It may have started in 1969, when Mary Ann Derryberry joined the Marines. Shaped by the Marine spirit of Semper Fi, her life has never been the same—especially when it comes to fellow veterans, particularly ones in need.
Derryberry, the chairman and champion of Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade, launched the parade to bring attention to Anthem’s VFW and American Legion posts. Now a staple of North Valley culture, the event has grown to an enormous effort, but does not daunt Derryberry.
Say “volunteer” and most begin calculating the sacrifice: How many hours will it take away? How much will it cost? How big of a hassle will it be?
Then there is Irma Poznecki who, for nearly three decades, has incorporated volunteering as part of her life. Irma allocates nearly 30 hours a week in service. She works as president of the New Friends of the Library, assists the Girl Scouts, and the Boy Scouts, volunteers at Anthem School and helps support the Cupcake Runners.
For many, the name “Kirk Douglas” conjures the image of the iconic actor, a legend in the world of film. For choir students at Boulder Creek High School, that Kirk Douglas probably isn’t (and never has been) on their radar. But another Kirk Douglas, Boulder Creek’s nearly-legendary choir director, very much is.
Only seven years into his teaching career, Douglas is making a huge impact on kids through music, with his passion for teaching, and by helping them set goals—one note at a time.
It only takes a few trips through the Anthem Way Starbucks drive-thru to imprint the voice of Bruce van’t Groenewout. “Welcome to Starbucks. My name is Bruce and what can I do for you today?” While his greetings vary, the sunny vibe emanating from the tiny speaker in such a big way never waivers. It’s like an extra shot of positive.
Walk up to the counter at Walgreens at Anthem Way and Daisy Mountain Drive and, not only do you get a smile—but a “Hello, Sweetie!” When you walk away, it’s “Goodbye, Sweetie!” Every moment in between is pure sincerity and, usually, a laugh. This is Sally Grimes. Others know her by her regular three-wheeled treck up Daisy Mountain Drive.