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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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The Highland Senior Centers held its biggest event of the year on April 17th. Our annual Golf Tournament is our largest fundraiser and, as always, was a grand success. There were a few worried minds as temperatures soared into summerlike numbers the days before. However, come golf day, clouds moved in to take the heat out of the picture. This provided for great golf weather. Once all the golfers finished their rounds everyone retreated to the nineteenth hole for some food, prizes, and awards.

Leading the pact in the regular division (and overall) was the team of the Unforgettables (Tim Evans, Bob Sturner, Mike Horton, and Ben Hartnell). Their score of 57 put them into a card-off with San Manuel and S.G. Contruction, but their back 9 score gave them the edge. Taking the top honors in the Senior Division were Jim Kline, Dale Telizyn, Joe Guerra, and Ron Pickinpaugh. Next year we will be naming the Law Enforcement Perpetual Trophy as the Public Safety Perpetual Trophy, as for the first time ever, a Fire team took top honors. Congratulations to the San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters, Local 935, who beat a record number 6 other teams in their division.

Our many thanks to our major sponsors - San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Pat Fischer & Family, Cal Fire (aka:CDF), San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters, Local 935, Toyota of San Bernardino, and Jim Brulte and California Strategies. Also, thanks to all of our other various money and product sponsors, our golf committee volunteers. Finally, wed like to thank all of the other volunteers, golfers, and everyone else who helped support the center contribute to a wonderful day and a successful fundraiser.