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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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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.