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2013 Year in Review

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   Science night at Washington Elem. 5-16-13                   Ellwood Elem. 2-23-13                                    Arbor Week – La Patera Elem. 3-14-13                            Arbor Week – Ellwood Elem. 3-19-13

 

In our 39th year, with the generous support of the community, Goleta Valley Beautiful:

·         Planted 139 new trees and maintained 1,132 existing trees with the help of 1,637 volunteers who contributed 4,820 community service hours valued at $106,714

·         Leveraged grants and donations from community members and businesses such as Marborg, Rabobank, UCSB Coastal Fund and Venoco to implement projects at public locations throughout the south coast including: Fire Station 11, Al Turnbull Grove, San Marcos High School, and restoration projects at the UCSB North Campus Faculty Housing and El Sueno site with EDC.

·         Conducted two Young Tree Care Workshops with expert trainers to help community members understand the latest scientific methods for care for young trees

·         Celebrated the best in landscape and design at the 39th Annual Awards Event, and followed up with the 12th Annual Heritage Tree and History Tour with the support of Santa Barbara Airbus

·         Provided leadership and community responsibility opportunities with over 150 community service activities during the year, with special attention to the developmentally disabled at Alpha and Devereux, to youth at risk with Los Prietos Boys Camp with the support of Yardi, Citrix, and Edison, 47 ten-week internships with college students supported by the UCSB Coastal Fund, and work training programs in cooperation with the Workforce Investment Board.

·         Developed formal memorandum of understandings with the Goleta Union School District and San Marcos High School in an ongoing effort to continue educational programs at schools, including our award winning Arbor Week tree plantings, NeighborWoods events, 12 Science Night demonstrations, an Environmental Education Program funded by California ReLeaf, and Creek Week

·         Successfully moved storage and growing areas from Camino Real Marketplace and Devereux to a site at the Cabrillo Business Park

  • Honored those providing service to our country by providing free Trees for Veterans with the support of the Home Depot Foundation
  • Kept the community informed with monthly newsletters, a regularly updated website, monthly meetings of the 15 member Board of Directors, and annual convocation of a community Advisory Council

 

Thanks for helping us plant for tomorrow in our 40th year in 2014.

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         Heritage Tree & History Tour 5-19-13                                                         Al Turnbull Walkway 4-27-13                                                                      Fire Station 11  4-13-13                                                                  Alpha & Citrix  6-14-13

 

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                      Fun In the Sun 7-3-13                                    Creek Week Los Prietos 9-21-13             UCSB N. Campus Faculty Housing 10-12-13                       Randolph Kallas – Trees for Veterans 10-26-13


Record Drought Continues – Don’t forget to water your trees!

       2013 is breaking records as the driest year ever in Goleta and most of Southern California.  Rainfall totals in 2013 totaled a desert-like 4.4 inches, only a quarter of our average total annual rainfall of 17.76 inches.  The prolonged drought is having an impact not only on our recently planted trees, but also our mature and heritage trees.  Normally we don’t recommend watering trees during the rainy season, but this year the rainy season has been substantially delayed.  Until we get a good soaking rain of ½” to 1” or more, we recommend giving all your trees, even native Coast Live Oaks,  one good soaking.    Water slowly without runoff all the way around the tree underneath the branches furthest away from the tree so that the ground is moist down to two to three foot deep, but don’t water right next to the trunk.    


Last Chance - Trees for Veterans Program Must End January 25th!

       Veterans have until January 25, 2014, to receive one of Goleta Valley Beautiful’s free shade or fruit trees.   Veterans have a wide choice of bare root fruit tree species that have just arrived including apple, apricot, nectarine, peach, pear, persimmon, plum and more.  We also have a number of native shade and flowering trees grown by Goleta Valley Beautiful The project focuses on getting veterans involved in community service, and benefiting them directly with free trees and supplies for their homes, and on the grounds of organizations serving veterans.  The Home Depot Foundation is providing the funding through a program operated by Goleta Valley Beautiful, so please contact us directly and not Home Depot.  All supporting planting materials will be provided with the trees, including a hose to water the trees if needed.  Goleta Valley Beautiful arborists will provide technical assistance and lead all volunteer planting projects aimed at involving interested veterans of any ability, along with a strong network of supportive community volunteers and available Team Depot staff. 

      Veterans, living in Santa Barbara County, interested in participating in this program either as a tree recipient and/or as a volunteer can contact Goleta Valley Beautiful at 685-7910, by e-mail kknight@goletavalleybeautiful.org, or by mail at PO Box 6756, Goleta CA 93160-6756.  This limited time offer will not be available after January 25th, the date of our last delivery.


