Peter Jones was born in 1942 in the city of Perth, southwest Australia and was raised with four siblings in a seaside resort town, Busselton, on the southern coast. Peter was educated at Busselton High School.
Upon leaving school Peter moved to Perth and began an apprenticeship in the printing industry as a “hot metal” type setter. He had jobs as a purchasing assistant manager for a plumbing supplies company, then a sales executive for Johnson & Johnson industrial products and was employed as a salesman for architectural supplies.
In 1972 Peter had a successful career in insurance sales but it came to an abrupt end in 1992 due to serious ill health and for sixteen years he endured long periods of recuperating but was able to travel around the world extensively and worked as a professional driver.
In 2008 Peter met and fell in love with Carol Pound, a resident of Pebble Creek, who is involved in the Art Club. In 2009, at the age of 65, he flew to the USA and married Carol.
While in Pebble Creek, Peter met Joe Lupo, a respected Kare Bears volunteer driver who ran a small transit business driving Pebble Creek residents to and from the airport. Peter joined Joe in that business and upon Joe Lupo’s sudden death in 2019, he took over the business.
Joe introduced Peter to what Peter described as, “the amazing Kare Bears organization”, and encouraged by Joe, he became a volunteer driver for the organization. Peter also became an American citizen in 2019.
Peter has said he “has been immensely blessed by the opportunity to serve our wonderful community here in Pebble Creek and has enjoyed interacting with the many clients that I’ve had the opportunity to serve and for the numerous volunteers who are dedicated to keeping the Kare Bears organization operating successfully”.
With his wife, Carol, Peter will return to Perth, Western Australia this year to rejoin his beloved family of three children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, two sisters and one surviving brother. He has enjoyed twelve years in the United States but believes it is time to reunite with the family again.
Over these past few years Peter was “Mr. Dependable”, willing to drive anywhere and everywhere. He takes the long hauls and everyone who rides with him appreciates his sincere, kind approach and his promptness. We at Kare Bears do wish him the best and with his wife, Carol a safe and gratifying reunion in Australia.
Thank you, Peter Jones, you did make the best impression with the people and staff of the Kare Bears. We shall miss your driving and your comradeship within the Kare Bears organization and within Pebble Creek.
Kare Bears needs more skilled drivers like Peter. We have many great drivers but would like to add to the already great volunteers.
By: Maureen Plate
Arlis Legler, the oldest of nine, was born and raised in Southwestern Minnesota. With assistance from her high school math teacher and guidance counselor she attended Winona State College working her way through by working for the College food service. She graduated in June1968 and began her career as a high school business teacher.
In the summer of 1970, she visited a college friend in Honolulu and found a teaching job there for ManPower, a Federal post at University of Hawaii. In 1973, she and her roommate were hired by the Department of Defense to teach military dependents in Okinawa. In 1974 she was hired by Manpower to teach accounting for Army enlisted personnel in South Korea.
In 1976 Arlis enrolled at the University of Hawaii and earned her Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling. She worked at Kamehameha Schools, spending the next 32 years as teacher and department head. She loved the Island life, where she learned to sail and scuba dive and was a distance runner who finished the 1978 Honolulu Marathon.
Arlis moved to Pebble Creek in September 2008 where she met Janis Korba, a Kare Bears volunteer, and Laura Measles who was President of Kare Bears. With persuasion by her friends, Arlis became a Kare Bears Coordinator and Unit Contact and was the Kare Bears Second Vice President in charge of the Kare Bears house and driver volunteers. She served as President of Kare Bears from 2010 until 2012.
Her involvement with Kare Bears allowed her to meet many PC residents which led to other volunteer responsibilities. She served on the Pebble Creek HOA Election Committee for years and on the HOA Rules Committee. In 2015 she was presented with the HOA Volunteer of the Year award.
Arlis took on the responsibility of Chairman of The Source Book delivery to residents. For the past eight years she has perfected a system of distribution to each home which involves providing logistical data, organizing the actual delivery of the books. She enlisted Kare Bears volunteers who manned the distribution tables outside the Kare Bears house in January and those volunteers who delivered to resident homes. She said she owed the successful distribution project to the many volunteers who helped her.
Arlis has decided to leave the post, but thankfully will be a volunteer in many other capacities. Arlis will be turning over a detailed, well-organized process for the next chairman, and she deserves a huge “thank you for a job well done” from the Kare Bears organization.
Summary: "A Super Volunteer for all the right reasons" is the correct description for our Arlis Legler.
By: Thomas Meek, President Kare Bears