Meeting of the Board of Directors – WE Watch members are invited to attend all Board of Directors meetings. Meetings are usually held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at St. Marks Church parlor in Los Olivos from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS A NEW TIME as of July 2016.
Our July meeting is Tuesday, July 19th, at 12:00 noon. We will be meeting in the “Parlor” at St. Marks Church, Los Olivos.
At our June Board of Directors meeting WE Watch Member Len Fleckenstein gave a very informative presentation on water sources in the Santa Ynez Valley. We learned about the three major sources of water and after the presentation Len answered many questions which were especially pertinent considering our five year long drought. We hope to form a WE Watch committee dealing specifically with water of which Len will be part. Anyone interested in being part of the Water Committee, please contact us at http://firstname.lastname@example.org
WE WATCH SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED!
Pictured: WE Watch representative Nancy Emerson, Scholarship recipient Ghiwa Samaan, Guidance Counselor Alfonso Gonzalez
Other recognition for her that evening included being a Gold Stole Recipient (weighted grade point average of 4.0 or above), National Honor Society member and CA Scholarship Federation Seal Bearer as well as receiving scholarships from the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara and the SY Valley Cottage Hospital Auxiliary.
Ghiwa arrived in the U. S. as an eighth grader refugee with her parents and three siblings to escape the horror in Syria they experienced living in a Christian valley. Neither she nor her family knew English. It is a tribute to her and to her teachers at our high school that she has accomplished so much, while being the family’s translator and a financial contributor via part-time work since 10th grade. Beginning in 10th grade she was on tennis and track teams, also volunteered at the hospital and at her church.
Her English teacher, Melanie Dickey, wrote about Ghiwa’s effort and achievement, beginning in a regular English class where she had to do her assignments by translating from English to Arabic and back again and still was the top student in the class. The following semester, encouraged to try College Prep English, she again maintained the highest grade in the class. This teacher for 27 years described her as unlike anyone she had taught because of her perseverance, optimism, honor and commitment to excellence.