Thank you. . .

Community thank you letters

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2000

...for volleyball clinic

On February 9, Sandy Wagner, Pat Gorman and Dale Bontrager joined Juneau-Douglas High School seniors Heidi Boucher, MaryAnn Moffet and Kanani Pavitt and conducted a skills clinic for the Parks and Recreation volleyball league. They covered a range of volleyball drills for first-year players and provided more advanced players techniques to refine their skills. This clinic provided all players the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the game. Once again, thank you Sandy, Pat, Dale, Heidi, MaryAnn, and Kanani for taking time to conduct this clinic. Your knowledge and dedication to the game of volleyball is appreciated.

Dave M. PusichJuneau Parks and Recreation

...for basketball support

Thanks for supporting women's basketball.

As organizers of, and participants in, the annual Lewis Motors Women's Basketball Tournament we would like to extend a special thank you to Lewis Motors for their sponsorship. Additionally, we would like to thank Bullwinkle's for their continuous support, and all of the many other businesses and individuals who have generously contributed funds, time and effort to support the tournament during the past nine years. Without the financial support from the community, and time and effort from southeast basketball players and countless volunteers, this tournament would not have been the success it has been over the last nine years.

Since the tournament's first years, we have seen interest in women's basketball grow tremendously and many tournaments are now a reality in Southeast Alaska. These opportunities present tough choices for Southeast women basketball teams. We choose to look at this development in a positive light, reflecting the growth of new opportunities for women's basketball. However, with participation on the rise in other tournaments this year, including Gold Medal, registration was down for the Lewis Motors Tournament. Therefore, we did not hold the Lewis Motors Women's Basketball Tournament this year.

Again thank you to everybody who has supported this tournament over the years, it wouldn't have happened without your support.

Lew Motor's Women's BasketballTournament Volunteer Committee

...for bake sale

It was either love, a sweet tooth, or local community support for the Juneau Community Charter School, but the 4th Annual Valentine's Bake Sale was a sweet success, raising over $1,300 to support the arts-based curriculum at the school.

Thanks to Odin Brudie, who brought the baked goods together with a cast of volunteers to satisfy the demand for tasty surprises for capital city sweeties. Additional thanks to Barbara Kelly-Page, Elliott and Aldyn Brudie, Kathy Brown, Jackie Tagaban, Bonnie Chaney, Karen Goodell, Jan Guertin, Dan and Martha Hopson, Walter Majoros, Mike Stark, Mary Sweeny, Larri Spengler, Callie Conerton, and Arianna McDonough for more help.

A tasty thanks to the over three dozen cooks for making over 100 delectable delights that a hungry and supportive crowd of shoppers purchased! And a special thanks to Foodland A&P for sharing their space to make it all possible.

Jeff BrownJamie McLeanJCCS Fundraising Committee

...for job fair

Many thanks and public recognition are in order to numerous individuals, businesses, and private and public agencies that made the Juneau Job Fair at the Nugget Mall a rousing success on Saturday, Feb. 5. Sponsored by the Juneau Job Center, a public employment and training agency, and its Local Advisory Committee, comprised of members representing local businesses and agencies, the Job Fair created an opportune chance for hundreds of potential job seekers to meet face-to-face with potential employers. We would like to acknowledge and thank the employer participants: Alaska Coastal Airlines, Alaska Pacific Bank, Alaska Sightseeing, Alaska Travel Adventures, Alaskan Brewing Co., Big Dog Bath House, Cornerstone Home Health, DIPAC, GCI, Goldbelt, Juneau Police Department, Juneau Works, Juneau Youth Services, KATH-TV, Knightwatch Security Services, Mendenhall Glacier Transport, National Association for the Education of Young Children, National Senior Service Corp. Alaska, Pollard Construction, Princess Tours, SE Alaska Guidance Association, state of Alaska's Division of Personnel, TEMSCO, Tlingit & Haida Central Council, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Census 2000 and Wings of Alaska. Also our thanks to the following business members of the Juneau Local Advisory Committee for their time and efforts: Eddie Brakes of Tlingit & Haida Employment Training, Chuck Craig of UAS, Jackie Dailey of Goldbelt Inc., George Davidson of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, Joan Decker of the Glory Hole, Heather Kinzie of the state Division of Personnel, Mike Mosher of ABG Bus Lines, Robin Paul of the Juneau Empire, Jackie Stewart of Juneau Small Business Development, Jim Wakefield of Powell Realty and Paul Young of Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. Additional thanks to the following individuals for their help in promoting the Job Fair: Susan Fitzgerald of KTOO, Charlie Ellis of KATH-TV, Chris Burns of KINY/KSUP, and Sandy Beason of the Nugget Mall.

