Current Happenings!

Congratulations go out to California Highway Patrol Officer Luis Guillen!

Congratulations go out to California Highway Patrol Officer Luis Guillen, who will become Sergeant Luis Guillen on March 1, 2018. Luis is a member of the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter and has been involved with the Si Se Puede program, where  over 500 young male High School and Jr High School Latinos from throughout Fresno County come together to listen to Latinos in law enforcement. The discussions range from how the Officers became a Police Officer, what were their obstacles and the importance of a college education. Luis continues to promote the goals and objectives of the NLPOA Fresno County. We are proud of Luis and his accomplishments.

By Ruben Diaz

Teague Wrestling Team Attend Fresno State Wrestling Match

“Thank you to the Fresno County NLPOA for your sponsorship of the Teague Knights Elementary School wrestling to attend the Fresno State vs Stanford wrestling matches on Saturday, February 3.  The entire team was able to attend along with quite a few parents and siblings from Glacier Point middle school.  Our kids were able to not only enjoy the evening, but learned quite a bit about the next level.  Next season, our defending district and division champions will have a lot to work on, this is one step in that learning process.  Thank you again.”

-Ruben Diaz Jr., Principal at Teague Elementary

 

2017 National Latino Peace Officers Association Fresno County Coat Drive

This year the National Latino Peace Officers Association Dinner Dance Coat Drive was held on Saturday, December 16, and it was a tremendous success. Over 600 coats and jackets were collected from the guests and other major contributors, which will be handed out to Jefferson Elementary School in Sanger and Malaga Elementary School in Malaga. The Clovis High School Marimba Band entertained over 280 guests at Pardini’s. Damien Garcia, Clovis High School Instructor, directed the Marimba Band. The Marimba Band was amazing in their playing various songs. The guests were impressed and numerous compliments were made throughout the night. The students demonstrated a true skill value for all of us to enjoy.

In attendance were, newly appointed Fresno County Superior Court Judge Monica Diaz and The Honorable Judge Ralph Nunez, who swore in the new Board of Directors. Clovis Police Chief Matt Basgall and Chief Probation Officer Phil Kader were also present. The 2017 – 2019 Board of Directors are President Ruben Diaz, (Retired Assistant Sheriff), Vice President Andrew Guzman, (Selma Police Officer), Treasurer Joe Ortiz, (Retired Fresno County Probation Officer), Secretary Tina Hindman, (Fresno County Social Health), Parliamentarian Angelina Bosnick, (Fresno County Probation Officer), Community Outreach Coordinator Armando Hindman, (Fresno Security Department), Scholarship Coordinator Graciela James, (California Highway Patrol) and Business Representative Coordinator Jerry James, (Private Consultant).

The silent auction items were packaged and presented in a most glamorous manner highlighted the event. Thank you goes out to our sponsors who made this event a success. University of  Phoenix, Masterplan,  Homestar Realty, GAR, Chef Merito, Sheriff’s Foundation for Public Safety, Fresno Grizzlies, Kohl’s Store, and Island Photography.

— Ruben Diaz

Operation Santa Claus Travels to Valley Children’s Hospital

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Foundation for Public Safety, Toys for Tots, National Latino Peace Officers Association Fresno County, and Fresno Insurance Claims Association provided toys for the children at Children’s Valley Hospital today. Sheriff Margaret Mims has been bringing toys in a collaborative effort for many years and this day, December 19, 2017 was no different as Sheriff Mims and the aforementioned members of the organizations went through the hospital giving gifts to each child. “We enjoy this event every year with Sheriff Mims, her staff and the other organizations who contribute toys for the children”, according to Ruben Diaz, President, NLPOA Fresno County.

Santa’s Village – 2017

On Saturday, December 9, 2017, the NLPOA Fresno County members participated at the first year Santa’s Village for the Highway City Community at Teague Elementary School in Fresno, CA. The NLPOA members provided paper Christmas Trees with cereal and candy canes as decorations for the trees. The students are shown (pictures) how to glue the cereal and candy canes to the trees for their Christmas trees ornaments. The parents and children enjoyed creating their own trees and decorations. NLPOA Fresno provided to each student an NLPOA Fresno County Bookmarker and paper Star Badge. In addition to the crafts, there was a parade lead by the Teague Elementary School band, (Mascots) Fresno Grizzlies Parker, Fresno State Timeout, Santa Grinch and PBS Clifford and Kitten. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus made their entrance in the Fresno Police Department police cars. Over 1000 hotdogs and drinks were served, as well as door prizes.

