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World Changers Now in Clovis

World Changers Now in Clovis
              Two Hundred junior high, high school and college students from around the country (including 20 from the Clovis/Fresno area) are here in Clovis this week for a 4-day-long project to renovate 15 homes in lower income neighborhoods, including Clovis mobile home parks. Clovis received 60 applications for help this year. The students will paint the homes along with making minor repairs. A second group of 200 young people will arrive on July 22nd for a 4-day-long project beginning on July 23rd to renovate an additional 15 homes, for a total of 30 homes being served.

Junior Olympian Qualifiers in Taekwondo

Junior Olympian Qualifiers in Taekwondo

Congratulations to these 12 student athletes from Sunnyside Taekwondo for qualifying for the USA Taekwondo Junior Olympics! This year’s national competition is now, in Chicago, Il. 7 of these athletes are making that trip. Many of these athletes are, infact, junior Olympians from previous years! 

Anessa Lopez, Robert Jones, Priscilla Jo, Rebecca Meyers, Zac Bush, Davion Harris

Jaylen Hou, Hudson Burt, Joshua Fernandez, Noah Arsitio, Andres Perez, Kaylee Jo

New Volleyball Coach at Buchanan High School

New Volleyball Coach at Buchanan High School

 

Vern Barkman - This Year's Clovis Rodeo Grand Marshall

Vern Barkman - This Year's Clovis Rodeo Grand Marshall

 

The Clovis Rodeo Association has named Vern Barkman as the Grand Marshal of the 99th Clovis Rodeo scheduled to take place April 25-28, 2013. A devoted member of the Clovis Rodeo Association for 52 years, he has been a board member for 38 years.

A long time rodeo and community volunteer, Vern was sponsored in the Clovis Rodeo Association in 1962 by his father-in-law Les Smith and has held every office and chaired just about every committee. His offices have included President, Vice President and Secretary and committee chairmanships have included the parade, queen, horse show, grand marshal and most recently co-chairman of the ticket committee.

“This is a well deserved honor for Vern,” said Chuck Rigsbee, Clovis Rodeo Association President. “He is an integral part of our rodeo and a long-standing resident and community volunteer in Clovis. It is an honor to be able to recognize him as our grand marshal of the 99th Clovis Rodeo.”

Brittany Wilkinson UMDF Fundraising Dinner

Brittany Wilkinson UMDF Fundraising Dinner

 

This Saturday is the  8th annual Britanny Wilkinson United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF) Fundraising Dinner. (KMPH FOX 26 Great Day's Kim Stephens is the night's MC.)

All are invited to this evening at Break the Barriers at 6pm. Tickets are $25 each. There is always an amazing raffle, beautiful silent auction, delicious dinner and special program learning about Brittany and the disease she lived with - a disease few still know about but 1 in every 200 people has a genetic mutation that may lead to mitochondrial disease. 

Mitochondria are in all our bodies, in our cells giving us energy. For those living with mitochondrial disease, which is genetic, that mitochondria doesn’t work right affecting the body in very painful ways.

Clovis East graduate, Brittany Wilkinson lived with this all her 18 years. Amidst her migraines and other debilitating pain, she gracefully raised awareness and funds for others living with this disease.

Lynne Ashbeck, New Clovis Mayor

Lynne Ashbeck, New Clovis Mayor

 

THE CITY OF CLOVIS HAS A NEW MAYOR.

THE COUNCIL REORGANIZED ITS LEADERSHIP LAST NIGHT.

LYNNE ASHBECK BECAME THE MAYOR.

NATHAN MAGSIG IS THE MAYOR PRO–TEM.

ASHBECK REPLACES JOSE FLORES.

HE WILL REMAIN ON THE COUNCIL.

THE COUNCIL SELECTS A NEW MAYOR EVERY TWO YEARS

Clovis Fire Chief Transition

 

Clovis City Manager Rob Woolley has announced the appointment of Deputy Fire Chief Micheal Despain as Fire Chief following the pending retirement of current Fire Chief Lee Kraft.  After 32 years of service, Fire Chief Lee Kraft has announced his retirement effective February 28, 2013.  During his 32 years, Chief Kraft served in every rank with 10 of those years spent as a member of the management team.  Reflecting back on his years of service, Chief Kraft said, “The Fire Chief for the City of Clovis is an enviable position. The Fire Chief is the leader of a group of people who are dedicated and focused on providing the highest quality service to our community.  In addition, the Clovis Fire Department is part of an integrated City organization where all City employees work together for the common good and the Fire Chief works as a servant, allowing the organization to meet community and other department needs.”