Saturday, August 30, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Shared community service gets couple named Fiesta Days grand marshals

fiesta_grand_marhsalls_1_8_12

Wendy Wasserman, right, and Jim Kellogg, left, were recently named this years' Fiesta Days Grand Marshals. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

By
From page A3 | January 09, 2013 |

VACAVILLE — Serving the community, according to Jim Kellogg and Wendy Wasserman, is simply part of who they are.

It is also inevitably a team effort, the husband-and-wife team joke, since whenever one of them gets involved with a project – whether it’s the Onion Festival, Wreaths Across America, Fiesta Days pageants or United Way telethons – the other is quickly drawn in.

“It’s a team,” said Wasserman.

“A left- and a right-hand thing and we have such a good time together,” Kellogg quickly added.

It’s that quality of pitching in wherever they can be of help for the past 30 years that got them named grand marshals for the 2013 Fiesta Days.

Wasserman described her reaction as “stunned” while Kellogg said he was “blown away” by the news.

“It is humbling that we are being so honored,” Kellogg said, while Wasserman added “we don’t think what we are doing is so special.”

Both Kellogg, 59, and Wasserman, 58, were born in Germany. They grew up in military families, with Jim with the Army and Wendy with the Air Force.

Wasserman moved with her family to Vacaville in 1957, graduated from Vacaville High School in 1972 and got a business degree from California State University, Sacramento before joining the family travel business. Jim arrived in the community in 1976 when he became a sales manager for Motorola after graduating from California State  University, Chico.

Wasserman’s community service goes back to 1970, when she volunteered as a teen to work at David Grant Medical Center during the final years of the Vietnam War. Jim’s community service helped him become an Eagle Scout in 1971 in Marin County.

Wasserman Travel was formed in 1978 and the two met in May of that year at the travel agency. Wasserman was working when Kellogg walked in to buy a plane ticket. Two years later, they got married. Two years after that, Jim left Motorola and went to work with Wasserman Travel.

Wasserman has been extensively involved with Soroptimists while Kellogg has been similarly involved with the Rotary Club.

One of the latest projects that Wasserman got involved with is the Soroptimists’ plans to take the young women at the school district’s continuation high school under their wings with classes and workshops to teach them subjects, such as handling finances and parenting.

“It’s to bring them hope,” Wasserman said.

The couple worked on local United Way telethons until they were discontinued. They were also on the Onion Festival planning committee, as well as on The Children’s Network of Solano County yearly Onion Dance fundraiser committee.

They organized the annual Mervyn’s Child Spree as a joint effort, with Jim organizing it for Rotary Club and Wendy organizing it for the Soroptimist Club until Mervyn’s went out of business.

They are also involved with Wreaths Across America and donate home storage space to Christmas Wish so the organization doesn’t have to pay for a storage locker.

Neither of them look at this volunteering as a burden, with Kellogg describing what they do as “a lot of fun.”

The duo have no plans for taking it easy with their business or their community anytime soon, since Wasserman said “we love what we do here.”

As for the community recognition, “we just want the community to know how honored we are,” Wasserman said.

This year’s Fiesta Days will be held during the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend in and around Andrews Park. The Fiesta Days parade will be May 25.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or ithompson@dailyrepublic.net. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Saving the Gakuen: A bit of history tucked away in Clarksburg

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Clarksburg family rolls with times

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Fresh, fruity, summer and fall Delta pitstops

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1

 
Old, new collide in Freeport

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1

Vacaville honors top crossing guards

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A2

 
State lifts Solano moth quarantine

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3

 
 
 
Gallo subsidiary wins bid for Winterhawk Winery

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B10 | Gallery

No plea as suspect in Suisun slaying appears in court

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A12 | Gallery

 
The Leaven helps reach at-risk kids

By Murray Bass | From Page: B12

Green Valley teachers get wet for a good cause

By Susan Winlow | From Page: B12

 
Suisun City police log: Aug. 28, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Fairfield police log: Aug. 28, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Weather for Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B13

.

US / World

California appeals teacher tenure ruling

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Man is guilty of murder after his dogs kill woman

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

California teacher reprimanded for sending tweets

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
N. California officer accused of beating woman

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Feds critical of California twin tunnel project

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
California mentally ill inmates get special units

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

California marijuana grow stole reservation water

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Lawmakers send gun restraining order bill to Brown

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Lawmakers pass first California groundwater rules

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Manatees may lose endangered species status

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

1K-pound alligator caught in Alabama sets record

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Border Patrol agent fires at armed militia member

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Marathon bombing suspect: Delay trial until 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Westerners linked to extremist groups in Syria

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

Rescuers locate 20 of 24 trapped in Nicaragua mine

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

 
Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

 
.

Opinion

Zombies are not for fun

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11

 
Changing election dates: Dems seek more domination

By Thomas Elias | From Page: A11

Cheers, jeers for the week of Aug. 24-30, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: A11

 
Delta-friendly water bond a win for entire state

By Sen. Lois Wolk | From Page: A11

Editorial Cartoons: Aug. 30, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: Aug. 30, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: Aug. 30, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Our irresponsible sister is getting the house and mistreats Mom

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B7

 
Horoscopes: Aug. 30, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

.

Entertainment

Ex-Myanmar beauty queen accused of stealing crown

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

 
Chris Brown due back in DC court for plea hearing

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Daughter: Joan Rivers is in ‘serious condition

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Chelsea Clinton quits as NBC News reporter

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Cee Lo Green enters no contest plea in drug case

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Hip-hop moves as strong force for Michael Brown

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Fire destroys house on late author Clancy’s estate

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
.

Sports

After eventful offseason, Northwestern meets Cal Bears in opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

No. 11 Stanford set to open season vs. UC Davis

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Armijo opens its football season with 26-7 win at San Rafael

By Brian Arnold | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Raiders face decisions at QB heading into opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
JC women’s soccer: Solano kicks off season with 0-0 draw

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
Prep volleyball: Vacaville Christian falls to D-I power Davis

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

A’s fall back in AL West, blanked by Angels

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
Errani’s ‘cottage cheese’ serve tops Venus at Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

I.K. Kim increases Portland Classic lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Pernice, Bryant share Champions Tour lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Palmer opens with a 63 to lead in Boston

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Posey goes 5 for 5 in 6 innings, Giants rout Brewers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
This date in sports history for Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

By The Associated Press | From Page: B13

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Darrell D. Stevens

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Lois C. Clark

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Florence Virginia Boes

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Jerry Lee Trammell

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

Hazel Gertrude Wamsley

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
.

Home Seller 08/30/14

Real estate transactions for Aug. 30, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR2