By late morning I feared no one would drive through the torrential rain storm and I’d be stuck with a platter of cakes and cookies.
I was very pleasantly surprised to see that the new mentor volunteers are a hearty bunch and appeared at my door with umbrellas and rain boots. Most of the students I had invited came and some with their parents.
We warmed up with an ice breaker that gave everyone a chance to move about and get to know each other.
Board members, Frances Goldstein, Phyllis Lautman and Eric Silvern were able to introduce their mentees and tell about their experiences as mentors. Roxana Romero and Magdalena Lopez in their senior years at Cal State Fullerton and Mt. St. Mary’s impressed the audiences with their accomplishments and self-confidence.
Rebecca Leach, who had been mentored when a foster child in San Diego, is now mentoring a college student. She described her experiences and had some good advice for new mentors. I have four mentor volunteers patiently waiting to be paired with a scholarship recipient.
Students interested in working in the health services are encouraged to call me so I can arrange for them to meet with someone who has achieved success in a field they wish to pursue.
Maureen Osborn took pictures, Lee Steele donated a box of delicious cupcakes. A fire roared in my fireplace and hot apple cider was served.
It was wonderful event.