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February 2019
Clay Kautzman

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This month we’d like to shine the light on someone who might be unfamiliar to most. Clayton “Clay” Kautzman. Unless you need to be taken for a ride. No, not that type of ride…a TAP ride! Clay is one of our top TAP drivers, taking homebound seniors to various places four days a week. It was his wife, Virginia, another TAP driver, who got him to start driving for us. Not just a TAP driver who also helps out serving dinners at our Thanksgiving but also delivers meals for our Operation Senior Claus. He’d like to do more but, while retired, he still is quite busy as a handyman at all of his and Virginia’s rental properties. Originally from Mandan, North Dakota, he came out to California due to his stint in the Marines. After getting out he went to school to learn more about computers. Following graduation he went to work for Western Union, GTE, then as a contractor out at Norton. Married to Virginia they have two boys, six grandkids, and one great-grandkid. Thanks Clay for taking time out of your busy schedule to take care of others.


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The Highland Senior Centers held its biggest event and fundraiser of the year on April 21st at the San Bernardino Golf Club: The annual Golf Tournament and Senior Recognition Dinner. For days prior the sky were gloomy with bits of sprinkles here and there. However, when the day came it stayed dry, albeit a bit cloudy, which kept things nice and cool. Once again it was a sold out event.

Watch out! Theres a new sheriff in town. Well, maybe not in town, but definitely on the golf course! This years representatives from Patton Corrections: Arnold Urtiaga, Danny Gomez, Tom Adame, and Vince Gonzales wrested the Law Enforcement Trophy away from the perennial champs at the Sheriffs Office, shooting a 54. 1st place senior division winners: Pete Guereca, Pete Pequeno, Jr. Carrillo, and Andy Garcia (SP) tied with another team at 57, winning in a a card-off. However, neither team could beat out the overall winners: Tom Battaile, Tim Lucia, John Thornes, and Danny Jimenez, who shot a 52! We also had, for the first time ever, a hole-in-one! Andy Garcia made the shot on a hole-in-one hole making him the lucky winner, not only of bragging rights, but of two round trip tickets to any destination.

The scores were a lot lower than in previous years, which means either theyve been spending too much time on the golf course, or they put those mulligans to good use! One bit of interesting news is that we only had one Ladies team this year, (Toni Callicott, Yevette Ramos, and Betty Bean) which gave them the unique title of Ladies Champions while also earning the distinction of Most Honest for their high score!

This year the center honored one of its biggest supporters, Charles Roberts, whose achievements you read about in last months newsletter. Our many thanks to our major sponsors - San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and Patricia Fischer. Also, thanks to all of our other various money and product sponsors, raffle donors, and our golf chairperson, Denise Lundy. Finally, wed like to thank all of the other volunteers, golfers, and everyone else who helped support the center and honor Charles Roberts.