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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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Christmas is over, but we still are getting presents. Last month the Highland Senior Center received a Ford F150 truck from the East Valley Water District. The district had seven surplus vehicles that they decided to donate vehicles to eligible non-profit organizations exempt from federal income tax under section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code. We just happen to be a 501(c)(3) organization, so we applied for one.

The applications were reviewed on a first come, first serve basis with priority given to organizations on the basis of how likely the donation of surplus property would benefit the community. We certainly benefit the community, so we fit the bill. John Mura, the General Manager himself dropped off the truck to a very happy Penny Lilburn. We would like to give the EVWD more thanks than we can say for this great gift.