San Diego Elders Club|
July 8, 2012 - Noon
and Celia Flores came in before 11am just behind Roy as he was opening doors and
setting up. Also attending early is Gwendalle Cooper, Jean Vigenault and Barbra
Shrank. Ben Nance brought in the favorite donuts and he was soon joined by William
Buchanan and Dennis Chalotte. Dennis brought in and gifted all with fresh sage.
Our blessing is by Cecilia Flores and our wishes for continued gorgeous weather
and the health of our family and friends. It is all good when we can gather to
feast and enjoy each others life experiences and company.
had a mixed turn out of our faithful TONKAWA membership and friends. We were pleased
to see some of our faithful members at the July monthly gathering.
Manuel related an experience
that he and Celia had at a funeral mausoleum. The mausoleum was four stories and
they were getting tired walking up the flights. They thought to take a breather
on a marble bench by the side. They sat down and were recovering their strength
as the noticed the names on the bench- Manuel and Cecilia! They jumped up and
continued on with resolution that it was not just their turn, yet.
This life experience
sparked lively conversations of various end of life practices: tribal and others
too. The entire meeting was spontaneous and rich with personal stories of life
and travels and work. It is with sad news that I relate that Jean lost her Mother,
Genevieve last month. She passed quietly with her family attending after announcing
she was 105. She was much younger but it was an ongoing personal family reference
of her charm. Also, Jean no longer has her other companion the little
dog. It too passed on a bit earlier than the loss of her Mother.
We ate up the
fine selection of the potluck selections: Portagee-chili, posole,
fresh corn on the cob, chicken thighs in sauce, fresh fruit and vegetables, cooked
rice and noodles and tortillas for the chili or posole. Ginger snaps or tons of
donuts for sugar highs. We chatted up political and future community activities
in addition to upcoming pow pows and conferences intersperse with a lively and
exchange of jokes and humorous episodes of our elders long lives.
as we cleaned up the room and were dividing up the potluck leftovers
we were wishing each other better health options as we made our way out the door
to catch up with other late Sunday afternoon activities.
(We are always recruiting Elders to be TONKAWA members!). It is always nice to
see new members and guests drop in and are encouraged to return. This is a real
nice down home meeting to attend. We are also very pleased to enjoy the regular
attendance of TONKAWA along with community guests and family members.
The membership voted
that our next SPECIAL TONKAWA luncheon meeting is from 1-3pm at the University
Blvd. Home town buffet on August 23, 2012.
thank the Creator for allowing you this day and being there today, Mehan and Aho.
submitted: TONKAWA Secretary Roy Cook