I wanted to share with you some of the cool projects and activities you've helped make possible because of your support for Shell Martinez Refinery.
After a full year at the refinery, I’ve settled into the External Relations Manager role, and I’m more excited than ever about our commitment to our community … and that starts with what we do every day. Our priorities are, and will always remain, the safety of our employees, our community and our environment. Our focus is on People and Planet and we love sharing that spirit through our community involvement.
Someone who takes community involvement to a whole new level, is our very own Production Unit Manager, Mike Beck, who’s worked at the refinery for 29 years. I’m so happy to share with you that Mike was honored in April as Martinez’s Man of the Year. You may know Mike through his involvement with the Martinez Education Foundation, Martinez Unified School District and Main Street Martinez. He gives his time, energy and talents … and always with a smile!
If you love to hike Mt. Diablo, we hope you'll sign up for one of the more than two dozen Shell sponsored "Discover Diablo" Free Public Hikes. Save Mount Diablo has set up a link so click Save Mount Diablo and go!
Our partnership with the Martinez Unified School District continues this year with our 15th annual Run for Education. We've already started planning for the October 1st run and hope you'll join us. A newer tradition, our annual Shell Essay contest begins its third year. This year’s topic is “Diversity and Inclusion”, and I look forward to hearing the thoughts of our local K-12 students. Collectively, the students earn close to 6 thousand dollars for their efforts and you’d be impressed by their essays! In addition, we have Shell engineers who have teamed up with extraordinary teachers at Las Juntas to open up a STEAM lab. (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) We are also happy to once again refresh and replenish the emergency barrels in all the classrooms in Martinez Unified. We want to make sure our students have the necessary supplies in the event of an emergency, like a major earthquake.
We've also teamed up with the Contra Costa County Office of Education to publicize the importance of students attending class. Bus ads and banners at each school in the county are spreading the word about the importance of being in school.
Hopefully you got a chance to check out the downtown ice rink last winter. It's a wonderful collaborative project with many businesses and Main Street Martinez and we love being a part of it! We hope to see you at the 4th of July Parade as our fire truck makes its way along the parade route. Main Street Martinez is hosting a number of Shell-sponsored events for you to enjoy this year and we’re thrilled to be able to bring to you a new concert series this summer. Come join us on Thursday nights!
We are also working on projects with our friends at SHELTER Inc., the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, and the Boys and Girls Club of Diablo Valley … and the list goes on. I hate to leave anyone out, but these really are just a few of the highlights of how we are celebrating our 102nd year in Martinez.
It was great seeing many of you April 5th at the Shell Station at 3630 Alhambra Ave., for Community Appreciation Day. We had about 40 Shell volunteers filling up gas tanks at reduced prices, washing windows and delivering lunches to vehicles! Truth be told, we had as much fun on this day as we hope the community did.
I'm grateful for your support of Shell Martinez and as always I look forward to hearing from you.
External Relations Manager