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Local Young Lady Competes for the Miss Teen San Bernardino/Pasadena Title

Miss Brandy Bulter

Miss Brandy Bulter

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Brandy Butler of San Bernardino was recently selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Teen San Bernardino/Pasadena pageant competition that will take place on Sunday March 30, 2014.  Brandy learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviewing in the local San Bernardino/Pasadena area.  Brandy submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s San Bernardino/Pasadena Pageant Coordinator.

Ms. Butler will be competing for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. She will also be competing in the Miss Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies ages 7 and 19 competing in modeling routines, which include casual wear and formal wear.  Most important, she will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year’s San Bernardino/Pasadena judging panel.  Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition.

If Ms. Butler were to win the title of Miss Teen San Bernardino/Pasadena, she would represent San Bernardino/Pasadena and the surrounding communities at the National Competition that will take place in Orlando, Florida.  Over $30,000.00 in prizes and awards will be presented at the National Competition while each winner enjoys this expense paid trip of five nights and six days in Orlando, Florida.

Community businesses, organizations, and private individuals will assist her in participating in this year’s competition by becoming an official sponsor to her.  Through sponsorship, each contestant receives all the necessary training, rehearsals, and financial support which will allow Brandy to become a very confident and well-prepared contestant in this year’s San Bernardino/Pasadena Pageant.

Any business, organization, or private individual who may be interested in becoming a sponsor to Brandy Butler may contact the Miss Teen San Bernardino/Pasadena Pageant Coordinator at (877) 403-6678.

Greek Organizations Give Back Through 25th Annual Oratorical Contest

A PHI A_AKA 2014 25th OratoricalFONTANA, CA- The men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Mu Xi Lambda chapter, President Mr. Kevin Hall and women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Eta Nu Omega chapter, Ms. Annette Weathington held the 25th annual Oratorical Contest on Saturday, March 22 at Mango Elementary School, 7450 Mango Avenue, Fontana, CA 92336. This event was coordinated by Mr. Kevin Eastman of Mu Xi Lambda Chapter and Mrs. Twillea Evans-Carthen of Eta Nu Omega Chapter. Dr. Tonia Causey- Bush, Principal of Mango Elementary School; Ms. Patricia Yeary, Mango Elementary Third Grade Teacher; and Dr. Ayanna Balogun, Board Member of Fontana Unified School District was present along with Ms. Lisa Blacksher, Field Representative for Assembly Member Cheryl Brown, 47th District. Mr. Aaron Lash, Jr., student at California State University, San Bernardino and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity provided a special performance of spoken word.

This annual speech contest provides the opportunity for students grades first through twelfth to have a platform to enhance their public speaking skills, promote self-confidence, educational enrichment, and to further facilitate character building in a safe environment. This contest was developed under “The Belford V. Lawson Oratorical Contest, and uses the International Toastmasters Guidelines.”

Competitors came from local schools in the Inland Empire, such as Mango Elementary School, Palm Avenue Elementary School, Parkside Elementary School, Clement Middle School, Summit Intermediate School, Lakeside Middle School, Heritage Intermediate School, Beverly Vista Middle School, Martin Luther King High School, Summit High School, Eisenhower High School, Grand Terrace High School, Diamond Ranch High School and Cajon High School.

All participants were recognized as winners and received a certificate of recognition for participation from Assembly Member Cheryl Brown, along with a gift bag filled with treats and gifts from various partners.  Winners were selected in three groups based on grade level. First place winners received a crystal trophy and a check in the amount of $200.00.  Second place winners received a crystal trophy and a check in the amount of $100.00.  Third place winners received a crystal trophy and a check in the amount of $50.00.

Winners for the following categories were: Group 1 (1st through 5th) 1st Place – Akira Jones; 2nd Place – Charly Baldeon and 3rd Place – Samuel Huerta. Group 2 (6th through 8th) 1st Place – Thandiwe Bush, 2nd Place – Zaylin Jackson, 3rd Place – Romell McKenzie.  Group 3 (9th through 12th) 1st Place – Raihanna Melock, 2nd Place – Brandon Watts, 3rd Place – Cierra Joseph.

