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January 2020
Lee Lombard

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This month we’d like to give thanks to Lee Lombard. Lee is one of our Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) drivers. In fact he is one of our top TAP drivers, consistently in the top three for miles driven and hours. He came to the center nearly five years ago, just looking to donate some books, when he happened to see a TAP flyer on the board. He asked the Front Desk person what TAP was, and she took him straight to the TAP coordinator. That was all it took, and he=s been driving ever since. He now drives every weekday, and even on weekends, sometimes taking 2 rides a day. He drives all over the Inland Empire which doesn’t leave him much time to explore the fun things our center has to offer, but he hopes to get involved soon. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, his father’s travels in the Air Force eventually brought him out to March AFB in Riverside, and he=s been here ever since. He did a stint in the Air Force, where he got trained in Military Pay, which helped him after he left, to get into Money Management, which he turned into a 30 year career as a banker and financial advisor. Now single, he has a daughter and two grandsons. Thanks Lee stepping up big time into this important program.


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Well, we have to admit that it was one of our smaller crowds for our Annual Christmas Open House, but the rain didnt dampen the enthusiasm of those who attended. Those who did show up, made twice as much noise.

We mixed things up this time with some new acts. First we started out with a special guest, Supervisor Neil Derry, who got things festive with some Christmas Carols, before finishing with a less festive, yet very popular, Burning Ring of Fire ala Johnny Cash.

A party with no dancing? Not here. The winners of our holiday Seniors Got Talent, the Offbeats, came next. Giving hoofers a new meaning, the dancing reindeer troupe of Bobbie Anderson, Suzanne Marconett, and Jennifer Stegall, tapdanced to some holiday favorites.

Following a break of cookies, provided by the Moms and Daughters of the Inland Empire National Charity League, and cake, came the Redlands East Valley Jazz Ensemble, whose carol stylings got everyone jazzed up for Christmas. We also held some 50/50 raffles which enabled us to donate $200 for their band.

Our final act was Harriet Foucher and her Kristal Bells. Everyone got into the act as the audience were given the chance to show their musical talent with handbells. This gave us time for only two more guests. Very special guests: Santa and Mrs. Claus. They took time out of their very busy schedule to take in some last minute Christmas wishes, and to hand out some treats to good boys and girls. Luckily no one walked away with any coal.

Special thanks to our talented musicians and volunteers to helped us to spread a little Christmas cheer. Finally we would like to thank our sponsors, Leisure Point and the San Manuel Tribe of Mission Indians for sponsoring the event.