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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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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.