Hidalgo Society to install new officers


BRAWLEY – The Hidalgo Society, Inc. of Brawley announces its 91st  Annual Installation of Officers Banquet on Saturday February 9th at the Hidalgo Hall, corner of Cesar Chavez and I st in Brawley. 

Doors open at 5:00 pm with dinner from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and the program beginning at 7:45 pm.  There will be a dance free to the public after 9:00 pm with Black Jack performing.  Tickets for the banquet dinner/presentation are $25.00 per person. 


The new officers for 2013 of the Hidalgo Society will be installed officially with Rusty Garcia Sr. as president, Rusty Garcia Jr., vice president, Angelica Anaya, treasurer, Stella Sanchez, secretary and Maria Dominguez Sgt at arms as well as board members. 


Also there will be four Hidalgo Society members being recognized for years of dedicated services to the goals and values of the Hidalgo Society; receiving Honorary Member status as voted by the members are, Ramona Montoya Reyes, Martha Iniguez, Arthur Gutierrez and posthumously, Rudy Cortez. 


Recently retired Brawley Parks and Recreation Director, Karin Morgan, will also be recognized for her years of dedicated service to the residents of Brawley with the Community Service Award as voted by the members who recognized Morgan’s dedication to providing services to all of the different needs of the community; from youths to adults to senior citizens, and   for use of the available resources to create a vibrant and inclusive program for over thirty years. 


“It is an honor to be installed as president and a bigger honor to be included in the program with the honorary members and Karin Morgan who has set an example of public service second to none” stated incoming President Rusty Garcia Sr.

The banquet will also feature a keynote address by David Valladolid, National CEO of  the Parent Institue for Quality Education( PIQE)  which creates partnerships between parents, students and educators to further students’ academic success. As a result of PIQE’s work in parent engagement, more than 1.5 million under-served student’s educations have been enhanced since their inception in 1987. Public schools value PIQE, parents need PIQE, and students use PIQE as a springboard to their own personal and career success.


Mr. Valladolid is a graduate of San Diego State University (1975), seventh generation California and he is married to Teresa Pascual Valladolid.  He has four children, Dave, Sara, Maite & Evita.  He is a Vietnam Combat Veteran (1968-69) wounded twice and he is a Purple Heart recipient. “ David Valladolid is the embodiment of the Si Se Puede/Yes it can be done attitude of community service and empowering people to be there best advocates” stated 2012 Hidalgo President and Banquet chairman Eric Reyes.

   Mr. Valladolid has a long history of accomplishments and service such as:

            Policy Administrator—United Domestic Worker of America (UDWA)

            Legislative Consultant—Speaker Willie Brown, California State Assembly

            Chief of Staff—Assembly Peter Chacon

            Sr. Deputy Labor Commissioner—Department of Industrial Relations, State of California

            Civil Rights Consultant—Dept. of Fair Employment & Housing, State of California


Organizations include:

            Co-Founder of the Law & Justice Coalition (1980)

Co-Founder of the “Latino/a & Indigenous Unity Coalition (1992-Present)

Co-Founder of the Leadership Training Institute (LTI), Chicano Federation (1988-Present)

            Co-Founder of the Latino Policy Institute (LPI) (2003-Present)

Appointments and Community Board Member of the following:

            Former SD Mayor Appointee Commissioner—San Diego Human Relations Commission

            Current CA State PTA Board Advisor (2003-2006

            Current Member—Governor’s Appointee-Reading and Literature Project Advisory Board

            Chair Emeritus—Chicano Federation Inc., Board of Directors (1987-2004)

            Member & Treasure—Operation Samahan Clinic, Board of Directors (1994-2006)

Current Member of the National Task Force–Children’s Defense Fund to end the “Cradle  to Prison Pipeline” for Latino and African-American youth (2006)

Current Member of the San Diego Community Colleges Trustee Advisory Council (2006)

            Current Board Member of the National “American STEM Alliance” (2012-13)


For more information or tickets contact Eric Reyes at (760) 550-5153 or Rusty Garcia at (760) 587-1319.



  1. A Fundraiser……for their own pockets. The founders of this Society are rolling in their graves anytime these thieves have an event.

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