Heartwarming EBCA Focus on Charitable Beneficiaries at December Holiday Luncheon
Jennifer Pinney takes the reins as 2018 EBCA Officers are Elected
By Bryan Harrison
The East Bay Claims Association celebrated the season with a special focus on the non-profit group's charitable beneficiaries at the December 10, 2017 luncheon meeting. On-hand were representatives of two significant organizations to the group: Bay Area Crisis Nursery and Shelter, Inc.
Sister Ann Weltz, Director of the Crisis Nursery, spoke in gratitude, acknowledging an understanding of how difficult it is this Holiday season to continue to donate to the usual charitable organizations, in light of the fires, on top of the recent hurricane devastation. "We value and appreciate all your organization has done for us, and continues to do," she said.
Aydee Sandoval Ferguson, Director of Development at Shelter, Inc., shared with the crowd the extent of the problem they address. As the demand for their services has grown, she explained, their reach has grown, as well. Shelter, Inc.'s new moniker, changing from SHELTER Inc. Of Contra Costa County allows them to broaden their overall scope of service. She, too, expressed her organization's appreciation to EBCA.
2017 EBCA President, Gemma Houser, presented both organizations with sizable donation checks, and the EBCA membership contributed a generous stock of toys for the Crisis Nursery.
Other EBCA Business of the day included the nomination and election of the 2018 slate of officers. Yours truly had the honor of presenting the proposed slate of officers which, following the calling for nominations from the floor (none), and closing of nominations, the membership voted by acclaimation to accept the officer-candidates as presented.
Your 2018 EBCA Officers are: President, Jennifer Pinney, Bosco Construction; Vice-President, Amaya Fine, of The Restoration Clean-Up Company; Secretary, Hailey Ayres, of Wingard Construction; and John Ehlert, of JR Structural, staying on as Treasurer.
The 50/50 Raffle was won by Amy Betz, of ARCCA Engineers. The festive social atmosphere was infectious and ongoing.