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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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For our last hurrah for the summer we gave everyone a chance for a final summer vacation of the year. A trip to the tropical island of Hawaii lite. Yes, our dining room was magically transformed so only the trained eye could t tell the difference between the HSC and Waikiki. A luau was held on the beach as our fans kept the Trade Winds and our plastic palm fronds swaying. All of our guests were welcomed with a friendly e komo mai, presented with a lei. Everyone, from those wearing Hawaiin shirts and mumus, to those haoles, dressed for the mainland were treated as kamaainas.

While we had people showing up hours early, to get the \"good seats\", no matter where you sat, everybody got the same great luau feast: Hawaiian chicken, with rice pilaf, a roll, and fruit cocktail. For the floor show, all the seats were just as good. This year we had a new entertainer for our crowd. Dianne Chavarria sang some Hawaiian favorites encouraging those who knew the words to sing along. Some of our Hawaiian dance students felt the need to sway, and showed off their moves while Dianne sang. To end the show we had our very own Ukelele instructor, Keoki Ariola, strummed a few tunes for us, which may have not all been very Polynesian, but were extremely crowd pleasing.

Mahalo to our sponsors to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Leisure Point, and the Aetna. Additional thanks to all of our volunteers, especially Don Davis, Raye Garcia, Dianne Kassotis, Linda Brian, Jack & Nancy Wallace, Diane Lerner, Gloria Peterson, Gladys Clemens, Donald Dorris, Mary Oehling, David & Judy Borgshatz, and Joan Breiten, who helped us to serve our guests. Finally wed like to thank all those who bought tickets and came showing their support for the center and its activities. Aloha and see you next year!