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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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With all this talk about everyone going green, St. Patricks Day took on a new meaning, as the Highland Senior Center celebrated one of the few holidays that celebrates the day someone died! Even then it is one of the most popular holidays, especially with partiers.

Well anyone who knows the center, knows that our crowd loves a party. Not only the companionship, but the food and fun. Everyone avoided getting pinched by making sure they wore green, somewhere on them, and dined on the traditional corn beef, cabbage, potatoes, rye bread, and of course, green jello. While we did not have green beer to wash it down with we did have Pennys homemade Irish Green Koolaide.

After everyone drank the koolaide, it came time to see who had the luck of the Irish. There was a trivia wheel of fortune, as a lucky few got to spin the wheel for a chance to answer a question about Ireland or St. Patrick, and win a prize. Many were called, but only a few knew the answer. However it was Joan Lewis lucky day after she won the 50/50 raffle.

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the day with us, as well as those who volunteered to help serve. Finally, \"Go raibh maith agaibh\" to Al and Claudia Wrona for the great songs.



Until next year:

May love and laughter light your days,

and warm your heart and home.

May good and faithful friends be yours,

wherever you may roam.

May peace and plenty bless your world

with joy that long endures.

May all life\'s passing seasons

bring the best to you and yours!