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i" Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Wednesday, March 9, 2016 5A Volunteer organizations the next 26 years working for of his spare time volunteering kitchen as a way for the Elks throughout the Almanor the Wrigley Gum Company. for the community that itto raise scholarship funds. Basin depend extensively on a His early retirement lasted doesn't seem to leave much Hilliard says Garn's network of volunteers. The just long enough to buy afree time for Garn to travel, contribution to the success of local community home in Auburn. When he can, he donates scholarship program is events is often reliant on one When Wrigley offered him his time as master of immeasurable. or two key persons who take the position of international ceremonies for the Street Rod "He cares about the kids charge, organize resourcestroubleshooter, he decided Extravaganza, the and the program .... Because and make good things that 30 days of retirement was Snowmobile Club Poker Run, he is so involved with the happen, enough and he spent the next and Midsummer Madness. schools, he knows nearly The Almanor Park and 12 years living in 14 different He also volunteers his every student who applies to Recreation District is one countries, bringing equipment and sound system the scholarship program. such organization that has production facilities on-line, for the Veteran's Day tree "He brings valuable benefitted greatly from giving managing and training lighting, the Fourth of July insights and additional volunteers who work hard to personnel, overseeing plant Fun Run and.Street Rod information to the selection make its programs successful, expansions, and in his spare Extravaganza, both organized process and his input is The ARPD board has time, traveling as much as and funded by the Almanorinvaluable. But mainly, he is decided to recognize local possible. Recreation and Park District, someone who really cares volunteers who have gone One might ask how Garn which benefits greatly from about the community and above and beyond in their eventually came to make his sponsorships and the free always will, putting forth the contributions of time, Lake Almanor basin his home. use of his equipment, extra effort to make sure that resources, and donations to The answer is that he hadHe also helped organize the the community thrives." the local community, been coming to the area since Mile High Bike Ride for three His other favorite "cause" This recognition begins the 1970s. He loved the years, is youth athletics, because to with the many volunteering mountain and lake When he cannot donate hisGarn, it is the key to building activities of Chester resident environment, and wanted to time, his support comes in the character in our youth. Garn Pringle. live where he could form of donations. His largest "Strong football, baseball, Ask almost anyone in the experience four seasons, business expense line item in girls' softball and soccer Chester community who So, in 2004, he and his son running the gym is for teams give our youth the knows Garn Pringle and they bought a home in Chester. In charitable contributions: to right kind of focus and will teli you the same thing: 2007 his son spotted a "for the schools, as a sponsor of energy," Garn said as a Garn is "that guy." He's the sale" sign on the Lake Little League, plus girlsparent, a fan, and a supporter. person You can absolutely go Almanor Fitness Center and softball and youth soccer"It also gives the community to when you need to get convinced his dad to purchase teams, as well as and many something to focus and unite something done. the business, additional community events, around." Ask Wes Scott, current Initially they bought theEvery year, as Chester Waxing philosophical, president of CPUD and Garn's property as a real estateElementary School's fifth and Pringle feels that, "If you live longtime best friend, and he investment, with no intention sixth-grade students embark in a small community, will tell you that there isn't of reopening the gym, which on their outdoor educational thriving depends on an active much in the way of the previous owner had journey as part of their participation of volunteers. I community events, youth closed six months prior. Patrick's Point and "Plumas want to contribute to the programs, school related But so many people to the Pacific" field trip quality of life in the Lake programs and Chester expressed interest in seeing programs, respectively, Garn Almanor basin, which organizations that Garn has the fitness center reopen that donates a trailer that hauls all requires an investment, my not supported through his he and his son decided to give their gear and baggage, time, my assets, and my time, energy and his wallet, it a go. When asked if he has a financial support .... When I "Garn is a quality In order to survive, he first favorite "cause," two come to can, I invest my time and I individual who can be had to build some trust the forefront, he said. always feel good about my counted on to step up and do among the membership who The one closest to his heart support. From my perspective, whatever he can to ensure had lost pre-paid dues when is his role in the scholarship everyone can invest that a program will succeed," the gym had closed. To doprogram funded and managed something to make it happen. Scott said. this, he gave a month of free by the Elks Club. Garn loves If everyone gave a little bit of Or ask Reed Hilliard, who membership for every to be a part of the interview one of those three things, our has worked for years with pre-paid month until the and selection process and is community would thrive." Garn in the Elks Club. member had recouped the loss. proud of the quality of The ARPD board agrees. He said, "Garn is one of the Today the fitness center has students who apply. There are other deserving most dedicated members in between 300 and 350 members, For years he has suppOrted local volunteers like Garn in the organization. He can be depending on the season. In the Elks' monthly Friday fish our Almanor Basin community counted on to absolutely give addition to the regular fitness fry program by donning anthat the board wishes to whatever support is needed, classes offered to members, apron and getting into the recognize in future articles. especially for the club's the center offers Zumba and scholarship program." ballet classes for kids at a Garn's contributions to minimal cost. Chester are as varied as his To Garn's way of thinking, life experience, the social connections After serving in the Army provided by the fitness center on a general's staff in the are as central to a thriving European theatre during the community as is promoting 1960s, Garn returned to lifelong health and fitness. southern California to One hopes that Garn has complete his education at satisfied his urge to travel California State University, because since having moved Northridge, and then spent to Chester, he spends so much the Elks Lodge - Lake Almanor At _ o_ 41th, 5:30-7:00pm Friday, March "** $9 Per ]Person Tickets Available at the Door! Real Estate Sales ~ Vacation Rentals Our real estate market is gaining momentum. If you are ready to buy or sell, please give us a call today. 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