Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society installs board

By Kristina Houck

The banquet room at Tony’s Jacal was filled June 20 for the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society’s annual installation dinner. Reigning officers were re-installed with Jan Grice of the San Dieguito Heritage Museum officiating.

Virginia Garland was sworn in as president for a second term. Pat Smart was also re-elected vice president, Cindi Clemons was re-elected corresponding secretary, Suellen Lodge was re-elected recording secretary and Tom Golich was re-elected treasurer.

About 60 of the society’s more than 150 members attended the event, along with Councilman Mike Nichols and Councilman David Zito.

“I’m very excited,” Garland said. “I love leadership, and there are so many amazing people in this organization.”

The society also recognized three of its members with certificates for their service.

Board Member Trudy Synodis was honored for organizing projects that beautify the city. Docent Jan Wier was recognized for her years of volunteerism. Lenore Dale was recognized for her work on the society’s monthly newsletter.

The evening kicked off with two songs from the cast of North Coast Repertory Theatre’s upcoming “Romance/Romance,” a musical that runs July 12-Aug. 3 at the Solana Beach theater.

The society then awarded recent Torrey Pines High School graduates Lizeth Garcia and Daisy Saldivar each with $1,000 scholarships. In the fall, Lizeth will attend San Jose State University and Daisy will attend Chico State University.

Offering financial support for college-bound Solana Beach students is just one of the ways the society gives back to the community.

The Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society evolved from the Solana Beach Women’s Civic Club, which was founded in 1953. After Solana Beach’s incorporation in 1986, the City Council asked the club to become custodians of the city’s history. In 1989 its Certificate of Incorporation was officially modified to create the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society and men were welcomed into the organization.

Today the society’s focus is still on civic and cultural advancement, and philanthropy, with the added element of educating others about Solana Beach’s local history through programs at the Heritage Museum located in La Colonia Park. Some of the projects the society has sponsored include the renovation of the Fletcher Cove Community Center, the acquisition of the Gateway property and the continued beautification of the city through plantings and public art.

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