Rebecca Gamez, director of the Employment Security Division Duane French, director of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

...for sponsorship

All of us who traveled to the Yukon to play in the recent ice hockey tournament appreciate the sponsorship of William Spear Design. Bill Spear and the folks at William Spear Design have sponsored Juneau's only ice hockey team for 13 years. We were proud to win the tournament in Haines Junction this year. Teams from Whitehorse, Dawson City, Teslin, Inuvik and, of course, Haines Junction participated in the tournament.

Thanks also to Bob Janes and Gastineau Guiding for letting us use a van to transport players and gear to the tournament. A season-ending hockey potluck banquet will be held this Friday at the Buoy Deck starting at 7 p.m. For more information about the potluck, contact 586-8193.

Joe GeldhofJuneau Hockey Association

...for pizza feed

The Juneau Montessori School (JMS) recently organized an event for children named ``Pizza Feed and Music Fest ... and Arts & Crafts too.'' We wanted to offer something fun for kids to do in a cold winter weekend day that would also help us raise funds to send one of our primary teachers to Montessori training. The response from the community and the support we received for such event were better than we anticipated. We still hear from people who attended thanking us for thinking of children even on our spare time. We would like to thank the following people for volunteering their time, talent and, in a few cases, their family members. For the entertainment: Sarah Hanson and her friends: Rain VanDerBerg, Pat Murphy, Pat Henry, Betsy Sims, Buttons the Clown, Recorder Group ``Dominos'' (Beth Leibowitz, Judy Regan, Chris Pace, Terry Huskinson and Sandra Stanway); Pauls Rohrbacher, Jeanie Christian and Bob Mitchell. For the pizza and arts and crafts: Blue Riley, Amy Hiley, Anna Eberhardt, Susan Taylor, Janet Ahrens, Matthew Magsino, Amy Kesten, Kelly McCormick, Loretta Withington, Carol Graham, Bebhinn McIlroy, Andrea Stats, Marianne McNair, Kara Altman, Leticia McRae, Ben VanAlen, Mary Collins, Mary and Lach Zemp, Sandy Fleming, Heidi & Joe Calnan, Gina Ragle, Lisa Kirsch and Phil Moritz, Tina Kobayashi and Dick Monkman, Rebecca and Laurie Daniels and Bonnie Zeman.

Thanks to all of them and to the people who attended we are closer to meeting our goal: One more Montessori-trained teacher in our school. Montessori-trained teachers are rare in Alaska and we need more. We believe that training our own will provide us with the stability and continuity needed in our program.

This year JMS celebrates 15 years of bringing Montessori education to young children in Juneau and is looking forward to many more years of inspiring children to reach their full potential. Additional fund raising events will take place in the next few months (be on the lookout for them) and our anniversary celebration is now scheduled to coincide with ``graduation'' and the end of our summer program, Aug. 18.

JMS will offer again its Summer Camp for children in elementary school grades K-4, starting June 7. Registration starts April 17. We are currently taking applications for children ages 16 months to 6 years of age to join our program this summer and/or next school year. For more information call 364-3535.

Lupita Alvarez

...for family support

The family of Dylan Fournier wishes to thank our wonderful friends and the community of Juneau for the overwhelming support we have received in the aftermath of Dylan's ski injury on Jan. 17, 2000. There are no words that can adequately express our appreciation. We feel so very fortunate and grateful for the friendship and kindness we have received. The flowers, gifts, cards, poster, visits and phone calls during and following his hospitalization brightened our days. The meals delivered by gracious friends were a tremendous help and culinary treat. The fund raiser party at the Hangar was truly heartwarming. We are very grateful to all who contributed to the gathering and to Dylan's medical and physical therapy expenses.

Thank you to the Juneau Ski Club staff, members and families; the Eaglecrest Ski Area staff and volunteers; emergency and hospital personnel; Alaska Marine Lines; the Hangar; Bullwinkle's; Food Service of America; JDHS teachers and staff; and dear friends and co-workers. Thank you to all of Dylan's friends for being there for him. Each of you has touched us personally and helped us through a frightening experience.

Gary Fournier, Kathleen Rhea, Dylan, Wyatt and Malia

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