THE “C” IN COMMUNITY: Local Women’s Association Donates $700 to FACS Domestic Violence Shelter

The Redwood Empire Women’s Golf Association has donated $700 to the FACS domestic violence shelter. The presentation ceremony was held at the Redwood Empire Memorial Garden, and Rhonda Lewis accepted on behalf of FACS. Karen Smith, Sue Strahan And JoAnn French presided on behalf of the Women’s Golf Association. FACS provides year-round safe rooms primarily for women who have been victims of domestic violence, but also for the medically fragile. The donated funds will be used to provide heaters for the shelter rooms.
The money was raised at the 11th annual Women’s Invitational Golf Tournament at the Redwood Empire Golf Course and Country Club. Raffle tickets were sold, and local merchants throughout the Eel River Valley sponsored the 88 women who participated.
The members of the Redwood Empire Women’s Golf Association share a goal to provide a golf and social program for women, to encourage women to participate in the game of golf, and in every way to maintain good sportsmanship and social relations among the members. To this end, they promote a Junior Golf program, Head Start 1st Tee. They help to improve the facilities at the golf course, and are active in contributing to the beautification of the Eel River Valley, as well as providing support for local community groups such as FACS.

NEWS FROM THE BANKS: The Community Garden Breaks Ground!

No need to adjust your glasses, you read it right: the community garden has broken ground, and things are already growing, despite the lateness of the year! Thanks to the work of Steve Palecki and many from the Latino Health Promotion Project through the Mobile Medical office, about a quarter of an acre has been tilled and we are looking forward to a late harvest. In addition, a member of the project (who asked to remain anonymous) has been generously donating about 2 dozen fresh farm eggs to our foodbank each week.
As word of the community garden gets out, local merchants are leaping at the opportunity to help out. Wyckoff’s Plumbing Hardware has agreed to donate and to help us install all the irrigation plumbing. A local man has offered to sell us an expensive roto-tiller for a measly $600 dollars. Several local nurseries have donated plants and soil preparation materials. And we have received friendly offers from numerous other local banks and businesses who know a good com-munity project when they hear about it.
And the garden keeps expanding its potential. While the season is not right to grow polenta corn, we are planting garlic, which promises a great return as fresh garlic is always in demand.

If you would be interested in getting involved with our community garden, give Rhonda Lewis a call at 725-1166. And be sure to check out the garden pictures on page 6.