Since its formation in 1988, Mu Xi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has established itself as a cornerstone to the community and continues to do so with its four community service programs: A Voiceless People is a Hopeless People, Go to High School/Go to College, Project Alpha and its annual March of Dimes’ March for Babies. Through such programs and partnerships, Mu Xi Lambda has remained active in community by providing leadership development and mentoring assistance via the fraternity’s national and local initiatives. For more information regarding upcoming Chapter community service or scholarship opportunities, contact the chapter at muxilambda@info.com

In a similar fashion, Eta Nu Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has been serving the San Bernardino and Riverside area for over fifty two years.  Eta Nu Omega has conducted a number of scholarship programs and service events to encourage young women to pursue degrees in higher education as well as providing leadership development, enhanced academic preparation and character building through its well renowned Emerging Young Leaders program. For more information regarding Eta Nu Omega chapter events, visit www.etanuomega.org

Ron Cochran, Assistant Sheriff, to Be Awarded the Public Safety Award

Assistant Sheriff Cochran

Assistant Sheriff Cochran

Assistant Sheriff Cochran began his career with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 1984. He rose through the ranks over three decades, landing him in his current position. As an Assistant Sheriff, he is responsible for all support operations. He is the first African-American to hold the position of Assistant Sheriff in the history of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. He will be awarded the Public Safety Award at Time for Change Foundation‘s Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 10 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the National Orange Show Events Center, located at 690 S. Arrowhead Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92408. The theme of this year’s luncheon is “Celebrating Life’s Precious Jewels”.  The event will celebrate the life successes of Time for Change Foundation while awarding the members of the community who contribute to the success of those in need.

“Sherriff Cochran is one of those rare law enforcement officers who understand the issues in our community and believes in working together to ensure safety for all,” Kim Carter, Executive Director of Time for Change Foundation, said.

Cochran started his law enforcement career as a deputy at the West End Station and was transferred to Backgrounds and Recruitment. He was promoted to detective and served as a Community Liaison in Media Relations. As a sergeant, Cochran was assigned to Internal Affairs and the Highland Station; as lieutenant he worked at Employee Resources and the Rancho Station. Cochran held the position of Captain at the Highland Station and the Scientific Investigations Division. Prior to his appointment to Assistant Sheriff, Cochran was a Deputy Chief, responsible for directing, planning, coordinating, and managing all functions within the Field Support Services Bureau for the Sheriff’s Department.

Cochran is most recognized in the area of Ethics Training, Community Development Strategies and Community Oriented Policing. He combines his vast knowledge of law enforcement with his desire to help the community to foster an attitude of effective and accountable service to the residents of San Bernardino County.

His desire to better the community is evident in his personal life also, as he is involved with various service organizations. Cochran is active in Life Changing Mentoring and is a member of the Kiwanis Club in Highland and the NAACP of San Bernardino.

Other awardees at this year’s event include:  Dan and Melissa Carlone for the Community Champion Award; Safety Employees’ Benefit Association for the Ramos Family Spirit of Compassion Award; Michael Gallo for the Humanitarian Award; Brenda Dowdy and Vicki Lee-Nichols for the Community Service Award; and Ron Cochran for the Public Safety Award.

City of Fontana Mayor, Acquanetta Warren, will be emceeing the event;  while County of San Bernardino Supervisors Josie Gonzales and James Ramos are also listed as speaker on the programs.

The mission of Time for Change Foundation is to empower disenfranchised low income individuals and families by building leadership through evidenced-based programs and housing to create self-sufficiency and thriving communities.  Event sponsorship opportunities and seats are available.  Please call (909) 886-2994 or visit www.timeforchangefoundation.org for more information or to make a donation.