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 was Historical Society President in 2017 and 2018. 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 – Rosemarie Miller
I am presently the interim 1st Vice-President and would like to continue in the same capacity next year. I maintain the same position for the Cosumnes River College patrons, a scholarship organization and I find speakers for both organizations. I have immersed myself in volunteerism. For the historical society I have co-chaired, coordinated, or helped with Old Fashion Christmas, Interior decorating, Santa’s helper, Spring Tea, room care, restroom attendant, and a fundraiser volunteer to name just a few. Before I arrived her six years ago with my husband Ken from San Diego, I was 1st President for CAL FIRE Axillary, chaired two statewide conventions, chaired Installation Dinners for the Employees Association, not to mention being a Girl Scout leader, Service Leader, and Council leader for seven years. I have been a cosmetologist for 50 years and owned my own Jafra cosmetics business. I am proud of my accomplishments and experience and would like to bring that to the historical society as 1st Vive-President.
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 – Pam Phelps
I have been an active member of the Elk Grove Historical Society for many years participating as a docent, decorating for both Halloween and Christmas, and supporting many of our fundraising events. My twenty-three years as a bi-lingual teacher afforded me not only the rewards of educating students, but allowed me the opportunity to team with other educators – both those I worked with as well as CSUS professors- to develop a Spanish-English immersion K-8 school in the Sacramento area. I served on the Board of Language Academy representing staff for two 3-year terms. During this tenure I held the offices of Treasurer and Secretary. I also sat on the Finance Committee for the fifteen years I worked at the school. I retired two years ago, but continue to teach a math class as well as theater. I look forward to continuing my involvement with the Elk Grove Historical Society and participating in its governance. Thank you for this opportunity.
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…
John was born in Hayward, California, was educated, lived and worked in the Bay Area, until he moved his wife, Monica and two sons to Elk Grove in 2004. He has been involved as a volunteer for the James McKee Elemnetary PTA, Pony Baseball, Kerr Wrestling, EGHS Wrestling and served as a parent volunteer at EGHS in various capacities.
John retired from the Hayward Fire department in 2016. He enjoys being outdoors and working with his hands. As he was walking his dog in the Elk Grove Park he noticed the buildings inside the fence of Heritage Park. John also is interested in history and had many questions about the history of Elk Grove and the surrounding areas. He joined the Elk Grove Historical Society and has been assisting with the ground maintenance since 2017 and volunteering for many events as well. In January 2019 John took over as facilities manager for the historical society. John was slowly being trained by mentor Jim Entrican’s who has been involved with the society for many years. It is a big responsibility, but John is just the right man for it.
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, WEBMASTER, ARCHIVIST – 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 mantel of Webmaster at which he has very little experience, but has had help and is slowly developing skills. He has added Archivist to his responsibilities. He loves helping and working with the great people of the organization.