President’s Message – August 2019


After Fabulous Fourth, Fun Continues With Car Show Weekend

    Wow! This year’s Fourth of July Parade was incredible. There were thousands of people in attendance. The crowd was treated to seeing two pioneering icons as the Grand Marshalls: Ann Christofferson and Bobbie Landers. Both women were on The Orinda Association Board and started the first parade in 1984.
    Catherine Cutler, who works for Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan said, “It was the best parade I have ever seen, and I have attended every one of them in the last 22 years that I have lived here.”
    This sentiment is shared by many people. It was a success because of the many volunteers who started planning the parade and park activities many months in advance. On behalf of The Orinda Association, I would like to especially thank our two co-chairs – Diane Lautz and Bill Waterman – for their tireless efforts.
    I would also like to thank the 20-member committee that organized decorations, volunteers, fundraising, music, pole banners, park activities and much more. Thanks to all of you, and thank you to the 100 volunteers who helped throughout the day. You truly brought joy and smiles to everyone.
    The Pancake Breakfast and the Fun Run before the parade were well organized and everyone seemed to like the food and had a great time. Kudos to the organizers of these events.
    Speaking of fun activities, the 15th Annual Classic Car Show, sponsored by The Orinda Association, takes place Saturday, Sept. 7. It starts 10 a.m. in the Orinda Village by Orinda Motors. It is open to everyone and is free. This year’s car show will highlight classic Porsches and there will be a second special exhibit of classic station wagons.
    As we organize these exhibits we are asking people who own these classics to contact us about having their car featured. There are thousands of people who come from throughout the Bay Area and beyond to enjoy these vintage vehicles and talk to their owners. If you want to share your car’s uniqueness and beauty, e-mail Bill Waterman, show chairman, at
    This event delights people of all ages and it benefits the Seniors Around Town transportation service, an Orinda Association program, the Educational Foundation of Orinda (EFO) and local causes.
    The Classic Car Show weekend gets started Friday evening, Sept. 6, with a pre-show party that is produced by the Rotary Club of Orinda. Dubbed “Dancing with the Cars,” the theme of the party is “Wheels that Won the West.” The event benefits senior programs, schools, the arts, park and recreation programs and many other worthwhile endeavors.
    The party will be held at the newly opened Orinda Art and Garden Center at the picturesque Wilder community. The Art and Garden Center is directly behind Field #5 at Wilder. The evening includes drinks, dinner, music and dancing (dancing with the cars is optional) and displays of vintage cars.
    Tickets can be reserved on the websites of the Rotary Club of Orinda ( and the Orinda Car Show ( Please join us!

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