RB Hall of Fame Archives - 2018 Induction Ceremony












New members Michael Ferrell, Eldon Jennings, and Karen Stelman
were honored at the Induction Gala Dinner on May 10th, 2018 at the Bernardo Heights Country Club.

From The Rancho Bernardo News Journal
Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame holds 2018 induction Ceremony


The three new Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame members — Eldon Jennings, Karen Stelman and Michael Farrell (seated center) — with 20 previously installed members in attendance at the organization’s annual dinner on Saturday night. ( Photo Credit: Elizabeth Marie Himchak - Pomerado News)

ELIZABETH MARIE HIMCHAK
Michael Farrell, Eldon Jennings and Karen Stelman were welcomed among the ranks of a select group of dedicated volunteers who have all been honored for their efforts that benefited the Rancho Bernardo community.

“You have joined a really remarkable group of people,” said Assemblyman Brian Maienschein during the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame’s annual dinner and induction ceremony on Saturday night at the Bernardo Heights Country Club.

The new trio of inductees have each been dedicated members of the community for over three decades. They were unanimously selected on Jan. 31 and are the 116th, 117th and 118th honorees since the RB Hall of Fame was established in 1974.

“This is an extremely unique (event) .... the history and legacy ... is phenomenal,” said City Councilman Mark Kersey while honoring the trio.

RB Hall of Fame President Valerie Brown, a 2012 inductee, commented on how for many of the members there has been an overlap in their volunteer efforts that many do not realize, but the ripples are felt throughout the community in countless ways via the lives they have touched.

For example, Brown said upon reviewing the decades of work of this year’s honorees, she realized that her path crossed with each of theirs all within a week during 2008 due to the Healing Field, created in Rancho Bernardo Community Park to commemorate the first anniversary of the 2007 wildfires. At the time, Brown was leading recovery efforts for the impacted families, Stelman led the field’s creation efforts, while Jennings and Farrell were involved with the field due to their volunteerism in Boy Scouts.

Farrell has been an active business member and volunteer in Rancho Bernardo since 1983. Now first vice president at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. in Rancho Bernardo, Farrell said it was through his job that he was introduced to the Los Rancheros Kiwanis Club (also known as the Rancho Bernardo Kiwanis Club). He became a Kiwanian in 1984 and at 33-plus years is now its longest tenured member in the club’s 51-year history. Over the decades he has held several leadership positions within the club.

He was also nominated for his 31 years with Rancho Bernardo’s Boy Scout Troop 681, including his work on its board of review. Farrell is also a founding member of the 4S Ranch Friends of the Library, served as its president for five years and been a board member since 2008. He was also instrumental in the transition of the Joslyn Center into the Ed Brown Center for Active Adults in Rancho Bernardo Community Park (2009-11).

Jennings was selected for his 30-plus years of leadership in Rancho Bernardo’s Boy Scout Troop 681 and efforts in starting two more troops in the community. Since moving to Rancho Bernardo in 1974, Jennings has mentored close to 90 of the troop’s members as they worked toward becoming Eagle Scouts.

The retired aerospace engineer at Boeing, who was the troop’s scoutmaster from 1980 to 2011, has continued his involvement now as its assistant scoutmaster. Jennings is also credited with saving Westwood’s Christmas Eve luminaria tradition

Stelman, a Rancho Bernardan since 1966 and retired mortgage broker at Rancho Financial in RB, was the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo’s first woman president (1994-95), a few years after women were accepted as members. She was also the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club Foundation president (1996-98) and has taken on many leadership roles during her almost 29 years as a Rotarian.

Stelman co-chaired the committee that coordinated the Healing Field event, during which hundreds of American flags were placed in Rancho Bernardo Community Park, each representing a home destroyed or damaged in 2007. For 29 years Stelman has also been a leader with Let’s Light the Cross, the non-profit that maintains the cross atop Battle Mountain, and she has served in various leadership roles on the Spirit of the Fourth Committee.

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Images below courtesy of Elizabeth Marie Himchak and Rancho Bernardo News Journal



The 2018 Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame inductees, Eldon Jennings, Karen Stelman and Michael Farrell.


Scott Lawn (2016 inductee), Cindy Pearson, Alex Lawn and George Cooke (2003 inductee).


Linda Gannon (2017 inductee), Dan Gannon, Valerie Brown (2012 inductee) and Nancy Canfield (2015 inductee).


Kay Lettington and Tom Lettington (2012 inductee).


New RB Hall of Fame member Karen Stelman, center, with her husband and 1984 inductee, Michael Stelman (back row, center), and family members.


New RB Hall of Fame member Eldon Jennings, center, with his daughter, Julie Stenzel, and son-in-law, Kevin Stenzel.


New RB Hall of Fame member Michael Farrell with his sons, Jay (left) and Jason, and wife, Nancy.


George Harris and Barbara Warden.


Rupinder Battoo, Michael Fickel and Kathy Frederick.


Dick Warden with Diane and Terry Anderson.