The Dana Point Historical Society honored Buck and Judy Henderson with our Founders Day Award. A reception was held at 6:30 PM, followed by Heidi Hyde presenting a power point presentation featuring the highlights and service of Judy and Buck Henderson’s life as narrated with entertaining stories from several guest speakers.
Daughters Healy and Hedy described their parents’ volunteer activities in PTA, Girl Scouts and Blue Birds and recounted family experiences raising 4-H guide dogs.
Bill Dean’s remarks as a colleague included inspiring and humorous examples of Buck’s determination and their experiences as firefighters. Harold Kaufman praised the Hendersons’ many efforts on behalf of the Civic Association, as founders of both the Historical Society and the City of Dana Point, and reminded us that Judy was also named the Chamber’s Citizen of the Year in 2012.
Mayor Carlos N. Olvera gave humorous examples of Buck’s quiet assistance in setting up the Society’s first museum in City Hall and of his talent as the gourmet BBQ chef of numerous Society scholarship fundraisers. Judy has the added distinction of being the only continuously serving DPHS board member since it was founded in 1987 and was named Director Emerita at the Society’s 25th Anniversary celebration; she continues to serve as the board’s Sunshine Chair.
Judy thanked the Society, her family and everyone in attendance for honoring Buck and herself. Elizabeth Bamattre presented Judy with flowers and a gift certificate and invited everyone to enjoy the Founders Day cake served at the program’s conclusion. The Hendersons and Mel Pierce were also honored with Certificates of Recognition, sent from District Assemblyman William Brough, congratulating each recipient on their newly awarded recognitions.
Special thanks go to Heidi Hyde, Georgelean Olvera, Marsha LaRusso, Elizabeth Bamattre and Max Brown for the program, the lovely spread of appetizers and beverages and to the board members who assisted with publicity and technical arrangements. Our thanks also go to Rod Howorth, Jim Hyde, Joel Bishop and Keith Johannes who helped with the program and to the members who returned chairs and tables to storage.