Celebrating Our Community Volunteers

What is SRCA Recognition Night? In the words of this year’s event chair, Bob Cavanagh, it’s a celebration of Scripps Ranch and the extraordinary volunteers who make our community so special. There are thousands of people who give countless hours to Scripps Ranch.

To every volunteer, we send our heartfelt thanks! If there is someone we did not honor, let us know by emailing Bob at [[email protected]] and we’ll do so next year. On the next eight pages, we highlight our volunteers’ tremendous achievements. For the full program and details, please go to the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org].

We thank the 2013 Recognition Night Committee: chair Bob Cavanagh, Bob Ilko, Paul Lichtenstein, Dorothy Mildice, Victoria Mazelli, Corie Straub, and Gloria Tran. We extend a huge thank you to Bob Forrest of Forrest Photography—[www.your-precious-moments.com]—for taking the pictures for this Newsletter.

Citizen of the Year—Shana Smith

Our most prestigious award…the Citizen of the Year is presented to an individual who makes significant contributions to our community in many ways, and whose work has left a lasting impression. Ten years later the community should be a better place because of what he or she has accomplished. This year we present our Citizen of the Year Award to Shana Smith!

Shana (pictured at right with Councilmember Mark Kersey) has held a leadership position in a Scripps Ranch school for most of the last 15 years, including Jerabek’s Family Faculty Organization (FFO) president from 1999 to 2003, Marshall Middle School’s Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) president from 2007 to 2009, and Scripps Ranch High School’s Foundation president from 2009 to the present. Shana has been a member of the Schools Committee since 2004 and often represents us at district meetings.

Shana has confronted extraordinary challenges in each of the schools. She was the FFO president in 2003 when the Cedar Fire destroyed the homes of more than 300 Jerabek families. Shana handled donations from across the country, which included thousands of stuffed animals, backpacks, and cash donations. She set up a network that communicated with fire survivors, letting them know of the availability of new donations weekly.

Shana was the Marshall PTSA president in 2007 when the school relocated to its current site. She was confronted with a glaring transportation problem, which led to the creation of the bus program.

As SRHS Foundation president from 2009 to the present, Shana focuses fundraising activities on academics and facilities. Shana started a Supply Drive, engaging the community to donate supplies. Under Shana’s guidance, the popular Taste of the Ranch event raises funds not only for the Foundation but teams and clubs at the high school.

March 6, 2013, was named Shana Smith Day in the city of San Diego. Shana, we thank you and honor you as the Citizen of the Year 2013. Congratulations!

Congressional Award—Dr. Bryon Solberg

Congressman Scott Peters represents Scripps Ranch in Congress. The Congressional Award is given to an individual for his or her leadership and service over an extended period of time.

Dr. Bryon Solberg (right) has proven to be a phenomenal teacher of our youth, through Scouting for more than 15 years, and through the Challenged Athlete Foundation for 10 years. Dr. Bryon’s service to the community includes volunteering as a Cub Scout cubmaster, Boy Scout assistant scoutmaster, and, ultimately, Boy Scout Troop 301 founder and scoutmaster. Troop 301 is now the largest troop in Scripps Ranch, and it’s highly distinguished, with 16 Eagle Scouts.

Dr. Bryon also trains as a member of the 2013 National Jamboree Disabilities Awareness Challenge (dAC) Planning Committee. He has served as a baseball and soccer coach, church youth director, and educational volunteer, donating more than 2,000 hours

His courage, kindness, generosity, strength, and the joy with which he lives his life are infectious. Troop 301 members expressed their sentiment: “We are all truly blessed to have shared this time and space with Dr. Bryon, and we hope that he knows how much we love, respect, and need him.”

California State Assembly Award—Cheryl Shaw and Jim Caughey

This award is presented to individuals who make outstanding contributions to the development of volunteerism in Scripps Ranch over an extended period of time. We thank California State Assemblyman Brian Maienschein for this award.

Jim Caughey (pictured, left) is the SRCA Newsletter’s distribution manager. He oversees the single largest group of volunteers—300!—in Scripps Ranch. Distributors deliver 11,770 newsletters to every residence in Scripps Ranch and share a volunteer ethic of dependability, and it starts at the top. Also, he’s one of the nicest people you will ever meet and is a pleasure to work with. Thank you, Jim!

Cheryl Shaw is the SRCA Neighborhood Watch (SRCANW) chair. As such, Cheryl directs the largest NW program in the city of San Diego. It includes a Steering Committee of about 20 people and a group of block captains, about 90 and growing, and the SRCANW only started three years ago! “She is dedicated to serving her community. Since her retirement, she has placed all of her volunteer efforts into the Scripps Ranch Civic Association. Her giving nature and unselfish ways are a blessing to all who know her.”

SRCA Presidential Award of Merit

From time to time, the SRCA president may honor unique and valuable contributions of a volunteer with this special Presidential Award. Congratulations to:

Gloria Tran, our SRCA Newsletter editor, is one of Scripps Ranch’s most ardent champions for improving conditions for learning in our schools. She is a problem-solver who can visualize a successful outcome, share that vision, and help a team achieve it. Gloria has been on the Schools Committee since 2004, serving as co-chair for three years. She advocates for the usage of Props S and Z funds for improvements to student health and safety—which includes air conditioning—and security.

Helen Plutner has been a leader of Sustainable Scripps Ranch (SSR) for the past two-and-a-half years and represents the committee at SRCA Board meetings. She has been on the Community Fair Committee for two years, and she established the “Green Street” portion of the fair. Helen’s passion and persistence ensure that SSR delivers quality events. She also is on the SRCA Fundraising Committee.

Jay Wurtzler has been an SRCA District Representative for 15 years, and contributed to the success of the 4th of July, Budget, and Fundraising committees. For the past few years, his family has decorated the truck used by the 4th of July narrator. Thank you for your dedication, Jay!

Take the Night Off

This award recognizes people whose tireless energy and boundless enthusiasm touches multiple programs, events, or groups throughout the year. “Take the Night Off” is given to volunteers who live and breathe the spirit of volunteerism.

Tamar Silverstein (at right) is the Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) secretary and has held that position since 2004. Each month Tamar dutifully transcribes each SRPG meeting for the monthly minutes, which in turn are the basis of the chair’s article in the SRCA Newsletter. It is a thankless job but such a core need for the group and the community. Tamar has served on the SRPG since 2002 and has chaired several subcommittees.

Linda Dunn is a highly experienced area distributor for the SRCA Newsletter, in which she delivers to seven other residents each month. She has been a Newsletter distributor for 25 years. If one of her associates retires, Linda finds a replacement, which isn’t always easy. She covers the Loire Valley and Chantemar area and is a truly distinguished volunteer.

Thank you, Tamar and Linda!

Volunteer Hall of Fame

Outstanding Scripps Ranch volunteers may be inducted into the Volunteer Hall of Fame if, after being named Citizen of the Year, they make greater contributions to enhance our quality of life. The SRCA adds their name to plaques displayed at the SRCA Community Center and the Scripps Ranch Library. Thank you to our past inductees for their service.

  • Chuck Adkinson
  • Steve Allen
  • Brian Allman
  • Gordon Boerner
  • Bob Cavanagh
  • Wes Danskin
  • Bob Dingeman
  • Bob Ilko
  • Marvin Miles
  • Lynn Parke
  • Julian Parrish
  • Jim Paterniti
  • David Prewett
  • Marc Sorensen
  • Jany Staley
  • Katie Sullivan
  • Claudia Tedford
  • Karen Wood