Keller McDonald received the award for the 2014 Citizen of the Year. McDonald is the Superintendent of the High School District. Business of the Year is the local Baskin-Robbins ice cream store, for contributions to school fundraising.
The Service to Seniors award was given to Ariella Macii; Volunteer of the Year is Sylvia Forrest; Outstanding Public Service was awarded to Andrea Hagan Schmidt; the Environmental Consciousness award went to Green Janitor Service; the Service to Youth award went to soccer coach Greg Fitch; Humanitarian of the Year is Rich Cundall.
The award for Beautification of a Visible Site went to the Barlow; the Business Spark Plug award went to the CORE Project; the Contribution to the Arts award went to Main Stage West; Volunteer Firefighter of the year was Jack Piccinini; Police Employee of the Year is Dispatcher Tracy Peters; and the Spirit of Sebastopol award was given to Denice Cull. A special Wow! award went to Teresa Ramondo.
The Graton Community Club was originally established in 1914 as the Oak Grove Home and School Club, to provide support and community for the students at Oak Grove School.
In 1916 the club purchased the Chicken Incubator Building, which was originally located on the west side of the railroad tracks in Graton, and had it moved to its present location on the corner of Edison and Main Street (Graton Road). The first flower show was held in 1922 and by 1959 the club was holding two-day Spring and Fall flower shows which continue today.
The Club established its scholarship program in 1954, awarding scholarships to Santa Rosa Junior College students in the West County going on to four-year colleges. The program continues today awarding several $1000 scholarships per year. The funds are raised primarily from the flower shows.
The rich history of Sebastopol and West County are captured in a collection of nearly 7,000 images held by the West County Museum and now made available through Sonoma County Library's Sonoma Heritage Collections (http://bit.ly/19uKFKx). With the the launch of the Western Sonoma County Historical Society Collection, WSCHS members, the community, students and historians can explore the Museum's collection beyond its walls.
This project is the culmination of five years of dedicated efforts by volunteers Sally Morrison, Mary Dodgion, Rae Swanson, Evelyn McClure, John Fore, and Tim Webster. Geoffrey Skinner, cataloger for the Sonoma County Library, translated information from the Museum's cataloging platform, PastPerfect, to create the new Heritage Collection on the Library's website.
Among the many historical images from Sebastopol and western Sonoma County, Luther Burbank and his Gold Ridge Experiment Farm, the Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railroad, and the local apple industry get a lot of space, but visitors can also find hundreds of portraits, extensive architectural images (including those from Evelyn McClure's Sebastopol, California: History, Homes and People, 1855-1920) and snapshots of daily life in the area, dating back to the 1870s. Many images (except for portraits) are paired with a Google Street View image for a then & now experience; multiple photographs of some houses and other building can provide a different view of changes over time.
Visitors to the collection can discover images in a variety of ways -- through using descriptive terms provided for each image or by browsing the entire collection by dates, names, street address, photographers and more. Because the Sonoma Heritage Collections includes many related images in other collections, users may search across the entire site to discover additional useful and interesting images. The site also allows users to download copies of images for personal use.
Finally, visitors may leave comments -- especially encouraged for unidentified subjects or errors.
Keep your eyes on this collection as we digitize additonal images donated to the Museum. Enjoy
Throughout the years the club has continued to support Graton’s children, such as providing playground equipment, soup and hot chocolate to students on rainy days, helping pay for students to go to camp, art programs at Oak Grove, etc.
The club also provides a place for community activities, such as craft shows, concerts, meetings for the Graton Fire District, political forums, talent shows, Santa visits at Christmas, and much more. It has truly become a gathering place for many different events, and provides a strong community base.