Volunteer of the Year for 2011
As a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) Judy Taylor is the extra eyes and ears of sworn police officers. She patrols area schools and banks, and does homeland security checks on storage tanks, pumping stations and electrical sub stations. She does vacation house checks and patrols shopping malls. She checks on the welfare of shut-ins, mostly seniors, who can no longer go out on their own. Judy is also president of the Mira Mesa Golden Friends. She gives rides to those who no longer drive and stays with shut-ins who have caregivers, allowing the caregiver a needed break to do other things. Judy organizes the setup of two RSVP booths at the Mira Mesa Street Fair, where she does fingerprinting of young children to create a fingerprint record for the parents. Judy moved to Mira Mesa in May of 1971 with her husband and 3 children. She started the Mira Mesa Women's Softball League in 1974. She was President, Vice President and Treasurer of Walker Elementary School PTA. She was den mother for Cub Scouts and Manager of Girls Softball teams. Judy graduated with honors from Miramar College in criminal justice and then transferred to SDSU to receive her BS degree. Judy was probation officer with the County of San Diego and after retiring became a substitute teacher. As a probation officer she started an award-winning program for pregnant teens who were using illegal substances, to break the cycle of substance abuse.
Ted Brengel has provided these pictures of the event.