On February 2, 2015, the Board of Directors of the Anaheim Community Foundation unanimously named Irv Pickler Board Member Emeritus.
As a parent, community volunteer, City Councilmember, active service club member, ACF board member and many others, Irv’s leadership and sincere love for this community has been unparalleled. Anaheim is a much stronger city and a much better place to raise a family because of Irv’s dedication. Beyond his service to our community, Irv has served America and the world in the defense of freedom as a distinguished member of our armed forces.
As Board Member Emeritus, Irv Pickler’s lifelong efforts to make Anaheim a great place to live, work and play are recognized and never forgotten.
Erick Samayoa has been a resident of Anaheim for 10 years and was a participant in Project S.A.Y. from 2006 to 2010. In 2010 he was accepted to The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and is now serving on the USS Anzio as a naval officer. During 2013 he returned home to help out with the Project S.A.Y. Cycling Team.
In April, the Anaheim Community Foundation (ACF) announced $35,000 in assistance to 17 local service organizations through its Christopher K. Jarvi HELPING HANDS grant to strengthen youth, residents and community. Named after the founding Executive Director of the Anaheim Community Foundation, the Helping Hands grant honors the memory of Chris Jarvi, who passed away April 22, 2013. He was a strong advocate for youth and the Anaheim Community.
Anaheim Community Foundation has named its Helping Hands grant program after Chris Jarvi, ACF’s Founding Chief Executive Officer, who passed away on April 22, 2013 at the age of 68.
Chris was born in Corvallis, Oregon; the son of Simeri Jarvi and Mary Davis Jarvi. His father, a career forester, instilled in Chris the love of nature and belief in stewardship of natural resources. Chris graduated from Cal Poly, Pomona, in Ornamental Horticulture/Park Administration. After a stint in the Air Force he obtained his masters in Environmental Horticulture at UC Davis. He could name most plants by both their common and Latin names. It was at Cal Poly that Chris met, fell in love with and married Sylvia Walker. Their strong bond lasted 46 years. They had two sons, David and Erik. Sylvia was the only known human who could successfully manage his irrepressible enthusiasm.
Congratulations to ACF board member Chuck Malley for his 30+ of service. What a legacy!