The Company you Keep Around You Reflects the Character that's Within You

posted Apr 17, 2014, 3:06 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Apr 17, 2014, 3:07 PM ]

There are many variants on this quote, but we think it best describes what happened in Sebastopol this past February 6. The Sebastopol Area Chamber of Commerce presented their annual Community Awards, and we're proud to say that we were well represented. What stood out the most, is that all honorees that evening volunteered in a variety of areas, and as you looked around the room you saw a collection of friends that we seem to interact with every day.

However, we pay special tribute to the following:

  • Ariella Macci received the "Jeanine Willman Service to Seniors Award". She is known around the Senior Center for the work she does mostly related to food. Ariella volunteers in the kitchen as well as brings in surplus foodstuffs from local markets for distribution to our Seniors. You can tell when she comes in the building, because the energy always turns up a few notches. Ariella credits volunteering in the Pinecrest Middle School with helping her learn English. She is a great neighbor, always offering a hand...or food...which seems to define her actions at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center.
  • Sylvia Forrest was recognized as the "Volunteer of the Year". Sylvia was nominated by the Friends of the Library, where she works on their newsletter as well as being a vocal and active volunteer. For us, Sylvia is a volunteer at The Legacy, and is seen around the center on a regular basis.
  • Chris Brokate, owner of Green Janitor Service was recognized for having the "Green Business of the Year". Chris has been our custodian for nearly 5 years, shortly after he arrived in town and hung out his shingle. He also works at The Legacy. With his guidance we have moved to environmental friendly cleaning products and methods, as well as getting us to an approximately 95% recycling rate and has us working hard on that last 5%.
  • Martha Lindt and Baskin-Robbins was recognized as the "Business of the Year". A Sebastopol resident since the '70's, she has owned and operated Baskin-Robbins for a number of years. While their emphasis is on working with youth, they have been very generous with the Senior Center providing ice cream for a number of our events.

All together 15 individuals, businesses and projects were recognized, and we are proud to have community ties with all of them. Rumor has it that after hearing Ariella's Italian accent, the local youth soccer leagues want to see what soccer knowledge they can glean from her.

Isn't this a great town?