Thank you goes out to Rosemary Diaz, Maria Ortiz, Bert DeSantiago and Rachel Diaz for organizing the tables and items for the event, as well as to Principal Ruben Diaz Jr, who coordinated the event.

 

Sinton USD Hurricane Support

NLPOA Fresno County contributed funds to Sinton Independent School District, Sinton, Texas for food and other items necessary for their students and families after the Hurricane.  The photos show Nicole Richards, former Fresno resident and her co-workers preparing the items for the students and families. The letter is from Nicole Richards, Smith Middle School Math Teacher and Jennifer Davis, Smith MIddle School Principal, thanking NLPOA Fresno County for the donation. On behalf of NLPOA Fresno County, we thank them both for taking care of our children.

 

NLPOA Fresno County in the 2017 Veteran’s Parade

The NLPOA Fresno County Chapter participated again in the 98th Annual Fresno Veteran’s Parade on Saturday, November 11, 2017, which is now the largest Veteran’s Parade in the Nation. It is an honor to be able ride in the parade with such distinguished Men and Women, who gave of themselves to protect and fight for our safety and freedom. Thousands of community members came out to cheer our Veterans. Armando Hindman, Vice President, NLPOA Fresno County, has coordinated this event for this Chapter in the past five years. He has done a great job in working with various members of the community to ensure NLPOA Fresno County is involved. This year with the support of our members, Dan Martin, Retired Navy and his brother Alex Martin, retired Army Sergeant, we rode in their pontoon boat, decorated with military flags from each service. Our Parliamentarian Israel Aguilar, who maneuvered through the parade without a hitch, drove the truck.

Congratulations to Lieutenant Jose Gutierrez

Congratulations go out to Lieutenant Jose E. Gutierrez of the California Highway Patrol, who was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  Lieutenant Gutierrez has been assigned to the California Highway Patrol -Chowchilla River Weight Station in Le Grand, CA. as the Lieutenant Commander of the Station.

As a member of the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter, Lieutenant Gutierrez has been involved in the Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament and the Dinner Dance Coat Drive by coordinating the 50/50 raffle. Lieutenant Gutierrez contributed to the AME and Fresno State University Si Se Puede Conference as a presenter and a mentor.

 

Malaga Elementary School Supplies Donation

This year the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter donated over $1,000 worth of school supplies to Malaga Elementary School, Fresno, CA in honor of a former teacher, Maria Santos Huerta. Ms. Huerta was a teacher at Malaga for over 30 years and a friend of NLPOA Fresno County. She passed away earlier this year. The school supplies were presented to the students on August 28, 2017 during a school assembly. Principal Luisa Custodio Lopes introduced the NLPOA Fresno County members and President Ruben Diaz, who provided a few remarks about NLPOA and its goals. Fowler Unified School District Superintendent Eric Cedarquist, Assistant Superintendent Scott Griffin and Associate Superintendent Lori Gonzalez attended the event. Also present were the three sisters of Ms. Huerta; Martha Arreavola, Petra Vallejo and Maria Elena Flores, who thanked the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter for honoring their sister. The children were pleased with their school supplies, which included footballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, binders, line paper, backpacks and a number of other items necessary for class.

 

NLPOA Fresno County Back to School Supplies Day

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter presented Jefferson Elementary School, Sanger, CA with over $1,000 worth of school supplies. Jefferson Elementary School was selected as one of the schools this year to receive the school supplies. The school is a California Distinguished School, a Gold Ribbon Awards 2016, a Title One Academic Achieving School 2016 and an Exemplary Program Awards in Arts, Physical Activity and Nutrition 2016. As an example of their academic programs, on the day NLPOA Fresno County was presenting the School Supplies to the school, Principal Samuel Polanco was showing the Solar Eclipse on a big screen and was explaining to all of the students the process the Solar Eclipse. All of the children were excited and paying attention to this event.

The NLPOA Fresno County congratulated Principal Samuel Polanco and his Staff for an outstanding job and for allowing NLPOA Fresno County the time to award the School Supplies to the Children of Jefferson Elementary School.

https://www.facebook.com/thesangerscene/ –  Read about Jefferson Elementary School Supplies article on the Sanger Scene News.

