• A special souvenir of the Johnson Valley Oktoberfest will be available soon: a black t-shirt with the fancy Oktoberfest lettering front and back. Get yours in advance and set the tone as you sample some fabulous Johnson Valley brews and other good thirst-quenchers in the patio Beer Garden at the Community Center.
The date is Saturday, Oct. 6, doors open at 4:40 p.m. the dinner buffet opens between 6:00 and 7:00, with a great German-style feast.
Call 760-364-2646 for dinner tickets and t-shirt info. Both limited in number; don’t miss out!
Third District Forum
• To follow up the successful forum with the candidates for Congressional seats, the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association has invited the candidates for Third District County Supervisor to their next regular meeting on the first Tuesday in October.
They plan a discussion of County issues and problems that affect Lucerne Valley and the Homestead Valley communities of Johnson Valley, Landers, Flamingo Heights and Yucca Mesa.
So far, James Ramos is unavailable on any Tuesday in October, but incumbent Neil Derry is scheduled to attend. We hope Mr. Ramos can reschedule, because the last meeting gave us an excellent informal round of questions from the audience, then responses from each of the candidates.
The LVEDA meeting is on Tuesday, October 2, at 5:00 p.m. at the Senior Center located behind the Janice Horst Library on Hwy 247.
A Good Word
• A good word for the volunteers of this country, part of a comment written by Jeff Lehman of La Mesa, a college chemistry teacher who is a 16-year member of the San Bernardino County
Sheriff’s Cave & Technical Rescue Team:
“…In 2011, 71 percent of firefighters in the U.S. were volunteers. Millions of children are coached each year by volunteers in a variety of sports programs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 64 million Americans volunteered in one way or another in 2011.
The U.S. is unmatched in her philanthropy. Americans donate more as a percentage of personal income than any country in the world. Volunteerism has been a part of America’s fabric since “the people” predated “the state.” Alexis de Tocqueville recognized such during his analysis of American democracy in 1831 when he wrote, “I must say that I have seen Americans make great and real sacrifices to the public welfare, and I have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend faithful support to one another.
You see, it isn’t about “giving back.” Giving back implies some sort of exchange or contractual agreement. Philanthropy is guided by a sense of responsibility and duty that keeps no ledger.”
David Cooper of the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association sent this article. We both belong to groups who rely on volunteers, and we never can thank them enough.