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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 of the year on April 17th. Our annual Golf Tournament is our largest fundraiser and, as always, was a grand success. There were a few worried minds as temperatures soared into summerlike numbers the days before. However, come golf day, clouds moved in to take the heat out of the picture. This provided for great golf weather. Once all the golfers finished their rounds everyone retreated to the nineteenth hole for some food, prizes, and awards.

Leading the pact in the regular division (and overall) was the team of the Unforgettables (Tim Evans, Bob Sturner, Mike Horton, and Ben Hartnell). Their score of 57 put them into a card-off with San Manuel and S.G. Contruction, but their back 9 score gave them the edge. Taking the top honors in the Senior Division were Jim Kline, Dale Telizyn, Joe Guerra, and Ron Pickinpaugh. Next year we will be naming the Law Enforcement Perpetual Trophy as the Public Safety Perpetual Trophy, as for the first time ever, a Fire team took top honors. Congratulations to the San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters, Local 935, who beat a record number 6 other teams in their division.

Our many thanks to our major sponsors - San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Pat Fischer & Family, Cal Fire (aka:CDF), San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters, Local 935, Toyota of San Bernardino, and Jim Brulte and California Strategies. Also, thanks to all of our other various money and product sponsors, our golf committee volunteers. Finally, wed like to thank all of the other volunteers, golfers, and everyone else who helped support the center contribute to a wonderful day and a successful fundraiser.