NLPOA Fresno County Community Fund Brick

The NLPOA Fresno County Chapter sponsored the Fresno Grizzlies Baseball Team Community Fund by contributing funds and receiving a Sponsorship Brick. The sponsorship Brick is located at the front entrance to the Fresno Grizzlies Stadium. The Brick has the name of the  organization that contributes to the Community Fund, which the funds are used for various youth programs in the Central Valley. The membership is proud to be sponsors of these great programs, which promotes youth sports and educational programs. The Fresno Grizzlies continue to support the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter and it’s youth programs.

Fifteen Fresno County Students Receiving Scholarships

Fifteen High School Seniors from within Fresno County High Schools will each be receiving $1,000 scholarships from the National Latino Peace Officers Association Fresno County. The National Latino Peace Officers Association Fresno County (NLPOA Fresno County) is proud to be able to provide these scholarships for the Eighth year. These funds are generated as result of the 2017 NLPOA Fresno County Scholarship Golf Tournament. The High School students are selected from over 100 applicants from throughout Fresno County. The students are selected based on their GPA’s, giving back to their community and their essay as to “What does my family means to me.” Some of the students were involved in their school governing boards, athletic programs and volunteer community programs. The essays were very touching and it was difficult to select fifteen from a large amount of great essays.

The 15 students selected this year are:

Jocelyn Alvarez, Kerman High School                                   Karla Barerra, Mendota High School
Antonio Borjas, Clovis High School                                        Mayahuel Garcia, Edison High School
Daisy Landeros-Loera, Orange Cover High School              Federico Madera, Coalinga High School
Allynn Martinez, Fowler High School                                    Crystal Martinez, Reedley High School
Jasmin Montanez, Orange Cover High School                     Yasmin Olvera, Riverdale High School
Maria Perez, Tranquility High School                                    Hannah Ravizza, Clovis High School
Sydney Rivera, Kingsburg High School                                 Ashton Salinas, Hoover High School
Eileen Zapien, Parlier High School

Several of the students will be attending Fresno State University with the others attending colleges and universities throughout the United States. The National Latino Peace Officers Association Fresno County will be hosted the students at a luncheon on June 28 2017, in conjunction with the Fresno Grizzlies, where they received their check and certificate.

For more information on the NLPOA Fresno County go to www.fresnonlpoa.org

– Ruben Diaz

2017 NLPOA Fresno County Scholarship Golf Tournament

On May 19, 2017, the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter held its 8th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament. We had over 144 golfers and numerous volunteers. The event was a tremendous success as usual. This year’s first place team was comprised of Felix Ortega, Madaleno Ortega, Efrian Afondo, and Jr. Marin. Thanks go out to our major sponsors whose contributions provided for a generous amount of contributions; they were The University of Phoenix, Wells Fargo, Valley Wide Distributing, Willow Dental Group, Bancorp Residential, Island Photography and NOBLE Credit Union.

Our sincere thank you goes out to the NLPOA Fresno County volunteer members who assisted with the registration, luncheon and raffle.  The team of Maria Ortiz, Rosemary Diaz, Bert DeSantiago, Veronica Ruiz, Angelina Bosniak, Jocelyn Sahagun, Gracie James, Daisy Santillan, and Tina Hindman.  Armando Hindman and Joe Ortiz did a fantastic job in coordinating the golfers and registration desk, as well as Israel Aguilar capturing some of the fun moments with his camera.

The golfers enjoyed their round of golf, their individual and team photos, the delicious luncheon of Chile Verde and chicken fajitas. Over 90 gifts and baskets as prizes were outstanding as in the past.

We are looking forward to next year’s event at the Madera Golf Course, tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 18, 2018. See you then.

Ruben Diaz attends ALAS event in DC

During the week of April 28, Ruben C. Diaz Jr attended the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) National Awards Gala representing California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA). During the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) National Awards Gala, Ruben had the pleasure to have met Congressman Joaquin Castro – San Antonio, Texas – 20th District. Ruben also met with US Congressman Jim Costa, Fresno-Merced 16 District and US Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, San Jose District 19. Ruben was able to identify the need of Congress to support the educational system and not allow funds be taken away from our children’s education. Congressman Costa was supportive of Ruben’s concerns and went on to say he understands the needs of the Central Valley schools. Congresswoman Lofgren, stated she has never forgotten the National Latino Peace Officers Association, who supported her during her efforts in seeking her position as US Congresswoman for District 19 in the San Jose area. She continues to embrace her association with NLPOA. Ruben is a Principal at Teague Elementary School, a member of the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter and Coaches softball and soccer youth teams in the Fresno area.

