October 19, 2011

Kern Community Foundation Blog: "Bright Spots" and "Sparkplug Leaders" Making a Difference

Kristen A. Beall, Ed.D.

CALM volunteer docent, Lloyd Klingenberg, CALM Director and donor, Jack Thomson and a feathered friend.

Gone Fishin', a Trusted Financial Advisor in the Kern River Valley, and a CALM Start to a Busy Day

Gone fishin... well, not really, but close enough.  I had the privilege of joining representatives of the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Southern California Edison Company for the semi-annual meeting of the Upper Kern Basin Fishery Resource Trust Committee. This committee, advises Kern Community Foundation on grants from a fund we manage that enhances aquatic environments in the upper Kern River and the Kern River Fly Fishers, as well as outdoor enthusiasts from around the world, benefit from their thoughtful work.

Gone Fishin':  Well, not really, but close enough.  On Monday night I had the privilege of joining representatives of the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Southern California Edison Company for the semi-annual meeting of the Upper Kern Basin Fishery Resource Trust Committee. This committee, which is chaired by Kern River Valley resident Steve Anderson, advises Kern Community Foundation on grants from a fund we manage that enhances aquatic environments in the upper Kern River. The fund was established as part of the relicensing proceedings for the Southern California Edison Company Kern River No. 3 Hydroelectric Project, and has distributed more than $500,000 for conservation projects in the upper Kern. Local fly fishing clubs like the Southern Sierra Fly Fishing Club and the Kern River Fly Fishers, as well as outdoor enthusiasts from around the world, benefit from the thoughtful work of this dedicated committee.

A Trusted Financial Advisor in the KRV: On Tuesday morning I met Luz Polcik for breakfast at Cheryl's Diner in Kernville. Luz is a financial advisor who runs the Edward Jones office in Lake Isabella. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Kern River Valley Revitilization. I was impressed with Luz's knowledge of the local community and, in particular, her efforts to help local residents plan their financial futures and give back to the community.

A CALM Start to a Busy Day: This morning I went on a site visit to the California Living Museum, whose foundation recently completed a profile on Kern Community Foundation's Nonprofit Search. Don Richardson, Curator of Animals, really "wowed" me with his knowledge of the various exhibits displaying all sorts of animals, plants and fossils from throughout our great state of California. Their newest exhibit, "Cats of California" was made possible through the generosity of many local donors including long time member of the CALM Foundation Board of Directors, Jack Thomson, and his wife Mary Lou.        

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