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Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer Award


Nominations now being accepted for the Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer Award Do you know someone in the Roseville community who is making a differ-ence through volunteerism?

The Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer Award, sponsored by the City of Roseville, recognizes an outstanding volunteer who is making an impact through their commitment to community service. The criteria for this award and the nomination form are below. Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. The winner will be announced in November and recognized at a future city council meeting.

Sylvia Besana was a Roseville native who epitomized the word "volunteer." An educator, counselor and avid community leader, Sylvia spent the greater part of her life giving back to the community and making a difference through her continued commitment to serve.

The Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer Award is a tribute to her and to her lifetime of community service. This annual award recognizes individuals in the Roseville community who display dedication through consistent com-mitment to community service, serve as role models by inspiring others to volunteer and demonstrate leadership, excellence and integrity through volunteer service. Click on the links below for more information regarding the criteria and nomination process for this award.

Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer Award - Criteria
Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer Award Nomination Form

Winner to be Announced for the Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer Award in November

Sylvia Besana


Past Recipients:

Esmerita Rivera - 2012

Esmerita Rivera received the 2012 Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer Award.  Esmerita volunteers throughout the year providing translation services to non-English speaking residents at community events as well as translating documents for them. She has volunteered with Bikefest, Neighborhood Santa, Community Safety Awareness Day, Tommy Apostolos Shopping Events and many more! Esmerita demonstrates consistent commitment to community service and embodies the spirit that was Sylvia Besana!

Janet Zeitman - 2011

Janet Zeitman was the recipient of the 2011 Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer award. Janet was recognized at the December 7 Roseville City Council meeting as the winner of the Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer award. She received a framed resolution from the city and her name has been engraved on the perpetual plaque commemorating the honor.  The plaque is displayed in the lobby of the civic center and includes space to recognize future recipients. This award recognized Mrs. Zeitman for her many hours of community service.  Janet Zeitman is a former elementary school teacher who has brought her bounty of experience in regards to teaching children and curriculum design. Janet volunteers at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center assisting with the Exhibit tours and Tech Lab programs designed for school groups grades K – 6th. She staffs the front desk at the RUEC and has also volunteered for many of the community outreach and special events including the Earth Day Festival and Farmer’s Market!

Aldo Pineschi, Jr. - 2010

Aldo Pineschi, Jr.was the recipient of the 2010 Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer award. Aldo was recognized at the November 17, 2010 Roseville City Council meeting as the winner of the Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer award.  He received a framed resolution from the City and his name has been engraved on a plaque commemorating the honor.  The plaque is displayed in the lobby of the civic center and includes space to recognize future recipients. This award recognized Mr. Pineschi for his many hours of community service.  Aldo Pineschi Jr. has been involved with and served on the board of the Tommy Apostolas Fund for the past 22 years.  He has worked with the Chamber of Commerce to produce the annual Holiday and 4th of July parades for many years. He is a founding member of the Roseville High School Alumni Association as well as an active member of the Music in the Parks board.  He has also participated in the annual SPLASH event held at the Roseville Aquatics Center.  

Melba Erven - 2009

Melba Erven, a lifelong volunteer and friend of Sylvia Besana is the inaugural recipient of the Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer award. Erven was recognized at the November 18, 2009 Roseville City Council meeting as the inaugural winner of the Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer award.  Erven received a glass gift from the City and her name has been engraved on a plaque commemorating the honor.  The plaque is displayed in the lobby of the civic center and includes space to recognize future recipients. This is not the first award honoring Erven for her many hours of community service, Erven was recognized in 1986 with the first Athena Business Woman of the Year Award and in 1992 was awarded as a Woman of the Year by the California State Assembly.  Aside from being heavily involved with the Soroptimists for the last 53 years, Erven has served on the Roseville Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors as treasurer and vice president, worked to prevent neighborhood crime with Roseville Crime Stoppers and is a member of the Lions Club. Erven has also donated her time to numerous city events and can often be seen selling tickets for Magic Circle Theatre performances.Aside from being heavily involved with the Soroptimists for the last 53 years, Erven has served on the Roseville Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors as treasurer and vice president, worked to prevent neighborhood crime with Roseville Crime Stoppers and is a member of the Lions Club. Erven has also donated her time to numerous city events and can often be seen selling tickets for Magic Circle Theatre performances.


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