Laguna Niguel Honors 2 Citizens

Laguna Niguel residents Carole Bowman and Solveig Darner were selected from a list of 35 nominees as Citizens of the Year for their decade of volunteer work in the community.

Bowman, an executive of Monarch Bank in Laguna Niguel, and Darner, Laguna Niguel’s community liaison, were feted at a dinner that coincided with the celebration of the first year of Laguna Niguel’s cityhood.

It was the first time the awards have been presented.

Bowman is the first female president of the Laguna Niguel Lions Club and has performed a variety of volunteer services for the community, in particular for the YMCA and South Coast Medical Center.


Darner, a member of the Laguna Niguel Women’s Club, has been on the YMCA board of directors for almost six years.

The Newport Beach architectural firm of James Lawson Pirdy, AIA, Inc., has received the 1990 Honor Award from the Concrete Masonry Assn. of California and Nevada for its design of the Voyagers Church in Irvine.

Sheila Rogers of Kaiser Elementary School in Costa Mesa; Donald Felton of Brookhurst Junior High in Anaheim and Cam Peterson of John F. Kennedy High in La Palma were named 1990 Outstanding Mathematics Teachers by the Orange County Mathematics Council.

New graduates of Huntington Beach Library’s Adult Literacy Services reading tutors program are Tom Armstrong, Marvin Brawerman, Helen Chang, Susan Chang, Nancy Chou, Maria Cossio, Penney Forrester, Robert Gower, Bea Lichty, Pilar Matallana, Richard McGrath, Kris Meysan-Saiger, Irene Otey, Rose Perez, Susan Petersen, Ti Revak and Jonette Savold, all of Huntington Beach; Judy Brown, Diana Delmar, Mary Galantowicz, Suzanne Moen and Judith Sachar, all of Fountain Valley. Others are Dorothy Mackey-Furch and Jeannette Hunnell, all of Santa Ana; Vinod Sandhu and Deborah Schell, both of Irvine, and Molly Davis, Los Alamitos.

Costa Mesa resident Robert C. Van Sweden, 14, who planted seedlings and chipped trails at the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach as his Boy Scout community service project, will be honored at a Court of Honor on Sunday when he receives his Eagle Award. He is a freshman at Costa Mesa High School.

Fullerton resident Meryl Schrimmer will be honored at a “Celebration of Lights” Hanukkah Ball on Sunday at the Anaheim Marriott for her community service and leadership within the Jewish community.

Schrimmer, board of directors vice president of Heritage Pointe, a Jewish retirement home in Mission Viejo, has for years directed an all-volunteer effort to establish the home, which opened earlier this year.

She is also active in other organizations including the Children’s League of Fullerton, the National Charity League, Children’s Hospital of Orange County and the American Assn. of University Women.


Sam Garcia, director of the Anaheim Marriott convention services, has been named winner of the 1990 Professional Convention Management Assn.'s Distinguished Convention Services Management Award. The Stanton resident was selected over 24 other nationwide candidates by the Birmingham, Ala.,-based management group in recognition of his excellence in performance and professionalism.

Barbara A. Henderson, Fullerton’s finance director, has been inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame of Cal Poly Pomona, an honor given for her contribution to the advancement of accounting as well as her work to further the educational goals of the university’s accounting department.

Besides being city finance director, she is also city treasurer, a role added to her duties in 1985.