Volunteer of the Year Award by Ukiah Chamber of Commerce

UPBEAT’s SUMMER Entertainment Guide #2 Earl Chavez Honored with

Upbeat at Sonoma Marin Fair 2019, Petaluma, CA!

Weird Facts & Trivia - 4

Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating. They sweat through the pads of their feet.

Puppies have 28 teeth and normal adult dogs have 42.

Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM). During this REM stage dogs can dream. The twitching and paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming.

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Earl Chavez,

assistant branch

manager at the Ukiah branch of Redwood Credit Union (RCU), was recently honored with a Volunteer of the Year Award by the Ukiah Chamber of Commerce.

Presented to businesses and

leaders making a difference in the community, “Celebration of Commerce” awards also went to LACO Associates for Business of the Year, Wicked Slush for New Business of the Year, Mike Mayfield for Busi- ness Person of the Year, Men- docino County Youth Proj- ect for Nonprofit of the Year, Charley Myers for Lifetime Achievement,


Book Company for Commu- nity Involved, Dharma Realm Buddhist University for Beau- tification, and Pamela’s Prod- ucts for Visionary Leader. “It’s an honor to receive this award,” said Chavez. “I’m thankful to be able to go out into the community and help where needed and to have an employer like Redwood Credit Union that supports

those efforts.”

Chavez, who joined Red- wood Credit Union in 2014, is a longtime Ukiah resident who attended Ukiah High School and Mendocino College. He supports many community ac- tivities and volunteers his time as president of the Redwood Empire Lions Club. He also serves as president of the board of directors for the Ford Street Project, which offers emergency shelters, a community food bank, sub- stance abuse treatment, and housing assistance for low-in- come and homeless families. “We’re so fortunate to have Earl in our community,” said Megan Barber Allende, CEO of the Community Founda- tion of Mendocino County. “He recognizes the necessity of service in our rural com- munity and inspires his col- leagues, peers, and even the next generation to follow his lead by acknowledging the contributions of others and modeling the way with won- derful enthusiasm and humil- ity.“

Odessa Gunn of Forestville, California, is a former pro bike racer. Born and raised on a salty rock in the north Atlan- tic called Cape Breton Island which is in Nova Scotia Can- ada, she came to the US on an athlete’s visa to race her road bike and made it to the World Cup circuit where she raced for two years professionally. After returning to the US full-time, she helped prepare position statements for the Sonoma Humane Society while volunteering a great many hours through fostering animals for various organi- zations. She also fund-raises for the Forget Me Not Farm and volunteers for Compas- sion Without Borders.


been working on a new proj- ect filming extraordinary ani- mal rescues around the World

Age is just a number. It's totally

irrelevant unless, of

course, you happen to be a

bottle of wine. Joan Collins

I'm like old wine. They don't bring me out very often - but I'm well preserved. Rose Kennedy

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which is ongoing, and now runs Odessa's Essential Health for Pets. She is shown here in Petaluma at her booth at the World's Ugliest Dog Contest from the 2019 Sonoma Ma- rin Fair! If you would like to learn more about Odessa and what she does to help animals:

A large breed dog’s resting heart beats between 60 and 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats between 100-140.

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