The Redwood Christian Schools Lifetime Recognition Award was presented to four more recipients at the Redwood Christian Schools 44th Annual Dinner on October 21, 2013. The award was first presented in 2010.
The 2013 recipients of the Redwood Christian Schools Lifetime Recognition Award are Mr. Donald “Dobie” Gelles, Mr. Howard Kerr, Redwood Chapel Community Church, and Mrs. Carol Worthington and her daughter, Mrs. Wanda Kersey from Worthington Photography.
Redwood Christian Schools is blessed to have had and continue to have non-school employees who have been faithful in investing their gifts and talents to provide Redwood with a strong Biblical foundation and ongoing support, much of it on their knees. They continue to promote the ministry of Redwood Christian Schools as part of their daily lives, some for the entire forty-four years that Redwood has been ministering to families and to the boys and girls in our classrooms beginning in 1970.
To be eligible for this award, individuals must be active within the Redwood Christian Schools community for a minimum of two decades leaving their individual mark on the legacy of Redwood Christian Schools. This award is restricted to non-school employees.
RCS Board Treasurer Mrs. April Nunez presented the Redwood Christian Schools Lifetime Recognition Award to Mr. Donald “Dobie” Gelles. Dobie has been an RCS Supporter for more than four decades as a Public School Educator who always promoted the ideals of RCS and was always available for a phone call from a young superintendent almost 30 years ago and often called me to encourage me through the years. Mr. Gelles constantly preached to never forget that we were here for the kids and that they were not here for us.
Facilities Board Chair Charlie Beck presented Mr. Howard Kerr with his award. Mr. Kerr is an Elected Official (San Leandro City Counsel, Washington Homeowners Association, and Oro Loma Sanitary District) who has always been present at public hearings and speaking out in support of RCS whenever and wherever RCS needed him.
Founding Superintendent and Current Director of Facilities Gus Enderlin presented the award to Senior Pastor Doug Tegner of Redwood Chapel. Redwood Chapel is our Founding Church, home of at least one of our campuses since founding RCS in 1970, and now is home to both our elementary campus and the Redwood Christian Schools District Offices.
RCS Board Secretary and Education Chair Cathy Breslow presented our Lifetime Recognition Award to Worthington Photography. Carol Worthington and Wanda Worthington-Kersey (RCHS Class of 1982) have continued their support for decades, whether it is sponsoring on our calendar, taking senior pictures, taking professional pictures for administrators, shooting school events, capturing the local community parade or shooting our June Calendar picture every year for more than three decades. Mrs. Worthington and Mrs. Kersey have modeled support for the RCS ministry throughout the community.
In 2010, we honored our founding board members and their wives: Bill and June Beckwith, Don and Pat Madsen, and Aldoph and Martha Odegaard plus our Founding Pastor and his Bride Sherman and Ruth Williams, and long-time supporters Jim and Bobbie Knuppe. Mr. and Mrs. Madsen, Mr. and Mrs. Knuppe and Mrs. Williams were present at this year’s Annual Dinner.
In 2011, we honored former school board members Mel and Doris Chinen, Elbert and Lorna Enns, and Roger and Sue Gaither plus Founders James and Joan Wade. Mrs. Wade was also on the school’s steering committee. Mrs. Wade was present at this year’s dinner.
In 2012, we honored board member Richard and Mrs. Short, Long-time Supporters Mr. and Mrs. Mel Nutter and Mrs. Barbara Ritchey, and our first elected public official, Judge Landis.
We are so thankful for all of those named for their faithfulness for so many years. Each one has been a blessing and together have left their fingerprints, individually and collectively, on the RCS ministry.