President…Ken Schieck

It is my sad duty to pass on the sad news that Sheila Gold died on Tuesday, April 25; she had been in hospice care for almost three months due to the recurrence of cancer. Sheila had a vibrant personality, and she was one of the most enthusiastic museum supporters you could ever meet. As our Community Service rep, she was very active in seeking our support for the services at Sacred Heart ministries. After she retired from teaching Spanish and French to high school students, she spent volunteer hours in a local program called Reading Partners, where she taught reading skills to below grade level students. If you wish to make a contribution in her memory, Reading Partners was her first choice. She will be missed. A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 1010 University Ave, San Jose, a few blocks east of the Alameda.

When he was California governor, Gray Davis, a Vietnam combat veteran, designated May as Veterans Appreciation Month. During this month, government agencies such as the Veteran’s Administration, county Veterans Services Offices, the California Employment Development Department and veterans organizations such as the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars pool their resources to provide an afternoon of celebration for veterans who served both in wartime and peacetime. Along with the celebration, companies interested in hiring veterans are invited to attend and provide job-seeking veterans with information about their companies and allow the veterans to interview with them. Because of logistical difficulties, this year’s event has been re-scheduled for the month of June at the San Jose Vet Center. If you know of a company that wants to hire veterans, please have them call Juanita Morales-Euresti at the San Jose Vet Center, 80 Great Oaks, San Jose at 408-993-0729. The expected date is either June 17 or June 24.

If you are a veteran who wants to attend the celebration, of course feel free to do so; there is no charge. Also, look for local celebrations on Memorial Day, May 29. And don’t forget to thank a veteran for their service.