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Linda Chard

2014 - Linda Chard

    Linda Jean Engelauf was born July 2, 1949 at Riverside Community Hospital to Rubidoux natives Vallie and Beverly Engelauf. Linda grew up in the Jurupa Unified School District, and has spent all of her life, thus far, living in the Rubidoux area. She attended Ina Arbuckle and Rustic Lane for Elementary school, and Jurupa Junior High for Middle School. She spent four years (1962-1967) at Rubidoux High School. While at Rubidoux, she was involved in student government and many other school activities, such as the creation of the School Alma Mater during her senior year. Following graduation, in 1967, she attended Riverside City College. The next year, 1968, she was selected Jurupa Rodeo Days Queen.  Shortly thereafter she went to work at the family business, Engelauf Bros. Equipment Rental, as Secretary. At age 22, she was the Riverside Job’s Daughters Gran Bethel Representative to Colorado.  That same year, she met Alvin Chard of National City, CA.  They married in August 1971, and in September 1973 moved into a house in Rubidoux, shortly after having their first child, Todd. The Chard’s had their second child Kelly in 1975. They have lived in the same house on Emery Street in Rubidoux, ever since.  Linda served as room mother for all of the classes of her two children at West Riverside Elementary, every year that they attended. Due to her childrens’ involvement  in the YMCA youth activities and Jurupa National Little League, every year she was involved as either a coach or team mom for one of their athletic teams.  At Jurupa National Little League, she coached softball for 3 years (taking one All-Star Team to Southern California Regionals), and she served as a board member for many years, including being President of the League for 3 years. All-in-all she was involved in some capacity with the Little League for over a decade.

    Since her graduation from Rubidoux, she has been a main organizer for the RHS Class of 1967’s Reunion Committee.  Throughout the 1980’s, all of the “real ivy” in the Ivy Chains at RHS graduations came from her backyard.  To continue the tradition, when Rubidoux returned to “its hallowed halls” after a stint on Camino Real, she constructed and donated the current “plastic” Ivy Chain.  In 1990, she became the Principal’s Secretary at Ina Arbuckle Elementary, where she served under such famous district personalities as Michelle Johnson, Luz Mendez, Paul Jensen, and Karina Becerra-Murillo. At Ina, Linda Chard became one consistency within an ever changing school. In 2005, Linda was selected as Ina Arbuckle’s Classified Employee of the Year. She served (as President, Board Member or in some other capacity) on the PTA at Ina for all of her 21 years there. Linda became the annual presenter of the Ina Arbuckle PTA scholarships at RHS, for most of those years.  Today even though she is retired she now brings her PTA experience to her granddaughters’ school, Peralta Elementary, serving as a Vice President of Programs. Her pride in her job, her community and her family history is ever recognizable, as she would frequently introduce herself as an Ina staff member, former student, and relative of the famous JUSD teacher and school namesake, Ms. Ina Arbuckle herself.

    In 2010, Linda served on the Rubidoux High School 50th Anniversary Committee. Because of her growing up in this area, being an Alumni of Rubidoux, and her 21 years at Ina Arbuckle, there were very few people in the School District who didn’t know her name, when she finally retired in 2011.  Besides the Peralta PTA, Linda remains involved in education, donating her time and skills, helping her son, Todd who has taught at RHS for the last 16 years, and her daughter Kelly who teaches Elementary in the Cucamonga School District, for the past 13 years.  Linda Chard is a premier example of how Rubidoux High graduates SOAR with PRIDE in their Community, and have taken Falcon Pride to new heights.  This is why I would like to nominate her for Rubidoux High School Alumni of the Year for 2014.