by ANGIE GALLO
photo by Spark Photography

Community Spirit

Linda S. Harris has traveled the world enjoying her passion for Old World art (Flemish and Renaissance) and World War II European theatre history. Residing in Scripps Ranch for the past sixteen years, Linda enjoys the fresh air, country atmosphere and community spirit.

As president of the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), Linda feels strongly that her role is to cultivate and nurture board members so they can perform at their maximum potential. “I believe it is vital to treat these precious volunteers with respect and kindness, because I have seen these attributes often missing in nonprofit organizations when dealing with their volunteers,” explained Linda. As part of her role, she oversees the financial well-being of SRFOL so they can donate money to the Scripps Ranch Library. SRFOL contributes to the Scripps Ranch Library to help pay for books, programs (adult, teen and children) and equipment.

Linda’s role as president has led her to be more involved than ever within the community. She has been a speaker at the Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch, managed a booth at the Scripps Ranch Community Fair, welcomed the SRFOL Essay Contest winners, and has presented a workshop on the Affordable Care Act, which led her to speak at five branch libraries throughout San Diego. Stemming from Linda’s large role within the community, she was recently recognized for all of her efforts receiving the 2013 Friends of the San Diego Public Library Award for her efforts, support and contribution to the Friends.

Linda has been given several awards spanning over thirty-five years, including the NAIFA – San Diego Bob Cheverton Award for appreciation of years of volunteer service as well as NAIFA – California’s Political Action Committee award for achieving fund raising goals.

Linda is an incredible asset to the Scripps Ranch community and shares her time away from her presidency by filling her home as a Host Family for EF International foreign exchange students (Alliant University). Last year, she and husband Stuart hosted young adults from Brazil, Switzerland, Japan, Germany, and Jordan. “Some students can reside with us for up to five months – so they become extended family,” Linda said. When
Linda is away from the SRFOL you can find her at Balboa Park, the Wild Animal Park or hiking.

At-A-Glance

Name: Linda S. Harris
Profession: Insurance Agent
Community: Scripps Ranch since 1998
Hobbies: Old World art, World War II, Battle of the Ardennes, history
Favorite Local Spot: Evan’s Pond

SRFOL BOARD MEMBERS

President: Linda S. Harris
Vice President: Vacant
Secretary: Wendy Tompkins
Treasurer: Jorge Roman-Kurth
Immediate Past President: Barbara Measelle
Directors: Dr. Joan Reese, Sandra Hoyt, Diane Rider, Liz Erickson