On Sunday, June 12th we celebrated our 34th anniversary and annual membership meeting at Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church in West Oakland. Three OCO youth leaders, Yessenia Saucedo, Robert Paige and Ashley Yarbor, MC’d the event. It started off with a wonderful reflection and invocation by one of our new pastors, Rev. Andrea Davidson from Taylor Memorial UMC. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed dinner from Island Chef who catered delicious Jamaican food and desserts. The MCs then reviewed some of OCO’s highlights during the past two years in the areas of safety and violence prevention, foreclosure prevention and bank accountability, health care access, immigration, and education during a PowerPoint presentation.
Mayor Jean Quan also stopped by and presented us with a proclamation that congratulated and thanked us for all of our work during the past 34 years. She was then followed by our inspirational speaker, Kevin Grant, who works for the Department of Human Services and has worked with us on violence prevention strategies, especially street outreach and call-ins. He did a fantastic job making us laugh and motivating us to keep up our work by reminding us that some of chose to do this work and others were chosen “so you can’t let go even if you tried, right?” and because Barbara’s got all our numbers on speed dial.
Finally, during the annual membership meeting portion of our celebration, we:
- approved our bylaws and constitutional changes,
- thanked and recognized our outgoing Board Members for all of the work they’ve done and
- installed our new ones, which include the following:
Co-Chair Fr. Jesus Nieto-Ruiz
Co-Chair Richard Speiglman
Secretary Yvette Yarbor
Finance Andrew Peters
Membership Pastor Lucy Kolin
Fundraising Lillian Lopez
Public Relations Yessenia Saucedo
Asst. Secretary Debbie Snow
Asst. Treasurer Lisa Blair
PICO CA Manuel Arias
PICO CA Samantha Lehman
PICO NSC Rev. Cummings
PICO NSC Rabbi Cooper
PICO Clergy Rev. Hopkins
Director Deanita Lewis
Director Velia Navarro
Director Karla Perez Cordero
Director Sam Davis
Director Samad Mohammed
Director Luis Reyes
A lot was accomplished during the program, but everyone had fun and the festivities continued on the dance floor until the end of the night!
To take a look at the impromptu poem Robert Paige read to us, click here.
To look at our new brochure, “34 Years of Faith in Action”, click here.