Donna Scheckla will be an Honored Guest at 2017 Burney Basin Days Parade. She first came to Burney in 1971 when her husband, Al, moved his trucking business here. She moved here permanently in 1976. Since then Mrs. Scheckla has been a strong supporter of Burney Basin Days and a dedicated volunteer in the community.
Since the 1970’s she has volunteered at the Burney Basin Days Parade helping to decorate the judges booth and assisting at the top of the hill. She also has helped serve at the VFW barbecue and worked at the gate collecting donations at the Rotary Fireworks Program.
She has been a member of the Soroptomist Club and the VFW Auxiliary Post 5289 since 1974. She has enjoyed helping with the VFW raffle and the ham dinner.
For eight years she has served as a member of the Burney Citizens Patrol helping to keep our neighborhoods safe.
In addition, she helped Rick Morris to start the Burney Beautification Program and has also sponsored a bowling team for 25 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Scheckla had been married for 53 years when her husband died in 2004. They raised four sons. She is blessed with 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
In spite of some recent difficulties with her hip and knee, her desire to serve the community remains undiminished.
“I am 85 years old and just like to stay as active as possible and help wherever I can,” Mrs. Scheckla said cheerfully.