Years ago retired bus drivers would come together under the leadership of a couple of ladies by the name of Delores Cain and Betty J. Moore. Who held annual parties to bring ex-coworkers together for yearly gatherings. That spirit continued under the hands of Bessy King and her fashionable Hawaiian style Luau potluck, also on a annual basis. Now the second Saturday in June.
With the Federal Law to insure equal rights in the Los Angeles Unified School District a massive hiring commenced in the late 1970's; then after a period of 30 years the bulk of the hirees begain retiring. The present day Vice President of SBDA saw most of the people he started working with leaving, and felt if some effort was not made to maintain contact with those with whom he had work with for so many years. All communication would be lost. From such a fear the Coffee Break was born.
The Coffee Break began as a weekly meeting because there is just too much time between yearly meeting that allows for ties to be broken. Therefore it is this association's desire to form a chain that allows for continued contact and communication.
Then came along a lady who had work most of her career in the Valley Area of L.A.U.S.D. by the name of Linda Pogacnik, and encouraged a reunion of new. And in an effort to pull in as many as could be contacted, a new annual reunion was born. With the help of a few social genius' such as Betty J. Moore, Bessy King, Georgia Dickson, Linda Pogacnik and a host of others, a gala event was launched.
Then one lady by the name of Susan Watford suggested a benevolence account could be started for people in dire situation. And so we are now on a quest, to fulfill the wishes and desires of those in our company to connect and to uphold.
Thanks to the increasing number of ex bus drivers, the reunion was a huge success last year. There was about 80 retired bus drivers and about 20 present day drivers in attendance last year. We are hoping to double that number this year.
School Bus Drivers Association Of Los Angeles CA. U.S.A
Linda Pogacnik: President
William Gardner Jr.: Vice President
Karole Woods: Membership Coordinator
Mac Baldridge: Treasurer
Earcee Huguley: Assistant Treasurer
Winston Brown: Event Liason
The Coffee Break is a weekly meeting of retired bus drivers. The meeting is held each Wednesday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, at the Mc Donalds located at 1763 W. Century Blvd, in Los Angeles, CA. 90047. With the exception of the Wednesday before Thanksgiving day and any holiday, that falls on a Wednesday. (such as Christmas or New Years Day)
(N/E corner of Western Ave. and Century Blvd.)
This meeting is not formal and is just what it implies, a coffee break.
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