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Celebration of Love for 13 Couples in Vow Renewal Ceremony

A renewal of vows ceremony “Celebration of Love,” was held on February 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Victorville.

There were 13 couples participating: Donald & Donna Catron (20 years); Floyd & Teddie Merritt (23); Ted & Marsha Weasma (31); Gary & Esperanza Jackson (36); Salvador & Alma Jimenez (43); Florian & Susan Domino (50); John & Brigid Kemppainen (50); Glenn & April Mellem (50); Joseph & Anastasia De Rosa (51); Jaime & Naomi Camilo (51); Saul & Cora Peters (56); Glenn & Joyce Ann Howard (62); and Richard & Marie Maxfield (67).

Each couple renewed their pledge to each other, with the help of Chaplain Joy Jeannette, who officiated at the ceremony.
Afterwards, the couples enjoyed time with family and friends who came from near and far to help them celebrate. Each couple got to cut their own miniature wedding cake, and then many danced the afternoon away.

Inter Valley Health Plan hosted the event, and Community Liaison Marcie Lerner stated that the couples have been married an average of 45 years. Their stories of falling in love touched her heart.

Other sponsors included St. Joseph Health/St. Mary, Premier Healthcare, VNA California, Heritage Senior Care, Community Hospice and OneCare.

For more information on Inter Valley Health Plan, visit www.ivhp.com or search for them on Facebook.

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Homes for Troops Volunteers Install Landscaping

On February 20, a group of volunteers came out in force to help install landscaping at the brand new Apple Valley home of Army Specialist Jose Martinez. They planted flowers, spread mulch, and installed grass sod at the home.

The home is provided to Martinez through a program called Homes for Our Troops, which builds specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans Post-9/11, to enable them to rebuild their lives.

Martinez was on a foot patrol with members of the 2/3 Infantry Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan. While attempting to aid a soldier who was seriously injured in a blast, he stepped on and exploded another improvised explosive device (IED), which resulted in the loss of both of his legs, his right arm and partial amputation of his left hand.

Find out how your hobbies can become a fun community fundraiser to benefit the SPC Martinez project. Visit www.hfotusa.org/fundraise and help spread the word!

Founded in 2004, HFOT has completed almost 200 specially adapted homes nationwide in 40 states, and there are currently 110 Veterans in the program waiting to receive homes. For more information send inquiries to ifundraising@hfotusa.org or call (508) 823-3300.

County CEO Greg Devereaux Named Fellow to Top Leadership Academy

The county will soon have the opportunity to exchange ideas with the best government minds in the nation.

County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux has been elected as a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration, where he will join a long list of national dignitaries including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Attorney General Dick Thornburg, former Cabinet Secretary Donna Shalala, and former Sen. Richard Lugar.

Chartered by Congress, the academy is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization established in 1967 to assist local, state, and federal government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations.

“This is a great honor and a great opportunity for the entire County organization,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “Our CEO being recognized as one of the country’s top local leaders shows the strength and resilience of San Bernardino County.”

Mr. Devereaux was nominated to the fellowship by Academy Board of Directors member and retired long-time Southern California Association of Governments Executive Director Mark Pisano.

The academy includes more than 800 fellows, among them former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, mayors, and state legislators, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, and public administrators.

The academy helps government agencies address their critical management challenges through in-depth studies and analyses, advisory services and technical assistance, congressional testimony, forums and conferences, and online stakeholder engagement.

The National Academy is the latest of several boards that have tapped into Mr. Devereaux’s expertise in local government management. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the graduate programs in planning at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC. He is also chair of the advisory board for the Department of Public Administration, California State University, San Bernardino, and is the visiting resident at the West Virginia University Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Public Administration.

Mr. Devereaux is a past member of the advisory committee for the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure at USC. In 2014, he was a presenter at the Ethics and Governance Program at the University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy. In 2009, Mr. Devereaux was appointed by the League of California Cities to the California Air Resources Board to the Regional Targets Advisory Committee, which advises the California Air Resources Board, on greenhouse gas reduction under SB 375. And he is a Past President of the California Redevelopment Association and has served on multiple California League of Cities committees.

In 2015, Mr. Devereaux became the 59th recipient of the Clarence A. Dykstra Award for Excellence in Government from the Southern California Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. In 2014, Mr. Devereaux received the Southern California Association of Governments President’s Award for Public Service Leader of the Year. He was also the recipient of the American Society for Public Administration Inland Empire Chapter’s 2008 Outstanding Senior Administrator Award and the Building Industry Association Baldy View Chapter’s 2007 Good Government Award.

In 2005 Mr. Devereaux received the James S. Thalman Memorial Public Services Award from the League of California Cities Inland Empire Division, and in 2000 was named “Management Leader of the Year” by the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Riverside.