REGULAR DIVISION 2018
Eleanor Hutchins: Director, Executive Board of The Womanís Club of Vista GFWC and Community Volunteer.
Eleanor is an extremely active, effective community volunteer. In 1992, she organized the Pride of Vista Lions club and she continues to lead and support all of their work in the community. The Pride of Vista Lions club supports eye exams and eyeglasses for needy children in Vista. The Club provides scholarships and passes out dictionaries to third graders. They also plant trees at schools and collect pennies for the Vista Little League.
Eleanor organized and continues to support the Miss Pride of Vista Pageant, which awards $3,000 in scholarships to local young ladies who provide hundreds of hours of volunteering in the community every year. She is the adult supervisor who ensures the safety of her young ladies. They participate in Festivals, Vista parades, Beach Bashes, and the Easter Egg Hunt in Vista.
Eleanor is currently promoting the formation of an Alpha Leo club in Vista for young people between 12 and 18 years of age to mentor and empower young leaders while fostering a commitment to community service.
The Facebook pages for the Pride of Vista Lions and the Miss Pride of Vista Pageant show an active, happy and effective group making a difference in their community. Eleanor plans, promotes, and adds her enthusiasm and energy to all of these activities and fundraisers for both Prideís community volunteering.
Eleanor joined The Womanís Club of Vista GFWC in January 2016 on the urging of the President Elect, Judy Pantazo. When she joined, she said she loves volunteering. Then she proved it by promoting the club with her contacts in the community, running the clubís monthly Scholarships Raffle (you canít say no to her ticket sales pitch!), updating and producing The Womenís Club yearbook directory, recruiting a new member who set up a new website, and working with the “ Only Losers Litter “ trash collecting walks here in Vista. Eleanor also designed and donated flyers and tickets for the Womenís Club Centennial Celebration in 2016.
Eleanor promotes the Womenís Clubís restaurant fundraisers which are actually successful social events that support the Clubís scholarships program. “ Promotion “ could be Eleanorís middle name. She raised more than half the cost of printing the Womenís Club directories by selling business card ads. Sheís a member that the Club depends on for her many generous contributions and hours of dedicated service!
Eleanor is also a member/ Past President of the Soroptimist of Vista. She supports all their community events and fundraisers. For many years she was also involved with the Vista Village Business Association where she promoted the redevelopment of downtown Vista. Some of the projects she coordinated include the Vista Rod Run and the Thursday Night Downtown Street Fair.
Eleanor is an active member of the Fallbrook Alumni Association. She recently produced a Fallbrook calendar to benefit the associationís projects, and as a board member, she helps maintain not only the member roster but their website as well.
She does all this in addition to owning a family business, Hutchins Printing, since 1978.
In 2013 she and her son Eric launched TheVistaPress.com, an online publication, to fill the need for an outlet for community awareness and information. She publishes community service announcements in TheVistaPress.com at no charge to non-profits.
Eleanor works so many volunteer hours for the community that she canít keep track of them all! It seems that she knows everyone in Vista and brings people together to make Vista a better place to live. She works tirelessly to benefit others in need. Sheís always volunteering and working in the community and setting up new events and projects to make othersí lives more productive and comfortable. She is active, positive, and an asset to the community.
Eleanor deserves this recognition for her years of volunteering and connecting in the community. She has made a positive impact on Vista.