Maureen Scaglia recognized with Community Builder Award

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There are just those people that make a community “tick.” Sometimes it is easy to see their contributions, but more often than not, it is the invisible contributions that make the community stronger. Over the past several decades, resident Maureen Scaglia has helped ensure that the community of Richfield has prospered.

At the city council’s December 14 meeting, Scaglia was presented with the Edwina Garcia Community Builder Award.

“Maureen has been a role model for me and so many aspiring leaders in the Richfield community,” remarked Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez. “She has led by a great example and encouraged countless aspiring leaders.”   

The city council created the Edwina Garcia Community Builder Award in 2020 to annually recognize a resident who personifies the community’s core values and demonstrates outstanding leadership that makes Richfield a better place to live, learn, work and play.   

When Maureen moved to Richfield in 1974, she focused her energies on raising her two adopted children, but as soon as they became toddlers she looked for ways to get involved with her new community.

Throughout her volunteer career, Scaglia has contributed to Babe Ruth Little League, the Girl Scouts, Friends of the Richfield Bandshell, Meals on Wheels, Richfield Public Schools, Lions Club, Friends of the Wood Lake Nature Center and St. Richards Catholic Church.

She has also served on the city’s Community Services and Panning Commissions.

When asked about her favorite project or initiative to take part in, she was quick to reply that without a doubt, it was Richfield’s League of Women Voters.    

As a member of the League over the years, she has served as president, been a member of the board of directors, organized countless candidate forums, edited the organization’s bulletin, moderated the “Inside the Issues” television program and advocated for a variety of city initiatives.

“Richfield’s League of Women Voters has always been a second home for me,” said Scaglia. “We were able to discuss candidates and issues that would affect the city for decades to come. Plus, I was able to make long-lasting friendships.” 

No matter what organization she was volunteering for or initiative she was championing, Scaglia always held close to one guiding principle: look to the future.

This core value came full circle while discussing a Comprehensive Plan in the 2000s.

“Some people were pushing to ‘get things back to the way they were’ in Richfield, which made no sense to me,” remembered Scaglia. “I told them “no.” We are not planning a Richfield for us anymore; we are planning a Richfield for our children and grandchildren.”