P.A.T.H. recently became an official member of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and I'm so excited about it.   The very first "Mixer" I attended, I met a lovely man- Eldon Takeda (an Independent LegalShield/IDShield Associate).  Eldon was carrying around with him this adorable rascally raccoon plushie that I originally thought belonged to Eldon.  But, as it turns out Raphael the Raccoon is none other than the Chamber's unique conversation piece and "sure to break the ice when it comes to conversation" mascot. Lucky Raphael gets to spend two weeks with a different member of the SRCOC.  So, guess who Raphael chose to go home with?  That's right! Me!

Check out the pics as Raphael makes the rounds with me during the course of my running non-profit errands: from the Bank of Marin (Raphie got to meet Bank Branch Manager, Kerry Tusup); to the Post Office on East Blithedale Avenue in Mill Valley; at my home computer desk where he made friends with our cat, Simone; to the San Francisco courthouse; hanging out in style with me, my husband and artist friend -

Isiah Daniels at the Mill Valley Depot Café (check out Isiah’s artwork here); admiring an original raccoon drawing by formerly incarcerated artist, Joseph Owens...and even a special trip to the island of Alcatraz!  

I will sorely miss Raphael when I have to pass him along to the next SRCOC member.

Enjoy! And, blessings,

Leslie, Director

Photo captions: 

Admiring a raccoon pen drawing by Joseph Owen

Artist, Isiah Daniels in front of his artwork at Alcatraz

On the Alcatraz Cruises Ferry

With National Parks Service Ranger, Eric Stearns and Leslie

At the Mill Valley Bank of Marin with Bank Manager, Kerry Tusup

At the Mill Valley Post Office

At the San Francisco Courthouse

At the Mill Valley Depot Cafe with Bill (L) and artist, Isiah Daniels (R)

Raphie making friends with our cat, Simone