The Elk Grove Historical Society is an all volunteer non-profit organization. The board consists of six elected positions voted on by the membership (300) in November of each year and three appointed positions. All are society members who have stepped up to a bigger role. Here is a small synopsis of each 2018 board member’s history and interests.
PRESIDENT – Ken Miller
Ken has completed his first year as president (2017). He and wife Rosemarie have returned to the Elk Grove area three years ago after 19 years in San Diego County. He retired as the Unit Chief for San Diego/Imperial County CDF after 32 years in State Service. He served as the Office of Emergency Services Fire and Rescue Coordinator for eight years and later worked for the County of San Diego for ten years as a Fire Service Coordinator. He served in many leadership positions through out his career that have supported his efforts as president in his first, very busy, year. His interests in history and love of community involvement inspires him to continue working for another term as president to support the mission and activities of the Elk Grove Historical Society.
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT – Tim Knox
Tim has volunteered for many society’s events and is just now completing his first year as First Vice-President. He currently works as an Information Technology Specialist with Franchise Tax Board, but will retire soon after 39 years. He is currently the elected Mayor of Amador City, having served on the Amador City Council for 14 years. He has always had an interest in history, not only world wide, but also in Amador City and for the past 15 years, in Elk Grove. He wants to continue preserving history of Elk grove and surrounding area though working as a board member of the Elk grove Historical society.
SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT – Dennis Buscher
Dennis is a fourth generation resident of Franklin, California, a charter member of the Elk Grove Historical Society since 1977, and it’s unofficial Historian ever since. He has served on the board of Directors over the years in offices of President, Second Vice President, Treasurer, and currently completing first term again as Second Vice-President. He is retired from the Franchise Tax Board as a Tax Auditor after 24 years and as a Hearing Officer in the Legal Division for ten years. He is currently a board member of the Cosumnes-Elk Grove Cemetery District and a member of the Elk Grove Historic Preservation Committee. He is very active in historic preservation, having restored three homes in Elk Grove and one in Amador City, and he owns the Blue Victorian, and still has a retail Antique & Collectible business in Sacramento and Roseville. He looks forward to continuing to serve the society as Second Vice-President for another year. (Note: Dennis is modest in being a historian. He probably knows more about the local families, how they are related, and who and what businesses were where.)
SECRETARY, RECORDING – Carol Dunkel
Carol retired after 38 years as an elementary school teacher in Modesto and became a docent with the McHenry Mansion in Modesto, a historic home and now museum. She served on their board in several offices, including President, First and Second Vice-President, Recording Secretary and Parliamentarian. Having moved to Elk Grove with her husband Dale a few years ago, she sound joined the Elk Grove Historical Society and began to volunteer as a docent for our tours and helped with other events. She completed schoolmarm training for the Rhoads school Living History Program and is now active in that program for third and fourth grade children in the Elk Grove School District. She recently helped coordinate one of the historical society’s group bus tours…wait for it…the McHenry Mansion and Stanislas County History Museum in Modesto! She is just completing her first year as Recording Secretary on Elk Grove Historical Society Board of Directors and look forward to serving another term.
SECRETARY, CORRESPONDING – Cindy Mahon
Cindy grew up in Hayward, but spent most of her adult life as ranch wife and mother with husband Tom Mahon whose pioneering family owns the Mahon Ranch here in Elk Grove on Grantline Road. Her duties ranged from coordinating calf branding lunches for the workers and vaccinating cattle to assisting with a myriad activities it takes to keep a large ranch running – all history lessens in themselves. Her career as a volunteer started when her children were in school, which over the years included responsibilities of being a Teacher’s Aid, fundraising, managing finances, recruiting other volunteers, and working with 4H and FFA projects through my son’s high school years. Now that the kids have grown, i finally have time to volunteer as a docent for the Elk Grove Historical society over the past few years and is now involved with the Lind Mae Mahon Lema Foundation whose goal of historical preservation is a perfect combo with a position on Elk Grove Historical Board of Directors. She is completing her first year as Corresponding Secretary and is looking forward to another term.
