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October 2021
Don Harper

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This month we’d like to shine the light on Don Harper is one of our longtime Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) drivers. Don has been a member for about 7 ½ years, and has been driving for 5 ½ years. During that time he has become one of our go-to drivers driving multiple times a week, and sometimes several trips in one day. He first heard about the center from his mother-in-law, who is a Wii Bowler. She got him a membership and he came and joined the Wii Bowling league. He then remembered then Outreach Director, Holly Andrade, talking about TAP and how they needed drivers. He gave it a test drive, enjoyed it and has been doing it ever since. He loves driving, and loves the people. He thinks of this as his job, but a job he enjoys. The clients love him too and has clients who ask for him. Originally from Fort Worth, TX, his mom brought him out here when he was two. He inched his way over from Blythe, to Beaumont, to Highland. We are thankful that his travels brought him closer to us. Thanks Don for driving that extra mile for us!


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In just a few weeks we will be hosting our annual Highland Senior Center Golf Tournament and Outstanding Senior Recognition Award. Each year we honor a senior (or senior couple) who lives/works in the community and has exhibited a long commitment in service. This years honorees will be Bud and Margaret Wright.

The Wrights have been heavily involved in the Highland community, and take great pride in its history. Margaret is a lifetime resident of Highland, leaving only briefly to go to the University of Arizona, which was a good thing, as that is where she med Bud. However, they soon moved back to Highland and have been involved ever since.

Margaret taught primary school in Highland and Bud was an entomologist for the County of San Bernardino. Both were in the family citrus business, and both served on citrus packing house boards of directors and water boards. Bud also served on the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation Board for 42 years before retiring, but remains on the North Fork Water Board. Margaret, meanwhile, was a board member of the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water Board.

Outside of water boards, Margaret has served on the San Bernardino Grand Jury, was a member of the Highland Kiwanis Club, served on the Highland Street Naming Committee, and currently serves as chairman of the Highland Trails Committee.

Both are charter members of the East Highland Historical Society, and have been active in the Citrus Harvest Festival, Highland Trails Days, and other Highland Events.

It is because of this dedication to our community that the Highland Senior Center is proud to name Bud & Margaret Wright as our Outstanding Seniors for 2012.

There are a still some open slots if you\'d like to join us for a day of golf, or if golf is not your thing, but you\'d still like to help us honor the Wrights for all theyve done, you can join us for dinner. The big day takes place April 19th at the San Bernardino Public Golf Course and is open to the public. Congratulations to Bud & Margaret and thank you for all that you do for your community.