Having a special community such as Scripps Ranch takes the work of literally hundreds of people. These remarkable volunteers give generously of their time and talents in 2007 to maintain the quality of life in Scripps Ranch.
The Scripps Ranch Civic Association's (SRCA) Recognition Night is a celebration where we thank these volunteers. This event used to be held in December. However, it competed with many holiday events, and we wanted a special night to honor our volunteers. So we moved the event to March.
We try to thank all of our volunteers, but we miss some. If there is someone you think should be recognized, it's not too early to let our Recognition Night chair, Dorothy Mildice, know about him or her for next year. Just send her the information at [[email protected]]. Thank you, Dorothy, for putting together another wonderful celebration!
The criteria we use to choose our Citizen of the Year is: "Ten years from now Scripps Ranch will be a much different and better place because this person was here and made a difference through his or her volunteer efforts." For 2007 we have two people who personify that statement: Bob Cavanagh (left) and Rod Bolton (right). Both were given City Council resolutions by Councilmember Brian Maienschein (center) declaring Mar. 11, 2008, Bob Cavanagh Day and Rod Bolton Day in San Diego. Here are highlights of their many contributions.
Bob Cavanagh has been a dependable volunteer in Scripps Ranch for more than a decade. His early honored service was for his leadership to find a way to get play equipment for Miramar Ranch Elementary School. The school district removed the equipment without viable plans for replacement, so he secured a grant for state-of-the-art equipment.
When he joined the SRCA as a district representative, he brought a thoughtful perspective to problems. In 2000 he took on the task of planning, organizing, and getting the community Information Center functional for its grand opening.
Following the Cedar Fire, Bob was a steady volunteer at the Local Assistance Center on behalf of SRCA's Project Phoenix. Bob has volunteered his help to various committees and community events. Recently he started work on a new email/survey system that is being developed to quickly communicate with residents in three areas: community alerts, notifications, and events. This has the potential to offer life-saving news.
Rod Bolton: Before Scripps Ranch had its own high school, Rod volunteered at Mira Mesa High School, where he served as Booster Club president. As plans for Scripps Ranch High School developed, he co-chaired the advisory committee that helped establish curriculum and participated in the selection of teachers and principals.
Rod was one of the founding members of the SRHS Foundation and served as president for five of its 10 years. He was responsible for the long-term commitment of companies like Qualcomm. Many of those contributors still support the high school. He helped consolidate the PTSA and the Foundation. Rod also organized the original committee that worked for three years to get the new artificial turf and track at SRHS.
Following the Cedar Fire, Rod joined the newly formed Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council. As part of the brush clearing effort, he went to more than 80 homes collecting funds to pay for the goats that cleared brush for the Whispering Ridge Central Fire Safe Chapter.
Bryon Solberg (not pictured): For eight years, Bryon has been a volunteer extraordinaire. When E. B. Scripps Elementary opened, it did not have a Safety Patrol. So Bryon supervised the children in the parking lot every morning and afternoon for four years, rain or shine, and always with a welcoming smile!
Bryon has served as cubmaster for Pack 616, the largest in the district, and as assistant scoutmaster and Merit Badge counselor for Troop 663--at the same time! In 2005 he received the prestigious Scripps/Mesa District Award of Merit for his service to youth, both in and out of Scouting. Bryon has been a youth sports coach, a church youth director, and a Challenged Athlete Foundation volunteer. Thank you, Bryon, for changing boys into outstanding young men.
Oren Patashnik (left): Oren's commitment to ensuring the youth of our community have the needed recreational space and equipment began more than 10 years ago. He is a member of the SR Recreation Council, and is the Rec Council rep to the Schools Committee.
Working with the community, school district, and city Park and Recreation Department, Oren ensured the recreational facilities at the new middle school would benefit both the school and the community as joint-use fields.
Bill Crooks (right): Bill was a relatively new resident when he volunteered as an SRCA district representative. For the past nine years, his high-energy and happy outlook have become legendary. He joined the 4th of July Committee five years ago, and has co-chaired the event the past two years. Bill also is a volunteer member of the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee. Bill has coached youth sports and was a charter member of Boy Scout Troop 663.
Lynn Todd (pictured left): Lynn has been a parent volunteer at Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE) School for more than seven years. One of the most important tasks she took on was writing grant applications that got MRE a $50,000 grant for technology equipment.
She has been a member of the SR Schools Committee for three years, and this year is co-chair. Lynn is also a member of the Traffic Subcommittee, and she assisted in organizing the reboundarying process. Lynn has volunteered as a Cub Scout den leader for more than six years, and currently is the adult training chair for Boy Scout Troop 301.
Gloria Tran (right): Gloria's service to our community began in 2000. One of her first ventures was to help make the Information Center a community meeting place. In 2002 she became Newsletter editor. Though not a volunteer job, the community appreciates the unique publication. Gloria has been a participant of many community committees.
At E. B. Scripps Elementary (EBS) Gloria helped start the Primary Extended Program (PEP), a half-day junior kindergarten. Gloria is VP on EBS's Academic Fundraising Partnership Board, and is in her third year on the Site Governance Team and SSC. She has co-chaired the SR Schools Committee for two years.
Gloria has devoted much time to the transformation of the old middle school site to the new EBS. She works with EBS administration and the district to ensure that the school is top-notch. Take off your "hard hat" from visiting the construction site and Take A Night Off.