Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) recognized Honor Flight Kern County founder, Lili Marsh, as the 16th State Senate District’s Woman of the Year.
The Woman of the Year event was founded in 1987 in celebration of Women’s History Month and to honor the contributions by some of the remarkable women throughout California. Each year one woman from each State Assembly and State Senate District is invited to be recognized at the State Capitol for their significant contributions to their district.
“Lili Marsh is the embodiment of the American spirit and Bakersfield pride,” said Senator Fuller. “She provides our veterans with the opportunity to witness first-hand the monuments that were built in their honor and for their sacrifices. And, she provides comfort to our military families while their spouses, parents and children are deployed protecting our freedoms.”
Lili founded Honor Flight Kern County, an organization aimed at ensuring that all local WWII veterans are able to see the memorials in Washington DC, that were built in their honor. In May of 2012, 21 WWII veterans and volunteer guardians made the inaugural flight. Today, there have been 31 flights with over 1,300 veterans who have had the opportunity to take that unforgettable trip.
“Senator Fuller and our local community have long been supporters of our veterans, Honor Flight Kern County, and our efforts to bring our veterans to THEIR monuments in Washington D.C.,” said Lili Marsh. “I am honored to accept this award from her on behalf of an organization that serves our veterans.”
Lili’s latest project, Portrait of a Warrior Gallery, will feature portraits of service members that lost their lives in combat following the September 11th attacks. The local gallery will open soon and will be located near 20th and Eye Streets in Bakersfield.
Lili’s long list of contributions to the veteran community also includes the “Bakersfield Unites for the Stars and Stripes” event, which she organized following the September 11th attacks. The event raised $75,000 in one day, but also brought together 20,000 Kern County residents to share their grief and provide support for each other. The “Stars and Stripes” event continued for three consecutive years, raising funds for families of service members deployed in the Middle East.
Lili assisted victims of Hurricane Katrina, when she recruited volunteers from the Bakersfield Fire Department and organized an effort to fill two semi-trucks with supplies for the evacuees impacted by the storm. Even more recently, she organized three semi-trucks full of supplies that were delivered to some of the smaller towns in Texas affected by the flooding after Hurricane Harvey.
“Lili Marsh is a humble and compassionate Patriot who inspires us to do more to honor, remember and be thankful for the sacrifices of our veterans,” concluded Fuller.
Further below in this newsletter is more information on Honor Flight Kern County.
75th Anniversary of Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow
It was my honor to introduce the Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Colonel Sekou Karega, and recognize the 75th Anniversary of the Logistics Base.
For 75 years, the MCLB has been a central logistics hub and a vitally important base that offers support to the U.S. Marine Corps in times of conflict, as well as provided facilities, infrastructure and services to all branches of the military.
Like many West Coast bases, MCLB Barstow had their start during World War II with an inland location that made it more secure from a possible attack.
California Agriculture Day at the Capitol
March 20th is California Agriculture Day. As part of Ag Day events, exhibitors gathered to recognize the importance of agriculture to our economy and highlight the variety of agricultural products produced in California. I toured the exhibits with my guest, Erica Stanford, who is a Member of New Zealand’s Parliament.
California Aerospace and Aviation Days
Both the Assembly and Senate recognized Monday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 14 as 2018 California Aerospace & Aviation Days at the State Capitol.
The Senate Resolution I presented kicked off the three-day event that included meeting with legislators, state officials, industry representatives and stakeholders, and concluded with informative educational and interactive displays from the California Aerospace Museum, the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, CORE Aerospace STEM Academy, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Lawrence Livermore Labs, and many more.
California Aerospace and Aviation Days recognize the significance of the Aerospace and Aviation industries in California, and how we keep California ‘Flying into the Future.’
Around the District
Ribbon Cuttings at Burroughs High School and New Murray Middle School
Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held at Burroughs High School and Murray Middle School in Ridgecrest to celebrate the completion of modernization projects and the construction of a new middle school.
I was joined by a number of people who were instrumental in making these projects a reality including: Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Sierra Sands administrators and staff, the Department of the Navy, the Marine Corp, members of the DoD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, the City of Ridgecrest, Kern County, and officials and students from both schools.
League of Dreams Opening Day
It was great to be part of the League of Dreams Opening Day Ceremony at California State University Bakersfield. These fantastic kids made this a wonderful experience and a cherished memory. Thank you to all of the players, coaches and staff at CSUB for contributing to this great event.
League of Dreams is a nonprofit adaptive sport league specifically for athletes ages 5-22 with physical and developmental disabilities.
Rio Bravo Cancer Center Opening
On March 7, Team Fuller joined Rio Bravo Cancer Center staff, Mayor Karen Goh, and other city officials for a Ribbon Cutting ceremony at the Center’s new facility.
Community Close Up
Honor Flight Kern County
Honor Flight Kern County (HFKC) is one of 136 hubs from around the country that is part of the Honor Flight Network. HFKC is an all-volunteer non-profit created to honor veterans of Kern County and surrounding areas as far away as the San Fernando Valley. There are approximately 46,000 veterans in Kern County with over 8,000 of them World War II and Korean Veterans. Their mission is to honor and send America’s veterans to Washington D.C. to see the memorials built in THEIR honor for their service to our country - at no cost to the veteran. Top priority is given to our most senior veterans - World War II veterans - and those from any conflict that are terminally ill - followed by Korean and Vietnam veterans. Every veteran accepted by HFKC for this honor travels at no cost to him/her due to the generosity of tax deductible donations from our community. The trips include all air and ground transportation, meals, overnight accommodations, and guided tours.
For information on how you can help support the Honor Flight mission to send our veterans to Washington D.C. to see THEIR memorials - please call 661-544-VETS (8387) or visit their website http://www.honorflightkerncounty.org/.
Mobile Office Hours Schedule for April
Mobile Office hours are held to facilitate communication between my office and the communities we serve. The following is a list of Mobile Office locations for the month of April. Hope you can find the time to stop by!
Taft Chamber of Commerce
Mojave Air & Spaceport
California City Chamber of Commerce
Tulare Chamber of Commerce
Ridgecrest City Hall
Barstow Visitor’s Center at the Harvey House
Frazier Mountain Communities Family Resource Center
Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce
Kern River Valley County Admin. Building
Monthly mobile office locations will also be posted on the Senate web site. Please take the opportunity to stop by and visit. To schedule an appointment with a member of the staff, please call the District Office at (661) 323-0443.