2023 Board of Directors Officer Elections

Monday Evening, November 20th, 2023 at 6:30 pm

Lace & Ivy Boutique

8739 Elk Grove Boulevard EG 95624 (Stagecoach Cafe Shopping Center)

The 2023 Nomination Committee is happy to introduce their candidates for the six elected Board of Director positions for the 2024 calendar year. The election vote count and results announcement will take place at the “Lacy & Ivy” Boutique (8739 Elk Grove Blvd.) on Monday, November 20th at 6:30. Ballots will be sent to every member in the newsletter. Return the marked ballots by mail by Wednesday, November 15th to the Elk Grove Historical Society, P.O. Box 562, EG. 95757 or hand carry them to the store on November 20th.

Please join us for the vote count, cake, and hot apple cider!

The following is the slate of candidates for the six elected Officer Positions on the Board of Directors of the Elk Grove Historical Society for 2024:










President: Stan Lake – Since my wife Pat and I returned to the Sacramento area after retiring, we have lived in Elk Grove. Although I was born in northern California, I have lived in several parts of the State (both northern and southern) because of my career. I retired from CAL FIRE after almost 39 years finally assigned as a Deputy Chief in the Riverside Unit/Riverside County Fire Department. I have been involved in the Elk Grove Historical Society since returning to Elk Grove because of my interest in history, particularly Elk Grove’s links to the development of California. In the past, I have served on several boards both as a member and an officer. I am also a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, the Sacramento Rose Society and the Gardeners of the Grove. Remembering the mission of the Elk Grove Historical Society, I look forward to serving as President to help continue the important work of the Society in preserving our past as we look to the future and serving our community.










1st Vice-President: Michael Vargas – Michael Vargas earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in 2008, a graduate degree from the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education in 2010, and a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2013. Michael is a member of the Elk Grove Unified Board of Education in California, representing Trustee Area 2. He assumed office on December 9, 2022, and his term runs through to December 11, 2026. He specializes in multi-million dollar corporate finance transactions, mergers, and acquisitions. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law, where he teaches courses in business law, business organizations, corporate law, corporate transactions, and startup law. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, where he teaches employment and civil rights law. Michael enjoys serving the community and often volunteers for the Historical Society for their many fundraisers. He thinks he can contribute even more to the society as a  board member.










2nd Vice-President: Susan Hernandez – I would like to be re-elected to the position of 2nd Vice-President for Elk Grove Historical Society. I am very actively involved in the Society and am dedicated to its goals and mission. I attend most EGHS Board meeting so I can be up on what’s going on.  I became a member of EGHS in 2008 as a docent for the Rhoads School Living History Program, which I did until 2018. Now I also train new docents for the school program. Grant writing is also one of my positions and I have received a grant from the city for $2,000 so far with hopes for many more to come.  I have also been the chairperson of the Spring Tea for a few years and am looking forward to once again offering the Tea next May for a Mother’s Day celebration.  I have taken on the role as Founders Day Chairperson and look forward to next year’s September event where we present the Elk Grove Historical Society and Elizabeth Pinkerton History Award. I am a retired elementary school teacher and administrator here in Elk Grove where my husband and I have lived for the last 20 years. We have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. Please vote for me.









Recording Secretary: Pam Phelps – I am honored to accept the nomination of Recording Secretary for the Elk Grove Historical Society in the upcoming year 2024. 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.










Corresponding Secretar: Pat Lake– I have lived in California since age three (I was born in Germany; my father was in the Air Force). My husband Stan and I moved to Elk Grove after we both retired. I spent 37 years working for the State with several agencies/locations – including the Employment Development Department, CAL FIRE, and PERS. Throughout my life I have enjoyed serving with community service organizations – “Cuddling Bears” day-care-center, the Assistance League, and Meals-on-Wheels among others. I am currently a board member of the Gardeners of the Grove and Secretary of the Communications Committee for the Glenbrooke Community in Elk Grove. My love for history and community involvement led me to joining the Elk Grove Historical Society. Since March, I have been serving as the Corresponding Secretary. It is my desire to continue in that position for the coming year.









Treasurer: Jeanette Lawson – Along with my family, I have been an Elk Grove resident for many years, a longtime member of the Elk Grove Historical Society, a retired elementary teacher, and a genealogy researcher. I have served as a society member volunteer for several years (20), many of those on the Board of Directors in the office of Treasurer (17). While I hope each year someone might step up to take the Treasurer position, I must be doing a good job because no one does. I have been an active volunteer with the Historical Society and instigated several successful fundraiser events including the Halloween Haunted Stage Stop, the Black Tie & Santa gala, and the annual An Old Fashion Christmas. I would like to serve again as Treasurer.


Note: If by chance you are interested in running for an office. You must contact Jim Entrican at (916) 761-2224 before Tuesday, October 24th so you can be placed on the ballot that will be included in the Nov-Dec newsletter.