President’s Message – March 2019


Recognition Well Deserved by Residents Being Honored at Annual Awards Gala

    There are many examples of volunteers in our community who make a difference and contribute in making our city a wonderful place to live. On March 10, the Orinda Association, along with The Orinda Community Foundation, will honor some of these special 
    This year, three separate types of awards will be presented. The Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to Carole and Andy Amstutz for their long history in community involvement with the Friends of Wagner Ranch Nature Area, the Orinda Garden Club and the Lamorinda Village.
    Bill Hudson will be presented the William Penn Mott, Jr. Environmental Award for developing and maintaining the Wagner Ranch Nature Area which has become a great learning experience for students and adults alike. We are also proud to recognize two other outstanding residents with the Orinda Volunteer Awards: Bobby Landers and Andy Radlow.
    Landers is being recognized for lifelong and ongoing service to the community. Landers joined Orinda’s first City Council after being part of the campaign to incorporate. She has continued to remain active in creating the Tabor Sister City relationship with Orinda, as well as being active with Friends of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe.
    Radlow will be recognized as the chair and manager of the Fourth of July Parade celebration for the past five years. The parade and park activities bring the entire community together. It takes thousands of volunteer hours and the supervision of more than 100 volunteers.
    Congratulations and thank you to all.

OA sponsors/donors
    One of the oldest organizations in the city, The Orinda Association ( OA ) has been providing services to the city for the past 73 years. In its early years, it functioned as a quasi-governmental organization. It provided services in such areas as planning, transportation and general community improvement. It has evolved into a nonprofit, non-political organization that continues to provide unmet and needed services to Orinda.
    The association’s mission is to maintain and improve the quality of life in Orinda. It does this by mobilizing volunteer efforts and promoting awareness and dialogue among residents on programs and issues of importance.
    We deeply appreciate residents ongoing support and dedication to the OA. Due to your generous contributions, we have been able to experience success in the following programs and events:

    Orinda Fourth of July Parade and Celebration (36 Years);
    The Orinda News – published monthly and mailed free to more than 9,000 households and businesses;
    Seniors Around Town (SAT) – volunteer driver program for seniors;
    Volunteer Center – maintains website for volunteer opportunities;
    Orinda Classic Car Show – donations assist SAT and other nonprofits;
    Public Forums – OA along with League of Women Voters provides forums during City Council elections and for other important issues.

    Please join us as a sponsor to continue to provide these important services and events. Let’s keep Orinda vibrant! Learn more at and

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