At 77, Luis Monge puts community first. Luis was raised by his grandmother who told him if he ever had property, to use it to grow his own fruits and vegetables. Today his backyard is full of fruit trees such as mangos, guava, lemons, pomegranates and vegetable beds galore which he is happy to share with his community. Perhaps this is a metaphor for Luis's life because just as he grows an abundant crop of fruits and vegetables, he also helps grow his community. Since his children were little he has... [see more] participated in their school on the PTA and school board. Even now he participates in his grandchildren's school, helping to run and grow a community garden on the campus. Beyond his community Luis is a member of the California Senior Legislature, a group of older adults throughout the state who work in tandem with the California Legislature to ensure bills are passed throughout the state that help the senior citizen thrive in California. This year Luis's bill to bring a specialized license plate that support the California Senior Legislature (a non-profit group) will advance to the California Legislature for a vote.
At 71 Sharon Russakoff can't be stopped. Even though she can no longer drive due to a chronic disability she finds a way to get things done. A patron of the arts, Sharon gives back by giving her time throughout San Diego for organizations such as the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera where she is an usher, as well as Cygnet Theatre as a volunteer seamstress. Her love of music extends to her participation in the Pacific Coast Chorale a choir sponsored by the San Diego Public Library who sing throughout the county all year. Sharon is also an active participant at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) in La Jolla and enjoys the pool, the gym, speaking engagements and the various classes the JCC offers.