San Diego Elders Club
TONKAWA 2010 Annual Luncheon
August 12, Thursday afternoon, from 1-3pm the TONKAWA Elders Club
saw lifelong friends, new members and enjoyed the conversation and
activities at the Annual Luncheon. The University Avenue Home Town
Buffet was again the site for this annual event. It is always a
special treat to sit down with our Jamul elder, Jane Dumas. She
was our opening speaker and offered the blessing for the TONKAWA
luncheon. It feels good to see her enjoy those years of effort to
keep the club together continue. Dr. Norrie Robbins was her designated
driver and a welcome guest at the TONKAWA table.
The Vice President, Jerry Starnes and the TONKAWA Treasurer Jean
Vigenault organized this event. We particularly appreciated TONKAWA
President Violet Tunohun attending and bringing her Mother, Alexandria
Smith to enjoy the elders company.
Some of our long time members have been hard pressed by illness
and the accumulation of conditions that result from a life of hard
work and bringing forth life. We realize that our children are our
future and reward for all our efforts. Marga and Yvon Troha answered
the invitation with their attendance. Rose Davis brought the latest
copy of Indian Voices and engaged in deep conversation with El Bissara.
Also, Jean brought her Mother, Genevieve, a long time TONKAWA member.
Manuel and Celia Flores enjoyed the company of Gwen Cooper and will
graciously offer their patio for the September TONKAWA meeting.
Carmella Ignacio also engaged in conversation with Gwen and Randy
Edmonds and Bonnie. All declared they came hungry and found the
HTB fare to their satisfaction. Many said they would make better
efforts to attend future meetings now that Jerry Starnes has secured
the IHRC location for our October and future TONKAWA meetings. Still
on the second Sunday of the month at 11:30 or noon.
As folks started to think of their next afternoon meeting or appointments,
a surprise gift was distributed. Jean had brought in delightfully
beautiful and colorful potted plants in flower for all attending.
Smiles all around, happy bellies, and beautiful American Indian
people slipped into the bright San Diego sunny afternoon.
See you all at the next TONKAWA meeting!
Roy Cook, TONKAWA secretary