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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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As anyone knows, you gamble, you might win, you might lose. However Lady Luck was definitely in the Highland Senior Center and Chamber of Commerces corner as they turned out to be big winners. The two held their annual Highland Royale Casino Night & Taste of the Town Showcase fundraiser on June 17.

Held at the San Manuel Village, over 200 high rollers came to try to double or triple their bank roll. Some learned that when you gamble you walk away with experience. Other lucky gamblers were lucky enough to start with $50 chips and walk away with $100 chips. No matter what, everybody walked away with a good time, ensured by Pit Bosses Penny Lilburn and Nanette Peykani.

Our players, when they didnt have cards or dice in their hands, were able to feast on the various restaurants for the Taste of the Town contest. The Tartan Restaurant on the Peoples Choice Award, while Two Guys won the Judges Award.. Thanks to all of our sponsors, without whom this event would not have been possible: Edge Development, Robertsons, Burrtec Waste Industries, Patricia Fischer, Inland Empire 66ers, Southern California Edison, and Century 21 - Showcase (Jeff Stoffel) as well as other money, raffle, and food sponsors. Special thanks to Catrinea Houston and the Hampton Inn Suites for hosting the event. Most of all wed like to thank all those who came out to support the Casino Night and the Center and Chamber.