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Editor's View: City employee, resident serving the country, community

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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We have a few items of note on locals. First is a city employee who has gone flat and the other is about a lady who is encouraging others to give. Steve Wang serves as the Folsom assistant city attorney, but he’s currently off serving his country. Wang is on a 400-day tour in Afghanistan. He’s due back in July of next year. To make sure he didn’t miss any of the fun around city hall, Pam Murray created an “almost life size photo cutout” that city employees affectionately call the “flat captain.” “Steve has been a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves for seven years. He’s a very humble man who joined the Reserve at age 33 because he is a first-generation immigrant who felt he had a debt to pay,” said Sue Ryan, the city’s public information officer. “He grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, and immigrated to the U.S. when he was 12.” Thanks for passing along the information, Sue. We’re all proud of our servicemen and women. Speaking of service, what about Folsom resident Lisa Watts. She’s a longtime Women in Philanthropy member and current chair of the group. Lisa joined Women in Philanthropy approximately five years ago when another group member explained the group’s work with foster youth and the many challenges foster youth face in our community. When the chance to serve in a leadership role became available a couple years ago, she jumped at the chance to help. United Way California Capital Region’s Women in Philanthropy will hold its 10th anniversary Celebration on Oct. 13 to celebrate a decade of helping foster youth rise to their dreams. “Being involved with a group of women that share the same concerns and focus on doing something about it is supremely rewarding. At the end of the day, it’s not about talk. It really does come down to raising enough money to make a difference. These women understand that, and they demand results,” Watts said. The celebration will include a fashion show featuring Women in Philanthropy members and foster youth, sponsored by Macy’s, as well as a gourmet luncheon and anniversary video featuring speakers and foster youth from past events. The celebration will take place 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Macy’s Women’s Store Courtyard in Downtown Plaza, Sacramento, the fashion show, gourmet luncheon and anniversary video. Tickets are $100. To purchase tickets, contact Kaila Ricci at kricci@uwccr.org or (916) 856-3910. Don Chaddock is the managing editor of the Telegraph. He welcomes notes of interest on those in the community. Contact him at donc@goldcountrymedia.com at or (916) 351-3753. Letters may be submitted, at 250 words, to the same e-mail address. Make sure they are on a local topic.