Reading Stories to children at the Rancho La Patera Christmas Event

Ken Knight reads stories while children wait for Santa


Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

Goleta Valley Beautiful Sends New Year’s Flowers -- For the eighth year, Goleta Valley Beautiful delivered “Happy New Year” Bouquets to two assisted living facilities to bring some sparkle into the lives of folks who need some cheer. The deliveries occurred on Saturday, December 28th, between 9 & 10 a.m.   Buena Vista Care Center received 18 individual arrangements which are conveyed to residents staff feels would enjoy the colorful blooms in their rooms. Activity Director, Julie Mullins, represents her Administrator on the distribution.  Heritage House Assisted Living Community Activities Coordinator, Albert Jiminez, handles the incoming ten floral arrangements for his Administrator, Rosemarie Harris.   These flowers are sent to the Garden Room where memory care residents dine and visitors can enjoy as well.

The New Year’s Flowers project is directed and implemented by Lori Grimaud-Roper, past Goleta Valley Beautiful Vice-President, and her spouse, past Board Member Marc Bradley.  Often cards and thank you letters from resident family members are received by Goleta Valley Beautiful, with comments that the flowers brought a great deal of joy and uplift into the lives of their relatives.


2014 Annual Membership Renewals (Available on line) – A salute to our longtime donor investors

As Goleta Valley beautiful enters its 40th year, we thank our individual donors who have invested in our work year after year.  Below is a list of our current donors and the year they first started investing in GVB.  Our computerized donor records only go back to 2001, and we know there are a lot of you who have been supporting GVB prior to 2001.  Only those who have renewed for 2014 are included in this list.  

2001

Bennett

Michael T.

2005

Cassidy

Patricia & Edward

Cummings

Merlyn & Helen

Doyle

Joe

Eckert, III

Charles V.

Foley

Shirley

Gartzke

Michael

Hyde

Gerald

Graper

Ed

Kokotovic

Anna and Petar

Knight

Ken & Nancy

MacCulum

Donald and Barbara

White

Ronal & Diane

Priester

Nicholas III & Sharon

Winter

Doug & Ann

Reyburn

Kenneth & Diane

2002

Emslie

Carol

2006

Foley

Shirley

Martin

Marilyn

Hammerel

John

Powers

Michael

Herzog

Rick

Russell

David & Diane

Mercer

Marla

2003

Bauer

Rosemary and Joseph

Peale

Priscilla & Stanton

Bonsell

James & Barbara

Reyburn

Kenneth & Diane

Book

Ron and Celia

Santa Cruz Markets

Brown

Cecilia

2007

Hill

Rose Ann

Coppejans

Patricia & John

2008

Ayling

Susan and RA

Durenberger

Gordon

2009

Goss

Jonathon

Ehrlich

Sue

2010

Scheidemen

Jay

Elliot

Bill

2011

Caccese

Theresa

Janee

Greg

Johnson

Charles & Paula

Keigher

Sharon

Thompson

J. Michael

Main

Richard and Barbara

Thornton

Thomas & Joy

Mason

Tami and James

2012

Kroc

Lois

Mc Clure

David

 

Ortiz

Carmen

Muhr

Robert and Joan

2013

Alix

Elizabeth

Phillips

Harriett

Berry

Jennifer

Rosness

Betty

2014

Charpentier

Raymond & Henrietta

Tarr

Bruce & Brenda

Self

Larry

2004

Van Horn

William

Wallace

Angela

Adams

Rebecca & Peter

Balash

Beverly & Steve

Berger

Joyce

Bradley

Marc

Dettman

Shirley

Honikmann

Jane

Jacobsen

Melanie

Mansur

Phebe

Mustacich

Jeanette and Robert

Nelson

Robert & Susan Catherina

Oliver

David and Cynthia

Paynter

Jean

Pazich

Philip

Pearson

Jim

Piatek

Eileen

Robillard

Paul

Roper

Lori

Russell

David & Diane

Savage

Ed and Judy

Scott

Kaylyn Johnson

Slocum

Vicki & Ron

Temple

Bernadette & Richard

Thomas

Eleanor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        Our 2014 annual membership renewals have been mailed. If you like what we do, please help support GVB in any amount you can.  If you would rather renew online, please remember that the credit card companies charge a 3% fee.  In light of increasing costs, please consider increasing your support from last year at  http://goletavalleybeautiful.org/supportus/.


Thanks to our sponsors including: Workforce Investment Program, Citrix Online, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Marborg, Rabobank, Rudy Schulte Family Foundation, Venoco, Michael Towbes, Estate of Al Turnbull, Cox Communications, Edison, Home Depot Foundation, SoCalGas, Mosher Foundation, Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program, Beta Theta Pi, Coastal Fund, California ReLeaf, Alliance for Community Trees, Devereux, Sares-Regis Groups, Pacifica Suites, Alpha, City of Goleta, UCSB Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER), California Urban Forest Council, Goleta Union School District, Santa Barbara Unified School District, Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division,  and hundreds of GVB donor members. Please mention to our supporters how much you appreciate their support of Goleta Valley Beautiful.  You can find the list of our donor members at our website at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org.

Statistical information about previous tree care events including the amount/locations of trees and volunteers can now be found in the archives of the education section of our website.   


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