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S VOL. XXII Newsline In This Issue Salsa Festival Announces Entertainment Line-up See Around VC - Page 2A Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Holds Rites of Passage Closing Ceremony and Luncheon See Lifestyle - Pages 14A & 15A The Greatest Love of All at the Granada Theatre See Local - Page 16A The Tri County’s Only Multicultural Newspaper Newsline In This Issue TRI COUNTY ENTRY NO. 27 FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014 California Strawberry Festival at Strawberry Meadows See Community Calendar - Page 12B Black College Tour Creates a Village By Tim Pompey For Bedford and Irene Pinkard, the thought of sponsoring a black college tour started with the graduation of one of their cousins from Prairie View A&M University, a historical black college located near Houston, Texas. “As we thought about it,” said Irene, “we said that it would be a good thing for youngsters here to see a black college graduation.” For their initial tour, they recruited some kids from their church. “We took six kids in all,” she said. “We rented a van and our cousin fed us breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While we were at Prairie View, one of the deans met with the kids to talk about admissions.” The kids loved it. More important, they were amazed to learn that black colleges actually existed. As Irene explained: “When we saw the surprise and the pride the students had in seeing this, we said we need to do this because there’s definitely a need for them to see this.” That was twenty-five years ago. Last April, the Pinkards and their chaperones took twenty-four prospective college students on their 25th annual tour. A small sample of colleges along their route included Texas Southern in Houston, Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Grambling State University in Grambling (Louisiana), and Huston-Tillotson College in Austin. Irene notes how news Porsche Club of America It’s not just the cars, it’s the people! The Porsche Club of America, Santa Barbara Region (SBR) (Photo Credit: Gary L. Harbour) Santa Barbara, CA --- charitable beneficiaries “Porsche Club of Amer- included the American ica, Santa Barbara Region Heart Association, The Al(SBR) members select at zheimer’s Association and least one charity a year to The Cystic Fibrosis Assosupport,” said Doreen Pan- ciation. In total during the kow, President, (SBR). “We past decade SBR’s finanfeel it’s important to give cial support has exceeded back to the communities $100,000.00, which has where we work and live.” earned it special recognition “In prior years, SBR’s PORSCHE, See page 3A Participants on the 25th annual Black College Tour. about these trips has got- chosen to limit the number ten out. “It’s by word of they take to twenty-five. mouth,” she said. “We That’s because their inteneven had two from North tion is to make this event Carolina this year who very personal for the kids connected with us in Hous- and their families. Irene ton.” calls it a village tour. “We While the demand is want the youngsters to feel great, the Pinkards have like it’s a family,” she said. “In a week, they become very close. In our travels we’re also connecting with other friends and family, so they can see what Southern hospitality is like.” For black communities in Southern California, the exposure to black colleges Photo Courtesy: Irene Pinkard) and universities is minimal. “The closest thing to a black college here in Southern California is the Charles Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles,” said Irene. It’s no surprise then that TOUR, See page 1B Gideons hold annual pastor appreciation breakfast Gideons International members and guest at its annual pastors appreciation breakfast. (Photo Credit: Gary L. Harbour) By Gary L. Harbour great war, God had his ser- preciation Breakfast be- recent scripture distribution On May 6, 2014, the vant Gideon send several gan with a welcome from efforts in several convalesOxnard Camp of Gideons thousands of his soldiers Oxnard Vice-President cent homes. His wife, auxInternational held its an- home against seeming in- Art Dawson, followed by iliary member Irene, shared nual Pastors Appreciation surmountable odds. He Camp President Gary L. the distribution efforts of Breakfast at the Courtyard wanted the world to know Harbour singing “Amazing the Auxiliary (wives of by Marriott in Oxnard. To that the guaranteed victory Grace”. The program con- Gideons), bible distribuknow the story of Gideon, was God’s alone. tinued with Camp Treasur- tions in hospitals, doctor is to know that pending a The Gideon Pastor Ap- er James Clifton discussing GIDEONS, See page 1B

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