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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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Member Spotlite

This month we’d like shine a special spotlite for a special lady on a special occasion. On November 11th Berniece Rhoda will be celebrating her centennial birthday! There will actually be two celebrations that day, as it is also Veteran’s Day, formerly Armistice Day.
Berniece started coming to the center back in 1994 when she began taking our line-dancing class, and officially joined the center a few years later in 2000. She continued taking the classes until she turned ninety-five! She also enjoyed taking trips with our Gadabouts. She loves to travel, having traveled the world with her late husband, Guy.
Bernice hopes to be able to come to our annual Thanksgiving dinner as she has for many years. While she still has a valid driving license, thanks she says to our Driver’s Test preparation course, good until she turns 102, she now only drives short distances.
So if you see her, make sure to stop her and say “Hi” or possibly Happy Birthday if she makes the birthday lunch.