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Cayucos Honors Women of Distinction

judysalamacha@gmail.comDecember 30, 2012 

What better way to celebrate the new year than to recognize several individuals honored in 2012 by the Cayucos Education Foundation:

n   -- Dr. Evelyn Pellaton, a Cal Poly Hall of Fame recipient, was physical education and women’s athletic director for 16 years. She played on state and national championship softball and hockey teams, coached the U.S. Navy Wave’s basketball, softball and volleyball teams, and spent 21 years in the U.S. Naval Reserve as chief personnelman. Pellaton served as president of the Cayucos Citizens Advisory Council, started the Friends of the Cayucos Library in 1992 and was named Citizen of the Year in 1991 by the Cayucos Chamber of Commerce.  

n  -- Willadean Borchard and her husband, Bud, chose to raise their seven children in Cayucos when Southern California’s population swelled in the late 1960s. She was involved in elementary and high school PTAs and discovered her community mission chairing the Cayucos Lioness Club’s effort to build the Cayucos Community Pool, built in 1979. Her family now includes 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

n  -- Lena Minetti moved to Cayucos in 1946 when she married Dario Minetti and helped him run Paul’s Place, now The Saloon. Minetti made things happen behind the scenes, particularly in fundraising, and supported her children’s activities. A former honorary mayor of Cayucos, Minetti was PTA president of Coast Union and Cayucos Elementary schools and a founding member of the Cayucos Lioness Club.

n  -- Laila Fiege-Kollman spent her youth in Southern California. After receiving a master’s degree in recreation from Long Beach State, she spent a career directing recreation centers until she and her husband, Jim, bought the Shoreline Inn in 1981. They raised four sons. Ten years ago, she took over the family business and now serves on the Cayucos Chamber of Commerce board, helping to orchestrate the Christmas open house. She is one of the founders of the Cayucos Sea Glass Festival. A career achievement was working to establish a county business improvement district, which also promotes the Cayucos lodging industry.

n  -- As a retired teacher, principal and director of instruction in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Lee Arnold was awarded a 1958 National Science Secondary Teachers Association Award. Once she and her husband, Allyn, moved to Cayucos, they co-founded Cayucos Beautiful, and she led the charge to use county funds to build the Cayucos Pier restrooms and resurface the asphalt at the pier entrance. Arnold steered the Pier Plaza Committee to fundraise for the pier’s monument, featuring a sculpture by Dale Evers originally designed by Cayucos artist Al Musso. Arnold’s active involvement in the Cayucos Art Center helped build its membership and scholarship program for the Cayucos Elementary School.


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