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Give time, gain friends

One way for a resident of Lake Wildwood to get to know neighbors and give back to the community is to get involved in one of the many Standing Committees or clubs. I want to share stories about two individuals who give a lot back to the community in very different ways.

Bob Stanbury spent 41 years working in the electronic defense industry and has lived in LWW for the past 12 years. For the last six years he has been involved with the LWW Public Safety Committee and is just ending a four-year stint as committee chair.

Bob emphasized the great teamwork and dedication of the entire committee. With tremendous help from George Croft, Bob was proud to share that the Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) is starting it’s third class with 40 new students for a total of 80 residents trained in emergency response. If there were ever a major fire and an evacuation was necessary, these CERT graduates might be the ones coming to your door to alert you.

With the help of Tom Rowland and Trish Zimlinghouse, the committee also sponsors a Fire Extinguisher Program so residents have an easy way to replace old equipment. There is also a Neighborhood Watch Program that is building quickly; according to Bob, the first Neighborhood Watch started about 12 years ago on his block and meets several times a year for both safety and social events.

As Bob leaves his post as Committee Chair, he takes on the role of liaison between LWW and the Office of Emergency Services and the American Red Cross where he works closely with LWW resident Bill Koontz. Both gentlemen are also involved with the Citizens Core Council that is an outgrowth of Homeland Security to assist local service departments in getting communities ready for emergencies. Of particular interest is their program to identify people who might need additional assistance in the event of an emergency (i.e. wheelchair, oxygen etc.) and to build a database that can be accessed by all public safety personnel.

Another active member of the community is Myke Caswell. She moved to LWW 26 years ago when there were only a few homes around the lake, the electricity was not yet completed, and she had to walk a mile to get her mail.

In the beginning, her husband still worked in the Bay Area and since she lived at the far end of the lake, she was pretty isolated most of the time. As neighbors started to build new homes, she would organize community parties to welcome newcomers. Ultimately, she helped to organize the first LWW Social Committee and had over 30 active members ready to help plan events and social gatherings. Since that time, she has served on almost every one of the committees in LWW at least once including a four-year term on the Security Committee.

About seven years ago, while working on the Community Relations Committee, she helped start the Wellness Clinic to include monthly health meetings featuring expert local speakers as well as speakers from University of California Sacramento/Davis Hospital. These meetings have great attendance and have been a very effective way for the community to learn about health related issues. In 1998, Myke and her husband, Tom, were honored as Citizens of the Year in LWW for all of their contributions to the community.

Asked about her favorite part of LWW and she will tell you the people and the water skiing. She learned to water ski when she moved here and only stopped recently at the age of 75. She still loves going out in the boat and coaching her grandkids.


Got a tip about someone or something in Lake Wildwood? Contact Shirl Mendonca at 432-3787 or via e-mail.

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