S: Thanks Ray
FC: Thanks Ray
1: We have gathered you together here to night to honor, to celebrate and to thank Ray for his dedication to our community as our city council person for the past 9 years Its not so much for Ray that we have gathered you together for if he had is way this would not be happening, it is for us, it is for our community. Because these is a very important truth about community building that Ray had taught me, and modeled. A health community gathers together to celebrate often, it honors and respects all the individuals and their efforts that make up the collective effort, and it gives thanks. People come and go, and still communities live on, the collective expression of so many peoples good efforts, notice and unnoticed, celebrated or not. IN a health community many things are beginng and ending all the time. And its it good to notice, because when something is ended well, our energy is ready and able to move on to rise up and begin again. so Today we honor Ray, not because he is special, he is just unique, like each of us, and his gifts have been well expressed to the benefit of so many projects and so many individuals. Ray has, like we all can, risen up into his true potential and shared his gifts of perspective, collaboration, bridge building and hopefulness far and wide. He has set us a fine example that we can follow each in our own unique way of how to participate fully in the lives we are blessed to have, in the community we are blessed to share together. So today we mark the end of his tenure as our city council person with a cheerfulness, a gratitude, a wiliness to carry on and look forward building from our collective strengthens that Ray has helped us bring forward in so many ways. We wish Angelic the best, and we thank Ray for his best. Before I turn the mic over to Mayor Heather Fargo to MC our short program, lets raise our voices together in a call and response chant: Hip Hip Who Ray? Hip Hip Thanks Ray! (divid group in half)
2: 2001-2010 Sacramento City Council
4: Its time to step down from the City Council, and step on from here in new ways together. One foot in front of the other the future is ours to create.
6: What a difference a few dedicated people can make!
7: Thank you for all your help and support. I never did anything alone! - Ray T.
8: We Quakers have a saying: Let your life Preach This is what Ray does everywhere, all the time. Leading from his heart, behaving from the highest possible standard. Showing us with his own life what a life well lead, a life naturally inspiring to other people looks like. We all can be inspired by the natural easy sharing and loving he models. May we each do the same with this precious gift of life. --Judy Tretheway
9: Two decades of Sacramento City leadership from two dedicated Natomas activists. Heather Fargo and Ray Tretheway
10: RSVP with Regrets: Wish my home in Santa Barbara were nearer so I could come.But my heart will be there as always. Love, Grany Pat Kim and I send our regrets. We will be in Maui on Oct. 18th. Thank you to Ray for his assistance in our neighborhood and good luck with future endeavors! Jennifer Thomas Hey Ray3: Your great efforts are certainly worth celebrating. You set the mark for all of us. Count me in as a virtual attendee- sending good thoughts and praise for your many accomplishments and efforts. Bart Tretheway I would LOVE to attend this special evening for Ray! I'm conducting a literary that evening so will be unable to make it. Congratulations Ray!! Suzette Riddle I wish I could make this event. I really will miss having Ray as our Council Member. It is very sad for me to see him go, but I know our loss is a gain for the Sacramento Tree Foundation. They are lucky to have him. Darlene B. Viggiano
11: Ray, it’s been a great pleasure to work with you on parks capital projects. We have in common our love for Nature and the outdoors—“free range kids” we were! You are leaving a great legacy to the City. I promise I will continue to work on City parks becoming the homes for new trees. Blessings to you and your family, J.P. Tindell, M.S. Park Plng. & Dev. Mgr. + Dept. Sustainability Ldr. &&&&&& Dear Ray,I am truly sorry that I cannot be there in person to. As President of the North Natomas TMA, I have greatly appreciated your unwavering support for improving the transportation infrastructure and transit opportunities for all of District 1. When the Green Line to the airport runs its first train through Natomas, I hope to have the honor of joining you on the maiden voyage. This light rail line will serve as a testament to your perseverance and dedication. On behalf of the NNTMA and the residents of North Natomas, thank you for your integrity, for championing what is right, and for your service. Sincerely, Scott Scott Dosick, MPA President Capital Pathways LLC
