Awards

Honorary Service Awards are awarded throughout the year and designed as a unique way for PTA units, councils and districts to publicly acknowledge both individuals and organizations for outstanding community service to children and youth in a community. All funds collected with this program are used exclusively to support the California State PTA scholarship and grant programs. Download our brochure featuring more information.

Honorary Service Awards (HSA) are available to recognize the service and dedication of both individuals and organizations. Contributions to the HSA Program provide funds for the California State PTA Scholarship and Grant Program. The recipients should be recognized for outstanding service to children and youth and are usually presented to others beyond the outgoing officers. Consider those who work behind the scenes, quietly and efficiently serving youth.

The following groups or individuals have been recognized for their dedication to the children of San Diego Unified School District.


2016



Bea Fernandez Honorary Service Award
Betsy Mueller
Honorary Service Award
Mick Rabin
Honorary Service Award
Linda Zintz
Very Special Person Award

2015



Alliance San Diego     Honorary Service Award
Celeste Bobryk-OzakiHonorary Service Award
Laura Schumacher Honorary Service Award

2014



Cesar E. Chavez
Commemoration Committee
Honorary Service Award
Janet Davé Very Special Person Award

2013

Superintendent Bill Kowba Honorary Service Award
Barbara Flannery Continuing Service Award

2012

Community Council for Music
in the Schools
Honorary Service Award
Melissa Whipple Honorary Service Award
Derby Pattengill Very Special Person Award
Bey-Ling Sha Very Special Person Award

2011

Bernie Rhinerson Honorary Service Award
Mike Snyder Honorary Service Award
Emily Alpert Very Special Person Award

2010

Diane Capitelli Honorary Service Award
Karen Childress-Evans Continuing Service Award
Barbara Peluso Continuing Service Award

2009

John Daley Honorary Service Award
Mary Reynolds Honorary Service Award
Jennifer Kvalvik Continuing Service Award
Dorothy Leonard Golden Oak

2008

Kelly Escobedo Golden Oak
Brooke Feerick Golden Oak
Cindy McIntyre Honorary Service Award
Monica Balteirre Very Special Person Award
Lourdes Barrons Very Special Person Award
Principal Marco Corriela Very Special Person Award
Holly Stevens Very Special Person Award
Gina Vasquez Very Special Person Award

2007

Principal Robert Grano Honorary Service Award
Patt Sloan Honorary Service Award
Dean Hickman Continuing Service Award

2006

Karen Burger Honorary Service Award
Patti Nussbaum Honorary Service Award
Sharon Eslava Very Special Person Award
Phyllis High Very Special Person Award
Ken Ritchie Very Special Person Award

2005

Debbie Vincent Golden Oak
Chief William Lansdowne Honorary Service Award
Dorothy Dupont Continuing Service Award
Clancy Sloan Continuing Service Award
Bonnie Nadeau Very Special Person Award

2004

Sue King Honorary Service Award

2003

Brian Bonner Continuing Service Award
Mercedes Pacheco Continuing Service Award

2002

Deb Ferrin Honorary Service Award
John Wedemeyer Honorary Service Award
Brian Bonner Continuing Service Award
Mercedes Pacheco Continuing Service Award
Judy Williams Golden Oak
Ruth Johnson National Life Recipient

2001

Graciella Flores Honorary Service Award
Edith Robledo Honorary Service Award
Debbie Vincent Continuing Service Award

2000

Chela Munar Honorary Service Award
Ruth Johnson Continuing Service Award

1999

Diana Buck Honorary Service Award
Linda Parenti Honorary Service Award
Jeana Preston Honorary Service Award
Clancy Sloan Honorary Service Award

1998

McVey Triplett Honorary Service Award

1997

Marian Eilers Honorary Service Award
Jeri Hicks Honorary Service Award
James Stevenson Honorary Service Award
Donald Widner Honorary Service Award

1996

Dorothy DuPont Honorary Service Award
Ann Desmond Continuing Service Award

1995

Richard Hartley Honorary Service Award
Ida Major Golden Oak

1994

Joyce Mulligan Honorary Service Award

1993

Ann Marie Haney Honorary Service Award
Vahac Mardirosian Honorary Service Award
Shuford Swift Honorary Service Award

1992

Steve and Peggy Cooper Honorary Service Award
Sara Lewis Honorary Service Award
Paul Roche Honorary Service Award

1991

Jean Taylor Honorary Service Award
Laurie Vierra Honorary Service Award

1990

Ida Major Honorary Service Award

1989

Ambrose Brodus Honorary Service Award
Mary Ann Golembesky Honorary Service Award


Golden Oak Award Recipients

The Golden Oak Service Awards is the most prestigious PTA award in California. This award may be given to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the welfare of children and youth in the school or community.

2009    Dorothy Leonard
2008    Kelly Escobedo
2008    Brooke Feerick
2005    Debbie Vincent
2002    Judy Williams
1995    Ida Major


Ruth Johnson
Ruth Johnson Memorial Program Award

Ruth Johnson lifetime PTA member, leader, mentor and advocate for children. Ruth believed that programs for children were at the heart of the PTA. This award recognizes PTA units who bring special programs to their schools.

Units Recognized


2016



Jefferson PTA
Cherokee Point PTA
Madison Cluster PTAs


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