QUIET HEROES: Suzanne Lujan, 64, Grass Valley
The groups I volunteer for: Miners Foundry, RSVP, Music in the Mountains, KVMR, Foothill Theatre, and we (husband Frank and her) do Senior Center baskets for monthly dinners. We just completed more than 200 gift baskets for a thrift shop and we do the Teddy Bear Convention.
What I do for the group: We sell tickets, put up posters, donate baskets to senior dinner dances every month, bartend, and sell T-shirts at the Teddy Bear Convention.
How I got involved: My friend in Fresno wanted me to take care of “Grams” in Pebble Beach for four months and I ended up spending four years. The book I did for her is “Eve and Me and Alzheimer’s Makes Three.” I kept her active. She went to school in a one-room schoolhouse in Sparks, Nev. with Clint Eastwood’s mother. They both moved to San Francisco (in their youth). I was there three months (in Pebble Beach) and he came to the door and I had rollers in my hair! It was terrible!
Once here, we started at the Miners Foundry looking for a tour. They asked if we’d come and do Victorian Christmas. We’ve been there ever since.
Why I think this group’s work is important: Just doing for others is a good feeling. I think you do the full circle. When you do children, you do scouts, Little League and that. Then you go on with your career and than as a senior, you volunteer all over again.
The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was: Just getting a good feeling helping others and keeping my husband Frank active. He retired three times. He has done all these things with me as a couple. He really enjoys it, he just loves it.
The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: In my heart I just love helping others and seeing them happy. You know women are born nurturers.
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