12: Thanks for putting this together -- it was a great celebration! Bob and Dale Reinhard I know the city will miss you insites. Enjoy your next adventure. Best, Joni Ramirez Mike and I are both out of town. We do appreciate all that Ray has done. Thanks so much, Jim Bogear
13: "On behalf of the Sacramento Police Department, please accept our sincerest appreciation for your years of dedication and commitment to the City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Police Department. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors." Chief Rick Braziel Sacramento Police
16: No matter what, You made it happen Thanks Ray
17: Here is two photo’s of Ray at his first annual Tree Foundation Golf Tournament. It is definitely a reflection of his personality. “FOCUS, STRENGHT, COMMITMENT = SUCCESS!!!!” Three of us missed our put, but Ray stepped up, Focus on the hole, stood strong with great Strength, made a Commitment to us, and was a huge Success by sinking an 80 foot putt for Birdie. Thanks Ray for your sacrifice and dedication to me, my family, my friends, neighbor and the people of Natomas. You will be missed. Your friend, Tom....Thomas Yee
18: If Ray hadn't sued the city, I think we could have been tight. -- Dave Shore City Council, District 1 1981-89
19: That was 25 years ago. Together we’ve worked on many community projects and campaigns, and our families have shared BBQs, Thanksgivings and weddings. We were ever so proud when Ray fulfilled his dream of representing Natomas on the City Council. And even though we moved from the neighborhood, we were such devoted fans that we watched him on television! The characteristic we value most in Ray is his ability to pay attention and connect with people. He has a talent for listening to what is on your mind, extracting and identifying your deepest concerns and hopes, and encouraging you to pursue a course to improve the lives of others in the community, and the world at large. Sounds sappy, but it’s true . . . and we know from personal experience. Our particular passion was schools, and although our agenda did not directly impact Ray or his children, he advised us on how to approach it, and provided a vision for expanding our goals to eventually include all of Natomas. Sacramento has been fortunate to have Ray as a governmental leader, and we count ourselves even more privileged to have him as our friend. Michele & Richard Taylor | Having known Judy for quite a while before meeting Ray, we were a bit surprised by him. He didn’t clog, and he wasn’t a Quaker. He didn’t appear to be late for an appointment, nor did he peal out of the driveway or careen down from the levee. It was obvious he owned a hairbrush, and his collared shirt was ironed. He didn’t substitute corn chips for lunch, and he could identify a good Cabernet. Could they really be married? Obviously, because when Redhead walked in the door, his face lit up ~ “Hey, Judy, Blue Eyes” ~ and the connection was evident. Same broad smile. Same genuine kindness. Same love in his heart for those around him.
20: RALF, Almost 40 years and counting...what a friendship (brotherhood). I'll add more later. Ralf
21: Thanks, Ray, for your years of dedication to the betterment of our city. Anne Rudin
22: Poppy & Jack
23: Poppy & Peter
24: Estimado Ray, Muchas gracias por su dedicación y sus contribuciones a nuestra comunidad y nuestro mundo. Con gratitud y admiración, Nancy Zarenda
25: Thanks, Ray, for your integrity and dedication as well as those special qualities that have always made you stand above the crowd. Sacramento is clearly a different city today than it would have been without your service on the City Council and your years of inspired leadership as president of the Sacramento Tree Foundation, in bringing together disparate groups of individuals and neighborhoods. Led by your tireless educational efforts and your amazing ability to make strangers feel comfortable with one another, people were soon rolling up their sleeves and forming neighborhood tree-planting groups. The planting of well over a million trees is just one of the results. Widespread appreciation of the true value of every tree is another Now, as those tender, lovingly tended seedling s have had a generation to reach toward the sky, Sacramento is blessed with what is now widely recognized as one of this nation's greatest urban forests. Wish Bob could see it. I think perhaps he does. THANKS, RAY Love, Pat Cahn
26: My daughter Alicia Tavarez and myself, Randee Tavarez having our picture taken with The Honorable Mayor Heather Fargo at Ray's house last earlier this year. I think it was for Celebrate Natomas. Good times! Thanks Ray!
28: Thank you Ray for keeping the North Natomas TMA in the forefront of your transportation mindset. Together we've done great work out here! Kindest Regards, Becky Heieck
29: We were always pleased to have you as a special partner in all transportation endeavors. Your ardent support of the Green Line Light Rail project, Bike & Walk to School program and all things bicycle related will be forever remembered.