Letters to the Editor June 25, 2013

By Del Norte Triplicate Readers June 26, 2013 02:50 pm

Looking forward to work at hospital for more years

I have had the privilege to work at Sutter Coast Hospital and for Sutter Health for the last 13 years in the Nutrition Department. It has been quite a journey and I have had many opportunities that I am thankful for.

I started my work life at a small retail store and I worked there for a number of years. I made minimum wage at my previous job and always felt that is what I had to do because I had a young daughter and another on the way and I had to provide for my family. I knew I wanted more, I just needed a chance to prove what I was capable of.

I know many of us have been there or are there right now. I applied for a position in the kitchen at Sutter Coast and was thrilled when I got the job, it paid a bit more than I was used to and I started to feel really good about myself and my life.

I helped patients with menu selections and cooked on occasion as well. I worked hard and made myself available and most importantly truly cared about the people, my coworkers and my patients.

I worked that position for almost seven years. I loved it and my passion for my work showed because my supervisor and director asked me if I would like to go to school and earn my Certified Dietary Managers certificate. This would allow me to hold the supervisor position when my supervisor retired the next year.

I qualified for the Tuition Reimbursement Program through Sutter Health that would reimburse my school cost if I met the criteria and received passing grades.

It was a challenge being a single parent, working full time and taking classes, but I was determined. I received straight A’s all the way through every semester.

John Menaugh was the retiring CEO right around the time that I received my certification and I made sure that I thanked him for believing in me and he said I was a sure bet.

I will never forget that and I will never forget where I came from. I appreciate where I am and am so thankful for all of the blessings that I have received. I am now the hospital’s nutritional services supervisor and I look forward to many more years of working for Sutter Coast Hospital and helping our community.

Karen Castro, Crescent City

Thanks for all who helped to send students abroad

The World Languages Boosters Club executive board wants to thank Jessica Cejnar and the Triplicate for such a nice article (“Overseas Adventures”) about our Del Norte High School youth gaining positive, life-changing experiences in their travel overseas.

So often, when youth are raised in a small, isolated, rural community like ours, it is easy to forget that the world is a much larger place, and travel helps create a “small world!”  

Each year, the Boosters help these youth raise money to make these tours, and people will find us each weekend at the Farmer’s Market at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. We are known for our soup, and hope to start selling crepes (made fresh) in July.

We would also like members of the community to see for themselves what an educational tour is like, so we have created a “Taste of Tuscany and Umbria” that will depart in early August 2014 as we visit towns from Florence to Rome.

It’s not just a tour, but a learning experience as well. For example, instead of just eating delicious Tuscan foods, the tour group will learn Tuscan cooking! This tour also acts as a fundraiser, as the tour company will donate money back to our youth tours when greater than 24 people enroll. 

Anyone interested in joining this tour, helping with fundraising, enrolling a student in a youth tour or just getting more information about us, can call (707) 218-0735, or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Patti Rommel, tour co-coordinator