|This year, the partners at Linkenheimer, along with other Alliott Group members from across the globe, will be working together to support the UK based charity Play for Progress, which works to make a difference in the lives of refugee children both at home in the UK and abroad.
Hundreds of unaccompanied child refugees have arrived in the UK against all odds, and are in the long and arduous process of trying to gain asylum status. During this time, many of these young people are placed in foster care and some face delays enrolling in education.
Play for Progress offers these children ways to connect with the diverse and often overwhelming city that is London, and to explore and develop their own creative potential. […]
Congratulations to managing partner John Jones, winner of the CalCPA Public Service Award and featured on the cover of the August 2016 CalCPA magazine. The award recognized him for his public service both locally and globally, where over the course of the past 9 years, he has lead teams into rural Nicaragua and distributed over 20,000 pairs of eye glasses to the people there, who otherwise would never receive the gift of vision.
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For his efforts to improve the eyesight of underprivileged people in Third World countries, John Jones, CPA, has received the 2016 Public Service Award from the California Society of CPAs.
The annual award recognizes an individual CalCPA member for services to the community or for governmental service in either a volunteer or elected capacity.
Jones, managing partner of Linkenheimer LLP CPAs & Advisors in Santa Rosa, has led missions with the Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club and St. Mark Lutheran Church to provide eyeglasses and vision correction to villagers in remote parts of the world. For over 21 years he has made eye-care trips to Nicaragua, Mexico, Haiti, Guatemala, Samoa and Vietnam.
He estimates that he has personally examined more than 18,000 people for vision needs and eye problems, including cataracts and pterygiums.
“John exemplifies the meaning of service,” said Lynette Atchley, chair of the public service selection committee. “His dedication to helping the underprivileged is inspiring and sets a high bar for those who will be considered for this honor in the future.”
Jones is past president of the California Group of Accounting Firms, past president of the Rohnert Park – Cotati Rotary Club, […]
Today 1344 eyes are smiling, seeing “mas claro” in 672 very grateful Nicaraguans in the Rio San Juan Region of southern Nicaragua. Many of the those same people are equipped with both distance and near pair of glasses and protective sunglasses, “gafas” to keep damaging UV rays off their eyes. In addition, 103 mouths are “mucho mas limpio”, reflecting improved oral health and a shift in treatment from extraction to restoration and prevention.
This year, the returning Nicaraguan Couple-Dentists Javier and Ana from the 200 km north capital Managua again worked with a Dental Hygienist from the Sabalos Regional Clinic to treat patients from pre-teen to “viejo”, senior citizens. Peter Hoberg accepted the crucial role of instrument sterilizer, earning himself the unenviable evidence of chemically stained orange fingers. Fortunately he did not exhibit any apparent cognitive lapses while on duty.
Over the course of three days, Sunrise Rotarians and some of their family focused on improving people’s visual acuity. Steve “Grandpa” Zwick was the third generation in his family represented and remarkably both his daughter Jennifer and granddaughter Alessa brought valuable Spanish language and organizational skills. Steve’s español is well known! Alessa, just 12, quickly established […]
During Alliott Group’s annual 2014 Worldwide Conference in South Africa, members found time to utilize their skills and man power in assisting and bringing some much needed joy and light relief to some of South Africa’s most deprived children at the Tapologo Centre. The community center is an after school & counselling facility for vulnerable and abused children. Run by an NGO it offers the children who are mainly from child-headed households, much needed support, counselling, after school care and a feeding scheme. Care for HIV + children is paramount where anti-viral medication and meals can be controlled with a specialized clinic available on grounds.
The event was organized by member John Jones in conjunction the Rustenburg Rotary Club of the North West Province, South Africa. Enabling Alliott Group delegates and companions to spend a few hours playing with over 100 children by offering several different activities, such as face painting, football, bubble play, and ball games. About 80 Alliott members and companions assisted on that Saturday morning. The Center invited 100 children to attend the Saturday morning event, although certainly all 200 kids and 10+ counselor/workers benefited from our presence and financial gifts. The creative members also decorated the walls with bright […]
It wasn’t just beaches and mai tai’s for the Linkenheimer team and their families as they spent over a week in beautiful Nicaragua. Continuing a tradition of service in the region, John Jones led two different groups from Linkenheimer down the rural region of the Rio San Juan, with the goal of delivering eye exams and prescription glasses which would have otherwise have been unattainable.
Linkenheimer traditionally enjoys a team vacation in January as a thank you for a job well done and a bonding experience before the trials of a busy tax season. This year, the team building was magnified with the opportunity of “going down the river”.
A typical “going down the river” experience usually entails: Flying into Managua; chartering a small, 16 seat plane which flies you over Lake Nicaragua (the 10th largest fresh water lake in the world), landing on the dirt “runway” in San Carlos; from there you are shuttled in trucks to the river front, where the team boards long boats, which make their way down the winding river until they reach the serene, yet primitive Sabalos Lodge. Then the real adventure begins.
The team then travels by boat to the village, where they setup their […]