By Roy Cook
Council of Elders and their guests met for lunch at the Home Town
Buffet, HTB, on University Ave. August 13, 2009. TONKAWA President
Violet Tunohun and Jean Vigenault, TONKAWA Treasurer met early outside
the HTB to greet those early and later attendees. It is a bright
comfortable afternoon for some casual socializing.
you have no doubt experienced this; we see someone, recognize the
face and a flood of associated memories gush forth spontaneously.
Time evaporates as the years drop off and very often conversations
are resumed in astonishing detail that, if called upon by demand,
we could not recall a single detail. There was a lot of that on
this special afternoon. Past TONKAWA members, community board members
of other organizations, semi and full time employees, and all made
time to attend this TONKAWA function.
note is Mrs. Jane Dumas, a charter member of TONKAWA and a special
honored elder of our local Kumeyaay people. She is getting around
better and with a little help from Teresa Mills was actively participating
and enjoying seeing friends again. We were also very pleased to
see our long time friend Joe Renteria and his wife enjoy the TONKAWA
luncheon this afternoon. It just makes your heart feel good to see
a loving couple care for each other in this way.
is always a fine selection of healthy food and sinful temptations
to enjoy at the HTB. We were well looked after by the staff. Our
TONKAWA tables were reserved and the dishes were quickly cleared
away to make room for new selections. Some guests and members came
much later in the afternoon and stayed into the dinner hours for
steak, ribs brisket and baked ham.
faces in the food line are: Randy Edmonds and his wife Bonnie, Gwen
Cooper, Mary Oyos, Vicki Gambala, Paula Brim, Carmella Ignacio,
Perse Hooper, Juan Castellanos and his son Joaquin. There were over
forty TONKAWA members and guests attending but you can enjoy recognizing
many from the images included. Of special recognition and honored
with flowers and a gift are Jane Dumas, Nellie Ruiz and Roy Cook.
We thank you all for your generous thoughts. This is certainly a
festive summer of fine fare and friends, gatherings, picnic, dance
classes and this TONKAWA Elders luncheon, just wonderful to be alive!