Wednesday Apr 06 2011
It's true! Build it and they will come
By: Nancy Hagman, Special to the Colfax Record
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Plaques commemorate efforts of volunteers By Nancy Hagman Special to the Colfax Record An epiphany is when things suddenly come together in your mind and you understand the relationships. In my case, it was the realization that the plaques at Colfax’s Ball Park have something in common. Like the Blue Star Highway plaques I wrote about earlier, the Living Memorial Park was built in 1949 to honor the military servicemen and service women of past wars. These more recent additions commemorate sincere and dedicated service to this community, however. Take Alvin Meyers, for instance. Best known as Al, he told his family before he passed away in 1985 that it was his wish that the ballpark would get a needed improvement. Born in 1928 in San Francisco, Al finished high school and served two years in the Navy after World War II ended. He then attended San Francisco City College where he played center on the championship football team. As a career PG&E employee, Al brought his family to Colfax in 1968. By this time he had a bum knee so he could no longer play sports, but that didn’t stop him from going to the park to watch the games. According to his wife, Audrey, he was watching a Labor Day tournament when the individual scheduled to handle the grill for the Recreation Association didn’t show up. Al was recruited and for the next ten or so years, he would go out to the park every summer and flip burgers to raise money for the association. Anybody who has stood over a big grill for more than a few minutes on a hot September day understands that’s real dedication! Not only did he join the Colfax Recreation Association, but he also managed a Little League team and served on the Volunteer Fire Department. He was also active in PG&E’s Pacific Service Employees Association. To honor Al’s request, his family and the Recreation Association set up a fund. After another member, Bob Marson, pointed out there was no sign marking the entrance to the park, the group drew up plans for building one. Then mayor Barry McDaniel ordered the plaque and the result was placed at the entrance to the field. The Meyers family tends the planter and decorates it for special events. I’m obligated to report that George Bernard is still on my Colfax mysteries list. His story is most likely very similar, but details are not apparent. So if you have a clue or a family contact, do call the Record! A stone plaque (okay it’s not metal – but it is heavy) bears the name Soroptimist International of Colfax. Marnice Emerson, historian for the organization, confirmed the service group donated the funds for the third base dugout at Living Memorial Field in 1984. According to their mission statement, Soroptimist International is a worldwide service organization for women. They are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realize aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide. This is an undertaking that focuses on the elimination of sex trafficking, on life-saving health services for women and girls worldwide and the current crisis that woman and girls in Japan get the healthcare they need. Past President Janice Quinn said that in addition to the international goals, the Colfax group supports a wide variety of community projects, including several scholarships at the elementary and high schools. To this end they are holding their fourth annual E-waste collection fundraiser during the Spring Green Festival on Saturday, May 7 at Roy Toms Plaza. This is your chance to be of service and help yourself at the same time. All you have to do is load up your old electronics and drive downtown between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Volunteers will even be on hand to unload your stuff.