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An Important Announcement
Thank You and Goodbye
To all our members and friends everywhere,
Fullerton Beautiful was launched in 1984 as a community-wide litter cleanup effort because an Olympic event was going to be hosted here. We went on to incorporate on April 30, 1985 as a non-profit 501 (C) (3) to undertake more projects and solicit members. Over the years since then we have hosted who knows how many annual garden tours, recognized countless front yard awards (both residences and businesses), collaborated with the City on hosting bunches of Arbor Day events, awarded dozens of scholarships to horticulture students at Fullerton College, provided input to the City on landscaping projects and tree master plans, partnered with Fullerton College to support their plant sales on garden tour dates and donated funding to the City for the purchase of plants at locations including City Hall, the Woods Islands and the Amerige Brothers garden.
Much of the boots on the ground work has been shouldered by our Board members. Many of us started in our "young" 40s and are now in our 70s, 80s, and 90s. We're experiencing all the things common to those ages: health issues, other time commitments, job responsibilities (three are still working) and care of family and friends. At the same time the number of Board members has declined, increasing the responsibilities for those remaining. Although our involvement has been a labor of love, it is increasingly becoming just a labor that is difficult for us to carry on. In spite of our solicitation in Newsletters for new Board members, we haven't been successful to the extent needed.Regrettably, facing these facts, we are forced to end the 35 year run of Fullerton Beautiful.
Our attorney Rick Price of Fullerton graciously volunteered to handle the legalities for us. Most recently, the State Attorney General's office has approved our disposition of assets. The Board voted to donate the remaining assets after expenses to Fullerton Heritage, also a 50l (C) 3, specifically to go toward a landscape assessment and trimming of the trees at the former Hunt Branch Library. Thanks to Fullerton Heritage, the Library and grounds have been designated a Local Landmark and have also been placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Mr. Price will draft an agreement between the two organizations to effect the transfer.
It is anticipated that we will wind up the dissolution process by the end of the 2019 calendar year.
Finally, we would like to thank all of you over these many years for supporting us, volunteering your gardens, volunteering to docent, volunteering to plant trees, attending our annual meetings, appreciating our annual Yard Award winners, reading our Newsletters, becoming members, supporting our Fullerton College horticulture scholarships, giving us garden suggestions, attending garden tours and, most importantly, joining with us all in making Fullerton even more Beautiful. Carry on.
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