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lOB Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter BISHOP, from page 9B desk on ESPN? Absolutely not. We need the Greg Knights of the world, and we're grateful for all that they do. We really don't consider being successful in terms of winning or losing, but in how they do their job every day. Life is not a game we Will win or lose. Life is a journey, with ups and downs. Sometimes, you're in a brand new Beemer, full tank of gas, an empty freeway and not a cop for miles. And sometimes, you're in a 1964 Nash Rambler in Red Bluff in July with no air conditioning, a couple of bald tires and someone who's carsick in the back. It's the same journey, and the secret is to keep going, to get through the bad stuff and enjoy the good, and that the "winning is everything" philosophy might not apply. This is the real lesson of life. Most kids playing high school sports will never play in college, let alone pro-anything, so the lessons about life will be more important than how to turn two in a softball game. I was president of Little League in Chester for a couple of years, and I can tell you, kids want to win. Winning is fun. I've never seen anyone take the field saying, "Boy, I hope we lose." A coach doesn't have to instill the "will to win" in the players. They have it. What they need, what a good coach will help them develop, is the will to keep playing when they aren't winning, to pick themselves up and keep going. And that will serve them well throughout the rest of their lives. As with most things we are taught in high school, we don't see the effects of these lessons right away, when the last whistle blows and the season ends, but rather years down the road. The athletes may not even realize everything they got from their coaches until they have a rough patch or two in life. And then, win or lose, a coach will eventually be judged, not on a score board, not on a win-loss record, but by how each player feels about him- or herself. Pink Ladies" 48-year volunteering legacy continues Leslie Wall Community Connections Program Coordinator It is Feb. 28, 1967: a meeting is in Progress at the Quincy High School cafeteria. The purpose of the meeting is to organize a Plumas County Nursing and Convalescent Hospital Auxiliary -- there are 23 people in attendance. Several local physicians stand and speak of their need for help at the county hospital to care for the needs of 30 elderly patients who were "emotionally disturbed and/or mentally retarded." Volunteers were asked to work out the details of organizing an auxiliary and identify the services they would be able to provide -- with the most important service being frequent visitations with patients. By the end of May, officers were chosen and Joyce Bivens accepted the position of the first auxiliary president. It was agreed that auxiliary members would wear pink pinafores as uniforms to indicate their volunteer status and visitations began in earnest. The volunteers soon became known to everyone as the Pink Ladies. Fast forward 48 years, almost to the day, and the Quincy Community Hospital Auxiliary is in danger of being dissolved. For the past few weeks Feather Publishing has been covering the unfolding story of the parent company's announcement to close the Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, claiming it was no longer financially feasible to remain open. There have been several community meetings where local leaders from Plumas District Hospital, Plumas County Public Health Agency and the Department of Social Services have spoken to concerned community members and residents of the facility who showed up to voice their Pink Ladies volunteers gather. Back, from left: Judy Buck, Mailyn Hoffman, Norberta Schmidt, Carol Kolb, Judy Williams and Eldora Duniphin. Front, from left: Bernice Cook, Arline Harrison, Rose Marie Heater and Phyllis Golla. Not shown: Betty Hoskins, Marilyn Johnson, Sherry Kumler, Nancy Wertenberger, Kathy Scully, Tina Connelly and Kenny Davis. Photo submitted fears, concerns and anger over the possibility of losing such a vital service in Quincy. While discussions regarding the future of the facility continue, behind the scenes a very dedicated and committed group of 16 Pink Ladies and one Pink Lad continues. These volunteers have a passion for service and a special compassion for the aging and have been giving of their time and sharing their talents to enrich lives and bring some sunshine to the residents of the Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Some of the current Pink Ladies volunteers have been serving for more than 20 years. In addition to birthday and holiday activities and celebrations, the volunteers have taken on the responsibility of raising funds and accepting donations to purchase such things as microwaves, chairs, gliders and draperies. There are weekly bingo sessions, piano music for singing and the occasional dance, and Lassen Community College Fire Line Safety Awareness for Hired Contractors Lassen Community College will be presenting an eight hour annual fire safety training class for fire contractors who work directly on the fire line (dozers, water tender operators, timber fallers, pickup drivers). In order to work on the fire line, you MUST attend this class. For more information and to RSVP, contact the Lassen College Fire Science Department at 251-8829. You Must RSVP as space is limited! hours and hours of just sitting together, sharing, storytelling and, yes, crying together. When