summer newsletter 2008 A Note from the President created a solicitation package. CONTENTS With this in hand we increased our Issue 1, Summer ‘08 The Kimbookai team is pleased to community outreach efforts, bring you this first issue of the bringing in new people to our team A Note from the Kibookai newsletter. As friends and and money to our funds. President ....................... pg 1 supporters of our efforts to bring a children’s museum to the tri-cities A project of this magnitude is a Kimbookai.org............. pg 1 area, we would like to keep you tough road, but we keep persistently informed about the steps we take moving forward knowing that not Board Members’ Birthdays Bring Funds to that bring us closer to fulfilling our only the end will be rewarding, but Kimbookai .................... pg 2 dreams. as we march through the path there is a gratifying feeling in completing Kids Items Only In late 2007 we implemented a new each step, in associating with Rummage Sale ........pg 2-3 action plan which focused on people who want to make this gaining greater support in the community a better place to live, as Pioneer Founder’s Club .............................pg 3 community, bringing in new well as growing and making better volunteers, strengthening our board, people out of ourselves. What’s Next ................. pg 3 and raising the necessary funding to complete the planning phase. The I hope you share our enthusiasm and Contact Us - groundwork for this plan was we can count on your support to www.kimbookai.org carefully completed as we renewed continue moving forward. (510) 742-6474 our Web site, refined the email@example.com presentation materials, initiated the Sincerely, 52 Zacate Place Pioneers Founders Club, and Fremont Ca 94539 M arianela P eña Kimbookai.org | The The new website is the product The website will also provide Museum Online of the hard work and information on ongoing and collaborative efforts of graphic upcoming programs, The colorful pages of designer Christina Melnarik, guidelines for contributions Kimbookai can now be found technical supporters Marva & and volunteer opportunities, online at www.kimbookai.org. Bradley Gelesic (CM IT as well as historical Solutions) and content information on the author Connie Juarez- organization. We hope that Diroll. you find this online resource useful. Please tell all your Kimbookai.org will be friends and acquaintances the principle source of about it and visit us frequently news, updates and at: www.kimbookai.org museum information for the organization. Board Members’s Kids’ Items Only Rummage birthdays bring funds to Sale Kimbookai As part of our fundraising effort, Back in early February, over the Kimbookai put together our first sundried aromas of Carino’s Kids’ Items Only Rummage Sale. Italian Grill, our very own Lin Lin This sale took place at Marianela Tsou-Otani (board vice- Pena’s home on June 28th and president) celebrated her 40th 29th. In addition to the sale, on year with a gathering of close Saturday the 28th, we offered friends and Kimbookai entertainment for the children companions. It was an with a rice table for the toddlers enjoyable celebration with a and playdough stations for the lively atmosphere and older ones, as well as a lemon- wonderful food. Donations to ade stand attended by children. Kimbookai were preferred in Also we had an informational lieu of presents and many were booth to educate guests about happy to contribute to the the project and showcase our project knowing what a great Pioneer Founders Club members, present it was for Lin Lin. as well as encourage donations. Many people stepped in to vol- Another board member, our unteer for this event, bringing the president Marianela Peña, also necessary energy to make it a celebrated her 40th birthday successful enterprise. We gener- with gifts that brought funds to ated approximately $1,300 from Kimbookai. Don and Arlene the sale and collected addi- Anthony, Marianela’s parents tional $700 in donations in-law, together with her husband David Anthony, threw Adele Williams, Kimbokai’s secre- her a fantastic party in their tary, was the chair person for the Walnut Creek home last June. Rummage Sale putting together Guests enjoyed the afternoon an incredibly well organized by the swimming pool, and the event. Our board members and evening came along with a volunteers spread the voice delicious Italian dinner and live among friends and acquaintan- music. It was a great family Board Members’ Birthdays (above) & ces with the result of collecting celebration, and generous Kids’ Items Only Rummage Sale (below) an extraordinary amount of valu- donations were given to able articles: from big nursery Kimbookai as a present to her. articles such as cribs, bassinettes, A month later, the Kimbookai and strollers, to small toys, crowd decided to treat her to a games, books and clothes for ladies’ only dinner at the Spicy children of different ages. Some Town in Fremont where again a even walked away with hard to group of old friends enjoyed find items at great prices. We catching up amid the flavors of extend special thanks to all who spicy Chinese food and donated their precious articles provided more contributions to to make this a distinctive sale. Kimbookai. In preparation for the event Over $1,000 were donated in Adele also initiated an effort to these celebrations. A great way recruit volunteers with several to have fun while helping make people joining the team. We Kimbookai happen. need to give especial