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TONKAWA Talking Leaf notes: January 11. 2004
We had our best TONKAWA
turnout ever! Jerry Starns was waiting to open the Many Nations Recovery
Chet Hunt Community meeting room. We set up the tables and chairs in a
different configuration and Roy Cook started the coffee for the January
Meeting of the Tonkawa Seniors Club. Nellie Ruiz came in with smiles and
news about activities over the holidays. We started snacking on chips
and avocado dip.
Davis, Editor and publisher, distributed the latest issue of the Interstate
newspaper, Indian Voices. Pick one up at your Indian clinic or community
Indian organizations or subscribe. There are many thought provoking articles
and pictures of recent past events in our Tribal community.
Cook agreed to lead the group in asking the Creator for a blessing. This
formally started the TONKAWA meeting. Members and guests continued to
arrive with side dishes and gifts for the exchange later in the meeting.
Jerry had warmer fires under many of his meat dishes and as the aroma
filled the room there is a general consensus to start eating. More TONKAWA
members kept arriving as the group lined up to enjoy the bountiful potluck
lunch. Baked Chicken with Apricot glaze fried chicken, mashed potatoes,
gravy, salad with fresh fruit and exotic side dishes, all yummy. Naturally
there is cake and ice cream for the birthday recognition. Many past TONKAWA
members and speakers attended. There were over thirty people in attendance.
TONKAWA Vice president, Jane Dumas, addressed the group. She spoke from
the heart. She has been to visit many community members in the hospital
and attended funerals of close acquaintances. In spite of these life experiences
she is still encouraged by the good attendance and members of the TONKAWA
club community events participation.
Vice President Vicky Gambala distributed fliers for the Grossmont College
February 28 Pow Wow. She was also collecting the TONKAWA annual dues.
She announced that Don Vigneualt’s Serenity Shop has donated craft supplies
to the Indian Education program. Further, she outlined the activities
for the remainder of the year. She introduced Mara Peters, IHRC board
member, who will be organizing the spring Title VII Indian Education and
IHRC Culture days Pow wow in Balboa park.
it is very nice to see past TONKAWA members and visitors show up to this
first meeting of the year: Paul Razo, Mary Jenkins, Mara Peters, Darlene
Hyde, Eleanor Robbins, Wanda Cook, ‘Vicki’ Robinson, Mike Lochner.
we will see you and a friend at the next meeting of the TONKAWA Elders:
February 8, 2004.
Respect Native American
5026 70th. Street
San Diego, CA 92115-1805