Tip-A-Cop dinner

John and I joined the staff of our Atascadero Chamber of Commerce at the Tip-A-Cop Dinner this week. It was held at the Paso Robles Event Center which was filled to capacity with happy, hungry guests anxious to be served by law enforcement personnel.
The event is always fun and the food is delicious. They served a choice of chicken, pork ribs, tri-tip, all barbequed to perfection, or a vegetarian dish. Along with the meat we were served salad, beans, bread, a beverage and dessert. The meals were graciously prepared by Kiwanis.
We all went on and on about the beans, they were absolutely delicious. Sandy Short, one of our servers, did some research for me and found out that they were McClintock’s beans! I wonder if they will share the recipe.
Of course, at the end of the meal we were expected to tip our servers by leaving a generous amount and those donations went to Special Olympics San Luis Obispo County.
Atascadero’s Chief of Police, Jerel Haley, Commander Joe Allen, along with several other members of the Atascadero Police Department, served our table and did a great job!
Thanks to all of you. You earned your tips!
On May 21 our Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County Chapter held its Annual Awards Luncheon and Installation of Officers at McPhee’s Grill in Templeton.  
It was exciting to have the event in our North County and 70 members filled McPhee’s large dining room. Of course, the luncheon was delicious and Ian McPhee, the founder and co-owner, was there to say hello. He is a dedicated, community-minded individual, who deserves a shout-out for all he does for non-profits and their causes.
We had a full agenda, with the Installation of the 2018-1019 Board, and the presentation of awards. Board members included President Sue Pino from Arroyo Grande; VP Membership Karin Morris from Atascadero; VP Philanthropic Programs Janeen Schiff from Cayucos, VP Resource Development from Paso Robles; VP Marketing and Communications Bonnie Long from San Luis Obispo; Recording Secretary Pam Zweifel from San Luis Obispo; Corresponding Secretary Mary Bingham from Los Osos; and Treasurer Jo Anne Painter from Nipomo. As you can see from the communities represented, we cover the county.
We actually have 141 members in different categories. It’s an outstanding organization.
Awards were presented and Dr. James Brescia, County Superintendent of Schools, received the “School Bell Award” (a brass replica of an old fashioned school bell) for his support of our primary program, Operation School Bell, which provides new school-appropriate clothing to children in need, in grades K-12, in SLO County. Through the program we clothed over 2,315 children this school year. Since the inception of the program 22 years ago, we have clothed well over 26,000 children. Dr. Brescia jokingly said that he would use the bell to call his board to order.
The Barbie Leadership Award was presented to Gail Stoneburg, a former chapter president, for her efforts in establishing our very successful Thrift Store in SLO, located at 667 A Marsh Street, by Mountain Air Sports and Wells Fargo Bank. The store is a key source of funding for our Operation School Bell program.     
A very special award, called the Ada Edwards Laughlin Award, named for one of the founding members of National Assistance League, was presented to former chapter president Bonnie Long for her years of support and dedication to the programs and duties of the chapter.
Organization President Sue Pino presented the President’s Award to Jan Hutchinson and Georgie Mendonca presented the Gladys Fiske Award to Carol Dobrzensky.
All of the awardees have donated hours and hours of their time to our chapter in order to help make a difference in the lives of individuals and families in our county.
Speaking of hours, during our fiscal year, over 22,622 volunteer service hours were donated back to our communities.
I am proud to announce, to those of you who know about “Guide Star,” that Assistance League of SLO County has achieved Platinum status. Guide Star is the company that gathers and disseminates data on every IRS registered nonprofit organization. We have Bonnie Long to thank for her efforts in maintaining and updating the Guide Star information for our chapter. This achievement is important information when applying for grants.
I invite you to visit our Thrift Store if you haven’t been in it. You will be pleasantly surprised with the quality of the merchandise being donated to us and the prices we are asking. Remember that your shopping trip will benefit Operation School Bell and the children who receive new school clothing through the program.
For more information about the Thrift Store call (805) 782-0824. For information about the Operation School Bell visit alslocounty.org.
Remember that the “Deed” passing celebration and flagpole dedication will take place today, Friday, May 25, at 5 p.m. in front of the historic Printery building on Olmeda Ave. The public is invited.
If you are filling out your calendar for the Atascadero Saturday in the Park Concert Series presented by Grigger and Alice Jones, Perry’s Parcel and Waste Management, don’t forget to put a big star on July 14 when the Martin Paris Band is sponsored by Atascadero Printery Foundation and Atascadero Performing Arts Center Committee. We will try to have a short update on the theater we are planning for the historic building. But, more on that later.
Hope you enjoy the long weekend and plan to attend a Memorial Day service somewhere in the North County. There are several being planned. I know there is one being held at the Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial at Atascadero Lake Park starting at 12 p.m. A BBQ prepared by the Atascadero Kiwanis Club will be available for purchase following the ceremony.
Enjoy the weekend.


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