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January 2020
Lee Lombard

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This month we’d like to give thanks to Lee Lombard. Lee is one of our Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) drivers. In fact he is one of our top TAP drivers, consistently in the top three for miles driven and hours. He came to the center nearly five years ago, just looking to donate some books, when he happened to see a TAP flyer on the board. He asked the Front Desk person what TAP was, and she took him straight to the TAP coordinator. That was all it took, and he=s been driving ever since. He now drives every weekday, and even on weekends, sometimes taking 2 rides a day. He drives all over the Inland Empire which doesn’t leave him much time to explore the fun things our center has to offer, but he hopes to get involved soon. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, his father’s travels in the Air Force eventually brought him out to March AFB in Riverside, and he=s been here ever since. He did a stint in the Air Force, where he got trained in Military Pay, which helped him after he left, to get into Money Management, which he turned into a 30 year career as a banker and financial advisor. Now single, he has a daughter and two grandsons. Thanks Lee stepping up big time into this important program.


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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.