It’s a varied mix of near-end-of-the-year activity this week as various organizations recognize both individuals and companies for their efforts.
Some of the action featured a holiday theme, while others focus on achievements both in school and in the workplace.
Genentech and the State Compensation Insurance Fund are among the local companies that rose to the Solano Commute Challenge.
The Solano Transportation Authority sponsors the event. Participating employers encourage employees to get to work by mass transit, car pool, van pool, bike or foot at least 30 workdays from August to October.
Six companies earned the title of Commute Champion Workplace. The Solano Transportation Authority announced the two Vacaville-based winners on Thursday.
The agency recognized 109 State Compensation Insurance Fund employees for their efforts. It recognized Sheila Rebosa as the company’s Most Outstanding Commuter for using a commute alternative on 88 days. In addition, the company won the title Most Outstanding Workplace in 2013.
The agency recognized 65 Genentech employees for their efforts. It recognized Dana Aweau as Genentech’s Most Outstanding Commuter for using a commute alternative on 66 days.
The foundation that helped preserve the city’s Fourth of July fireworks show two years ago and raised money this year to help fund the Waterfront Jazz Series, Saturday Night at the Movies and Christmas at the Waterfront was thanked Tuesday for its efforts in 2013.
Suisun City Mayor Pro Tem Lori Wilson presented the two-year-old Suisun City Community Services Foundation with a proclamation that thanked the community nonprofit for developing and funding several community projects.
It was started in 2012 after the loss of redevelopment funding forced the Suisun City Council to cut out funding for community events and threatened the future of the city’s popular fireworks show and other events.
The foundation took on fundraising for the fireworks show in 2012, raising about $45,000 to put on a scaled-back event. The city also approved safe-and-sane fireworks sales in town to fund the 2013 fireworks show, which allowed the foundation to turn its attention to helping other community events.
During this year, the foundation raised more than $20,000 to support the Waterfront Jazz Series, Saturday Night at the Movies and Christmas at the Waterfront.
Wilson lauded the foundation for providing “sponsorship for programs that foster a sense of community, brings awareness to the benefits of living in the community and generates tourism.” Wilson further said the foundation brought together public and private sectors to ensure these events continue.
The foundation’s latest fundraiser is offering Christmas ornaments in return for donations.
Ella Duley, a sixth-grader at Rolling Hills Elementary School, and Doyle Slape, a fifth-grader at Dan O. Root II Elementary School, are among students of the month for December in the Fairfield-Suisun School District.
Duley has been in the Honor Roll Society since the fourth grade and is student council president. She also sings and plays the saxophone. Duley won first place in the Vacaville Idol program as a fifth-grader.
Slape has a black belt in karate and plans a career in graphic design. He thanked his family and teachers. “They encouraged me to follow my dream,” he said.
The Wednesday Club recently had a Christmas party for children served by the Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, of Solano County.
CASA works with neglected or abused children in the foster system.
The Wednesday Club women decorated and served dinner to the children. They also gave out gifts and had hats, gloves and scarves for the younger children.
Susan McGarry of ARTiFILL donated handmade glass jewelry for the children to either keep or give as gifts.
Santa Claus also paid a visit and distributed gifts donated by members of the community. A stocking filled with items from Walmart was also given to local children.
Genesis African, Methodist Episcopal Church has a new pastor, the Rev. Gayle Jones-Lockhart.
Jones-Lockhart, along with the Young People’s Department at the church, plan a special Christmas celebration Sunday at the church.
Barry Eberling, Amy Maginnis-Honey, Ryan McCarthy, Ian Thompson and Susan Winlow contributed to this report. Send your good news to Glen Faison firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.