Common Threads Award Nominations

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

Giving to others is an integral part of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, which teamed up in 1997 with the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and the Ag One Foundation, both at California State University, Fresno, to honor women in agriculture who have chosen to make a philanthropic difference in their communities and our world.

The Common Threads Award recognizes individuals whose exemplary and extraordinary contributions of time, energy and resources have enhanced those around them.

A second Common Threads program was initiated in 2003 in conjunction with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California Davis, to expand and develop the mission of the original endeavor.

While each program maintains specific and unique geographic criteria, the overall award qualifications are the same: women with deep roots in agriculture who have given their time and energy to make a significant difference with their philanthropic giving and volunteer support within the agricultural industry, as well as their communities.

In moving forward, Ag Leadership, along with its partner organizations, will continue to explore new and exciting ways of recognizing outstanding philanthropists. If you know of a woman whose dedication and talents should be considered for a Common Threads Award, please submit a nomination packet.

Common Threads Fresno recognizes women in the following counties: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, and Tulare.

Common Threads Sacramento Valley recognizes women in the following counties: Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Stanislaus, Solano, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo, and Yuba.

The California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, the Ag One Foundation and the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (JCAST) at California State University, Fresno, will host a luncheon for this year's honorees on March 27, 2014, at Fresno State.

Nominations should be submitted by Monday, Nov. 25. A PDF version of the nomination form can be obtained at

For more information, contact Emily Lazzerini at the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation at 831-585-1030 or Sadie Hemsath at Ag One at 559-278-4266.

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