“Gone but not forgotten, gone but ever here. No longer living in this world, but always and ever near.”
Latin for in memory of, the words in memoriam, followed by a name, have been found on monuments and gravestones since the days of the Roman empire. Here we honor the memory of those members of District 33 lost in the current year.
Garrick E. Gregory, ACB, CL
April 23, 1977 – November 20, 2022
Garrick Emanuel Gregory was born as an only child to parents Arnold & Brenda Gregory. He lived in Covina, California when he was young. He graduated from California State University Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked as a Mechanical Engineer, specializing in Laser Safety, at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake, California for eight years.
He belonged to two Toastmaster Clubs, The Ridgecrest Possibilitarians & China Lake Toastmasters. He competed in many speech contests and sometimes won first place.
Garrick knew a lot about music and movies and incorporated this knowledge into his speeches. He was also the Club Comedian and fellow Toastmasters enjoyed both his prepared and impromptu speeches. In one Table Topics speech, he imitated “Dr. Phil” and had the audience rolling on the floor.
He served as Ridgecrest Possibilitarians’ Vice President Membership from 2016-17 and Vice President Public Relations twice, once 2017-18, and again 2021-22. He served as the Area A1 Director 2018-18.
During the last 3 weeks of this life, Garrick moved to Rosamond, California and transferred to work for a contractor at Edwards Air Force Base. Fortunately, his two Clubs threw him a going-away party prior to the move and he heard about how much he was appreciated while he was alive. He passed away at his new Rosamond residence at the young age of 45.
Bobby Williams, DTM, PDG
February 6, 1937 – March 6, 2023
In early March 2023 we lost Bobby Williams, DTM, PDG, who served as District 33 Governor 1991-1992. Bobby lived in Ventura while serving District 33, then later moved to Las Vegas. He was formerly married to Mary Jones, DTM, PDG. He is remembered for his happiness and the way his face expressed his smile. District 33 achieved distinguished or better status for 16 consecutive years. Bobby achieved the last Distinguished District recognition in that 16 year span of time.