Leaf notes: Meeting September 19, 2004
This warm, overcast
and breezy day is beautiful. Good fellowship is all around us as the
members and Chris Gibson RN enter the room greet and form into conversation
groups. TONKAWA President, Esther Abrahano and granddaughter Margaret
chaired the meeting. She opened the meeting at 12:10 with a prayer
in Choctaw and English.
Jane Dumas, although
out of town, had asked Chris Gibson to be a speaker at this meeting.
Last month there were many voices sharing their experiences and knowledge
over Cancer and how it affects families.
of Nov.20 and Dec. 18 community dinners, which TONKAWA members volunteer
for each year, were brought to the members' attention. Sadly, Vicky Gambala
again reminded us that CA Culture Days in Balboa Park is cancelled for
this year. Marga Toha and Yvon faithfully support the TONKAWA presentations
Ben Nance came
in and took all these pictures.
food brings smiles to the TONKAWA membership. Jerry Starns, our resident
chef, prepared Sloppy Joe hamburgers! Potluck choices of beans, stew,
fried chicken, Aye Carambra! Chicken enchiladas, rice and a wide variety
of salads and spicy dressing. Loads of fresh fruit and big juicy grapes
for summer diets.
Our busy TONKAWA
treasurer Vicky Gambala was in attendance and lent her support while
guest speaker Chris Gibson was reviewing her handout for the group.
Don Vingeualt, Santa Ysabel Ipai, and Jerry Starns, Menominee, are
both cancer survivors and added their personal experiences to the
discussion and presentation.
Razo listened to Elizabeth Stranfeld bumper bumping busting boo-boo
and participated in discussions and the congeniality of the afternoon.
Jerry reviews the Warriors display and reception information presented
by Roy Cook, TONKAWA Secretary.
Maybe we will see you and a friend at the next meeting of the TONKAWA
Elders: October 10, 2004. Our meetings are in the Many Nations: Chet Hunt
Community room, 3928 Illinois St. San Diego, California.