Common Threads

“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. It is the basis for our organizational mission and the core of our programs’ educational principles. It is because of this commitment to others that in 1997, Ag Leadership teamed up 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 contribution of time, energy and resources has enhanced those around them.

In addition, in 2003 a second Common Threads program was initiated 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. Nominees should have past or present roots in agriculture and have shown outstanding involvement within the industry, as well as have made a difference through their charitable giving and volunteerism.

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.

On March 22, 2017, an awards luncheon honoring this year’s recipients will be held at the International Ag Center in Tulare, CA. Recipients, their families and friends, industry guests, and supporters are encouraged to attend.

The Common Threads Award recipients for 2017 are:

Mary Mello, Hanford
Betty Morehead, Pixley
Bonnie Schultz, Riverdale
Ann Stone, Lemoore

» View Past Recipients - Fresno
» Download Nomination Criteria
» Download Nomination Form


Registration for the 2017 Common Threads Luncheon
When/Where: March 22, 2017 / International Agri Center Heritage Complex in Tulare
Schedule of Events:

11 a.m. - Check-In & No Host Wine Social
12 p.m. - Awards Luncheon


$50 per ticket / $500 table before March 15th
$60 per ticket / $600 table starting March 16th

Info: Please call Emily for any other questions: 831-585-1030


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