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Gary and Jan Beeler honored as Land Conservancy's Volunteers of the Year

FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Land Conservancy (FLC) hosted their annual Emerald Grove Recognition Dinner on April 7 at the Grand Tradition, honoring the 2009 major contributors and this year’s Volunteers of the Year, Gary and Jan Beeler.

Don McKinney, District Representative for Congressman Darrell Issa, presented the Beelers with a proclamation from Congressman Issa recognizing their outstanding work in enhancing the natural beauty of their community through their restoration work with the FLC’s Native Plant and Wildflower and Save Our Forest (SOF) groups.

“The Beelers’ volunteer work has involved every phase of the restoration, from tending the trees in the SOF nursery to writing grants, organizing and carrying out community planting events in which hundreds of volunteers have planted thousands of plants on Conservancy preserves,” noted FLC chairman Wallace Tucker.

Supervisor Bill Horn, another special dinner guest, applauded the FLC for their work in protecting the rural character of the Fallbrook area and discussed his goal of preserving as much of the historic North County Rancho Guejito property as possible.

Conservancy executive director Mike Peters outlined the many restoration projects underway on FLC’s preserves, and Vince Ross and Kent Borsch reviewed the FLC’s partnership with The San Diego Foundation to establish permanent endowments for the FLC using estate planning techniques.

Emerald Grove members have given land or donated more than $1,000 in a year to the conservancy. In 2009 there were 43 organizations, businesses, couples and individuals who contributed at that level. Among the Emerald Grove honorees present were Dawne Goodwin McCullough, Diane and Donald McNutt, Peggy and Don Durling, Jan and Bill Schultz, Patti and Gary Johnson, Linda and Otis Heald, Jan Quigley, Renee Ingold, Karen and Jim Hall, Janis and Jim Swan, Connie Freese and Bret Modrell, Mary Perhacs, Scott Rowland, and Marilyn Miller, representing the Angel Society of Fallbrook.

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