GARY CONDIT joined the Love Ceres committee this year. He spent numerous hours promoting the event on social media, in the community and in person. Love Ceres is a citywide event where community members sign up for projects around town to help make Ceres a better place to live. Projects included park clean-ups, high school field maintenance and painting, first responders vehicle washing, flower planting for community sites, bags for domestic violence organizations, and much more. It was Gary who helped to promote Love Ceres around town and let community members know that Love Ceres was back and scheduled in April 2022. His knowledge in media productions made this volunteer event a huge success. His love for the City of Ceres was measured by the many hours of work he put into this event and we appreciate all of his expertise. Gary spent hours before the event taking photos and updating social media pages. On the day of the event, he continued to drive from project to project to take pictures and after the event was over, he provided a wonderful tribute of pictures to share. As a volunteer, he really made a difference.
KIM JOHNSON personifies the meaning of Volunteer. For more than two decades, Kim has led the effort for co-managing the organization of the Ceres Street Faire, with specific oversight of the vendors during the annual Ceres Street Faire. The amazing thing about this, is that although she is no longer a Ceres resident and now resides over 90 minutes away, she has maintained her commitment to Ceres for this community event. Kim is one of several members of the Ceres Street Faire Committee, which is comprised of a partnership between the Ceres Lions Club and the Ceres Chamber of Commerce. Each year, Kim leads the effort of organizing the marketing, application submissions and vendor set-up during the event, which is no small feat. She works to ensure all vendors are in compliance with the city and, for food vendors, the county health department - also no small feat. Kim, with the aide of her husband, Dave, travel to Ceres for monthly and weekly meetings leading up to the event, and then reside here for the week of the event to make sure all is organized to run successfully. Kim is a small business owner in her own community, but sets time aside every year for the Ceres community. That is an incredible commitment.
DANIEL MARTINEZ is a Lion's Club member. He's raised money and gathered sponsorships for teams in Ceres Youth Baseball. Volunteered for various activities raising money for Ceres Unified schools. Attends and helps with raising money for Ceres Pups Wrestling team. He's a beacon for a new generation of volunteers to follow his lead and just step up to the task of making the city better. Youth sports and other non profit events benefit from leadership like Daniel's to just making the effort to support in any way. This young man is so involved in his community. The way he tries to give back to his community and try to create a legacy for his own children is nice to see. He is always the one to step up and volunteer himself for a task without hesitation. Seeing him coach his son, help set up at the street fair, be at ribbon cuttings for new business in ceres he is always around to lend a hand.