community, was recognized by SeniorAdvisor.com as part of the “Best of 2017 Awards.” The local senior living community was honored by the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services for receiving consistently high ratings from residents and their families throughout 2016. To qualify for the award, winning communities must offer either assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, independent living, low-income senior housing, skilled nursing or in-home care and have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars and received three or more new reviews within 2016.
▪ Fresno Rotary awarded the Fresno Chaffee Zoo a grant of $3,000 for teaching materials and supplies in support of the Zoo2U Camp; $2,852 to Light-House Recovery Program Inc. in support of its after-school program “Intercept” for children to have a safe place to play; and $300 to Fresno Pacific University Concert Choir in support of its mission to perform at schools, churches, as well as touring to choral festivals.
▪ In 2016, EYE-Q Vision Care donated more than $150,000 to nonprofit organizations in the Central Valley. Some of these donated funds are part of EYE-Q’s annual budget; some of it is donated personally by employees who dedicate a percentage of their paycheck to go to a charity of their collective choice. EYE-Q also fundraises externally, relying on members of the community to help.
▪ Fig Garden Rotary Club provided a grant of $500 to Central Valley Robotics to fund expansion of the program.
▪ Kaiser Permanente Fresno employees donated new toys and books to Valley children in need and provided socks, soaps, lotions and other toiletries to domestic violence victims at the Marjaree Mason Center. Several hundred toys and books were collected. Employees also donated hundreds of items, including diapers, shampoo and even cellphones that they have been collecting since October for residents of the Marjaree Mason Center.
▪ Lucia “Lucy” Thompson joined the Adventist Health/Spine and Pain Center in Hanford as a certified nurse practitioner. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from California State University, Bakersfield, and has seven years experience.
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