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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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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.