Don Garling will assume the responsibility of Chairman of the Board effective January 1, and the official oath of office will be at the Installation and Awards Gala on January 19 at Eagle Glen Golf Club. The title of this article, The Journey of a Lifetime is truly a refletion of different chapters in Don’s lifetime. Book One consists of seven condensed chapters. Though anyone knowing Don (and Sally) realizes that pages of text could be scribed from pen, memories, laughter and learning. One outstanding theme resonates with the Garlings is the genuine love for people - who you are, no matter your background, faith, ethnicity or stature...you are a gift from god and you are treasured, respected and loved. Chapter One: Don was born in Columbus, Ohio and moved to Anaheim California when he was five years old. He was fortunate to spend his summers as a young boy with his familyin Columbus. Chapter two: Following high school Don began his 30 plus years in education. While working he became a reserve police officer for the city of Anaheim and continued his education to become a police officer in the city of Tustin. Don was offered a job back in education in 1985 at Brea Olinda Unified School District. He retired as an Administrator in 2002. Chapter three: Don met and married his wife Sally while both he and she were employed at Brea High School. They blended their family, his two sons and her two daughters in 1989. During Don’s tenure at Brea Olinda, the district built their new high school and Don was actively involved in the project which he is very proud of. Chapter four: Don moved to Corona in 1990. Don and Sally have been blessed with four grandchildren, two boys, two girls, the oldest a student at Cypress College, the youngest a student at El Cerrito Middle School. Chapter five: Don retired from the school district to devote his time and energy to his vinyl fence company, Lifetime Fence Supply Inc. Working many hours a day, sometime seven days a week, Don and his dedicated team grew their business larger and larger. They fabricate vinyl material for approximately 125 contractors in Southern California and his staff installs fencing for large homeowners associations. Don continues to serves as a “Subject Matter Expert for the California State Contractors License Board (in Sacramento). Chapter six: This chapter could be titled a second chance. Without going into too many details, Don got the scare of his life, literally....and today boasts about the excellent health care he received at Corona Regional Medical Center, their staff and his physicians. Chapter seven: Don feels very fortunate that he can give back to the community by supporting the many non-prof is in the community. Some of them include: his commitment to serve on Governing Board of the Corona Regional Medical Center, a board member of Circle City Rotary, a board member of the Corona-Norco Family YMCA, President of the Eagle Glen Homeowners association. A full volume of Don’s (and Sally’s) generosity could be written, but true to their personality, they give to charities without expecting or requesting acknowledgement. Just know, they truly provide the 3 important T’s when serving on boards, helping organizations, families etc. Time, Talent and Treasures. Book TWO - is being produced this year, as Don experiences his Journey of a Lifetime. You all will be part of writing the history, his legacy, and your interaction with our top leader. Chapter ONE - Chairman of the Board for the Corona Chamber. For the last five years, Don has positioned himself to take the helm as the top volunteer for the CORONA Chamber. His involvement on the Board of Directors, insights and involvement have been a tremendous asset for all of the business community. Don’s vision, input and knowledge has provided strength and wisdom for this membership driven organization nearing 1,000 businesses. Don’s focus during 2017 will be communicating and nurturing businesses. His personal commitment to our team will see weekly “Walk-Abouts” with the Chairman and President. This will consist of a team of volunteers who want outreach to the business community. If you are interested in being part of Don’s Journey of A Lifetime, please connect with Heather Rawlings at the Corona Chamber 951-737-3350
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