Those members of the US Congress spoken with understand the importance of supporting and maintaining funds for the educational system in California. They understood the efforts in which CALSA and NLPOA are working on increasing or at least maintaining funds for the future of our youth to continue their education.

-By Ruben Diaz , Fresno County Chapter President

NLPOA Donation to North Fresno Soccer

Kamryn Ramirez is proudly accepting the $250.00 donation made by the NLPOA – Fresno County Chapter to the North Fresno Youth Soccer League/Fresno Fusion. This donation will assist the team to pay for upcoming expenses as they plan to participate in Soccer Tournaments throughout Northern California. NLPOA – Fresno County Chapter is proud to assist these young talented young ladies! Congratulations and Good Luck!”

NLPOA Fresno County Chapter participates again in the 2017 Si Se Puede Latino Youth Conference.

The Si Se Puede Conference at Fresno State University was well attended as in the past years. NLPOA Fresno County has participated for the last 8 years in this event. For the last 20 years the American Mexican Educators of Fresno County, Fresno State University and various Latino professionals come together for the benefit of our young Jr. High School and High School students in the Fresno and Madera Counties. Over 900 Latino Male students attend the conference. The purpose of the event is to encourage the Latino Males to stay in school. The Latino Professionals tell their stories of how we succeeded in our careers facing the many challenges. Law Enforcement is one of the professions and seems to draw a lot of interest from the students.  This year NLPOA Fresno County Chapter members Sergeant Jose Gutierrez, Luis Guillen and Sergeant Ian Holguin, from the California Highway Patrol represented NLPOA. The students appreciate the time and effort the professionals contribute. Thank you goes out to all the Latino Professionals who took time from their busy schedules to work and mentor our youth.

Mateo Ruacho has an opportunity to be a National Champion!

The opportunity awaits Mateo on April 1 & 2, 2017 at the UNI-Dome University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Mateo’s love for the sport of wrestling and hard work has really shown what a special talent he has. Wrestling for his school this year Mateo went undefeated and earned the job of Team Captain and Leader. He became the 2017 District Champion in a second round pin. All the while wrestling for his school he wrestled for Easton Youth Wrestling Club and practiced with Team G in the evenings. All that hard work and two a day practices really showed in the State Championship. On March 18, 2017 Mateo became the California USA State Champion. Winning all his matches by pins.

The support by the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter is appreciated by all involved, specifically Mr. & Mrs. Ruacho and Teachers at Teague Elementary School. The Chapter donated $250 and NLPOA members individually donated over $350 towards Mateo’s travels to the National Wrestling Tournament.  Go Mateo!

2017 Annual NLPOA Christmas Dinner, Dance & Coat Drive

Fresno County Annual Dinner Dance Coat Drive a great success!

Thanks to all of the volunteers who made this year’s event even more successful than in the past.

The NLPOA Fresno County Chapter Coat Drive received and purchased over 550 coats for the children of two Elementary Schools in Fresno County. This year there will be more children warm due to the generosity of the people in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Orange, and Ventura Counties. Many thanks go out to Lieutenant Tony Diaz and the SERT at Corcoran State Prison; Lauren Franco and SynerMed Staff; Fresno County Sheriff’s Foundation for Public Safety and Bonnie Farkas, Pleasant Valley State Prison Staff for contributing a large number of coats.

A sincere thank you goes out to Rosemary Diaz, who has spear headed this event by coordinating the beautiful center piece with the assistance of Maria Ortiz, Bert DeSantiago, Rachel Diaz, Maria Rodriguez and Nancy Dominguez. The center pieces were wreaths decorated with various Christmas Ornaments. All of the 42 wreaths made sold at the event. Rosemary also coordinated the Silent Auction and the registration with the assistance of Kohl’s Associates, who have assisted NLPOA Fresno at our various events throughout the year. A thank you goes out to Sergeant Jose Gutierrez, California Highway Patrol, for coordinating the 50 / 50 contest. This was the first time we had done this type of fundraiser and it proofed to be rewarding. Also to Jerry James, Fresno Grizzlies and Fred Valle, MillerCoors, for their continued support and prizes for the life auction.

Present at the event was California State President Ralph Nieves and Jill Nieves, State Treasurer Jackie Cruz, NLPOA Founder Vicente Calderon and Frances Calderon. Ralph and Jill enjoyed themselves and contributed to the event by purchasing several of the silent auction items. Way to go Ralph and Jill!

