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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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Flu shots may have been available since September, but that didnt stop us from packing them in for last months Health Fair. Possibly it was people getting out on what turned out to be a beautiful day. Or maybe it was all the other great vendors, information, and freebies that got people in the door. Whatever it was, it started with a crowd waiting to get in.

A long line snaked through the building, stopping at various tables. Some people got their blood pressure checked, or ???. There are those that think that people come only for the free flu shots, but out of the over 250 people who showed up, only 150 of them got shots. A few of those even managed to get their passport completed for a chance at the many raffles provided by our vendors.

For those that came a little later in the morning, they were able to view things at a more

leisurely pace and were able to stop at each table, talk to the various vendors, and pick up lots of useful information before getting their shot. Towards the end it slowed to a trickle, but it was a steady trickle. The sad part were the people who showed up, or called up, wanting shots.

Thanks to the volunteers who came to set up and work the fair, all of our wonderful vendors who came out to make this a success. Additional thanks go our to the Highland Police Departments Citizens Patrol for their excellent traffic control. Mostly we would like to thank our event sponsors, the Physicians of Beaver Medical Group and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.