“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.

2022 Honorees

Common Threads Fresno recognizes women in the following counties: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, and Tulare.

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  • -Susanne Carroll, Prather
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  • -Tina Fernandes-Macedo, Tulare
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  • -Mary Garcia, Laton
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  • -Leslie Gardner, Visalia
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  • -Christine Klistoff, Sanger
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  • -Maria Fatima Mancebo, Chowchilla
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  • -Benina Burroughs Montes, Denair
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  • -Heather Mulholland, Sanger
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  • -Marlene Raven, Armona
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  • -Lorna Roush, Burrel
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  • -Denise Skidmore, Atwater
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  • -Mary Souza, Hanford

2022 Awards Luncheon

The event will take place on March 16 at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District.

Please contact Deanna van Klaveren, Alumni Engagement Manager regarding the 2022 Common Threads event.
dvanklaveren@agleaders.org
(209)765-2476

 

2022 Common Threads Resources

2022 press release

Sponsorship letter
Sponsorship form

Nomination Criteria
Nomination Packet

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