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2nd Quarter 2017 Back Packs Ready to Go to Incline June 28-2017

Larkspur Team Stuffs Back Packs for Incline Middle School

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[Photo above: left to right- Geoff Kinnaird, Lynn Zambrano, Teresa Kwan and Charlotte Kobayashi]

On June 28, 2017, Lynn Zambrano, Teresa Kwan, Geoff Kinnaird and Charlotte Kobayashi, stuffed 7 “DaKine” backpacks with several required supplies for Incline Middle School 6th Graders:  3″ binders, subject dividers, colored pencils, dry erase markers with 4 different colors and erasers, plus scissors.

2nd Quarter Ready for Packing June 28-2017

2nd Quarter 2017 Packing Supplies donated by CVI June 28-2017Backpacks will be delivered to Incline Village and handed over to Sarah Mcmahon, who will represent Corporate Visions and award to 7 students when school begins toward the end of August. We have been coordinating with teacher, Liz Harrell, to help identify 7 students to be awarded a back pack.

Watch for follow up blog story for the award day and the 7 lucky students!

[By Charlotte Kobayashi]
2nd Quarter UK Fish Pond team photo 1 May 24 2017

UK Volunteering – Fishponds Park 24th May

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The majority of the UK team (Helen, Emma, Zoe, Avesh, John, Leo and Steve) spent the day at Fishponds Park in South London on what was very much an environmental project in restoring use of a stream between two ponds in the park. The ponds had previously been the habitats of many fish and aquatic birds but have become heavily neglected over recent years due to the reliance on charity funding and volunteering.

2nd Quarter 2017 UK at Fish Stagnant Pond May 24 2017[Photo above: The Stagnant Pond]

Basically the ponds have become stagnant, overgrown and uninhabitable due to the lack of water flow between them since the pump used to encourage the flow had broken some years ago. The charity which runs the park has managed to secure funding for a new pump but cannot put this into use until the dried up stream has been cleared of overgrown vegetation and litter. This is where we came in, having to dig out much of the dried up stream path and removing overgrown shrubs and brambles. Made harder work by the hottest day of the year (at that point) in the UK, the team put in lots of physical exertion to ensure we had maximum impact during our time there.

2nd Quarter 2017 UK Overgrown stream May 24 2017[The Overgrown Stream]

It was great to not only see the progress made on the day but also to receive very encouraging feedback whilst we worked away in the hot sun. The supervisor from the charity informed us that he saw more progress in half a day than had been achieved in the previous 6 months due to their reliance on volunteers and people on community service projects. We also had many local people passing by, come to talk to us and say thank you as they had seen this, place of beauty, become neglected, overgrown and an eyesore. The general feeling was that they were looking forward to the day when it’s natural beauty is restored and the fish and wildlife once again thriving.

2nd Quarter 2017 UK team gets to work May 24 2017

[The Team Clearing the Stream]

In addition, we spent some time towards the end of the day to create a new habitat for the endangered species which is the Stag Beetle. To do this, we had to dig a pit and partially submerge a number of logs before burying them in tightly packed soil. The rotting wood underground, creates an ideal environment for the Stag Beetles to live and develop.

2nd Quarter 2017 UK Stag Beetle has a home May 24 2017

[Creating the Stag Beetle Home]

Overall, this was hard work but very satisfying and great fun to do something different as a team.

[By Steve Sorah]
2nd Quarter 2017 Sarah McMahan -Color run June 11th

5K Color Run in Incline Village

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Sarah McMahan, along with two other board members on the Physical Education and Wellness Parent Organization put together the first ever 5k Color Run in Incline Village!  The fun run took place on Sunday, June 11th and raised approximately $6,000 for physical education and wellness programs at Incline Elementary School.  Around 200 runners braved the cold weather (and few snowflakes) from odd June storm.

[By Sarah McMahan]
2nd Quarter 2017 Lion's Club Check Award June 8th- Charlotte Sarah and John Lee

Lion’s Club Donates $350 to Support Ukulele Program!

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{Photo: Charlotte, Sarah Wolf, and John Lee of Lion’s Club]

On June 8th, after meeting with Corte Madera/Larkspur Lion’s Club Board on March 9, 2017, the Lion’s Club offered a $350 check to Hall Middle School to supplement Hall’s Ukulele Club.  The school will be able to purchase 2-3 ukuleles to support their existing “Ukulele Club” program for students unable to purchase their own ukuleles.

