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AKA Sorority, Inc. Far Western Regional Conference Celebrates Their 85th Far Western Regional Conference

Carolyn House Stewart, Esq., International President, Twillea Evans-Carthen and Dr. Barbara Denson Trotter, Far Western Regional Director

Carolyn House Stewart, Esq., International President, Twillea Evans-Carthen and Dr. Barbara Denson Trotter, Far Western Regional Director

Congratulations to Mrs. Twillea Evans-Carthen, former President of Eta Nu Omega Chapter of San Bernardino-Riverside who received the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Far Western Regional Directors Leadership Award on April 26, 2014 at the sorority’s 85th Regional Conference held in Sacramento, California April 23 – 27, 2014 at the Doubletree Hotel. The Far Western Region includes the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.  Over 900 members were in attendance at this conference.

She has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for over 34 years.  During Mrs. Evans-Carthen’s tenure as President, in 2009 and 2010 she was the recipient of special congressional recognition from Congressman Joe Baca (Member of Congress 43rd Congressional District) “for her leadership as the President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Eta Nu Omega Chapter with a membership of 100 educated women and her longstanding commitment to community service.”

Mrs. Evans-Carthen is the recipient of the 2012 “Virtuous Woman” of the Year Award.  The recognition was both for living a life of “virtue” and providing exceptional service to the community.  Also, she was awarded the 2013 “Citizens of Achievement” award by the League of Women Voters of San Bernardino for her contributions in improving the quality of life in her community as a volunteer and going “above and beyond doing a job for which she is paid.

Carthen has been a college administrator for more than 26 years in human resources and educator at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) who coordinated a prayer vigil at the university to generate awareness about Miss Terrilynn Monette who was a CSUSB alumna who disappeared in New Orleans in early March 2013.  Mrs. Evans-Carthen was instrumental in establishing an annual scholarship in memory of Miss Monette at CSUSB through CSUSB Black Faculty, Students and Staff Association.  The first recipient of the annual scholarship was recently awarded to a deserving CSUSB Student on February 28, 2014 in the presence of  Miss Monette’s parents, friends and university family at the campus annual pioneer breakfast.

Evans-Carthen is a resident of Highland, California and is an Adjunct Professor for over 17 years at Brandman University (Riverside Campus) for the Human Resources and Organizational Leadership degree programs; a member of Life Changing ministries and has been married for over 30 years to her high school and college sweet heart Tracy Carthen.  They have three children, Mrs. Megan Carthen Jackson who is married to Marcus Jackson of the United States Navy (Pensacola, FL) and twin sons, Eric and Evan Carthen sophomores at California Lutheran University.


Life Saving Click It or Ticket Mobilization Begins

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- San Bernardino Police Department wants to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket.  In order to enforce this reminder, beginning Monday, May 19th, officers will bejoining in the 2014 national seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted.

Even with a seatbelt usage rate of 97.4 percent, California still has 800,000 or more who aren’t buckling up.  In a crash, they stand a 50 percent greater chance of being killed than those who have taken the two seconds to buckle in.  In an on-going effort to reach those remaining safety hold-outs, police, sheriff and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) departments across the state will be taking part in Click It or Ticket from May 19 through June 1.

“Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer vacation season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” said Police Chief Jarrod Burguan. “If you are not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed.”

According to new data released from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities are up nationwide for the first time in five years. In 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts. NHTSA data also details how more traffic vehicle deaths occur at night. In 2012, 61 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed during the nighttime hours of 6:00 p.m. – 5:59 a.m. were not wearing their seat belts.

“Wearing a seat belt is one of the easiest and best things you can do to protect yourself in the event of a car crash,” said Rhonda Craft, Director of the California Office of Traffics Safety. “Taking a few moments to properly secure yourself and all your passengers before going on your way could mean the difference between life and death.”

The cost for a seat belt violation in California for unbuckled vehicle occupants over age 16 is a minimum of $161 for a first offense. The penalty fees for failing to properly buckle up any child under the age of 16 is a minimum $490 per child for a first offense, plus a violation point will be added to the driver’s record. If the parent is not in the car, the driver gets the ticket.

For more traffic safety information, visit the California Office of Traffic Safety at www.ots.ca.gov or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Click It or Ticket mobilization, www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

Saturday, November 15: PBR brings top bull riders and bulls back to Ontario

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ONTARIO, CA – After more than 4 years, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) will be returning to Ontario, CA. The PBR and AEG are proud to be teaming up when the PBR Blue DEF Velocity Tour bucks into the Citizen Business Bank Arena on Saturday, November 15, at 7 p.m.

During this one day only event, the best up and coming bull riders in the world will face off against monstrous animal athletes nearly 10 times their weight as they compete in the most thrilling 8 seconds in sports. Each rider will face off against at least two of the rankest bulls on the planet. At the end of the competition, the rider with the highest combined score will be crowned the champion.

The PBR Blue DEF Velocity tour provides an opportunity for riders to compete in PBR-sanctioned events to earn points toward qualifying for the nationally-televised Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS), which is comprised of the Top 35 bull riders in the world.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 6, at 10 a.m. and start as low as $15. Tickets will be available at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office, www.AXS.com and by telephone at 1-888-929-7849.