GraniteBay_ClubLife Newsletter - Q3 2021 (3)

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#clublife 5 M E M B E R S P O T L I G H T Meet Gretchen Thomas! Bio: I was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved to Minnesota, which is where both my parents are from. My father was an engineer with a degree from John Hopkins University and when I was 4 years old my parents wanted to do missionary work in Africa. Our family moved to Monrovia, Liberia, where we lived in a compound between two African villages and my parents worked with the Catholic Church and did volunteer missionary work while my father was a principal of kindergarten through 12th grade school where he taught mathematics and science. We stayed in Africa for about two years. When I was about 6 years old I traveled with my family throughout 15 different countries throughout Europe on our way back to the states. When I was 11 years old our family moved to California, specifically, Fair Oaks. I graduated from Bella Vista High School and attended the University of San Diego. I met my husband, Loren, when we were both in high school and while we were friends throughout the years we started dating after I had graduated college. We have been together for 30 years, married for 22 years, and at the parents of two wonderful sons: Eddie, who is 16 years old, and a junior at GBHS and Evan, who is 12 years old, and a soon-to-be eighth grader at Cavitt Middle School. For 21 years I enjoyed a career selling cardiac devices for St. Jude Medical. After many years of being dedicated to my job and spending most of my life on call, Loren and I decided to start our family. When both the boys were young, I decided that it was time to do something different. We purchased a franchise, Anytime Fitness, which Loren and I ran for 12 years, until this past June when we sold the business. Few words on the club: I started attending social events at Granite Bay Golf Club several years ago through the invitations of a variety of friends. When I become the publisher of The Link magazine, I started to become much more involved at the club through many of the golf tournaments and social events that we highlight in our community magazine. I started going to a business networking group that meets at the club every Friday morning at 7 a.m. This group provides me the perfect opportunity to meet many of the local businesses and trades and helps me to vet potential sponsors for the magazine. I can't say enough about the staff at the club; they are like family, They make you feel so welcome every time you walk through the door! Tie in community: In 2015 I was approached by the publisher of The Link magazine, which is a private, Granite Bay community magazine delivered free to several of the gated communities surrounding Granite Bay Golf Club. With my passion for the Granite Bay community it was a good fit and I've been the publisher of The Link for over five years now. In addition to The Link, I became the publisher for Los Lagos Living magazine a few months ago. We live in American River Canyon, but our life and friends are here in Granite Bay. Our Children have attended the Eureka schools since they were preschool age. Since most of my young adulthood was spent in hospital operating rooms and clinics, I did not have much of a chance to be connected to community. Once we started our family, I began to get involved at the boys' schools as an art docent as well as additional volunteering for the Eureka School Foundation where I worked hand-in-hand with numerous local businesses asking them for their support for school district fund raisers through the years. The Granite Bay community is like none other, and I marvel at all the incredible people, I truly have enjoyed getting to know! I am passionate about connecting people with one another whether it be for personal reasons or to help one another in business. It makes me happy to help people.

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