2nd Quarter 2017 Lion's Club Check Award Sarah with Officers

{Photo above: Al Selby, Lion’s Club; Sarah Wolf, teacher at Hall Middle School; and David Kunhardt, President of Lion’s Club]

Sarah Wolf, the music teacher for two schools in Marin [Neil Cummins and Hall Middle School], will be delivering the check to the Principal of Hall Middle School to purchase ukuleles from The Magic Flute, [company that donated 2 Makala soprano ukuleles for raffling off at Bay Area Human Race].

This is a new relationship with a non-profit organization in Larkspur/Corte Madera we hope will continue to develop as we continue to exchange information and help each other.

Ukulele On!

[By Charlotte Kobayashi]
Ragnar Nicci and Jeannie 2017

Ragnar 2017 – Continuation with Nicci and T-Rex!

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Ragnar Rob to Vince 2017

[Rob handing off to Vince]

Here are more photos of team in action till the very end:

Ragnar Erik to T-Rex 2017

[Erik handing off to T-Rex]

Ragnar Van 2017

Ragnar End 2017


The sense of accomplishment, comraderie and elation when you cross the finish line together with your 11 teammates, more than makes up for the other stuff. In fact, you’ll come to realize that is some of the most fun you’ve ever crammed into 36 hours.

Together we ran 200ish miles.

Together we can accomplish anything

We are Ragnarians!

[By Fabiana LaBauve]


Ragnar Group 2017

Team Filthy Soles takes on Ragnar Pennsylvania 2017

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Who: CVI Runners- Mike Finley, Nicci Hammerel, Conrad Smith, Joe Kozub, Erik Peterson, Fabiana LaBauve, Jeannie Clidence, John Meyer, Rob Perrilleon
CVI Volunteers- Leslie Talbot, Jeff Adler, Cassie Galster and Justin Barry
What and Where: A 200ish-mile relay running race through the cow pastures of Pennsylvania from Stauffer Park Lancaster to Mount Pocono on sidewalks, backroads, bike paths, paved trails and road shoulders.
When: June 2-3, 2017
Why: The sense of accomplishment after conquering a course over two days and one night, pushing your limits on little amounts of sleep with friends and a community of runners by your side.
Also, and just as important, the fundraising!
Last year we raised a boatload of money – $32,920. This year we raised a yachtload full of money- $50,807!!!!
These are the charities we raised money for:
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
• Golden Rainbow Of Nevada, Inc.
• Marys Shelter
• St. Baldrick’s Foundation
• Family Works
• American Cancer Society
• Worlds Window Inc
• Bridges to Prosperity, Inc.
• Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation
• Associated Humane Societies Inc

Ok, so you are kind of interested in joining Team Filthy Soles in 2018, but you’re still not sure what it’s really all about. Here’s a day in the life of a Ragnarian:

It all starts on Thursday night with dinner, drinks, van decorating, last minute logistics, a little anxiety and lots of laughs.

Van decorations:Ragnar Van Decorations 2017


Ragnar early one for Van 1 2017[Top right counter clockwise: Kendal Kozub [in background], Rob Perrilleon, Erik Peterson, Mike Finley, Jeff Clidence, Jeannie Clidence, Fabiana’s head, hand and hair]

Friday morning is an early one for Van 1. You and 5 of your van mates will head to the start line for check-in.

Even though we had a 3 am wake up call – we’re still all smiles as we wait for our 5 am start time!

You can expect a lot of running, stretching, eating and shenanigans to take place over the next 36 hours. Do not expect to get a lot of sleep.

[Photo below: Conrad handing over to Finley]

Ragnar Conrad to Finley 2017

2nd Quarter 2017 Three Divas and 2 keiki's living Boldly! (1)

Bay Area Human Race 5K in Marin

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2nd Quarter 2017 Three Divas and 2 keiki's living Boldly! (1)

Lynn Zambrano, daughter Sofie, Jaime Farrar, her son, Danny, Charlotte Kobayashi plus nine of the Ukulele Band players joined in the 5K walk/run around the Marin Civic Center grounds for a brisk walk or run to raise funds for music – ukulele education for elementary school teachers to teach 4th graders to play ukulele.

