DELANO RAMBLINGS: Stuart and Joan Collins to be grand marshals for Harvest Holiday seasons | The Delano History

Stuart and Joan Collins will reign as grand marshals for Delano’s 76th once-a-year Harvest Vacations celebration that climaxes with a barbecue and “caravan” Oct. 9.

The couple have put in their lives serving the group. Stuart was 1999 grand marshal, but the festival committee identified that equally required to be acknowledged for all they have carried out more than the several years.

Stuart came from North Dakota to Delano in 1962, taught 1 calendar year at Richgrove College, instructed 13 several years at Fremont Elementary, and then the rest at Cecil Avenue Center College prior to retiring in 1996. The actual physical education and learning division chairman for 31 a long time and district chairperson for 20, he claimed that “if you simply cannot teach junior large students in Delano and obtain achievement and satisfaction, you just can’t locate it wherever.”

He was one particular of three Delano men in 1980 to launch the Pop Warner football system, acknowledged then as the Patriots, and afterwards as the Stallion for 13- and 14-year-olds. He coached Babe Ruth baseball 1974 via 1980 and took two groups to the state event. The Increased Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce named him to its “Hall of Fame” for doing the job with Delano youth.

Stuart chaired Delano’s parks and recreation commission, was a large college district trustee, treasurer of Delano’s Youth Basis, trustee of Delano Elks Lodge, board member of Delano Law Enforcement Liaison Commission, member of the Law enforcement Liaison board, director of Fremont Education Foundation, director of Sequoia Youth Soccer, member of the metropolis preparing fee, and member of First United Methodist Church. He was “Man of the Year” for the Youth Basis in 1974, Chamber of Commerce “Doc” Smith award winner in 1982, and receiver of the mayor’s award for the town of Delano in 1994.

Stuart and spouse Joan have supported each other in their civic endeavors. Joan, a Delano native, attended Pond University and Delano Superior College, graduating in 1959. Immediately after a summer’s work at Chamber of Commerce and enterprise faculty in Oakland, she returned to Delano in 1967 and began as a receptionist at the Delano Joint Union Superior College District. She was secretary to the principal and then the superintendent of the significant school district ahead of retiring in 1998 after 31 decades.

She and Stuart have been married in 1972, and to this working day she is “by her guy,” experiencing their golden a long time. Now she devotes most of her time to volunteering, which is her passion. For yrs she volunteered at Delano Regional Health-related Heart, even a person night a week when she was entirely used by the large college district. She also volunteered a few many years at Bakersfield Most cancers Middle.

“All I required to do was ‘serve’ our neighborhood and make matters far better for our town and youth,” she said.

She is also a large advocate for community enjoy and served start Relay for Existence in Delano in 2000 and was co-chair in 2002.

With Stuart’s involvement, she was typist for all matters done, washed quite a few soccer jerseys and went as a result of 4 to 5 washers and dryers in the course of these times, cleaned Gene Beck stadium along with mother and father following Saturday game titles, and was secretary guiding Stuart when he was with the Delano Youth Basis and the Patriots/Stallions.

Married considering the fact that 1972, they satisfaction themselves in the successes of their three small children and have five grandsons.

American Cancer Society is also a person of their passions as Stuart is a most cancers survivor since 2006 and Joan considering the fact that 1995.

They will be honored at the yearly Harvest barbecue, which will be a takeout celebration and an informal “caravan” as a result of some Delano streets on Oct. 9.


Delano’s Town Council has voted to be in a partnership with Bakersfield School Foundation to create a Delano Group Scholarship program for $50,000 to support offer you scholarships to superior university learners of the neighborhood. Aspects are to be labored out between the university and town in how to award the scholarships.

The Metropolis Council also mentioned a neighborhood land have confidence in and an immigrant authorized defense fund.


Liz Morris and Delisa Gallego with the queen present system and Octavio Nunez with the king show part of the system described on the high university senior contestants at a latest Harvest Holidays conference.

Relying on COVID-19, the display could just take area at the Delano Significant College auditorium or as last yr nearly at a assembly room of the Adventist Well being Delano facility.

The Harvest committee has established Sept. 18 for the Small Tots present and Sept. 25 for the queen/king scholarship program function.

The yearly barbecue recognizing queen/king contestants and the grand marshals is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Delano To start with Assembly of God Church, 2222 9th Avenue.

The $15 barbecue tickets are on sale from Harvest administrators. Tickets on barbecue day will be $20.


Lorraine Alvarez, actions director at Cesar E. Chavez Significant University, has declared the school’s govt council users. She is a classroom instructor and can also attract on her knowledge as university student entire body president and varsity cheerleader when she was a scholar at Delano Substantial School.

Katherine Cardenas is college student physique president at CCHS. Morrison Dobore serves as vice-president Samara King, treasurer Aubrey Ruanto, secretary with commissioners who are Annie Hirokawa, activities Ashlyn Herrera, recognitions Karinbir Sunner, community technologies Ruben Cortez, golf equipment and sports activities Fegimar Pinoliar, spirit and Hannah Villaruz, publicity.