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July 2019
Charles Roberts

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This month we’d like to give thanks to a familiar face, but one you might not know of in relation to the Highland Senior Center. Charles Roberts is the former editor of the Highland Community News, where he was a big supporter of the Highland Senior Center and would often visit the center to cover our events and activities. However when he retired at the end of 2017, he continued to support our center, but in a different capacity. Before retiring, he asked Jeff, the Outreach Director if we could use some volunteers, as he did not want to become bored. Well, he asked the right person, as he was immediately made a Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) driver. He volunteers to drive just about every weekday, and sometimes on weekends as well. Yet his helping us out doesn’t stop there. He also helps out in our Food Program, three days a weeks. He sorts outs the food we bring in and then helps us to pass it out to our seniors. We would also like to thank his wife, Myrna, who gives him time off from his retirement Honey Do list to help us out.


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The Highland Senior Centers held its biggest event and fundraiser of the year on April 21st at the San Bernardino Golf Club: The annual Golf Tournament and Senior Recognition Dinner. For days prior the sky were gloomy with bits of sprinkles here and there. However, when the day came it stayed dry, albeit a bit cloudy, which kept things nice and cool. Once again it was a sold out event.

Watch out! Theres a new sheriff in town. Well, maybe not in town, but definitely on the golf course! This years representatives from Patton Corrections: Arnold Urtiaga, Danny Gomez, Tom Adame, and Vince Gonzales wrested the Law Enforcement Trophy away from the perennial champs at the Sheriffs Office, shooting a 54. 1st place senior division winners: Pete Guereca, Pete Pequeno, Jr. Carrillo, and Andy Garcia (SP) tied with another team at 57, winning in a a card-off. However, neither team could beat out the overall winners: Tom Battaile, Tim Lucia, John Thornes, and Danny Jimenez, who shot a 52! We also had, for the first time ever, a hole-in-one! Andy Garcia made the shot on a hole-in-one hole making him the lucky winner, not only of bragging rights, but of two round trip tickets to any destination.

The scores were a lot lower than in previous years, which means either theyve been spending too much time on the golf course, or they put those mulligans to good use! One bit of interesting news is that we only had one Ladies team this year, (Toni Callicott, Yevette Ramos, and Betty Bean) which gave them the unique title of Ladies Champions while also earning the distinction of Most Honest for their high score!

This year the center honored one of its biggest supporters, Charles Roberts, whose achievements you read about in last months newsletter. Our many thanks to our major sponsors - San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and Patricia Fischer. Also, thanks to all of our other various money and product sponsors, raffle donors, and our golf chairperson, Denise Lundy. Finally, wed like to thank all of the other volunteers, golfers, and everyone else who helped support the center and honor Charles Roberts.