Elks' Hoop-Shoot set for Friday at Alameda Point

The finals of the 40th annual National Elks Hoop-Shoot will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at the Alameda Point gymnasium, 1101 West Redline Ave.

The event is sponsored by Alameda Elks Lodge #1015 and administered by the Alameda Recreation and Park Department. The run-up to the finals took place at local parks, the Alameda Boys & Girls Club and at the Elks lodge.

Each participant, who are boys and girls between 8 and 13 years old, shoots 25 free throws. The top three shooters in each age group at their playground advanced to the finals. Lil Arnerich chairs the program with assistance by Dennis McDaniels of the park department and Ted Homert representing the Elks.

New board members at Boys & Girls Club

Alameda Boys & Girls Club has added five new members to its board of directors.

The new members are Michael Delucchi, Michael McDonough, Nancy E. O'Malley, Sean Whiskeman and Lauren Zimmerman Cook. Delucchi is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Bank of the Orient. He also serves on the board of Rhythmix Cultural Works and is the current president of the Golden Gate Chapter of the Risk Management Association.

McDonough represents the Principal Financial Group, a global asset management and financial services leader where he specializes in helping small to midsized businesses. He is incoming president of the Alameda Chamber of Commerce.

O'Malley is the Alameda County district attorney. She is the first woman to serve in the position and was elected in September 2009.

Whiskeman is the first vice president of development of Catellus Development Corp. He is responsible for all leasing, marketing and development activities for Catellus' retail portfolio of shopping centers and development projects throughout the Pacific Region, including Alameda Landing.

Zimmerman Cook, an Alameda native, is chief financial officer of Alameda Elder Communities. She also runs the other family businesses, which include a therapy company, a magazine, and a co-housing project under development.

The club announced the new board members on Dec. 12.

AEF board gets three new elected directors

Three new members have been elected to the board of directors of the Alameda Education Foundation. They are Diane Foster, Kathy Moehring and Courtney Shepler.

Foster is a former teacher who currently is president of Diane Foster & Associates, an internationally-recognized provider of leadership competency and career management services.

Moehring is director of community affairs for the Harbor Bay Group of Companies and has held many leadership positions in Alameda, including at Alameda Family Services, the Alameda Boys & Girls Club, the business advisory board for College of Alameda and at the Alameda Rotary Club.

Shepler is a CPA who will serve as foundation's treasurer. She has served as treasurer or auditor for many organizations and efforts, including Bay Farm School and two recent parcel tax campaigns.

The nonprofit Alameda Education Foundation raises money and coordinates programs to support and enhance the quality of kindergarten through 12th grade public education in Alameda.

Van Sickle Scholarship application period open

Applications are now being accepted for the $5,000 Ken and Shirley Van Sickle Scholarship from graduating seniors at the city's public high schools who are also Alameda residents.

Selection is based on a combination of academic achievement, leadership ability and financial need.

The scholarship is named in honor of Ken and Shirley Van Sickle, educators who together devoted more than 50 years to the education of Alameda's students. Now in its 27th year, the scholarship was established by their son Keith, a 1976 graduate of Alameda High School who later earned degrees at Stanford and Harvard universities.

Last year, the scholarship was awarded to Naza Djelic, now a freshman at Mills College. Djelic attended Encinal High School.

Deadline for applications is Feb. 22 and the award will be made in May. Application forms are available at each high school's counseling office.