In all, we had a great time listening to the Clovis High School Marimba Band and dancing into the late night with Chelada Band. All of this for the benefit of helping our youth and keeping them warm this winter.

A Big Thank You to all of You for your support and contributions.

By Ruben Diaz

NLPOA Fresno County Chapter member Jerry James

A great story about our own Jerry James and how he is doing his part to help our community,

NLPOA Member Jerry James – FresnoBee

 

NLPOA at Valley Children’s Hospital

On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, Operations Santa Claus traveled to Valley Children’s Hospital. The NLPOA Fresno County Chapter and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, with Sheriff Margaret Mims were joined by members of the Sheriff’s Foundation for Public Safety, Toys for Tots and Fresno Insurance Claims Association.  The group have been visiting the Valley Children’s Hospital for a few years and continue to keep the tradition, which provides gifts for the children in the hospital. The group visits several children in their rooms and give them a toy and game. It is such a gift to see the smiles in the children’s faces when receiving a gift from law enforcement. Even though some are struggling with their medication, they muster up a smile and accept their gift with joy. The is a heartwarming tradition that is enjoyed by everyone in attendance.

Saluting our Veterans

On Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11, 2016, the members of the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter participated in the Veteran’s Fresno parade. The parade has been identified as the biggest parade west of the Mississippi.

We are proud to participate in this event and have several Veterans from the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter ride in the pontoon boat provided by Dan Martin. The truck was driven by Andrew Guzman.

Everyone that participated showed up early to decorate the pontoon boat. Fun and excitement throughout the parade and loud cheers.

Congratulations Graciela James!

 Graciela James, California Highway Patrol Officer and NLPOA Fresno County Chapter member, received recognition from Congressman Cost on the October 25, 2016.

Each month, Rep. Costa will be recognizing a Hero or Heroine of the Month. The deserving individual is someone in the community who goes the extra mile to make a positive difference in our San Joaquin Valley. Rep. Costa thought it was fitting and appropriate to recognize CHP Officer Graciela James as October’s Heroine of the Month because of her efforts to build important relationships between law enforcement and the Latino community. Community policing is essential for public safety, and Officer James has been instrumental in communicating with our Latino community.

Rep. Costa will recognize the Hero or Heroine of the Month on the House floor. The House was not in session during the month of October, so Rep. Costa will be recognizing Officer James on the House floor in November.

NLPOA Hits Hawaii!

Working meetings can happen even on vacation. While on vacation in Kauai, Hawaii, State President Nieves and Jill planned to meet Ruben and Rosemary, who were in Kauai, HI. They called each other to arrange a meeting in Kapaa.

They met to discuss NLPOA and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The photo shows them at the Olympic Café in downtown Kapaa. Discussions included starting up a Chapter in Kauai, HI, which would be beneficial to NLPOA and exciting.

NLPOA Fresno County awards Sunset Elementary School Back to School Supplies

 On Friday, August 26, 2016, the National Latino Peace Officers Association Fresno County awarded Sunset Elementary School over $1,000 worth of school supplies, including numerous basketballs, volleyballs and soccer balls. Principal Anna Leon coordinated an assembly with the students and staff. Ruben Diaz, Armando Hindman, Joe Ortiz, Maria Ortiz, Rosemary Diaz and Graciela James attended the event on behalf of NLPOA Fresno County. Ruben and Graciela spoke to the children about staying in school and going on to college. The children were excited about receiving the supplies, especially the sports equipment. The NLPOA Fresno County members were impressed with the presentation by Mrs. Leon, which was in Spanish to the first, second and third graders. They all are required to speak Spanish, which was impressive. We heard a number of the children respond in Spanish to Mrs. Leon.

Back To School Program at Teague Elementary

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, the NLPOA Fresno County membership presented to the students of Teague Elementary school supplies estimated over $1,000. The supplies included lined paper, pencils, crayons, rulers, binders, erasers, and many other items. A large number of footballs, soccer balls, foursquare balls, and basketballs were also included. In collaboration with Pleasant Valley State Prison Staff, who donated four bicycles and Kohl’s Associates from Clovis Store # 1399, donated one bicycle. The bicycles will be awarded to the winners of the Teague Elementary School “Reading Program” by way of a raffle. The children were excited about the bicycles and the process of how the winner’s names were going to be drawn.

Elijah Goes To Cooperstown, NY

Elijah Zachary Campos, 13 years old, comes from a hard working family in Fresno, Ca.

