Bret Harte board fetes volunteers

Aldie Broglio, left, Paula Broglio and Gordon Geidt are the Volunteers of the Year in the Bret Harte Union High School District.

On June 28, the Bret Harte Union High School District Governing Board honored volunteers from the community. Gordon Giedt and Aldie and Paula Broglio of Angels Camp were awarded the 11th annual Parent/Community Volunteer Awards by board member Gail Bunge. The recipients were chosen through nominations made by district staff.

Giedt has been instrumental in helping the Bret Harte High School music program and was nominated by music director David Allured. Along with helping students learn instruments, Giedt has volunteered for a number of years in the pit band for school musicals, and has brought in other adult musicians to play in that band.

Allured noted that for one of the musicals, students had choreographed a dance number from the soundtrack, yet when the actual music books came, the song the students had choreographed was not in the score. Rather than disappoint the students, Giedt took the soundtrack home and in one evening, arranged the music for all the instruments.

Giedt plays saxophone in a number of area bands, including the Columbia College Big Band, Swing Gitane and Lucky CuZn.

The Broglios were nominated by agriculture department head Carrie Phillips, who said the couple is “the definition of kindness and generosity.” Since 2002, they have offered their home and have prepared food for the annual Oysters and Oinkers fundraiser, which often raises more than $20,000 for FFA.

For 10 years, the Broglios also ran fundraisers for the wrestling program at the high school. They spent years with others driving a trailer to the FFA Nationals at the Cow Palace in Daly City, taking time off of work, and cooking for Bret Harte students there.

Both Aldie and Paula have been involved in the Junior Livestock Boosters for the Calaveras County Fair for 30 years, with Paula cooking the Buyers’ Breakfast and Aldie doing multiple chores, including setup, getting judges and making yearly improvements to the livestock area at Frogtown.

“The Bret Harte Union High School District Governing Board recognizes the importance of community members, parents and guardians and welcomes their input,” said a release.

“Collaboration between school, home and community benefits our children, and although none of these award members have children still in school, they stay involved with young people,” Bunge said. “They are mentors to so many and by their volunteer work the students understand that they are valued.”

The Broglios and Geidt agreed that everyone has a talent they can share, and hope that other adults will be inspired to volunteer with area students.