TONKAWA San Diego Elders Club

March 07, 2009 TONKAWA minutes:

The TONKAWA Secretary opened the doors and set up the room at 10:45am. Also early are TONKAWA members: Jerry Starnes, Manuel and Cecilia Flores with a guest, Barbara Shramek. All were hungry! Nellie Ruiz quickly provided the blessing for the luncheon. We were saddened to hear of the loss of Jane Dumas’ daughter after a long battle with cancer. Nellie had many sign a sympathy card for the family.

Our terrific TONKAWA members continue to keep happy smiles and real good eats in this potluck meal: Marvelous selection of bountiful delights. Good warm, hardy, comforting food. Any time there is cornbread and hot chili beans it is glorious. Ham hocks and lima beans, lasagna, pepperoni pizza, Ouzo and chicken. Also fresh Rosemary and olive oil bread from Dudley’s with butter. Sliced green beans and bacon. There was just a hint of Good health with the raw cauliflower and dip and Red delicious apples. Great fare for a fine table of Elders and friends. The coffee cooker was slow and just not enough of good Hot TONKAWA coffee brewing to wash it all down.

Meeting called to order by TONKAWA President Violet Tunohun at 12:25pm.

Tonkawa Old business: Oct. 4, 08 Community after picnic report tabled until the next meeting. Also, VP Jean Vigneault collected some TONKAWA dues ($5.00 a year).

Tonkawa New business:

1. Violet announced that we will have the next two or three month’s meetings on the first Sunday of the month and avoid conflicts with schedule American Indian activities in the San Diego region. (4/5/09, 5/3/09, 6/5/09)
2. Derik Roberts volunteered to teach how to make willow dream catchers if TONKAWA will provide the materials.
3. Jerry Starnes will look into a new location with better parking for future TONKAWA meeting. Jean Vigneault responded that we should also determine if this Many Nations location needed the participation to remain a resource for the Indian community.
4. Future Goals: Membership, good feeling at meetings and more craft projects for TONKAWA.


We cleaned up and some TONKAWA members were still drinking coffee, talking and laughing as they went out the door by 1:30 pm.

Remember to 24/7 look to the American Indian Source site for the calendar of upcoming events. Click on the link below now.

Maybe we will see you and a friend (We are always recruiting Elders to be TONKWA 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.

Respectfully submitted:

Roy Cook, TONKAWA secretary