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I would like to thank the Alameda Sun for running the fundraising letter for Alameda Community Sailing Center. 

Our mission is to make sailing available to all people regardless of income and apparently there are a lot of Alamedans who appreciate that. 

We had 152 kids in our camps last summer (up from 62 in 2013) and hope to grow that to nearly 200 this year. 

We are trying to maintain a ratio of about 30 percent scholarship students — under $80,000 household income. That amounts to more than $30,000 we need to underwrite through means other than student fees. 

During the year we have a number of events where you can meet the kids and their parents and get to know our programs. 

Thanks again and Happy New Year.


Doug Perry, Treasurer, Alameda Community Sailing Center

The Alameda Family Services board of directors would like to offer heartfelt thanks and warmest congratulations to the Alameda Family Services League for another successful Holiday Home Tour. Lead by the ever-gracious Katie Honegger and her team of tireless volunteers, this annual event dazzled the hundreds of attendees yet again.

The homes were spectacular; the homemade treats in the gourmet shop were delectable; the boutique was filled with unique (and shiny!) things; the tea was a warm and welcoming respite.

The proceeds from this yearly event continue to support the programs at Alameda Family Services.  We wish to extend deep gratitude for all the hard work to the AFS League: Carol Rivano, Cindy Batchelor, Ernestine Bianchi, Griselda Bissett, Hanna Fry, Kathi Honegger, Katie Honegger, Malia Vella, Pam Savin, Susan Kaney, Teresa McDaniels, Toni Vella, and Winkie Campbell-Notar.


Kathy Moehring, President AFS Board of Directors

On behalf of the Alameda Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Tech Trek Committee, we would like to express our sincere appreciation for the $500 Rotary Club grant given to us in December. 

Rotary’s generous contribution will help make it possible for a deserving Alameda middle school girl to attend a week-long science and math camp this summer. 

The Tech Trek program is a unique opportunity for young women to receive the support and encouragement they often need to pursue their interest in Science, Math, Engineering and Technology (STEM). 

This often life-changing experience is only possible through AAUW sponsorship and has proven to be a model for STEM programs throughout the country. 

We are very proud of our work with these talented young women and hope for the Rotary’s continued support.


Patti Heimburger AAUW-Alameda Branch, President