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Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-19 40 et 8 Club member Paul Sanchez and Shelton Relay for Life member Vicki Gonzales stand Friday in the 40 et 8 Club with some of the donated itemsto send in holiday care packages to members of the United States military serving abroad this holiday season. Members of the Shelton Relay for Life, the 40 et 8 and the 40 et 8 La Femmes club organized the program. Journal ohoto oy Natalie Johnson Volunteers prepare holiday cards, items for military members overseas By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com packages," said Paul Sanchez, a World War II vet- eran and 40 et 8 Club member. Members of the Shelton Relay for Life, the 40 et 8 and the 40 et 8 La Femmes Club have organized the program. Last year, members of Relay for Life, including Vicki Gonzales and Karin Leaf, sent hundreds of holiday cards to military members overseas. Sanchez has sent care packages to local military and other items in the gift packages. " The group has also collected about 1,500 holiday cards, which they will stuff with lens- cleaning wipes the Optical Shop in Shelton do- nated. The group plans to take all of the cards and pack- ages to Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Dec. 5. The packages will be sent overseas from the base. Some members of the military serwng versea abroad since the beginning of the The group is still looking for contact information this holiday season will soon receive giftspacked d. for local service members stationed overseas, i with care, not from Santa Claus, but from Shel- This year, organizers combined the programs. To provide a service membeFs name and mailing ton. Patti Tupper, of the La Femmes Club, organized address contact, Sanchez at 426-7373, Gonzales at "I know exactly how those kids appreciate those the re6en t drive for'snacks, books, DVDs, toiletries HARSTINE ISLAND NEWS 427-6770 or the 40 et 8 at 426-5060. :lzen I'm looking out my window as I begin to write this week's column, and I notice that it's dark out there and it's only 5 p.m. Put me in the group that would like to have daylight saving time stay in effect all year long. I mean, I like to look out my window when I'm writing and look for some inspiration or visual stimulation. I'd like to see a yellow- orange big maple leaf soaring through the air in search of a resting spot. Speaking of soaring, here is the grand finale the person who was selected as the Harstine Island Community Club's Citi- zen of the Year for 2014. Rose Benz wrote a passionate intro- duction of the person, and here it is: "Last year, when present- ing one of our Honored Citizen awards, I started my presen- tation (by saying) Harstine Island is a pretty wonderful place to live. A huge piece of what makes island life special is sense of community, which is fueled by the events and happenings right here in the By MIKE CALLAGHAN hall and out in the parking lot. "This year, we celebrated our centennial year. (Dm g) those 100 years, it took lots of community-minded folks uti- lizing their talents, giving countless hours and behind- the-scenes fixing and doing to keep all that we enjoy here at the hall alive. "Our 2014 Citizen of the Year is a part of that tenacious effort. Our 2014 Citizen of the Year moved to Harstine nine years ago and immediately became a vital part of the working fabric of our island -- a joiner, worker bee, doer, helper, organizer, jump-in- give-a-hand kind of person. This person is a no-job-too-lit- tle, -too-big, -too-difficult, it's- not-rocket-science-let's-make- it-happen kind of person. Her come-along-and-lend-a-hand, it's-a-good-time mantra is why I became active in community club and island events. Her roll-up-your-sleeves, jump- in, we-can-do-it attitude has spanned every club, group, island project, fundraiser and community club program. ran' "This person has served as women's club president and vice president and served on countless women's club com- mittees and events over the years. She has organized, worked on, helped with, headed up, chaired, co-chaired, revitalized, lead and gave a hand to nearly every group, club and cause since she arrived on Harstine. "As I said last year, "like the Energizer bunny, she keeps right on going after many oth- ers have stopped, dropped out or given up.' A major player, she has chaired, organized and helped with five New Yea s Eve dances, two Labor Day dances (and) seven Oktober- fests, including this one. She has worked several years on issues of the island newsletter, everything from writing and editing articles (to) selling ads. "Behind the scenes, she has put her drafting and artistic talents to work creating com- munity club signs and ban- ners for fundraising and hall events. She has been on the women's club scholarship com- mittee (and) has helped with the kids' carnival. (During) past cider squeezes, she joined other cral rs in the hall (and) strung her loom with yarn, giving kids hands-on weaving experience. "She has also helped at holiday house, all-island rum- mage sale, spaghetti feed, is- land cleanup, Inquiring Minds and (has been a) key player in our centennial-year celebra- tion and much more. Over the years, you can find her at the farmers market standing in front of the community club table working the crowd like a circus barker getting folks to open their wallets, pay mem- bership dues and financially support the commtmity club. "Her famous line, rou don't have to do anything; we just want your money,' really works. Her commitment to community extends off-island as well. (Each week) she puts her teaching talents to work at (Sound Learning). By now you all know I'm talking about our community club president and my best friend. I'm pleased to name Jan Irving as this yeaFs Citizen of the Year." During the past sev- eral years, the Harstine Island Thanksgiving dinner has become popular. This is a potluck dinner, for which the community club donates the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, along with unny I some tea and coffee. You are asked to bring a complimen- tary potluck dish. This year, the doors are go- ing to open at 2 p.m. and all seats will be first-come, first- served. I think in the past, people have called to make ta- ble reservations, but this task puts added stress on a volun- teer group already taxed with a huge workload. The dinner will be served about 2:30 p.m., depending on how cooperative those turkeys in the oven are. Call Jim and Ruth Irish at 426-0266 or Mike and Lin- da Benson at 426-7803 to name the type of potluck item that you will be bringing, be- cause they will try to make sure there is a tasty selection available for all. The Harstine Island Com- munity Choir is preparing for its annual December concerts. This season, its members are singing with Masterworks Choral Ensemble. They have had wonderful success sing- ing with the group in the past and look forward to perform- ing with its members again this season. They will be sing- ing a wonderful collection see HARSTINE, page A-24