For Rancho Peñasquitos resident Sharon Gruber, volunteering just comes naturally.

Ever since her children started school, she has been a regular volunteer for a variety of local organizations.  Even now that her children are in college, her spirit of giving continues; however, it all began by volunteering at her children’s schools.

Gruber served on the PTSA and in various other capacities at Deer Canyon, Mesa Verde, and Westview schools.  She later volunteered to sew costumes for the halftime performers of Super Bowl XXXII, which took place in San Diego and allowed her to meet such performers as Boyz II Men and Smokey Robinson.  For over 20 years, she volunteered at her church, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal in Poway; and most recently, she has been active with the Poway Lions Club and the Miss Poway Scholarship Pageant.  Her dedication is apparent, as is her love for her community.

And with all her activities, Gruber throws herself into her work with a passion.  “If there is something to be done, let’s get it done and hopefully have some fun and make some life memories in the process,” she said.

Gruber, who grew up in Poway and attended San Diego State University, has lived in Rancho Peñasquitos with her husband Mark for 24 years.  Their sons, Matthew, 21, and Philip, 19, attend college in San Diego.  She said her family loves PQ because it is a family-oriented community with great schools, parks, and shopping – and because it is centrally located so they can enjoy a variety of scenery from the mountains of Ramona to the beaches of Del Mar.

It appears Gruber’s attraction to community service comes from family.  Her mother would volunteer at her schools and the church, and her father was once a member of the City of Poway’s Volunteer Fire Department.  She recalled that they were her first inspiration to serve.

These days, as president of the Poway Lions Club and director of the Miss Poway Scholarship Pageant, Gruber keeps busy participating in local events such as the annual 4th of July Picnic at Old Poway Park, the Spring Street Fair, and the Pancake Breakfast at the Poway Lions Club.  She is not only the director, but the event coordinator for the Miss Poway Scholarship Pageant, which means she works alongside the young women doing up to 200 hours of community service in San Diego communities each year.

Gruber encouraged others to get involved as well, and invited anyone who might be interested to join the Poway Lions Club – or other local civic organizations.  She said a consideration has always been, “How can I help someone else experience the same joy I experience by volunteering?”

[toggle_box title=”More about Sharon” width=”500″]Organizations:  Poway Lions club, Miss Poway Scholarship Pageant

Purpose:  Poway Lions funds charities related to eye care and health; Miss Poway Pageant provides scholarships, community service opportunities to local young women

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