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The second 2003 Tonkawa meeting is held in the Chester Hunt Community
Center. This noon, second Sunday meeting place is located at the Many
Nations In Recovery Organization: 3928 Illinois St.- San Diego, CA. Tonkawa
members enter with smiles, wonderful aromas and delightful surprises.
More Tonkawa members keep arriving and are starting to form groups of
Jane Dumas is chairing this months meeting. She begins with a beautiful
prayer in her Kumeyaay language. Jane makes special note of the tense
level of concern this Orange alert status has brought to many of our members,
family and friends. She is encouraged to see new faces at the meeting
and states it will be great if things could be active again.
We are pleased to see Nellie Ruiz, our greeter. Nellie has always been
there to call the Tonkawa members about the meeting and activities.
then restated that we are a not for profit organization and she remembered
that in 1981 the downtown Indian Clinic was re-opened under the Tonkawa
501c3 paperwork. At this meeting Ron Morton, former Director of the American
Indian Clinic, became a Tonkawa member and will work with Roy and Steve
to reactivate the 501c3 status. A sign up sheet is circulating as announcements
and acknowledgments are made.
Traditional tribal culture will always strive toward a proper balance
in most activities.
ways are most important to these wisdom keepers, the Tonkawa Council of
Elders. Steve Gomez and Roy Cook will continue to pursue resources in
support of the goals and mission of the Tonkawa Council of Elders. Rose
Davis, publisher of INDIAN VOICES, is again taking many pictures during
the meeting and she had copies of the latest issue. Many members were
pleased to see the printed story on the Tonkawa Gathering.
Tonkawa Elders meetings are focused, this is one of the great potluck
meetings to attend. Chili Beans, Roast beef or turkey and cheese sandwiches,
mac and cheese with wings, fresh Italian bread, Chili with corn, soft
drinks and coffee were all good. This is the way the meeting kept going,
laughter and lessons shared from the Elders life experiences, good times.
gift exchange is assigned to Don Vigneault this meeting. Everyone has
a smile and a memory of the Tonkawa meeting to take home. This past meeting
the guys were teasing me, now that I qualify for regular Tonkawa membership,
55 years and over, along with Native American heritage of a recognized
tribe or tribes: associate membership is open to everyone any age or inclination,
all are welcomed.
Good traditions, good times. The meeting is adjourned at 1:30 pm.
Maybe we will see you, bring a friend or two, at the next meeting of the
Tonkawa, noon second Sunday of the month at the Chet Hunt Community Center-3928
5026 70th. Street
San Diego, CA 92115-1805
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By Roy Cook
The March 9, 2003
TONKAWA meeting is off to a good early start. Don and Jean Vigneaualt,
Steve Gomez and Jerry Starnes, meet Roy Cook to set up the tables and
get the coffee going. The members can look forward to good Navy Java.
President Esther Abrahano opens the meeting at 12:11 pm and asks Ron Morton
to provide the blessing. Esther announced the speaker for this meeting
is Ralph Cummings. He is an officer with the San Diego Police Department.
The speaker topic is Security: Home and National issues.
Roy Cook reports to the membership on the status of the TONKAWA 501c3
non-profit status. Working with Ron Morton on this issue I call upon Ron
to bring us up to date on his research. Ron stated, The 501c3 is active
and has been so since 1977. Some of the data (addresses) are not correct
but we can submit corrections and once again move forward seeking out
and securing resources to benefit not only TONKAWA seniors but also other
Indian elders who may be homebound or lonely and just need for someone
to show we care about our Indian seniors. We should also think of acquiring
a mailing address for the club. Finally, we are glad to report things
are coming along and we will keep working on this project.
Ralph was not in sight, Roy continued to present information to the TONKAWA
has a web page on the WWW and is available 7/24 for all to view. On the
page are links to past events and Resources for seniors: organizations
and phone numbers are listed. Current pictures from the past Tonkawa meetings
and community events are also available for viewing and download for all
the grandchildren to enjoy.
B. San Diego county parks have numerous locations and discounted programsavailable
for the seniors and we might think of a future outdoors event for the
membership to enjoy.
C. Indian Council, Red Run, is having their event in May and is looking
for volunteers to assist the runners. We are also waiting to hear from
them on our request for assistance for TONKAWA events this year.
Vice President Jane
Dumas reminded us, We need to have consideration for those who may be
homebound. Many times it is a great help to receive flowers or some other
indication of sympathy. This brought out memories of other Tonkawa members
and how they had made a difference to others. Nellie Ruiz recalled many
occasions of visiting seniors in times of sickness. She further recommended
we might form a group to call shut-ins. Veronica McCune said she used
to visit nursing homes just to make the residents feel better and show
them that someone cared.
Marga Troha introduced her caregiver that checks up on her when her husband
Yvon is at work. Easter mentioned she likes to give out tapes of songs
and music to help better the atmosphere and their state of mind.
Just about now many felt it was a good time to try out the potluck. Many
items were warm and starting to smell real good! Many of our pictures
are of this slice of time, mostly because we were involved in the eating
part of the meeting. Jerry Starnes brought some real good meatloaf and
cornbread. The ladies were asking him for his recipe. I thought Id gone
to heaven! There were two types of corn bread and hot mashed potatoes
with dark gravy, hmm! I saved all my room for these, even though the chicken,
salad, cookies galore, frosted cake and ice cream were most tempting.
There were many other snacks chips and munchies to fill all corners of
Just as Marga had
introduced her caregiver, other guests were recognized at this time: Judith
Jeaneotte, Turtle Mountain Chippewa filled in a bit of her recent San
Diego experiences. Nellie introduced Joan Sun to the membership. Times
have been rough for her, she said, but she was glad to learn of the Tonkawa
Vickie Gambala announced the Title Seven Indian Education program would
be starting a fringed blanket craft class next Tuesday (3/11/03). This
ongoing class will be held in the Crawford High School cafeteria from
7 pm to nine. Many had comments on where to buy more fabric, Discount
Fabric lead the list.
proposed that the Tonkawa club send the President Easter Abrahano to the
Wellness Conference in Mission Valley. Most agreed to approve the recommendation.
Jane Dumas brought
up that the next month is beginning of the year for them Tonkawa club.
Annual Dues are due and she proposed that we carry over the slate of officers
to maintain stability for one more year. A vote of the membership supported
The members are participating
and enjoying the occasion to talk and share news about friends on the
reservations and back home, where many have come from.
We are all excited to be a small part of the opportunity to listen and
learn from our wisdom keepers, TONKAWA Council of Elders.
Native American Traditions
5026 70th. Street
San Diego, CA 92115-1805
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