Northrop Grumman Retirement Club gives Cottonwood School a Merry Christmas

Rosalie Moyer’s work lives on as retiree club blesses underprivileged school with Christmas gifts

Photo by Kyle Selby / The Valley Chronicle
Northrop Grumman retiree club president Mike Madrid displays student gifts to Cottonwood Principal John Wilder before he group’s annual Christmas luncheon.

■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter

Northrop Grumman Corp. is an American global aerospace and defense technology company that got its name after founder Jack Northrop’s purchase of Grumman in 1994. The Hemet Chapter of Northrop Grumman retirees has operated for 36 years and celebrates a Christmas luncheon each year to benefit students at Cottonwood School. Together, Northrop Grumman retirees contribute to purchasing gifts every holiday season for the less-fortunate students at Cottonwood.
Cottonwood School is a K-8 school located in Aguanga (about 25 miles south of Hemet) and is one of the 29 schools in the Hemet Unified School District.
President of the Hemet Northrop retirees chapter, Mike Madrid, hosted the luncheon and recognized former 20-year retirees group president Rosalie Moyer, who passed away earlier last year at the age of 85 after battling ALS. A Christmas luncheon was held in her honor due to her heavy involvement in the Cottonwood School exchange. Rosalie was also deeply involved with the Valley community; she volunteered at the Hemet Hospital for over 25 years, was in charge of neighborhood watch for the Hemet Police Department for 20 years, and would often sit in on City Council meetings. The Northrop members described her as “truly a good lady.”
John Wilder, Principal at Cottonwood for the past four years, and Esmeralda Chavez, parent/community-liaison at Cottonwood, were in attendance to accept the gifts that were brought for their students. They consisted of dolls, stuffed animals, soccer balls, RC cars, and even two brand new bicycles. On top of that, the club also made a donation of $800.
“It’s just a genuinely kind group of people that I’m so proud to be associated with,” said Wilder about the Northrop club.
Chavez, with Jillian Daudert, the Health Services Technician at Cottonwood, helped organize the Christmas purchase this year by extending the reach to the students’ families and gathering wish lists from their parents. Chavez explained that some students live at least 30 minutes from school, and others are without water and electricity, so it was important that they could be recognized this holiday season.
“When you see the look on a parent’s face that isn’t sure how they’re going to provide Christmas for their family this year, and you can tell them not to worry, that they’re covered, that there are people out there that are looking out for them, it’s the most relief they could possibly have to know that they won’t have to worry about what Christmas morning is going to be for their family,” said Wilder. “I can’t think of a better way to keep the work that Rosalie started here appreciated and going.”
The luncheon concluded with Christmas carols performed by members of the club and special birthday and table arrangement raffles that the guests could win to take home.

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