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George Morgan brings fresh ideas to CIMC staff BY JUDY HIBBS Catalina Island Medical Center's CEO John Friel describes him as "so talented. He has all the credentials plus more." George Morgan, MSOT is the newly appointed CIMC Manager of Therapy Services. He is an occupational therapist who came to the island in May 2013 as an interim employee. His enthusiasm and expertise have extended to coordinating activities and programs for the Senior Nursing Facility's long- term patients making him the ideal new Activity Director as well. Morgan is a man of many inter- ests. Originally from Texas, he has worked at certified skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, and long term care centers in Palm Springs, San-Diego, Coachella, San Luis Obispo and Westwood. Most recently he spent 7 years as a senior occupational therapist at Ventura County Medical Center. Interestingly enough Morgan Julie King From page 1 Islands foxes. The tall blonde and her furry little big-eared partner, often curled in the crook of her arm, were the show-and-tell team that kept the federally Endangered Species on the minds of Catalina residents and visitors. "The Fox Lady" became one of those people many islanders knew even if they didn't know her name. "They know what I do," King says with a laugh. "'They under- stand what I've been dedicating my years to on Catalina, even if they don't know my name. I con- sider it a term of endearment." Kids At Play ,George Morgan began building stage sets for shows, plays, symphonies, opera companies and dance troupes. He lived all over the country. While living in Portland Maine he transitioned from carpentry to residential remodeling to working at a small company that created toys, A hand injury forced him to From page 1 The event featured a live perfor- mance "20 Years In The Making" featuring current and alumni Kids At Play members. The show also included some favorite Kids At Play moments, filled with alumni and a slide show and video presentation. In its early years, Kids At Play presented its shows at Tremont Hall. It still holds its rehears- als there, but the productions are presented it the Avalon School auditorium. Tuna Club From page 1 which ts strict privacy. The club permits the public to tour the historic interior of the clubhouse only one day a year, with all of the proceeds benefiting the Catalina Island Museum. Mike Rivkin, author of several books on fishing and past presi- dent of the Tuna Club, conducted the tours this year. Rivkin shared the unique history of the club and its role in the birth of sport fishing, while examining the club's unri- valed collection of angling arti- facts, trophies and photographs. The Tuna Club's greatest legacy stems from its founder, Dr. Charles Frederick Holder. Holder became a pioneer in ocean conservation by coming up with the first regulations to govern big game angling and founded the club in 1898. seek occupational therapy for his own recovery. He was fascinated by the treatment he received and spent the next seven years, 1992- 1999, working his way through Shenandoah University in Virginia to obtain a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. He now specializes in hand therapy. As CIMC's Activity Director, Morgan is using multi-media and the Internet to engage the patients he cares for. He finds YouTube postings and live streaming vid- eos for education and entertain- ment. The "hospital residents love seeing old Catalina Videos of coin divers and the Great White Steamers," Morgan reported. One resident who in his youth partici- pated in a Gran Prix Motorcycle race was delighted when Morgan was able to show residents the exact motorcycle race footage. Morgan also encourages music, singing, crafts and physical activi- ties. On Morgan's "wish list" is a $500 digital keyboard piano that never needs tuning, is light- weight and portable. The hope is to replace the old wooden "out of tune" upright piano in the Oak room. Morgan wants to train more volunteers to assist in activities. Helpers are needed at CIMC between 10-2 on weekdays. Adding more volunteers would make it possible to do additional resident outings and activities. Morgan loves Catalina and appreciates CIMC, in particular, because of the "human scale" of interaction (not found on the mainland, he says) among his new co-workers and with the patients, residents and visitors. George Morgan will be an important part of the Catalina Island Medical Center Healthcare team and he's already bri.nging fresh opportuni- ties to therapy patients and hospi- tal residents. Year In Review From page 6 . dogs as well as "Pope" Don Frankforther and various support- ers with invisible dogs on leashes marched to Wrigley Stage. Dr. Richard and Mrs. Anney Denney rode as Grand Marshals and brought their own dogs to enjoy the fun as well. Former Avalon City Councilman Tim Winslow read the city proclamation commending the work done by local veterinar- ian Dr. Richard Denney. McGruff the Crime Dog and Los Angeles County Sheriff K-9 officer Steve Wilkinson and his dog "Tina" also participated in the parade and festivities that followed. Third Film Fest is a charm The third annual Catalina Film Festival, Sept. 18- 22. In what is quickly becoming the "Sundance of the Pacific," six feature-length films made their West Coast premiers with directors and cast members in attendance. 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