New president at historical society


Roberta Bulling

The Lemon Grove Histori­cal Society takes pleasure in announcing the election of its new president, Roberta Bulling, whose wide-ranging interests and professional skills bode well for the growth of Lemon Grove’s leading cultural institution. Bulling will hold office through May 31 when elections for new board members will be held.

Bulling was born in Pasadena and grew up in Arcadia, where seeing the Rose Parade in person was an annual New Year’s Day event for her family. Her parents instilled a love of music and reading in all four of their children.

Her widowed mother moved the family to Costa Mesa in 1962. After graduating from Costa Me­sa High School, Roberta studied at San Francisco State College, ultimately completing her edu­cation at San Diego State Col­lege with a B.A. in fine arts and hu­manities, and an M.A. in education.

In 1969 Roberta married Chilean im­migrant Pe­dro Bulling. The bilin­gual couple raised three chil­dren in Spring Valley and Lem­on Grove, residing in the latter since 1978. All of their children attended Lemon Grove schools and graduated from Mt. Miguel High School, where they each played instruments in the band and orchestra. Family history came full circle when one daugh­ter had the honor of marching with the Mt. Miguel Matador Band in the Rose Parade.

Roberta taught English as a second language and basic read­ing skills to adults for 22 years in the Sweetwater Union High School District’s Adult Educa­tion Division. For 16 years she taught several grades, as well as reading in English and Spanish in the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

As a teacher and volunteer for Laubach Literacy, she has taught reading skills to students ranging from pre-kindergarten to senior adults.

She led the creation of “Mari­posa Lane,” the delightful but­terfly and floral mural painted by art students at Literacy First Charter High School and her Bahá’i Junior Youth Group to connect the Golden Avenue Ex­tension and Camino de las Pal­mas neighborhoods. The project exemplifies her interests in the visual and performing arts, and promoting culture and education to help build community.