Orland Alumni Association Awards Night

Rocio Nesbitt, author John D. Nesbitt, author Steven T. Callan, and Kathy Callan celebrate at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

Orland Alumni Association Awards Night

Rocio Nesbitt, author John D. Nesbitt, author Steven T. Callan, and Kathy Callan celebrate at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

Just like in the Statler Brothers’ song, the Orland High School Class of ‘66 had its dreams. In June of 1966, all 138 of us spread to the wind and set out to live our dreams, much like the Orland High School classes before us. Some went on to college,  some served in the military, some pursued occupations  elsewhere, and some remained in this wonderful little Northern California farm town for the rest of their lives.

Author Steven T. Callan visits with June Nelson, the O'Neill sisters, Joanne Ellis, and Mike Nelson at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

Whatever we did and wherever we ended up, Orland would always be our hometown. As my wife, Kathy, has so often said, “The people of Orland are like one big family. They’re so warm and loving.”

Friends and supporters attend the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner honoring authors John D. Nesbitt and Steven T. Callan.

Last night, award-winning Western author John D. Nesbitt and I returned to our Orland family after fifty-two years. The Glenn County Fairgrounds’ Arts and Crafts Building was filled to capacity with friends and supporters as John and I each shared our life experiences and writing adventures since graduation.

Author Steven T. Callan speaks at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

I spoke briefly about my first two books, Badges, Bears, and Eagles and The Game Warden’s Son, and proudly regaled the audience with news about my third book, Henry Glance and the Case of the Missing Game Warden, slated for release early next year. A novel, Henry Glance and the Case of the Missing Game Warden is an action-adventure, a mystery, and a love story—all rolled into one. It’s filled with wildlife investigations, much like those in my previous two books, with a mystery woven throughout.

Candy Simpson and Ernie Simpson visit with Author Steven T. Callan at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

At the end of the ceremony, Orland Alumni Association President Larry Donnelley presented John and me each with the prestigious Orland Alumni Association “Alumnus of the Year” award, for our writing achievements.

Author Steven T. Callan with the Ceccons and Nielsens at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to the Orland Alumni Association and the wonderful people of Orland for this great honor. I will always cherish last evening’s warm reception and the incredible support you’ve provided throughout my writing adventure.

Your friend,

Steve

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Author Steven T. Callan visits with the Hoggards at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

President Larry Donnelley, board member Kerrie Howard, and author Steven T. Callan at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

Author Steven T. Callan visits with Dr. Gene Russell at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

Art and Tami Tharpe visit with author Steven T. Callan at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

Author Steven T. Callan and Phil Heuchert at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

Authors Steven T. Callan and John D. Nesbitt each receiving the Orland Alumni Association "Alumnus of the Year" award from President Larry Donnelley.

Irene Skala, Dan Skala, and Theresa Forrest visit with author Steven T. Callan at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

Author Steven T. Callan visits with Bill Davis at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

Author John D. Nesbitt, Don Schroer, OAA Vice President Linda Schroer, Author Steven T. Callan, and OAA Secretary Kathy Congdon at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

Author Steven T. Callan, Art Tharpe, Terry Barley, and Ann Barley at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

Claire and Kathleen, Orland Alumni Association board members, at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

Ron Westaby and John Romano visit with author Steven T. Callan during the Orland Alumni Awards Dinner.

Author Steven T. Callan visits with Diana Hoffman at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

Author Steven T. Callan visits with the Tolleys at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

Author Steven T. Callan speaks at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

Author Steven T. Callan and Jeanette Green at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

Authors John D. Nesbitt and Steven T. Callan each receiving the Orland Alumni Association "Alumnus of the Year" award from President Larry Donnelley and Claire Arano.

Author Steven T. Callan and Miguel Salas visit at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

Kathy Callan and author Steven T. Callan with his "Alumnus of the Year" award at the Orland Alumni Association Awards Dinner.

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