Smiles could be seen all around on Saturday in our community as folks gathered for a fundraiser for our beautiful little Valley Home Community Park. The laughter of children and teenagers could be heard throughout the park. Neighbors, friends and families greeted each other with hearty handshakes and friendly hugs. The mouth-watering aroma of the Mike Jerome Family Catered dinner drew folks who were just passing by or were nearby neighbors. Compliments are sent to the chef!
It is a wonderful tribute that so many people in the community care so much. The funds raised will all go toward taxes, insurance, electricity, well upkeep etc. This park belongs to all of us and I am sure if this little park could talk it would say a very special thank you to all who helped make this a special day, either by purchasing tickets, selling tickets, working the dinner, cleaning the park, pulling weeds and the many other things that were done. A huge thank you is sent to all of you! This includes a special thank you to the young folks - the Valley Home 4-H’ers for their helping hands and delightful spirit!
The 4-H’ers made their presence known to those families purchasing take home dinners, by carrying the dinners for them, not only through the food line, but also out to their cars. The customers who had stopped by to purchase or pick up their dinners were so appreciative of the 4-H’ers pickup service that several were given tips for their help, which the young folks donated to the dinner fund. They were congratulated for their support of the park and told that their support would be remembered throughout their lives. “I supported this park project when I was a member of the Valley Home 4-H!” These young people are the future of our Valley Home community.
The 4-H leaders also created a framed wooden poster featuring a Cowboy theme that they raffled off raising $35, which they then donated to the Park fund. The fundraiser staff reports that it served 135 meals on Saturday, with the ratio being 20 percent children to 80 percent adults. Again a big thank you is sent to all who participated.
Remember, the San Joaquin County Neighborhood Watch potluck and meeting will be on September 30th and commence at 2 p.m. at Gary and Coletta Martin’s home on Henry Road, located south of Lone Tree. All are invited, just notify the Martins that you will be attending.
Birthday wishes go out to our very own Marcel Dickens, who by the way was a 4-H leader here in Valley Home for many years. Many Happy Returns of the day to you Marcel.
Happy Birthday also to our good friend Kate Hart on her special day. Top of the day to you Kate!
Our deepest sympathy to 4-H’er Luke Pouncey on the loss of his grandmother and to our dear friend, Terri Pouncey on the loss of her mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with both of you.
Our 4-H’ers were very busy on Saturday as they report that their Tractor Supply fund raiser earlier in the day was a big success. They wish to thank Tractor Supply for their hospitality and to all those who support Valley Home 4-H.
Our Valley Home Red Hat Queen Bonnie Bianchi tells us our Red Hatters will be meeting on Wednesday, October 3rd at Perko’s Cafe in Riverbank. These ladies light up the sky wherever they go.