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Laura Lee Kriss
Name: Laura Lee Kriss
Family: Son Greg and his wife, Deb; and two granddaughters.
Occupation: Retired in the mid-1980s.
How long have you lived in the Yuba-Sutter area? Moved here in 1972 — my husband was with Caltrans, so it was a job-related move.
Hobbies, interests: I quilt, crochet, knit, read and do a little gardening — I have tomatoes and cucumbers.
For what group do you volunteer? Women of the Moose Chapter 1089 at the Yuba City Moose Lodge and am part of its Academy of Friendship.
I've been a member since 2005, starting as a volunteer in the kitchen, and have been helping with and serving at the dinner/ dance events like birthdays, the luau, the Red Dress Tea and heart walks.
In the past, I was funeral chairman for the men and will do it again next year.
I have served in various chairwoman positions. In my first year, I took over as a chairwoman when that person had to replace the senior regent.
I joined the lodge because I wanted to do something and meet people.
I've made a few quilts for raffles at fundraisers.
I was with the Rideout Memorial Hospital Auxiliary's Pink Trunk thrift store for about three years, until it closed, and assisted recording weight with Take Off Pounds Sensibly.
When my son was little I was a room mother in his classroom.
How do you fit volunteering into your schedule? I don't say no (when asked to help). I enjoy helping. I probably will always be involved in something, trying to be helpful.
Words of advice: Just get involved, put yourself out there. The Moose Lodge is a safe environment to get into, a nice place to come and meet a lot of people of all ages.
Why be a volunteer? Because volunteering gives a lot back. Sometimes you have to say no, so you don't overdo yourself. I'm staying very busy; I enjoy it.
Quote: "It does you a lot of good to volunteer."