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October 2007


Family Water Alliance is proud to announce the addition of two new board members. At the August Board of Directors meeting the board unanimously voted to appoint Kalyn Lewis of Meridian and Gary Teragawa of Colusa as new associate directors of FWA.

Kalyn Lewis is the Store Manager of Umpqua Bank in Colusa and has lived in the Colusa/Meridian area most of her life. When nominated to become an FWA board member Lewis stated, “I believe in farmers and all that they accomplish. We need to support the farmers for our very existence. Growing up in a small town like Meridian and coming from a farming family, I can appreciate the uniqueness that a rural community has to offer. I love to be able to look out and see bare land come to life with new growth.” FWA Executive Director Ashley Emery said, “Kalyn will be a great addition to the FWA Board, she is involved in the community and her financial background will be of great value to our organization.”

Gary Teragawa has lived in Colusa for seven years and is currently the Executive Lieutenant of the Yuba-Sutter Area California Highway Patrol. “Gary will bring a great law enforcement perspective to our board”, said Emery. The mission of FWA is to educate the public about issues that affect rural communities. Teragawa stated “After having lived and worked in places like downtown Los Angeles, Culver City, the overcrowded Orange County, busy San Diego, and compacted San Francisco, living in a rural agricultural community has proven to be slower, has allowed me more time for myself to enjoy my hobbies and activities, and has greatly improved the quality of life for me.” Family Water Alliance works everyday to protect our quality of life and the communities we love.

Family Water Alliance now has sixteen board members, who serve one and two year terms. The FWA Board of Directors serves to guide the organization and volunteers their time to address issues that affect our customs and cultures. ■

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