Corporate Visions Inc. co-sponsored the Corporate Visions Team with San Rafael Elks Lodge #1108, partnering to also raise funds for veterans families and activities supported by the San Rafael Elks. Our goal was to raise $3000 – we exceeded and raised $3500, which will be distributed between the two projects – music education and veterans. A booth shared by 3 organizations – the San Rafael Elks Lodge #1108, SharedHope for Sex/Human Trafficking Prevention, and Corporate Visions, Inc. raffled off two Makala soprano ukuleles, donated by The Magic Flute Music Store in NorthGate Shopping Mall.

2nd Quarter 2017 Three Divas and 2 keiki's living Boldly! (2)

One of the recipients, 9 year old Tomas, proudly shows his win – Makala ukulele. He happens to be a 3rd grader in one of the schools with a ukulele music program taught by one of our Ukulele Friends Ohana members. It was an easy, fun course, for all levels of walkers and runners, with perfect climate, and a group of bag pipes players starting it off to create just the right atmosphere for a vigorous walk or run- dogs included! This is definitely an event to be considered for 2018! [By Charlotte Kobayashi]

2nd Quarter 2017 Lisa Slen Volunteer

Lisa Volunteers at Adopt-A-Dog in New York

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On Saturday, May 27th, Lisa Slen volunteered at Adopt-A-Dog in Armonk, New York at their adoption event and tag sale. This is the start of her volunteering to help socialize the dogs by playing with them and taking them for walks. Watch out! They may end up following her back to her home!
[Lisa Slen]

2nd Quarter 2017 Frison Family Beach Clean Up May 6-2017

Beach Clean Up on Mila’s 8th Birthday

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[Photo above: Sabina Frison and family]

On Saturday, May 6th, it was Mila’s  8th birthday [Sabina's daughter]. Mila, an active young citizen, wanted to do something special for her birthday so the family decided to join in the 9th Annual Mackenzie’s Beach Clean Up Project.

2nd Quarter 2017 Sabina's daughter Mila- Beach Clean up

[Photo above: Sabina's 8 year old daughter]

2nd Quarter 2017 Frison Children -DM clean up

[Photo above of Sabina's daughter and son]

MacKenzie Beach Clean Up Project is a wonderful local organization that brings the Milford community together every year to make the beautiful beaches even more so! And, though it feels like spring will never arrive,  our local beaches need to still be prepared for the summer season.

The Frison family spent all morning cleaning Silver Sands Beach in Milford just few miles from their home. Derek and Mila worked surprisingly hard, while Stevie was chasing seagulls. It was a fun and rewarding experience for all as they helped to remove piles of garbage, debris, hung out with friends and neighbors, and also enjoyed free ice cream!

[By Sabina Frison]


2nd Quarter 2017 FM Photo 1

CVI Supports Fisherman’s Mark Food Pantry

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On April 26th, CVI employees from Doylestown volunteered their time with Fisherman’s Mark, an organization that seeks out fresh food whenever possible so they can offer healthy options, along with nonperishable food, to those in need. Cassie Galster reached out to the organization and coordinated the activity.

Together, the team unloaded a food truck for the organization’s food pantry. The delivery included pantry items like pasta, canned foods and cereal, as well as household items. The team also unloaded a shipment of fresh milk and eggs which will be valuable to the pantry.

Brent Alwood, Justin Bowers, Evan O’Donnell, Tim Brooks and Cassie Galster quickly unpacked the truck and organized the items on the shelves. Food with a longer shelf life and food in surplus, was stored away to be used in the weeks to come. The team at Fisherman’s Mark tries to manage this process in the most efficient way so no donation goes to waste.

Since the group finished their task early, the team went outside to help clear off the back deck which was going to be getting a fresh coat of paint in a few days. There were some old shelves that were falling apart and needed to be moved off the porch. As Fisherman’s Mark does not waste anything, they asked if we could help break up the shelves so they could be used for firewood. The guys had lots of fun with this task and released some steam tossing the shelves over the deck to break them apart.

2nd Quarater 2017 FM Photo 2[Photo above: Brent Alwood, Evan O'Donnell, and Justin Bowers helping break apart an old piece of furniture by throwing it off the deck!]

2nd Quarter 2017 FM Photo 3[Photo above: Tim Brooks and the guys using their muscles to break up shelves for firewood.]

Fisherman’s Mark’s mission is to support healthy living, educational and employment needs to those not effectively served by existing organizations. Since 1980, Fisherman’s Mark has been dedicated to strengthening the community by meeting the needs of an evolving population in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In addition to their food pantry, Fisherman’s Mark also provides other outreach programs to promote health and wellness for everyone.

The team had a great time and plans to help again in the future.

[By Cassie Galster]