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November 2019
Linda Sowell

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This month we’d like to shine the light on a new, yet not new volunteer. If you read last month’s newsletter, specifically the Activity Spotlite, you would have read a bit about Linda Sowell. Well this month we’d like to shine an even larger spotlight on her as our Volunteer of the Month. Linda is the new Gadabouts Trip Coordinator. She had been working in the Thrift Store and was asked to be a relief in the Trip office. When a vacancy occurred she was asked to take over, which she was more than happy to do. Since then she has been busy scheduling new trips, chaperoning trips on occasion, and generally managing our hustling and bustling trip office. Linda also serves on our Board of Directors. If needed she also helps out at our special events. Originally from Chicago, IL, she moved out to California with her husband who was in the Navy. Once out here she was not content to stay at home raising her two kids (who themselves provided her with five grandkids), but worked in numerous types of jobs. Her main career was in Food Service. She started out at McDonalds as a cashier, and worked her way up to manager. Then she transferred to the school system where she became the Director of Children’s Nutrition for the Bear Valley School District before retiring. Thanks Linda for helping to take our members on trips of a lifetime.


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Well, it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas...at the stores, but those dreaming of a white Christmas, had to look elsewhere. However the spirit of Christmas was evident everywhere, especially here at the Highland Senior Center. The crowd was a mix of old and new faces as was our entertainment.

We started with a brand new act, Ron Wood, who got people tapping their toes with some oldies but goodies, such as Aint She Sweet and Baby Face. Once the crowd was fired up he switched to festive, and more modern, Christmas songs.

Next came a short intermission, featuring some extra special guests. Santa and Mrs. Claus were on hand to make sure we stayed on the good list, and mingled with the crowd. Now you cant help but mention Santa Claus and hot chocolate and cookies, so we passed out plates of cookies and a steaming hot cup of cocoa to all the good boys and girls in the audience. (Luckily no one was left out!). By then it was time for the big man himself to head back up to the North Pole and finish his final preparations.

With our stomachs satiated, it came time for a very familiar face at our annual party. Harriet Foucher and her Kristal Bells. Unfortunately Harriet got caught up in some holiday traffic and was unable to make it before the party ended. However, we look forward to her coming back next year. And with that it was time to bid adieu.

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, Don Davis and Aetna, and the San Manuel Tribe of Mission Indians for sponsoring the event.