THE HISTORY OF THE FRIENDS OF CID
The Friends of the C.I.D. originated in 1984. The Secretary of State for California approved the Friends of the C.I.D. to operate as a non-profit corporation on August 28th, 1985. The Federal Government non-profit 501( c) 3 status was granted by the IRS on January 15th, 1987. The first meeting of the Board of Directors was held on January 30th, 1986 at the C.I.D.
The Board of Directors serves as the moving force of the Friends of the C.I.D. The number of directors is limited to no more than 20 members. The actual number has ranged from 7 to 17 over the years. The officer’s positions of the Board are: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. This is a “Working Board” that is actively involved in fundraising activities, and marketing for the C.I.D. and its programs. The C.I.D. Manager/Recreation Therapist is an employee of the City of San Bernardino Parks, Recreation, and Community Service Dept. This person serves as the Liaison between the City of San Bernardino Parks and Recreation Department, C.I.D., and the Friends of the C.I.D.
The Friends of the C.I.D. board meets on a monthly basis at the C.I.D. The individuals that make up the board are a lively, kind spirited group that are very positive and focused in their support of the C.I.D. The Friends sponsor several events throughout the year in order to raise funds for the C.I.D.; C.I.D. Awards Reception, Murder Mystery Dinner, Grapes & Gourmet, C.I.D. Talent Show, Harvest Haunt, and C.I.D. Walk-A-Thon. The board also raises money through grant writing and donations from local business.