A Message from the OA President – January 2023


Happy New Year and Thank You!

    As we enter 2023, The Orinda Association (OA) thanks those who supported our various activities in 2022, including the 4th of July parade, Classic Car Show, political forums and Seniors Around Town. So many gave of their time and financial support to make the events successful and to further our commitment to our seniors by volunteering as drivers.
    A special thank you to those who donated old cars to Cars2ndChance, a program sponsored by Rotary Clubs, Clayton Valley/Concord, Sunrise and Lamorinda Sunrise; and The Orinda Association. Car donors receive tax write-offs while the Rotary Clubs take care of all the details, including car fix-ups and vehicle registration transfer. If you have an old car taking up space in your garage, call 925.326.5868. It’s a no hassle way to lower your taxes while helping others!
    We gratefully thank those who contributed generously to our Seniors Around Town matching gift campaign. Also, we thank those who contributed during Giving Tuesday, not only to the OA’s programs, but to other non-profits in our area which do so much to enhance our community.
    As 2023 begins, the OA introduces a new slate of officers. I will return as president with Cindy Powell continuing her excellent job as treasurer. We welcome the newest OA Board Member Eloise Sotelo as secretary and State Farm Agent and basketball coach extraordinaire Kelly Sopak as vice president.
    We also cannot thank Marianne Moser enough for her work last year as secretary, and while we’re sorry to lose former Vice President Latika Malkani, we wish her success in her new role as an Orinda City Councilmember.
    Although it’s only January, we at The Orinda Association are already beginning plans for the 2023 4th of July celebration. If you are interested in volunteering your time and having fun while doing so, please call the office at 925.254.0800 or email me at the address below.
    We wish you all a safe, happy and prosperous New Year!

Sally Hogarty can be reached at sallyhogarty@gmail.com.

(Courtesy of Sally Hogarty)
While Sally Hogarty will remain the OA president, she is retiring as executive editor of The Orinda News. Hogarty (far right) is seen here in 2006 with former Orinda News editors Ann O’Connell-Nye (1985-1988), Lynda Leonard (1994-2000) and Hillary Hoppock (1988-1993). See more in the editorial on page 4.

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