As a 7th grader this past school year, while playing and excelling in both the Varsity Soccer and Baseball teams. Elijah managed to keep a 3.67 G.P.A. He has competed in baseball for several years and was selected to go to Cooperstown, NY, a young baseball player’s dream.

Given his baseball participation and academic success, NLPOA Fresno County selected Elijah to receive a donation to attend Cooperstown, NY with his baseball team. The team spent a week in Cooperstown as they academically and socially enjoyed the experience of the baseball world. Elijah’s team played against teams from New York, Ohio, Illinois and California. Their team lost their final game during the playoffs. Elijah was excited and overjoyed being selected to go to Cooperstown and receiving a donation from NLPOA Fresno County. NLPOA Fresno County Vice President Armando Hindman and Secretary Tina Hindman took a photo with Elijah holding the check. Armando stated that Elijah’s remark was, “this will stay with me forever thanks to NLPOA Fresno County.”

This August, Elijah will begin his 8th grade year at Edison Computech Middle School, in Fresno, Ca, which specializes in advanced instruction in computers and technology.    His current goal is to continue to excel in his studies and continue to compete in High School Baseball and Soccer. His long-range goal is to attend college and become a Police Officer and then a Detective.

Roosevelt Youth Soccer League Receive Folding Soccer Benches

 During the month of June 2016, NLPOA Fresno County contributed to Roosevelt Youth Soccer League Two Folding Soccer Six Person Benches. The Folding Benches are for each team to have their players sit while waiting their turn to go into the game. The benches were assigned to the under 12 year old teams. Every Saturday, these Soccer Benches will be used by the all the teams playing on the Under 12 years field. Board Members of the Roosevelt Youth Soccer League were appreciative of the gifts to the league. The photos has Ruben Diaz, Chapter President with the kids using the two folding soccer benches.

 

On Friday, June 24, at Yosemite Middle School, a Community Resource Project for Summer Safari School was held in conjunction with Fresno Police Department and the Police Athletic League. The purpose of the event was to connect a summer school assignment with a positive interaction between our students, parents, law enforcement, Fresno Youth Sanctuary, The First Tee, Fresno, National Latino Peace Officers Association Fresno County, and other first responders.

The Staff at Yosemite Middle School believe that if we provide a positive experience versus a negative experience with law enforcement, fire and their resources, that it will help them to understand how to become a positive student in our community. The event was a success with students and sponsors networking for a positive future. NLPOA Fresno County Chapter members who attended were Ted Januse, Event Coordinator, (NLPOA member) Ruben & Rosemary Diaz, Joe Ortiz, and Raquel Zamorano, from our Youth NLPOA Fresno County.

 

The NLPOA Fresno County Chapter is proud to share the Chairs, shown in the photo with NLPOA Orange County, an under 12 year old girls soccer team. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a team in Irvine, CA, coached by Renee Diaz Rolin and assisted by NLPOA Fresno County Chapter Webmaster Shawn Rolin. They have been involved with the Soccer team for over 4 years and continue to promote NLPOA in Irvine, CA. We are proud to be able to contribute to a Chapter that has promoted the NLPOA in Orange County with the leadership of Rudy Sanchez and members.

NLPOA Fresno County Scholarship Luncheon

On Monday, June 6, 2016, the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter awarded 15 Scholarship at $1,000 each to High School Seniors within Fresno County, who will be attending college in the fall of 2016. The NLPOA Fresno County in conjunction with the Fresno Grizzlies, who hosted the luncheon, was honored to have had 14 students attend along with their parents and guardians. It was a great event, according to Ruben Diaz, Chapter President, who presented the Recipients with their $1,000 check and an NLPOA Fresno County Chapter Scholarship Certificates. Jerry James, Assistant General Manager / Vice President of Revenue, Fresno Grizzlies, assisted Ruben Diaz in presenting the checks and certificates to the students. Andrew Guzman, Scholarship Committee Coordinator, read the names of each student as they were called up to receive their check.

The entire event was well attended with members of NLPOA Fresno County and the Fresno Grizzlies organization. The students were delighted and gave praise to the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter members and friends for their scholarships.

On behalf of the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter a big thank you goes out to Mr. Derrick Franks, Executive Manger of the Fresno Grizzlies, for hosting a wonderful lunch enjoyed by all in attendance. Mr. Franks addressed the students and parents and praised the students for their efforts. Thank you goes out to Rosemary Diaz, who prepared the Luncheon program, the Name Tags for the Scholarship Recipients, and the NLPOA Scholarship Certificates that each student received.