asked why they chose to become Pink Ladies, the answers varied. Judy Buck said, "We are there because our family members lived and died there. Others became Pink Ladies because they worked there." She added, "The one man who has become known as the 'Pink Lad' has been playing the piano fdr our parties for more than 20 years. He works in construction and has literally come down from the rooftops to play the piano. Without him the parties would be flops." Rose Marie Heater added, "I wanted to do something I could do with my own limitations and because I enjoyed being around older people. I wanted to make their lives a little brighter." Arline Harrison has been a Pink Lady since 1987 and says, "I don't know why I started; I needed something to do." Most of the Pink Ladies recognize that if it were not for them and their volunteer efforts, some of the residents would be severely lacking in necessities. Phyllis Golla shared, "When I worked at the facility for 13 years as the social services director, we had no budget and the residents were not well dressed. Some of them had no family and each resident was only allotted $35/month -- which didn't cover much. If it were not for volunteers like Eldora Duniphin and Arline Harrison who could sew and who went to yard sales, some of the residents would have had no clothing." Gayle Franzen, who has served as the activities director at the facility for the past two years, said, "It's a 56-bed facility and right now we only have 28 residents. The Pink Ladies have been steadfast, wonderful lifesavers. They have made my life so much easier and the residents love them. Having them therebrings the residents out of their rooms!" The list of services the Pink Ladies have provided over the years is endless. However, they would all agree the greatest "service" they provided was that of human connection. Just being there to look in someone's eyes, remind the residents that they matter, listen to their stories, laugh with them, cry with them and make them feel cared for, seen and appreciated.., those are the things that volunteers can do that are priceless. It seems there is little anyone can do at this point to change the inevitable. It is very likely the facility will be closed in the coming months and all 28 residents (those who live that long) will be required to relocate. Since Plumas County has very limited options for long-term care, a few residents will find a new home within the county; others may be required to move to facilities far from the place they have come to call home. In the words of the current Pink Ladies president, 'Judy Williams, "We are so gonna miss those people." This situation is being duplicated across the nation. It is very expensive to operate full-service long-term care facilities for the elderly. Insurance is inadequate at best and nonexistent in many cases. CHESTER TACTICAL SPORTS Webley & Scott 20" BL, 3" Chamber 12ga Taurus 85 ULFS 38 SPL S/S   " _l 10/22 T/D ag " S/S 22LR Mossy Oak Cam0 The cost for private care for most seniors is astronomical and out of reach for most. Nearly every state is experiencing a rash of facility closures. What is a community to do? We can learn a lot from the past 48 years, for it is only when we all come together and share in the burdens, envision the possibilities and roll up our sleeves to be part of the solution that positive change can take place. NO one told those Pink Ladies so many years ago that it couldn't be done or that it wouldn't work. The same is true today. While the local time banking program Community Connections is not the be-all, end-all answer, we can be a huge part of the solution. We already have more than 300 dedicated, committed members .who are actively participating in exchanging services with each other to offer support wherever it is needed. Who's to say with a little, more focus we can't identify hundreds of seniors already living in our county who could greatly benefit from some basic support services that will allow them to live a little longer, independently, in their own homes? The Pink Ladies are an inspiration to so many. Their perseverance, dedication and commitment to helping others has left a legacy -- one that we have a responsibility to recognize, appreciate and carry on. Every one of us can do something and everything we do will make a difference to someone. There is a pretty well-known member in the Quincy community who is 91 years old and still works six days a week at the Community Assistance Network food bank volunteering time to feed the hungry. This dedication to doing what you can, where you can is what Community Connections is all about. It's true, we will miss the people at the Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center when it closes. Yet history has taught us there is no limit to the difference a dedicated volunteer can make and there is no end to people in need. Ultimately, we ourselves are "those people" -- if not today, certainly in the years ahead. Community Connections is a service of Plumas Rural Services. To find out more about becoming a community volunteer, contact the program coordinator, Leslie Wall, at 283-3611, ext. "818, or visit plumasrural $189 $349 $337 I 2015 Cost of Attendance California Residents : $50 Out of State Residents: $73 GI0ck 19 9mm Gen3 $525 Smith & Wess0n $435 Shield 9mm or 40sw Offer expires 3/17/15 Reloading Supplies In Stock CCW Classes Offered Monthly Initial & Renewal Advanced Beginner ~ no minimum class size ~ 118-A Watson Road, Chester ($30) 258-1911