2022 Easter Egg Hunt

After a two-year hiatus, the annual Easter Egg Hunt was back on this year. It was a huge success! Thanks to Corinne Poulson for organizing the event. With the help of many volunteers who stuffed and hid hundreds of eggs, the Cuesta Guild playground was filled with many small treasures to find. The kids and the adults both had a great time. Candy, prizes, “golden eggs,” and even a piñata brought a lot of smiles to our kiddos. It was great to see families enjoying this awesome event once again! Happy Springtime La Honda!

“If not you, who?”

“I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.” ~Lily Tomlin

Years ago I wrote this post for the La Honda Voice on the topic of volunteering.  Mostly, it was because the Cuesta La Honda Guild needs some bright, upstanding citizens to serve on the board of directors.  At first, I didn’t do it because I was too busy going to a lot of meetings.  Then, I didn’t do it because I didn’t know how to begin.  I thought I’d be preaching to the choir, or putting on airs, or churning out other clichés dealing with futility.

“The highest reward for a person’s work is not what they get for it, but what they become because of it.” ~John Ruskin

I know there are many people in La Honda who volunteer a lot.  Many venerable Cuesta residents have done their time on the BOD at some point.  There are numerous folks who help out at the school, work the food tank, clean up here and there, build trails, and come to the aid of their neighbors every which way.  Then there is the volunteer Fire Department!  Would the town ever suffer from donor fatigue?

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” ~Albert Schweitzer

Then I did think a bit about folks who don’t seem to be involved, or connected, or frankly doing their fair share.  But I also thought, whoa cowboy – homeboy, maybe they’ve got their reasons, and we all have a right to mind our own business.  In fact, folks usually appreciate it when we do!  I was flummoxed with befuddlement.

“When were the good and the brave ever in a majority?” ~Henry David Thoreau

Stymied by writer’s block, I dug up a few quotes to get me going (and because I knew there’d be others who’d already said it better.  One of them went like this:  “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”  La Honda is the kind of community folks want to live in, but that is because other people have made it that way.  It takes work to keep it that way, and/or there is evolution, revolution, and revitalization…

“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” ~Tom Brokaw

I also know there are folks who just need a little encouragement, so I hope I have provided that here.  In case you don’t know, there is a Cuesta La Honda Guild directors’ election coming up and candidates are needed.  There are many ways people can help at the schools, in the Guild, with the Fire Department, and around town.  Think about it. Do something about it!

“Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Actually, it is exciting to be a part of decision making processes.  It is enlightening to learn about the myriad issues in a community.  And it is inspiring to work with other active, engaged people in trying to make a difference.  In fact, it’s an honor to serve the community with your neighbors, and occasionally it’s even fun.  So, consider participating, for the first time or again – we need you!  At the very least, come to our board meetings and engage…

“Unless someone like you cares a whole, awful lot. Things aren’t going to get better, they’re NOT!” ~Dr. Seuss, The Lorax 

SBA Loan Program For Businesses And Homeowners

The details for the Small Business Administration loan program for homeowners and small businesses are available at the link below.. It is important to know that San Mateo County has been approved for participation in the SBA Loan Program and Rep. Eshoo’s office says that many people in the other parts of her District have applied for SBA loans and secured money.

Of course, while it is not a grant, it is a very low interest loan that can prove very helpful to those homeowners who have suffered storm-related damage.

This is a program that is administered by the SBA and the applications are made by the homeowners,/business owners themselves.

The filing deadline to submit applications for property damage is May 19, 2017. The deadline to submit economic injury applications is Dec. 20, 2017.

SBA Loan Program

2017 Landslide

The Guild held a special board meeting on January 24th to discuss the landslide in La Honda.

During the meeting, a Landslide committee was formed, and the committee will be posting community updates via this web site.