Shine On 2009 | September 3, 2009
On Wednesday August 26, 2009 friends and supporters of Solar Cookers International gathered in Sacramento to celebrate the organization’s recent achievements and to hear the latest news at this year’s annual Shine On event. SCI’s new board president, Gary Hursh, kicked off the event with a heartfelt thank you to veteran volunteer, Don Coan, who was added to the Solar Cookers International Order of Excellence, which recognizes those whose sustained efforts have contributed most to empowering people to cook food and pasteurize water with solar energy. Gary then announced a bold but achievable fundraising initiative, calling on donors and supporters to help SCI reach $50,000 in donations during the month of September. For ways that you can help, please visit the Support SCI page on our website.
This year, Shine On festivities moved from the Sacramento Zoo’s Kampala Center to the Sierra 2 Center in Curtis Park. The new venue was just one of several exciting changes to the event. Also new was the silent auction, offering guests a chance to bid on a beautiful array of items including ceramic jewelry, soapstone sculptures and African collectibles. Also up for auction was a weekly delivery of local, organic produce from Soil Born Farms. Renowned artist, activist and solar cook, Mary Frank, graciously donated posters of her work to help raise funds for SCI. These beautiful pieces are still available for bidding and will be posted on eBay soon.
Another addition to the program this year was a lively talk by solar cooking enthusiast Elaine Corn, who is a food critic for the Sacramento Bee and appears regularly on Capital Public Radio. Her presentation on the world’s cuisine offered by Sacramento-area restaurants was a big hit with the audience.
Finally, SCI Co-Founder, Dr. Bob Metcalf, reported on activities connected with SCI's Safe Water Project during his July 2009 trip to Kenya. He showed pictures of families that had received the safe water package, which included a CooKit and pot, Water Pasteurization Indicator and ceramic safe storage container, and reported a dramatic decrease of diarrhea incidents among their children. Bob also reported on water testing workshops for water service providers in the Tana Catchment District and for 25 Peace Corps Volunteers in training for public health assignments throughout Kenya.
Thank you to everyone who attended, and to the event’s sponsors for helping to make the evening so special.
*All photos by Louise Mitchell/True Story
Shine On! | September 30, 2008
The 10th Annual Shine On! event at the Sacramento Zoo was a great success once again, with over 225 guests in attendance and good weather to boot. Solar cooked treats were served, as well as light fare, snacks and wine. Patrick spoke about his recent and productive trip to Kenya and Geneva; Karyn presented highlights on her recent trip to East Africa and future plans for International Development Programs; and Bob regaled the audience with recent successes and exciting plans involving the Safe Water Program and the Portable Microbiology Laboratory (PML). A sincere thanks to everyone for your continued support!
The line up for our evening at Shine On!
Bill Hudson, Don Coan and Linda Hayward are the ever-reliable happy faces greeting our guests at the products and information table.
Alta Tura speaks with guests about the beautiful African art given as raffle prizes.
Virginia Moose and Gayle Hursh man the guest registration table.
Staff and volunteers assist guests at the products and information table.
Enthusiastic volunteers in charge of the solar cooked sweets table.
Two of Bob's ex-students volunteered to man the Water Table.
Kevin, staff and volunteers worked hard to put together some creative and comprehensive poster boards for the event.
Board Members Edye Kuyper, Baby Ellyn and Virginie Mitchem socializing at the event.
Yummy solar cooked treats.
Mike and Gloria a popular duo as bartenders for the evening.
Patrick spoke on his recent trip to Kenya, Geneva and France, and outlined project directions for the future.
Karyn showed a PowerPoint presentation on her recent trip to Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, with highlights of Integrated Cooking, Water Testing incorporation and plans for new directions in International Development Programs.
Bob wraps up the evening with a comprehensive report on the Safe Water Project in Kenya, the Water Conference in Vienna, and exciting new developments and movements forward with the Portable Microbiology Laboratory (PML).
Labels: Local Events
Second Saturday | September 16, 2008
Saturday the 13th of September was a busy day for SCI local exposure, with Patricia @ the Midtown Community Fest and Edye and I working different booths at the popular Second Saturday Art Walk in the evening. Edye, one of our most active local Board Members, has been working with SMUD and she represented SCI at Green Sacramento on 19th & H Streets; and through collaborations fostered with Heifer International, SCI was able to secure a great spot in front of their office on J Street. While we are always looking for volunteers, they are not always available to staff every event, so this was an active weekend for local staff, Board and our most loyal advocates.
Karyn at SCI's booth during Second Saturday in Heifer International's courtyard.
The See's Candy sign brought em in, and we held em with solar cooked veggie lasagne and chocolate chip pumpkin bread!
Heifer International is located on J St between 22nd & 23rd in downtown Sacramento.
Renee of Heifer Intl educates people on Heifer's mission.
The band was great and attracted a lot of attention to our venue.
The weather was nice and the crowds were steady. Heifer will have one more 2nd Saturday event this season and has invited us back next month :)
Please contact Sierra@solarcookers.org if you're interested in helping out!
Labels: Local Events
Midtown Community Festival | September 15, 2008
SCI had the opportunity to have a presence at this year's 3rd Annual Midtown Community Festival in front of the Rubicon Brewery in downtown Sacramento on the 13th of September. The event kicked off with a Kids Walk-A-Thon around the capitol followed by live performances by various bands, fun games and activities for kids, great BBQ, raffle prizes and of course the ever famous Beer Tasting Garden with all proceeds benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento. SCI had a very visible booth in a prime location in front of the beer garden, and SCI's Database Manager Patricia and Stellar Volunteer Don Coan were present to answer questions and serve scrumptious solar cooked goodies.
SCI's solar cooking informational booth set up at the Midtown Community Festival (MCF) and manned by our own Patricia and Don Coan.
SCI's Don and Patricia assist interested passersby at MCF.
SCI's ever enthusiastic volunteer and staff ~ always ready to answer questions and educate people on the wonders of solar cooking.
Karyn, Don and Patricia at SCI's booth at the MCF.
Our Volunteer Extraordinaire ~ Don Coan is SCI's most reliable and knowledgeable volunteer, and one of the best solar cooks in the region!
Karyn and Patricia @ MCF (I cheated and just popped in at the last minute ~ it was Patricia and Don that did all the work ;)
Michael and Patricia in front of the Sun Oven, Box Cooker and SOS Sport ~ Patricia shows off her stellar solar cooked lasagne.
Labels: Local Events
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