You’ve still got time to sign your kiddo into the Glen Ellen Community Church’s annual vacation Bible School, beginning Monday, June 30, through Thursday, July 3. All the details were in last week’s column, but if you still have questions, either visit the church’s website, gechurch.com, or call Pastor Jim Hill at 996-1479.
A postmaster for Glen Ellen
Congratulations to Erika Mysliwczyk. Her good news is also lucky for us folks in Glen Ellen. Erika (whose last name is easier to pronounce than it initially appears: try Mislifchek), has been assigned permanently as our Glen Ellen postmaster. Hooray! Erika brings a bright and sunny countenance to our local post office.
She’s warm and friendly and greets most local folks by name. That’s because she been in Glen Ellen for a long time, longer than I first thought.
Since October of 2013, Erika has been working as our officer-in-charge of the Glen Ellen Post Office, after Kip Fogarty retired. But it was long before then that Erika landed in our town. In 1997, Erika was appointed as a postal clerk in Glen Ellen. Not surprising then, that she knows lots of local folks already.
Before Erika came to Glen Ellen, she had an interesting international life. Erika was born and raised in Colombia, South America. In 1984, she moved to Chicago where she attended college. Following that, she held a couple of jobs in banking before responding to the lure of California. She moved here in 1988.
Many details later
Erika started working at the Alamo (California) Post Office as a distribution and window clerk in 1990, staying there for six years. That’s when she transferred to our area, which she obviously loves. In 2007, Erika became the postmaster in El Verano, later being detailed (as they say in postal lingo) to Petaluma as the finance supervisor in 2008.
Following that, Erika returned to El Verano for one year, then to Boyes Hot Springs for another year. Following that, in October 2013, we welcomed her home to Glen Ellen.
Yes, even though I say her “home” is our town, Erika actually lives in Sonoma, where she’s been for the last 18 years, but her days are happily passed in our town. Erika has four children, who, no doubt, keep her busy, which is also truly the rule at the Glen Ellen Post Office.
Busy days, smiling faces
Despite the busy days and hard work, I never fail to find smiling faces, helpful manners and gracious attention in our local post office. Erika’s trusty and helpful crew includes Cassandra Volker (whom we all call Sande) and Herman Ojascastro in the front office. Traveling up and down, around and about on the rural routes are Sunni Anken, Sarah Livingston, Colleen Cox and Thaileah De Rocher-Schome. Thanks to the whole team for all you do; you are all much appreciated by the folks in your village.) We send congratulations especially to Erika on her permanent assignment as the Glen Ellen postmaster.
Events that are almost as old as I am can’t help but impress me. But how old is that, really? The bright blue brochure that all good folks in Glen Ellen received last week announced the 67th annual Glen Ellen Firefighters Association Annual Dinner and Dance. Hey, that’s the same number of years I hope to soon attain. However, if you check the glenellenfire.org website for events, up pops an old time poster from 1933 advertising a barbecue and dance to benefit our Volunteer Fire Department.