Community Center to host Volunteer Expo May 3

April 22, 2014 

A new event is coming to Oakhurst — a Volunteer Expo, featuring 29 Mountain Area clubs and organizations, will be held 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 3, at the Oakhurst Community Center.

Included in the expo are:

The Oakhurst Kiwanis Club: Displaying plans for the new children's reading area at the Oakhurst Branch Library.

The Eastern Madera County SPCA - Information on the organization's planned no-kill facility in Ahwahnee.

Oakhurst Branch Library - Information on all the various programs and upcoming events at the library, including the children's summer Reading Program.

Sierra Historic Sites Association - Representatives will share plans of many renovation projects at Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park on High School Road (427).

"The Volunteer Expo will provide community members a greater knowledge of the service clubs and organizations in our area and which ones they might be interested in joining," said Dottie Lee, chairperson of the event.

"The expo will also provide information on the various fundraising special events that the clubs and organizations sponsor throughout the year."

In addition to the clubs and organizations, representatives from first responders will be on hand to provide information including Sierra Ambulance, California Highway Patrol, Madera County Sheriff's Department, U.S. Forest Service, and Cal Fire.

Lee and her husband, Roger, moved to Oakhurst from Thousand Oaks five years ago and the first thing thing they noticed was the warmth and friendliness of the residents of the Mountain Area.

"Shortly after arriving in Oakhurst, I was invited to join the Service Organization of the Sierra," Dottie said.

She now serves as the the club's membership chairperson and represents the club on the Oakhurst Community Center Board of Directors.

After joining the board, Lee was impressed with all the great people and clubs who make up the community center board.

"It occurred to me that a Volunteer Expo would give exposure for all the clubs and organizations and would provide the community with the opportunity to come lean more about all the groups in one location," Lee said.

"All the organizations struggle with keeping their membership up, and it is our hope that after seeing first hand what all these great clubs are about, they will consider joining."

The event is free to the public and complimentary coffee and donuts will be available in the morning.

A $5 hamburger and hot dog lunch will be served at noon, and a $100 cash drawing will be held.

Dale Miller, president of the community center board, encourages the community to come out and visit with the first responders and the representatives from the many organizations and learn more about the great work they all do for the community.

Details: Dottie Lee, (559) 683-5119.

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