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March 2013

Volunteer Newsletter

Current and upcoming events at SCI for our local supporters


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Save the Date:  Shine On! 2013 Tuesday, August 13, Sacramento

Shine On 2013 Committee Meeting March 14, noon - 1 pm
SCI Headquarters, 1919 21st Street, Suite 203, Sacramento, 95811. RSVP to Maureen, SCI Volunteer Coordinator, 916-455-4499 or

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"Training the Trainers"  March 12     6-8 pm, Sacramento

Thanks to Linda, Richard, and Greta for a great presentation on Feb. 27!  For those who couldn't come to the daytime session, it will be repeated from 6 - 8 pm, March 12, 6 - 8 pm at the home of Julie Greene, SCI's executive director, 302 Rivertree Way, 95811. This course is designed for experienced solar cooks and trainers to exchange best practices, and to teach new volunteers the art of teaching solar cooking and representing SCI.   RSVP to Maureen, SCI Volunteer Coordinator, 916-455-4499, or 

SCI's April Volunteer Needs

Hospitality Helpers Friday, April 19, 5 - 9 pm

One or two helpers needed for set-up and food preparation for our Board member/Donor gathering in Sacramento.  Great food and good company provided!  Call SCI (916) 455-4499 or email

A Packrat's Delight!

We have many undiscovered treasures in SCI's off-site storage facility on 19th Street in Sacramento.  We need someone to play "seek and find" in April.  If you like sorting through haystacks looking for needles, this is the job for you!  Commitment: 2 - 6 hours or if you are having too much fun, come back a second day!  Call SCI (916) 455-4499 or email

SCI supporters invited to Self-Sustaining Farm Tour in Grass Valley Saturday, April 27

Dr. Stephen Saffold, environmental activist, SCI supporter,  and retired Sacramento dentist,  enthusiastically invites all regional SCI supporters to tour his self-sustaining farm near Grass Valley, CA. His innovations include solar power, grass-fed cattle, an organic orchard, and the only electric tractor in Northern California. More information provided in the April newsletter.  Save the date!

Meet SCI's 2012 Volunteer of the Year

As those of you intimately connected with SCI know 2012 was a challenging year.  Volunteers--you!--saved the day.  Many of you who stepped in last spring--and some of you are still regular helpers at the SCI office--played an important role in SCI's resurrection.  Selecting one outstanding volunteer to honor was difficult.  Many of you will recognize the unique contribution of Kirstie Wilson. She volunteered approximately 230 hours' time in the spring and summer, successfully getting SCI's office stabilized.  SCI happily anticipates honoring Kirstie at Shine On 2013.

Did You Know?

In 1894, Xiao's Duck Shop in Sichuan, China, roasted ducks by solar cooking....


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SCI Volunteers are the first to know...

The season is accelerating.  We sent CooKits and WAPI's to Virginia Marylanders for Progress, an NGO doing great works in Liberia.  Also, SunCatcher Projects recently closed its doors and donated the remainder of its donations to SCI, which had been its founding inspiration. Thank you, SunCatcher Projects!

Thanks to our February Volunteers

In February, volunteers donated 139.25 hours to the daily operations of SCI!  Volunteers are truly the heartbeat of our organization.  If you'd like to help, email


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