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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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In just a few weeks we will be hosting our annual Highland Senior Center Golf Tournament and Outstanding Senior Recognition Award. Each year we honor a senior (or senior couple) who lives/works in the community and has exhibited a long commitment in service. This years honorees will be Bud and Margaret Wright.

The Wrights have been heavily involved in the Highland community, and take great pride in its history. Margaret is a lifetime resident of Highland, leaving only briefly to go to the University of Arizona, which was a good thing, as that is where she med Bud. However, they soon moved back to Highland and have been involved ever since.

Margaret taught primary school in Highland and Bud was an entomologist for the County of San Bernardino. Both were in the family citrus business, and both served on citrus packing house boards of directors and water boards. Bud also served on the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation Board for 42 years before retiring, but remains on the North Fork Water Board. Margaret, meanwhile, was a board member of the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water Board.

Outside of water boards, Margaret has served on the San Bernardino Grand Jury, was a member of the Highland Kiwanis Club, served on the Highland Street Naming Committee, and currently serves as chairman of the Highland Trails Committee.

Both are charter members of the East Highland Historical Society, and have been active in the Citrus Harvest Festival, Highland Trails Days, and other Highland Events.

It is because of this dedication to our community that the Highland Senior Center is proud to name Bud & Margaret Wright as our Outstanding Seniors for 2012.

There are a still some open slots if you\'d like to join us for a day of golf, or if golf is not your thing, but you\'d still like to help us honor the Wrights for all theyve done, you can join us for dinner. The big day takes place April 19th at the San Bernardino Public Golf Course and is open to the public. Congratulations to Bud & Margaret and thank you for all that you do for your community.