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Thank you for supporting the 22nd Annual Common Threads Awards Luncheon

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The Thread that Binds

Through the combined efforts of three strong agricultural organizations, the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, the Ag One Foundation, and the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at California State University, Fresno, Common Threads has annually honored the lives of outstanding San Joaquin Valley women since 1997. These women, whose roots are deep in agriculture, have made a difference in their communities with bountiful giving of their time, talent and treasure. 

Agriculture is the common thread of all honorees. Their contributions are symbolic of the rich, colorful threads used to fashion a multifaceted tapestry, not unlike the agricultural diversity of our region. The common threads of our tapestry display an array of cultures, ages and regions. Some threads are vivid and bright, like the colorful bounty of our land's harvest. Some are as soft as well-used denim and a little faded with age. Some have the tensile strength of iron; others the complexity and richness of fine lace. 

We are like artisans of old who wove beautiful tapestries to commemorate special occasions and historical accounts for future generations to appreciate. Those selected for the Common Threads honor are only representative of hundreds of women whose achievements have gone unnoticed. There will be more. Our tapestry, like our agricultural sector, is dynamic and growing. Thank you for your continued support as we look forward to many more yearly celebrations. 

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Common Threads Awards Honor Five Valley Women

On March 21, Ag One along with the Jordan College and the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) hosted the 22nd annual Common Threads Awards Luncheon at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Hall. Honored by more than 300 guests in attendance were this year’s award recipients: Angie Avila, Lemoore; Josephine Giampaoli, Le Grand; Jan Johnson, Madera; Jessie Maggini, Riverdale; Teri Penfold, Kingsburg. The luncheon celebrates the time, talent and treasure of the Common Threads Awards honorees who have devoted their lives to agriculture and their communities.

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