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May 28, 2010 > Paying It Forward - With Every End Comes a New Beginning

Paying It Forward - With Every End Comes a New Beginning

Submitted By Jae Chun

On May 12, 2010, the Leadership Fremont Class of 2010, a community leadership program sponsored by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, celebrated their graduation from the nine month program. Being a member of that class, I was honored to learn about leadership while witnessing and contributing to the twelve of us starting as individual classmates and growing into a cohesive and collaborative team. The success of the team is best described by a response from Henry Ford who was once asked about teamwork. "Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success."

However, I speak on behalf of all of us in the class when I say that none of this would have been possible without the selfless spirit, unwavering commitment and support from the Tri-City community. We'd like to thank each and every one of you who donated your valuable time and funds to help us reach our class project goal to help CALICO further their mission of preventing child abuse and helping those most in need who don't always have a voice. Among those on our "thank you" list are:

Cargill Salt, Tri-City Voice, Cinemark Theaters, Horatio's Restaurant, Olive Garden, Aria Investments, Jeff Faust, Kathy Lievre, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, Sherwin Williams, Trader Joe's, Jim Weller, Douglas Morrison Theater, Tina Nunez, Bill Jennings, Krystal Yu, Kaiser Permanente - Fremont, Crab Landing, Jamba Juice, Brent Hodson, San Jose Wolves, Beth Rasler, Kim Douglas, Ashley Perriera, Royal Ambulance, Dickey's BBQ Pit, Applebee's, Louise and Richard Brower, Centerville Business Community, Pat and Denise Mapelli, Bob and Pam Zajdel, William Douglas, Fremont Police Officers Association, W Hotel, Mary Kay, Bed Bath & Beyond, Michelle Carroll, Barbara Jenkins, Bill Ernser

As sad as I am to see the end of our class, I am happy to say that it also officially marks the beginning of the next Leadership Fremont Class of 2011. If you are interested in learning more about the program and/or participating, please contact the Fremont Chamber of Commerce at (510) 795-2244 or

And for those of you who are considering paying it forward, but wonder if one person can truly make a difference, I'd like to leave you with a couple quotes:

"According to the US Census Bureau, the projected life expectancy of a human is a little over 78 years. With this statistic, 9 months, the length of the Leadership class, is less than 1% of our expected lives. However, actions taken over the course of 9 months, or even a decision made in less than 1 minute, can have affects that last a lifetime. Coming together as a team, we were able to draw media attention for CALICO, renovate its interview room, and also raise $10,000 for them. These efforts will help CALICO provide support to abused children and teens that will last a lifetime." - Jay Lee, CPA, Sensiba San Filippo LLP, Leadership Fremont Class of 2010 Graduation

"People will forget what you say, they will forget what you do, they will never forget how you made them feel." - Dave Smith, Mayor of Newark during a Leadership Fremont Class

If you are interested in learning more about CALICO, please visit or email them at If you would like to make a donation to CALICO, please use one of the following methods (Please be sure to earmark your donation "Leadership Fremont"):

Cash or Check:
Send your tax deductable donation to:
524 Estudillo Ave
San Leandro, CA 94577
Facebook: CALICO

Credit Card:
Contact CALICO (510) 895-0702

Donate Wish List Items:

You may also donate toys, supplies and materials to CALICO. To see their current wish list, please visit:

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