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October 2021
Don Harper

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This month we’d like to shine the light on Don Harper is one of our longtime Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) drivers. Don has been a member for about 7 ½ years, and has been driving for 5 ½ years. During that time he has become one of our go-to drivers driving multiple times a week, and sometimes several trips in one day. He first heard about the center from his mother-in-law, who is a Wii Bowler. She got him a membership and he came and joined the Wii Bowling league. He then remembered then Outreach Director, Holly Andrade, talking about TAP and how they needed drivers. He gave it a test drive, enjoyed it and has been doing it ever since. He loves driving, and loves the people. He thinks of this as his job, but a job he enjoys. The clients love him too and has clients who ask for him. Originally from Fort Worth, TX, his mom brought him out here when he was two. He inched his way over from Blythe, to Beaumont, to Highland. We are thankful that his travels brought him closer to us. Thanks Don for driving that extra mile for us!


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The members here were treated to a special concert performed by the Inland Empire Prime Time Choraliers. They were invited by the Executive Director, Penny Lilburn, to sing a few patriotic songs in honor of Memorial Day. The group is directed by Jo Stewart and accompanied by Herb Iverson on piano.

The group fit right in here at the center as the Choraliers are a group of seniors whose average age is 75. They love to sing just about anything and everything. For us they did some well known songs, such as America the Beautiful, and Home on the Range, to more unknown, yet just as beautiful songs like Swing Deep & Low, and This is My Country.

The concert swelled to a great finale as they ended with a Service Medley, with rousing renditions of the Caisson Song (Army), Anchors Aweigh (Navy), Wild Blue Yonder (Air Force), and the Marine Hymn. (Sorry Coast Guard!).

If you would like to join the Choraliers, no auditions are necessary, but you must be a senior and be able to carry a tune. They practice at St. Pauls United Methodist Church on Tues from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.