TREASURER – Jeannette Lawson
Along with her family, Jeannette has been an Elk Grove resident for many years, a long time member of the Elk Grove Historical Society, a retired elementary school teacher, and genealogy researcher. She has served as a society member volunteer for several years, many of those on the Board of Directors in the office of Treasurer. While she hopes each year someone else might step up to take the Treasurer position, she must be doing a good job because no one does. She has been an active volunteer with the society and instigated several fundraiser events including the Halloween themed Haunted House, the Black Tie and Santa gala, and the annual Old Fashion Christmas. She is willing to serve another term as Treasurer of the society and hopes someone else will express an interest. (Note: Susan Hernandez, the Secretary/Treasurer for the Rhoads School and Historical Society Volunteer Coordinator assists Jeannette when she leaves town.)
There are three important appointed positions voted on by the members of the board to round out the nine voting positions…
FACLILITIES MANAGER – Jim Entrican
Jim was raised in Elk Grove and graduated for Elk Grove High School in 1960 and is married to Annaclare (Saner) who graduated from Elk Grove High School in 1961. They were voted 2017 Elk Grove Citizen’s of the Year by the Elk Grove Citizen. Together they are invaluable to the running of the Elk Grove Historical Society. Jim gets all the projects planned and done, often by a donation of the supplies with just a handshake and a kind word. He manages all the care of the grounds and inside the museum. He is a whirlwind of activity and recently was instrumental in the planning and completion of the The Gate House entrance, the Blacksmith Shop/Storage Shed, the Dennis Buscher Plaza, the Patio cover, and he and his crew set up all the canopies for all the events and fundraisers. He is the driving force and founder of the first Plow-to-Plate Dinner event in September 2017. It is hard to imagine life without him. Fortunately, a newer member, John Ross, has showed an interest and has the some of the same traits as Jim and is taking the load off. They both compliment each other.
RHOADS SCHOOL DIRECTOR – Roberta Tanner
Roberta is a retired CPA and supports her husband Bryce’s medical practice. She has long enjoyed genealogy and is a docent for the Sloughhouse Cemetery, a member of the California Pioneer Heritage Foundation, a docent at the Rhoads School Living History Program and Director of the Rhoads School. The Rhoads School has its own Board of Directors, but because it is an arm of the Elk Grove Historical Society, she is the link between the organizations and reports to the board. Beside that she is raising her teenage children. She is a very busy woman and an asset to both organizations.
NEWSLETTER EDITOR and WEBMASTER – Louis Silveira
Louis grew up in Elk Grove graduating from Elk Grove High School in 1967 as Senior Class President. After school he joined the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and worked in surgery and research. After discharge he obtained his RN and worked for Mercy General for 15 years and developed the Mercy Laser Center, Mobile Laser Service, and flew around the country teaching physics and laser safety. He then worked 20 years for the UC Davis Medical Center as the Resource Nurse and Team Leader for Orthopedics and Urology. He retired in 2013 and wanted to give back to his community and started volunteering for the Elk Grove Historical Society. He started out as the Newsletter Editor, Designer, and Layout and the scheduler for the 80 classes requested each year for the Rhoads School Living History Program. Recently, he took over the mantal of Webmaster at which he has very little experience, but has had help and is slowly developing skills. He loves helping and working with the great people of the organization.
Those are the voting members of the Elk Grove Historical Society Board of Directors, but like any organization, they are only as good as the people who surround then. Fortunately for us, there are many chairpersons of committee’s and fundraiser’s and many, many volunteers that allow us to exist and continue our mission of preserving and promoting history in our community.
We always need volunteers, sometimes, just for the simplest of tasks or more as your interests increase. We employ you to give us a call and share in the fun of participation and realize how much you can affect your community.