About Us: Who We Are | Membership | Resource Fund | 2015-6 Accomplishments | Past Accomplishments


About Us

The Occidental Community Council is an all-volunteer, non-profit corporation with federal and state tax-exempt status. Our purpose is to meet the unmet needs of people living in and around Occidental. Established in 1986, the Council is governed by a board elected annually from the membership. The Council meets on the third Saturday of each month at the Occidental Community Center from 10:30am until noon, and all are welcome to attend. Each year during the second full weekend in December, the Council sponsors the Annual Holiday Crafts Faire. All proceeds from the Faire are put back into the community.

Who We Are

President - Fawn Nekton
Vice President - Mary Szecsey
Secretary - Candi Penn
Treasurer - Carolyn Neiman

Active Members: 
Kaye Martin, Diane Masura, Rachael Maves, Courtney Meyer, Donald True.



Membership in the Council is open to all residents of the Occidental area. We have both Associate and Working members. If you wish to support the work of the Council but are unable to participate in monthly meetings, please consider becoming an Associate member. As an Associate member, you will receive minutes of the monthly meetings and be asked to participate in activities, such as the Crafts Faire. Annual Associate membership fee is $25.00. Working members are $10.00.

We ask prospective Working Council members to attend three consecutive meetings. This way we can get to know each other, you can see how the Council functions, what we are currently working on and decide at what level you would be interested in participating. After this initial period and you have decided to join us, we ask that you attend as many meetings as possible.

For further information, please email occinfo@sonic.net or drop by our meeting on the third Saturday of the month.

In the second full weekend in December the Council sponsors the Annual Holiday Crafts Faire. All proceeds from the Faire are put back into the community


Resource Fund

The Resource Fund of the Occidental Community Council was formed to meet the emergency, non-recurring needs of people in our community that are not met by the usual community resources. It is administered by a committee of Council members who are empowered to fund applications of up to $150 on an immediate basis. Requests for over $150 must be referred to the monthly Council meeting held on the third Saturday of each month. Residents of the Occidental/Camp Meeker area are eligible for assistance. For further information and to request an application, please email occinfo@sonic.net or write to the Council at P.O. Box 17, Occidental 95465.


Occidental Community Council
2015-16 Accomplishments

  • Resource funding went to the Occidental Health Center and Harmony Union School District.

  • The Young Writer’s Showcase was supported by the Council. 

  • The Student Art Show was provided funds for framing artwork for the gallery.

  • Donations to the RR Senior Center support the Senior Lunch Program held at St. Philips Church.

  • OCC contributes to The April Fool’s Parade organized by the Occidental Center for the Arts.

  • Toys for Tots receives our donations every holiday season.

  • We donated to Ocean Song so kids can have a fun, educational environmental experience at camp.

  • The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center received a donation.

  • Two Dog Waste Stations were erected and paid for by the OCC.

  • OCC contributed to the Occidental Center for the Arts as a member and also by giving a donation for the Lobby Building Fund.

  • KOWS.fm was also the beneficiary of funding from OCC. We love and support our local radio station!

  • Donation to April Fool's Parade

  • Resource funding went to the Occidental Health Center and Harmony Union School District.

Our one fundraiser per year is the Occidental Holiday Crafts Faire. It is the second weekend in December and is free to attend. Beautiful local crafts, yummy food, prizes in the Bucket Raffle, and visits from Santa are highlights of this fun event.

Please consider joining us on the Council.
$25 /yr. for OCC Associate Membership.
PO Box 17, Occidental, CA 95465



Past Accomplisments:

Here is a partial list of what the Council has done since its inception in 1986.

  • Created the Senior Nutrition Program, including the Meals on Wheels

  • Began a Volunteer Wheels service with the Occidental Area Health Center

  • Established the Resource Fund for emergency non-recurring needs of groups and individuals in the Occidental area

  • Put up the Community Bulletin Board

  • Help start an ESL (English as a second language) program for adults at Harmony School

  • Sponsor for the Community Service Awards, acknowledging local youth and their contributions to our community

  • Sponsor for the Young Writers Competition for K-8 grades

  • In 2002, contributed $2000 to the Harmony Music program to purchase instruments

Moreover, the Council has provided frequent support or donations to the following programs and groups:

  • Occidental YMCA

  • Occidental Volunteer Fire Department

  • Harmony and Salmon Creek Schools

  • Face to Face (Sonoma County AIDS Network/Henry House)

  • River to Coast Children's Services

  • Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

  • Ocean Song

  • Occidental Arts Center

  • Bob Burke’s Kids with Cancer and Other Serious Illnesses

  • Local non-profit youth drama programs

  • Plants for the downtown area

  • Occidental Center for the Arts

  • Occidental Emergency Preparedness - CERT classes and CPR/First Aid



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