Orinda News Briefs: Around Town – February 2023


Rescue 1 Foundation Has A Board of Directors Opening
    The Rescue 1 Foundation’s mission is to receive and administer donations which will enhance public safety by providing advanced medical and safety equipment, supplies and educational services for the Moraga-Orinda Fire District (MOFD).
    As a non-profit, it is governed by an 11-member board of directors. There is an opening on the board starting April 1. Interested community members residing in the MOFD service area may apply by submitting a letter of interest to the Nominating Committee before Feb. 10.
    Letters may be either mailed to Maridel Moulton, Nominating Committee Chair, Rescue 1 Foundation, c/o Moraga-Orinda Fire District, 1280 Moraga Way, Moraga, CA 94556 or emailed to mmmorgdev1@aol.com. For more information, call 925.963.0987 or visit www.r1f.org.

(Yalda Samandar, Photographer)
Every 18 artworks will make a quilt banner in the IWIN quilt project. “Avideh Yaghmaie, above quilting, is leading our production team with great love and creativity,” said Founder and CEO, Dina Asna, of Iranian Women In Network (IWIN).

Create a Quilt Section for Freedom
    Iranian Women in Network (IWIN) kicks off its first-ever International Women, Life, Freedom, Quilt project by inviting interested community members to support the calls for freedom for the Iranian 
    Create your artwork on a 12” x 12” canvas, using paint, photography, calligraphy, stitchwork, collage, stencil, applique or digital art. Mail to P.O. Box 20223, San Jose, CA, 95160, by Feb. 3.
    “Send your artwork and we will create the quilt and share it with the world,” said Dina Asna, founder and CEO of IWIN. “We hope you will support the rallying cry of millions of people worldwide who protest the oppression of the Iranian Islamic government against all its citizens.”
    The Women, Life, Freedom, Quilt will be publicly showcased on March 8, in honor of International Women’s Day. Exhibition location, to be determined.
    Iranian American Women in Network is a San Francisco grass-root community organization with members throughout the Bay Area, including Orinda. Their mission is to empower women through art.
    “We were inspired by the powerful Aids Memorial Quilt, as one of the largest public art exhibits and we are very grateful for their full support in our project,” said Asna. “We believe the Quilt project will be a powerful tool to engage interested participants from all communities to contribute and support ‘Woman-Life-Freedom’ and the cause of freedom for women and girls.”
    For more information, visit www.iwiniwin.org/wlfquilt.

Nominations Open for Annual Youth Hall of Fame Awards
    The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is now accepting nominations for the 2023 Contra Costa County Youth Hall of Fame Awards. These awards are presented annually to outstanding Contra Costa residents between the ages of 12 and 18. Nominees should demonstrate exemplary behavior in one of five categories:
    Good Samaritan: Goes out of their way to do for others without seeking recognition.
    Volunteerism: Lends a helping hand for the good of the community: Gives their time and energy to a worthy cause or organization.
Teamwork: Works unselfishly for the good of a team.
    Leadership and Civic Engagement: A natural leader who inspires others and works to make a difference in their school and community.
    Perseverance: Has worked hard to overcome obstacles to achieve success.
    Complete the nomination form and submit it with a letter of recommendation by email to Lia Bristol at YouthNomination@dcd.cccounty.us or upload to this site https://bit.ly/3CIFJbo.
    The recommendation letter should include the following: brief self-introduction, how you know the nominee, why this person is deserving of recognition and the category listed above that best describes the nominee.
    Recipients will be recognized at the April 4, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors’ Cesar E. Chavez Celebration at 11 a.m. in the Board Chambers at 1025 Escobar Street in Martinez.
    The nominee must be a resident of Contra Costa County. Nominations must be received or postmarked by Feb. 17. For more information, call 925.655.2350 or email Lia Bristol at YouthNomination@dcd.cccounty.us.

STEM Conference 2023 for Middle School Girls is March 25
    The annual American Association of University Women, Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette (AAUW-OML) branch’s 2023 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Conference at Saint Mary’s College is March 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is hosted by the Lamorinda Sunrise, Lafayette and Rossmoor Rotary Clubs collectively.
    “In supporting the AAUW-OML, we’ve had an opportunity to raise the bar on educational excellence and expand opportunities to over 800 middle school girls,” said Lamorinda Presents Facilitator, Chris Laszcz-Davis. “The Conference testimonials are always energizing and very positive.”
     This year’s STEM Conference keynote speaker is author, Shari Simon, followed by a panel discussion with local high school and college students. Attendees will have access to popular hands-on workshops, explore STEM-related careers, meet STEM mentors and role models and enjoy news friends, lunch, T-shirts and more.
    Register today at https://oml-ca.aauw.net/stem-conference/. Cost is $50 per student (scholarships available), and space is limited to 200 girls.

Compiled by Charleen Earley, who can be reached at editor@theorindanews.com.

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