thanks to: 2 Interac t Partic ipants (below): Kids’ Items Only Rummage Sale Cont. Pressy Luu, Katrina Miravite, Monica Mellvine, Marva Gelesic, Cynthia Hua, all the members of the board and their families, and the crew from Washington High School’s Interact lead by Angela Chu (left). Angela Chu Jennifer Gerardi We also need to thank Trader Joe’s, and Isa Kennis Ko Marcy Shieh and Anna Teodoro for providing well deserved Rahul Kamath Anterpreet Kaur snacks and lunch to our volunteers. Jeskiran Sahota Avtar Josen Gurshawn Sahota Nayanjot Kaur What’s Next? We laid the groundwork to increase the number PIONEER of advisory board members, volunteers and sup- porters as well as to bring seed money in. We FOUNDER’s CLUB renewed our Web site, increased our community outreach efforts, refined the presentation materi- Being part of bringing a project at its early als, initiated the Pioneers Founders Club, created stages can be an exciting and gratifying a solicitation package, and started to revamp experience. But being the first can also be other marketing materials. These efforts have worrisome and uncertain. That’s why Kim- paid off since we count now with more volun- bookai is so grateful to our early donors. As teers and supporters, a solid advisory board, and a way of saying thank you to these pioneer have brought funds in to increase our account funders, Kimbookai has decided to reward to almost $10,000. But there is still more to get the first 50 individuals who have contrib- done. uted $100 or more to our project by creat- ing, the Pioneer Founders Club. The names In the coming months we’ll be refining what we of members of the Pioneer Founders Club have called “our preliminary business plan,” or will be included in our permanent Pioneer the path we’ll follow to complete the blue print Founders display in the museum. We will of our proposal of what Kimbookai Children’s also put their names in our Pioneer Foun- museum will be. The key component of this pre- ders board at our fundraising and commu- liminary plan is the completion of the Exhibit nity events as well in this Pioneer Founders Master Plan, a document that will describe the Club Corner in our newsletter. exhibits together with their educational under- pinnings, goals, and learning outcomes. The The following individuals are current members of our Pioneer’s Founders Club: budget for this project is $60,000. Asif & Shaylene Haswarey Adele & Justin Williams Marva & Bradley Gelesic, owners CM Richard Belcher And finally we will also be focused on furthering IT Solutions of Fremont Cherryl Figone Leela Menon Celine Ashley, owner Eye Design our fundraising efforts while expanding the con- Lin Lin Tsou-Otani Don & Arlene Anthony nections with businesses and organizations in the Marianela Peña & David Anthony America & Craig Everhart Sufi Advani Sam Neeman & John Matthews community. Part of this preliminary plan will in- Kum Kum Kumar Latha Kante Alex & Heather Delipski Pauline Weaver & Charles F. Scribner clude a fundraising event to take place during Steve & Hilary White Connie Juarez-Diroll & Rob Diroll the week of the young child in April 2009. The Andrew & Lynne Klein Daisy Thuerk Lani Hlavacek Presyrose & Harry Luu fundraising event will offer activities for the little Paul & Beth Miller Kate Amon, owner Kate’s Caring Gifts Scott Chambers, Chiropractor Andrew C. Wong, Orthodontist, ones that will provide a taste of what the chil- Janelle Hargrove D.M.D., M.S. dren’s museum experience is. With this plan we hope we can secure the sponsorship required to Please hurry and make your contribution. commence our capital campaign. There are 22 spaces left! 3 email: firstname.lastname@example.org stamp here website: www.kimbookai.org phone: (510) 742-6474 52 Zacate Place, Fremont Ca 94539 Kimbookai Children’s Museum ----------------------------- Board of Directors Marianela Peña – President Lin Lin Otani – Vic e President Cher ryl Figone – Chief Financ ial Offic er Adele Williams – Sec retary For contributions mail a check to: Connie Juarez-Dir oll Cherryl Figone, Kimbookai Treasurer Janelle Hargrove 36364 Bridgepointe Drive, Newark Ca Advisory Board 94560 Paul Miller – Execut ive Dir ec tor of Kidango Contributions are tax deductible and a Ric hard Valle – Pr esident Tr iCED Community Recycling and Union City Council Member receipt will be mailed to you. Ana Apodac a – Newar k City Counc il Member Anna Wang – Pr ogr am Dir ector and Co-founder of Fr iends of Childr en with Spec ial Needs Carolyn Nelson – Founder Childr en’ s Discover y Museum of San Jose a non-profit organization dedi- Linda Spenc er – Gr ants Manager for Histor y San Jose and for mer ly Dir ector of Develop- ment for the Valley Childr en’ s Museum cated to building a children’s mu- Makiko Kambayashi – Fundr aising Consult ant seum in the East Bay Tri-Cities area With spec ial thanks to Marva Gelesic , resigning Board Member, for all her dedic a- of Fremont, Newark and Union City, tion and energy and to our volunteers for all their time and work - California Christina Melnarik, David Sherbarth, Pressy Luu, Katrina Miravite, Monic a Mellvine, Marva Gelesic , Cynthia Hua, and the c rew from Washington Hig h Sc hool’s Interac t lead by Angela Chu during the Rummage Sale: Kennis Ko, Rahul Kamath, Jeskiran Sahota, Gurshawn Sahota, Jennifer Gerardi, Marc y Shieh, Anterpreet Kaur, Avtar For volunteer opportunities, please check Josen, Nayanjot Kaur our website (www.kimbookai.org) or con- tact Marianela Peña at mari- email@example.com.