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Social Butterfly December 18th, 2008

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

Community Leader Honored With Prestigious Impact Award

Suzanne Pohlman, Executive Director, Interfaith Community Services

Suzanne Pohlman, Interfaith Community Services founding executive director, was honored with the first Community Impact Award recently during a celebration luncheon for North County's leading not-for-profits. Developed specifically to honor Pohlman's lifetime of achievement, the inaugural award presented by the North County Philanthropy Council, recognized the remarkable contrubutions of Pohlman and the immeasurably positive impact her actions have had, and continues to have, on philanthropy and the North San Diego County community.

Twenty five years ago Pohlman led Interfaith from a small food pantry to become a leading North County based social service not-for-profit assisting disadvantaged families and individuals. Through her leadership, Interfaith has developed a unique social service model, a cooperative effort of more than 400 faith communities, with more than 3,200 volunteers in direct service, and an annual budget exceeding $10 million, the majority from private sources.

Pohlman has been an advocate for North County social concerns to ensure equitable funding is provided to North County. She founded and has served on numerous task forces and committees in support of the homeless and needy families and individuals. Having recently completed her 25th year at Interfaith, Suzanne turned down the idea of a party in her honor, and instead asked that a "non-event" be held so each and every dollar raised could go 100% towards programs and services. This raised more than $400,000 with every penny going to help individuals and families in need.

Campus to Become a Reality for TERI

A dream is finally coming to fruition, after years of hard work and dedication, for a new campus for the developmentally disabled of the Oceanside-based Training, Education and Research Institute (TERI). The County Planning Commission gave unanimous approval for the nonprofit group's permit for the $30 million facility on 20 acres on North Twin Oaks and Deer Springs Road in San Marcos.

To celebrate the approval and give a boost to the capital campaign, 200 people attended the event recently. Special recognition was given to Charles Cono, who donated $5 million for this facility. He said he was very happy that the approval had been granted, but expressed frustration over the five-plus year process that cost more than $3 million to complete. Cheryl Kilmer, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute described Cono as a "true champion" of the organization's planned Center for Research and Life Planning. "It's phenomenal to see what we can achieve on behalf of people with disabilities."

The campus is described as a university setting to serve children and adults with developmental and learning disabilities and include classrooms, administration center, a vocational training and maintenance building, an aquatic therapy and recreation center, a child care center, and an equestrian area. "It will be a true one-stop shop featuring complete life planning, instead of being pulled in tons of different directions by caseworkers, agencies and doctors," said Laura White, TERI Director of Developmental Services.

To donate or for more information on the programs or services offered by TERI, call 760.721.1706, or visit the website at

Charles Cono, Karen Angel
Sandi Lundstrom with Myron and Mario, TERI student

Winter Dance at Boys & Girls Club

Selected students from Ocean Shores High School will share their experience as teenage parents with the youth of the Boys & Girls Club of Oceanside (BGCO) on Friday, December 19, at 5pm, at 401 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. Winter dance follows at 6pm. The event is open to all youth from 12 to 16
years of age, and admission is free if you arrive by 5pm; otherwise, it's $5/person after 6pm. For more information, call 760.433.8920, or check the website at

Rancho Buena Vista Adobe Decorated for the Holidays

Each December the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe is decorated by various civic organizations and is part of the Home Tour sponsored by the Vista Community Clinic. Members of the Rancho Buena Vista (RBV) Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are proud to have been a part of the project this year, having decorated in the Children's Room. Since the adobe was built in 1850, the decorations need to reflect the time period of the 1880's. Rancho Buena Vista Adobe is the best-preserved of the famed land-grant ranchos, and the RBV Chapter is proud to take its name from this historic adobe located in Vista. The entire area imparts a sense of history and an aura of the romance of Early California. The hacienda is a single-story adobe brick structure in the Monterey style, set on a two-foot thick cobblestone foundation. It looks much as it did over 150 years ago. The Rancho Buena Vista Adobe is an historic treasure for the residents to share with the world and protect for further generations. The Friends of the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe formed a non-profit group committed to help safeguard and share the City's heritage, foster civic pride, and promote educational activities for all ages. Two of their members serve on the Acquisitions, Restoration and Preservation Committee for the adobe.

Decorating team: Laurel Laipply, Susan Henke, Pat Blair & Carol Moon

Bird Watching Field Trip Scheduled by Palomar Audubon

On Saturday, December 20, at 8:30am, the Palomar Audubon Society has scheduled a bird watching field trip at the Tijuana Estuary and 7th Street,
Imperial Beach. All interested birders are invited to participate. Travel south on I-5 from San Diego and exit west on Coronado Avenue, which becomes Imperial Beach Boulevard. Turn left on 3rd Street to Caspian Way; then right to the Visitor Center parking lot. Bird watching will be at both the Estuary and at 7th Street on South Bay. For information, check the website at

The Great Christmas Bird Count

A little more than 100 years ago people engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas "Side Hunt." They would choose sides and go afield with
their guns. Whoever killed the most birds won. Bird populations were rapidly declining. On Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman, an officer in the then budding Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition -- a "Christmas Bird Census" -- that would count birds during the holidays rather than kill them. Now, 108 years later, Frank's census has more than 50,000 Americans involved in what has become a popular and very important event, part research and part fun.

On Saturday, December 27, the Buena Vista Audubon Society will host their annual Christmas Bird Count in and around Oceanside. By 8am, more than 100 volunteers will fan out in a 15-mile diameter area that includes Oceanside, Vista, and portions of Carlsbad and Camp Pendleton to count birds. Around noon, they will reconvent at the BV Audubon Nature Center in Oceanside, where results will be tallied. Last year's search resulting in identifying over 190 bird species. To volunteer, email Terry Hunefeld at He will assign you to a group leader who will fill you in on when and where to meet. Warm clothing, sturdy shoes, and binoculars are a must.

Novice birders are invited to join the Basic Birding class at the BV Lagoon Landing in Carlsbad. I-5 to Hwy 78 East; exit Jefferson; turn right and go
to stoplight. Turn right and park in the Landing lot on right side of the road. Contact Tom Troy at 760.967.6915.

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