(Photos of the Scholarship Recipients provided along with their High School and their college in the fall.)

2016 NLPOA Fresno County Chapter Scholarship Golf Tournament was a success!!!

The photographs demonstrate the process that is required for a successful golf tournament. The volunteers who help out packaging the goodie bags for the golfers and the Volunteers at the Tournament who register and provide services to the golfers in order for them to enjoy the tournament. And of course the luncheon where everyone has a great time. We had over 144 golfers and even more guest who joined us for lunch. We had 95 prizes that were raffled during the luncheon, which brought to the winners faces big smiles. The golfers enjoyed a beautiful day for golf and as usual a great Chile Verde and Chicken Fajitas lunch with all of the trimmings. This year’s First Place Winners were the team of Joe Gonzalez, Ben Rodriguez, Ben Reynoso and Dick Edwards from NLPOA Tulare County Chapter. Present at our tournament was Vicente Calderon, NLPOA Co-Founder, who golfed with his partners from Visalia, Ca. We had teams from though out the Central Valley, who enjoyed the atmosphere and food. We like to thank our major sponsors this year who without their support we could not raise the funds that allow us to provide 15 Scholarships at $1,000 each. Each golfer was provided with a personal photo sports card, courtesy of Island Photography.

–Ruben Diaz

 

This is the Tiger Rockets who play in north Fresno. They have received a chair from the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter for the Team to sit while waiting for their turn to play.  The NLPOA Fresno County Chapter has purchased over 10 of these chairs to distribute throughout Fresno County in support of our youth while participating in Soccer and Baseball. One chair was provided to the Irvine boys and girls team which is coached by our website Manager and his lovely wife, Shawn & Renee Rolin.

These chairs will sit up to 6 players of age 12 and under, while waiting to play. As you can see, they enjoy their chair. We will post more photos of other teams as they submit them.

 

NLPOA Fresno County members contributed formal dresses for the young ladies who would like to attend their Prom dance for Parlier, Selma, Reedley and Sanger High Schools. The baskets were also donated by NLPOA members for their raffle they plan to have at the event in order to raise funds. This event is coordinated by United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley. NLPOA Fresno County members were delighted to contribute to a “Prom Treasure”.

If you have any items you would like to contribute to this event please contact Candelaria Flores at 559 646-3561 Ext. 0494 or Email: floresc@unitedhealthcenters.org

 

 

NLPOA Fresno County Chapter and the Veteran’s Administration Police Department, Fresno, CA, partnered to provide Birney Elementary students and families coats and clothes this Christmas. Kristina Montez, Principal, Birney Elementary, provided an assembly for us to gather and meet the students and families at the school. The students and families were pleased and very thankful for the clothes.

 

The NLPOA Fresno County Chapter and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office with Sheriff Margaret Mims once again provided Valley Children’s Hospital with gifts for the children. For a number of years both organizations have come together to bring toys and games to the children staying at the hospital. This year we were able to visit some of the children in the Cancer Unit, who were enthused to see us and receive a toy from the Sheriff and NLPOA. We did visit an 18 year old young man, who himself had toys to give out to some of the children staying at the hospital. We met his father, who said, “He wanted gifts for his birthday, but not for himself, but to give to the children in his cancer unit.” We would hope that his type of kindness and sincerity will catch onto other young adults. With young men like him, our future society is in good hands. Sheriff Mims has been instrumental in coordinating this event for both of our organizations, which is deeply appreciated by the children, their parents and the Staff at Valley Children’s Hospital.  Thank you members and friends of NLPOA Fresno County for supporting us with funds to provide the Children of the Valley with gifts during Christmas.

