New officers and a new member named for colleges’ foundation – by Rick Griffin

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

Four East County business leaders have been chosen as the new officers of the Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges, and a banker has been added as a new member of the fundraising organization for the two East County colleges.
The new officers of the 19-member board are: La Mesa attorney Ron Oberndorfer, chair; Mike Hansen, director of the Grossmont Shopping Center, vice-chair; financial advisor Guy Gonzales, treasurer; and Yehudi “Gaf” Gaffen, chief executive officer of Gafcon, Inc., secretary. Rhuan Rogerio, a business relationship manager at Wells Fargo, was recently elected as a board member.
The Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges, which was incorporated just over a year ago, continues the work of two separate foundations that served Grossmont College in El Cajon and Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego. The foundation recently established the Possibilities Roundtable, seeking donors who will pledge between $1,200 to $10,000 a year to benefit students and programs at the colleges. For more information about the foundation, go to