Girl Power: Big Bear Style

Above: Table 8 is Grrr-eat thanks to Cheryl Knight–
member of Soroptimist International in Big Bear

I just got back from the annual Soroptimist International of Big Bear Valley fundraising auction and dinner. The Soroptimist power houses are pretty good at fundraising and I’ll be interested in hearing the final numbers–on the conservative side I’d say they raised about 50,000…but we shall see.

Above: More table 8 gals!

There were generous donations from all over the valley, gift basket raffle, baked goods, See’s candies, a silent action, live auction, and table decor fundraising.

Above: Just a snap to give you an idea of just how many Big Bear
women were out unchaperoned last night!

Above: Another view of the crowd at Northwoods Resort

One of the nice things I learned was that if you want to help any of the mountain fire victims–the local Soroptimists have arranged for you to take gift cards of any amount down to any of our local fire stations. They ask that you also please include the receipt. (Also, you can purchase gift cards through the local schools and benefit the local school kids as well…more bang for your bucks!)

You can also leave your name, address, number, and email if you want to adopt-a-family who have lost their home.

Special appearances by fire fighters prompted cheering and special thanks was sent out to all those who worked to get things up and running again–utility workers, CalTrans, and a list of others too long to remember. Yes, it is their job but we do appreciate the hard work.

Miss Big Bear and her court helped with the event and made a special appearance on stage and Cathy Campbell served as auctioneer.

We Big Bear folk are not too fond of staying out to late and the crowd began to thin around 8:30-9:00pm. Personally, I crawled in just after 10…you just have to know I am a BIG party animal. (It’s a joke–if you know me you are probably rolling your eyes and snickering.)

Anyway, great job. I didn’t win any of my bids or baskets BUT I had the winning number for the place setting–which will be something useful for the holidays.

Fawnskin was represented by Nancy Walker, Kathy Winch, Joan Cline, and yours truly…

Fawnskin Travelers
In other news, I got a note from Fawnskin residents Craig and Laura Anderson. I think they are in New Zealand or Australia–isn’t it summer there guys? Thanks for the note and have fun diving!

Gold Pan
Sorry about not having a snap of the Gold Pan for you yet–I just finished the boot camp and will be back on this side instead of spending every day in the Baldwin Lake area. I enjoyed getting to know the lay of the land over in those parts but it is good to be able to be back in Fawnskin!

I didn’t see any change on the County Recorder’s site so might just be a clean up–but I didn’t see that for sale sign up any more when I drove by a week ago.

Coffee Club
This morning I attended the coffee club over at Edward Jones. The next one is on November 19th at 8:15am. Lauren Hood is going to start up again after the holidays and wants to know what day and time you would prefer. If you have an opinion (like we don’t over here in Fawnskin) or are interested in attending the informal group, give her or Angela a call at 909-866-8422.

Above: Melvin John Jahnke

I forgot to post that my former neighbor Mel Jahnke passed over not too long ago. When I moved to Fawnskin, Mel was one of the first neighbors I met. During my first winter, I was working hard on one of my books and had not been outside for a while. It wasn’t long before my phone rang.

Mel called to see if I was okay. He said he had not seen me nor had he seen any footprints in the snow around my truck. That is the way it was around here.

His passion was prospecting, riding his bike, kayaking, and living life. Every year I’d catch him getting ready to go out to the woods to cut firewood. It is sad that I have hit an age that many people I know have been passing on.

RIP Mel and our best wishes go out to his girls and other members of the family.

Fitzmaurice Fire
I didn’t talk about the fire that broke out just before the weekend either…honestly, all the days run together (I THINK it was right before the weekend). The fire started in the Fitzmaurice Green House. Fortunately we had firefighters all over it in record time.

It really is hard to be a good gossip girl when you have not been in town much!

Highway Clean Up
This Saturday is the Adopt-a-Highway weekend. If you want to help clean up around these parts–be at the Moose Lodge before 10am.

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