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September 2018
Ed & Vivian Foster

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This month we don’t just have one Volunteer to show kudos upon, we have two! Ed & Vivian Foster are our newest Thrift Store volunteers. They actually came to us thanks to Vivian who was a member. Once they retired following twenty-five years of retail experience, Vivian told Ed that they should help us out at the Thrift Store. That was all it took. They first started out by bringing in store shelves and then by arranging the stock. Now they work 1-2 days a week moving the items from our center to your house. Ed was originally from Fort Huron, Michigan, and came west to Long Beach thanks to the navy. It was fate that the two met at the Central City Mall (the Carousel mall to you youngsters) where they both worked, each taking turns as the other’s supervisor at various stores. They worked so well together they ended up with six kids, fifteen grandkids, and eight great-grandkids! Thanks to Ed & Vivian for arranging our store and for arranging your time to help us out.


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This years theme for our Volunteer Recognition Luncheon was Volunteers Plant the Seeds of Kindness, and our volunteers would put the Huntington Gardens to shame with the amount of seeks they plant. Yet while volunteers took center stage, it is also for all our sponsors who do so much for the center as well.

Our Volunteers of the Month from July 2014 - June 2015 were : July - Terri Long, August - Bonnie Hubers, September - Linda Nix, October - Diane Kassotis, November - Junior Carrillo, December - Carol Rosales, January - Aneta Giltner, February - Don Harper, March - the Kitchen Crew (Virginia Kauztman, Don Clay, Marge Booth, Joan Breiten, and Rosetta Love), April - The Food Program Crew (Junior Carrillo, John Henry, and Marty Martinez, May - Dave & Judy Borgshatz, June - Betty Snyder. Each were presented with small tokens of our esteem, personalized pots with Aloe Vera plants in keeping not only with our plant theme, but also our drought consciousness. Each volunteer of the year also received commendations from the political dignitaries.

However, the highlight came with the announcement of the Volunteer of the Year. Tears came to Pennys eyes when she began talking about Dianne Kassotis. Penny described how Dianne stepped up big this year when she took over the Travel Office, going from a one day a week volunteer to 5 days a week.

Wed like to thank all the volunteers, including those that could not make the awards ceremony, for their constant and unwavering desire to help improve the center and the lives of others. Without them, the Center would not be what it is today. Special thanks go out to the many sponsors of the event, especially Title Sponsor, the San Manual Tribe of Mission Indians, without whose generosity, this event would not have been possible.