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What's Up in Windsor - August 2015


What's Up in Windsor - August 2015

by Tina Castelli

Windsor is lucky to have someone like Lorene.

Every town needs citizens who take on tasks that make life better and more fun for the rest of us.  These folks do things without being asked or paid.  They are the ones who cook at fundraisers, organize auctions and potlucks or volunteer for just about anything to help a local cause they believe in.  Windsor is lucky to have such a character in Lorene Romero.  She has been truly an advocate for everything local and especially Windsor since her move here in 1995 from San Francisco.   She operates her own travel business called, Sharp Tongued Consulting, where she books vacation excursions all over the World.  At first meeting, you know Lorene is an optimistic fireball, a smiley, charismatic person you just want to be around.  Customer service is in her blood and she lives to serve others, case in point she is a living kidney donor, but that is another story.

Lorene started volunteering in 2007 with the Windsor Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador and became a Chamber Board Member a year later.  She served as Board Chair and Chair of many events and still serves on Board today.  She is a Board Member of the Windsor Grange 410 and is working with a group of local leaders adding new energy to the over a Century old Windsor Grange Chapter.  She is also very active in Regional groups and serves as President of the North Coast Mac Users Group and the North West Regional Director for the National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA).  Lorene is very active in Social Media and is usually seen at Windsor fundraising events posting pictures and sharing posts, keeping the buzz going for local service groups.

Closest to her heart is Lorene’s recent involvement in the Windsor Relay for Life event, raising funds for the American Cancer Society.  Three years ago Lorene lost her Grandmother, Fran Maxon to Lymphoma Cancer and this inspired her to make a difference and to organize a Relay for Life Team in Windsor.  This year’s event was last month at Keiser Park and in addition to serving as Marketing Coordinator for the whole event Lorene marked her third year on a participating Relay Team.  Her Team is called, “Whole Latte Hope” and consists of 15+ registered team members and 10+ more unregistered members who helped out.  Lorene beat her record and raised over $2,000 herself this year and over the past 3 years has raised over $5,000 for the American Cancer Society.  Lorene asks everyone she knows to give her family names for her Relay for Life list and she walks in their name at the event.  She says, “If you have never participated in an event such as this please do.  It is emotionally and spiritually uplifting.  I know my Grandmothers spirit will be walking by my side the entire time.  I hope one day to be half the women she was.”  The Windsor Relay for life event is held every year in July, this year’s event was organized by Cass Gleason, Lorene says, “She inspires us all.”  Lorene, you inspire us all, thank you for all the work you do to make Windsor a better place and a more fun place to live.

Allegiance to the Farmer

The Windsor Farmers Market will be celebrating local Farmers this month at the Farm Nights Concerts on the Green, Thursdays, Aug 13, 20 and 27.  Local farmers will be introduced at the start of the night and they will be available in the Center Gazebo for farming advice questions, with samples of what grows on their Farm.  The Windsor Market is introducing a new original T-shirt designed by local artist, Joey Manfre, at these Farm Nights.  The shirt depicts a muddy hand print over the heart and the words, “Allegiance to the Farmer” around the hand.  The Market’s Kidz Dig It Club and local farmers will be visiting 3rd Grade students in Windsor when school starts after Aug 13th talking about the pledge they can make to their local farmers and the importance of eating fresh vegetables at every meal and choosing fruit as a snack instead of processed foods.  The third grade students will receive a shirt and an apple at the visit and will be invited to show their support of local farmers at the Summer Concert Finale on Aug 27th with Beatles Flashback on stage.  The shirts will be available for purchase at the three Farm Nights Concerts, at the Sunday Farmers Market and eventually on the Windsor Market website.   All proceeds will benefit the Farmers who attend the Windsor Farmers Market by helping them pay recently accessed Ag fees.  The Town of Windsor, American Ag Credit and many local businesses and groups already support the Allegiance to the Farmer campaign.  Contact if you are interested in showing your support.