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By: Tom Kirk
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McCann Award
The projects and organizations these “McCannites” are involved with include but are not limited to:

  • Placer High School Voter Outreach
  • 150th Transcontinental Railroad Project
  • Caring Hearts Society
  • Auburn State Theater
  • Salvation Army
  • Feed the Hungry
  • California Firefighter Memorial
  • Explore Auburn
  • Auburn Ski Club
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Festival of Lights Parade
  • Old Town Auburn
  • Herschel Young Park
  • AIM Group
  • Vietnam Veterans of America
  • Navy League
  • Forgotten Soldier Project
  • Auburn Little League
  • Wreaths Across America
  • Auburn Education Foundation
  • McCann/Helen Bales Journalism Scholarship

Current members
1983  Victor Roumage
1985  Norma Harris
1990  Gloria Cavenee
1994  Bobbie Tamietti
1997  Ken Tokutomi
1998  Sue Dings
2000  Monroe DeJarnette
2001  Doris Viera
2002  Richard Yue
2006  Nick Willick
2007  Linda Robinson
2009  Bart Ruud
2010  Cheryl Maki
2011  Bob Snyder
2012  Angela Atteberry
2013  Kathy Sands
2014  Mike Holmes
2015  Ty Rowe
2016  Glenda Gonzales
2017  Donna Arz
2018  Katie & Brian Fries

McCann Alumni in Memoriam
1979  Maurine Dobbas
1980  John Robinson
1981  Joe Chevreaux
1983  Virginia Fleming
1984  John G. “Jack” Walsh
1986  Ralph Roper
1987  Jean Cousins
1988  Steve Barooshian
1989  Cliff Merriam
1991  Ralph Swan
1992  Helen Harlow
1992  Harry Rosenberry
1993  Max Strawser
1994  Vic Tamietti
1995  Annabell McCord
1996  Bob Robinson
1996  Jack Veal
1999  Marilyn Gehlback
2003  Bill Lipschultz
2004  Esther Stanton
2004  Helen Bale
1995  Virgil Traynor
2008  Harvey Roper
1982  Jug Covich
William “Bill” Pfaff – Honorary Alumni Member

Past McCann Award winners recently gathered at Awful Annie’s to share what’s happening in each of their lives. This esteemed group continues to put Auburn first with their volunteerism, kindness and passion for keeping Auburn the special place we call our home.

Who was Vernon Gould McCann? Vern was a longtime Auburn Journal employee. He spent his entire working life with the Auburn Journal, starting as a carrier boy at 14 and later retired as business manager in 1977.

Vern hand delivered the Journal to subscribers who were hospitalized. During World War II, he made sure every service member from Auburn received a copy of the paper. But more than that he devoted his entire life to promoting and improving business and civic interests in the Auburn area.

Also known as “Mr. Auburn” Vernon McCann helped bring the Gold Country Fair to Auburn Gold Country Fairgrounds with the stadium named after him “McCann Stadium.” Vern McCann served 50 years as a volunteer for the Auburn Fire Department. When he died March 17, 1978, Auburn Journal management under the leadership of then-publisher Bill Pfaff established the annual award. This was not only to honor McCann, but to inspire others to the same kind of community involvement that marked his life.

Since 1979 the McCann Award has recognized and honored individuals whose work, volunteerism and community service stand out among others.

At the recent luncheon, Vern McCann’s spirit was alive and well. McCann Chairman Bart Ruud welcomed the esteemed attendees. Bart inspired the past winners in attendance with his continued efforts all around Auburn. A moment of silence was observed in memory of McCann Award winners now deceased. 

Bart’s involvement with the Auburn Rotary Club, Boys & Girls Club, Auburn Education Foundation, Wreaths Across America, Vietnam Veterans of America and more symbolize the giving every member of this group work tirelessly on year-round. 

After the pledge of allegiance to our American flag, each past winner shared their current activities and causes. Across America you would be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated, passionate, caring, giving and inspirational group.