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Letter: Thankful for support of diabetes group

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Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017 2:30 pm

Editor: I am excited to share with your readers the great progress that our Day-2-Day Diabetes Support Group has made. In March, we started our third year of holding monthly meetings and providing speakers and educators to address issues and concerns of diabetics and their friends and family members.

Support from the community has been incredible. From the very beginning, Faith Community Church approached this opportunity as an outreach ministry and allowed us to hold our first half-dozen meetings on their campus and continued to support us with encouragement, prayers, and even a sizable, financial contribution. As attendance grew, they then encouraged us to hold our monthly meetings at a more central location.

With that in mind, and with the help and support of Dean Gualco, library services director, and Maria Ditmore, administrative secretary, we ventured out to the Lodi Public Library, where our attendance grew even more.

I must also thank Vito Farms and Thornton House Furniture & Interior Design for their financial support. Most recently, with the help of Marty Duplichan, the Lodi American Steel Car Club gave us a generous donation to help start off 2017.

Local attorney Steve Cottrell and local CPA Dennis Morita are donating much of their time to help us organize to become a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

The backbone of this group comes from the board of directors. When you, the reader, see and engage with the following people, please take time to thank them for their time and efforts in making this organization so dynamic: Diana Schmierer, vice president and type-1 diabetic for more than 45 years; Bonnie Biddle, recording secretary and type-1 for more than 52 years; Carol Callahan, treasurer and type-2 for the past 2 years; Susan Sanchez, a CDE (certified diabetes educator) and type-2 for more than 25 years; Harvey Nix, a type-2 for more than 15 years; and Megan Goudie, who has a daughter with type-1 since age 7. Take time to thank and congratulate these individuals for their efforts.

Duane Simpfenderfer