 

NLPOA Fresno County Coat Drive was a major success. Collecting over 300 coats and providing them to Eric White Elementary School, Selma, CA and Rowell Elementary School, Fresno, CA. We also contributed coats to Birney Elementary School, Fresno, Ca along with the Veterans Hospital Police Department. Our Dinner Dance Coat Drive was a success and had several NLPOA members join us. NLPOA California State President Juan Ferreria was in attendance and we appreciated his time with us. Also in attendance was Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Gregory Peck and Fresno Veterans Hospital Police Chief George Flores. Thanks go out to Rosemary Diaz, Maria Ortiz and Bert DeSantiago, for their stellar performance in making 34 center pieces for auction, as well as decorations. These three ladies made the center pieces for each of the tables and prepared the Silent Auction resulting in a good return of funds for more coats. We appreciate the major sponsorship we received from University of Phoenix, MillerCoors, Fresno Grizzlies, Kohl’s Department Store and Wal-Mart Store in Clovis, CA. In addition to our sponsors we had Pleasant Valley State Prison donate 4 bicycles for the auction and Corcoran State Prison Lt. Anthony Diaz and members of his CERT and Gang Unit donate over 100 coats. Additionally, we had the Clovis High School Marimba Band perform during our dinner and the Clovis Young Marines post the flags to began the event.  Sheriff Mims swore in the 2016 to 2018 Executive Board of Ruben Diaz, President; Armando Hindman, Vice-President; Joe Ortiz, Treasurer; Tina Hindman, Secretary and Israel Aguilar, Parliamentarian. We look forward to next year’s Dinner Dance at Pardini’s on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Keep the date open.

 

When our members ask for help from the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter, we respond and in this case, it was a rewarding response. Several weeks ago one of our members Ted Januse, Yosemite Middle School, Fresno, CA. requested assistance from the community to assist in providing food and gifts for the children and families at Yosemite Middle School. NLPOA Fresno County Chapter provided boxes of food and a $100 donation to the children of Yosemite Middle School. Additionally, our co-founder Vicente and Frances Calderon donated $50 of their funds to the request. Mr. Ted Januse was so overwhelmed with appreciation and thanked the NLPOA for their support and brotherhood. The children and families of Yosemite Middle School will have some enjoyment this Christmas thanks to all of you. Again, thank you for your continued support of our community and children.

 

NLPOA Fresno County contributes to the children of Fresno County by way of the  Fresno Chaffee Zoo and recognized with a Tile to the entrance of the new African  Adventure section.

NLPOA sponsored tile at Chaffee Zoo

NLPOA sponsored tile at Chaffee Zoo

 

Eric White Students thanking the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter and Selma POA for the Back to School Supplies provided to them in August 2015.”

 

The NLPOA Fresno County Chapter participated in this year’s Veteran’s Parade in downtown Fresno. It was a beautiful day at the largest Veteran’s Parade west of the Mississippi. The Parade had a large number of Veteran’s from throughout the Central Valley. We were honored and proud to have been involved in this year’s Veteran’s Parade and to have four of our members share their valuable time with us.

 

On October 24, 2015 the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter sponsored and participated in the 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat event. Members of the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter included Bert DeSantiago, Armando Hindman, John Moreno, Tina Hindman, Maria Ortiz, Israel Aguilar, Ruben and Rosemary Diaz, Rachel Diaz & Raquel Diaz handing out candies to the children, as well as providing water and Hotdogs. The event occurs between 4 PM and 7PM at Tinkler’s Mortuary parking lots and building for the children and adults living in the area. Over a thousand residents attended the event and enjoyed games, food and candies.

The NLPOA Fresno County Chapter members contributed to the sponsorship of the Team Smile dental program on Saturday, October 24, 2015, where hundreds of kids were provided free dental care by DDS Xavier Gutierrez and his Dental Partners. We are proud to have been able to provide funding to pay for the facility at Fresno State University in order for the Dentist to host a free dental clinic for the kids. NLPOA Fresno County Chapter and Team Smile provided, “Teaming up to provide Children with much needed Dental Care. Giving Kids a smile.”

A few photos of the Pleasant Valley Prison Community Outreach event held on October 14, 2015. 27 non-profit agencies were invited and they all attended.  The event was a great success, which was coordinated by Rachel Diaz,
Pleasant Valley Prison Employee. (NLPOA Fresno County member) The event provided the agencies the opportunity to present their services to the employees at Pleasant Valley Prison.

On Thursday morning, October 1, 2015, the students at Rowell Elementary received from NLPOA Fresno County Chapter over $800 worth of school supplies. Crayons, note books, backpacks, soccer balls, color pencils, pens, and other items were provided to the students. Rowell Elementary was selected as one of the schools with students striving to improve their academic scores, by the NLPOA Fresno County Chapter members. Principal Alice McClintock, stated the school equipment is going to be used as incentives for the students attendance. Starting at the end of the month, students names will be drawn from each classroom for early attendance and will receive one of the school supplies as a reward. The students were excited and thanked the NLPOA members in attendance. We wish them all the best.