The South Santa Clara Valley Memorial District (SSCVMD) was formed as an independent special district on August 26, 1946, to recognize and serve the veterans of Gilroy and South Santa Clara Valley. There are 27 memorial districts in California, but the SSCVMD is the only memorial district in the Bay Area.

The District was formed under, and operates pursuant to the provisions of Division 6, Chapter 1 of the Military and Veterans Code of the State of California. Through the principal act, the District is empowered to provide and maintain the hall for use by veterans, as well as non-veteran individuals and organizations.

The District is managed and governed by a five-member board of directors, with at least three of the five seats designated for veterans. Board members are elected to a four-year term of office and there are no term limits.


The District provides support for veterans of the US Armed Forces by connecting veterans with government agencies and nonprofit organizations at the federal, California state, and Gilroy level. These services include veteran benefits assistance, services for veterans with disabilities, and information about medical care, insurance, and education benefits.

The District boundaries and sphere of influence include the City of Gilroy and surrounding unincorporated lands, which encompasses 311.3 square miles.

How It All Started

In 1945, members of the community service clubs met and decided that “something should be done for local veterans” and a 12-member committee was formed to develop a plan. It was decided a building should be dedicated to veterans and they set out to secure property.

Once the property at 74 W. Sixth Street was secured, the South Santa Clara Valley Memorial District was formed. The founding board, which included Cecil Carlyle, Marcel Braquet, Mike Filice, Tom Underwood and Peter Blaettler, was elected in 1946. They spent the next several years raising money through a local tax assessment and the 6,350-square-foot Veterans Memorial Hall opened on May 25, 1951.

Board of Directors

John Ceballos,

Term: 2020-24

John Ceballos served his country in the Navy from 1964 to 1968 in Vietnam, for which the United States awarded him the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. He also received the Vietnam Campaign Medal from the Republic of Vietnam...

Gabe Perez,

Board Vice President

Term: 2018-22

Gabe Perez joined the United States Air Force in 1969 and was stationed with the 79th Air Rescue and Recovery in Vietnam. Upon returning to the United States in 1971, he was stationed with the 354 TAC Wing where he worked on B-52s and KC134 Stratotankers until 1973...


Rita Delgado,

Term: 2021-24

Rita Delgado is the first female and first civilian to serve as a director on the South Santa Clara Valley Memorial District. She was appointed by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on January 12, 2021. But she is no stranger to veterans’ issues. ...

Phil Garcia,

Term: 2018-22

Phil Garcia served two years in the United States Army, including one year in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. He received numerous honors, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and Campaign Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, ...

Ermelindo Puente,

Term: 2020-24

Ermelindo Puente served two years in the United States Army and was stationed in Vietnam. He received numerous honors, including the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, ...

Christine West,
Executive Director

Prior to joining the District, Christine West was executive director for Rebuilding Together-Monterey/Salinas (RTMS), a non-profit dedicated to rehabilitating homes for low-income homeowners for three years. She volunteered for RTMS for nearly 15 years ...

Boundary Map

View the California Special District Association's (CSDA) comprehensive and interactive online map of special districts in the state through the Special Districts Mapping Project. 

Or click the map below to see the details of the South Santa Clara Memorial District

Job Openings

General Job Application

Job Description


Reports to: Executive Director

Status: Non-exempt, part-time

Location: Gilroy, CA

Hourly rate: $18-$22 per hour

Hours: 15-20 per week



Show your patriotism and work part-time at the Gilroy Veterans Hall, a quality, first-class event venue for all active duty and veterans of the armed services, as well as civilians in the community. The South Santa Clara Valley Memorial District (SSCVMD), owner and operator of the Hall, is seeking qualified candidates for Event Staff, Event Security and General Staff duties such as light janitorial and basic maintenance. The Hall hosts parties, memorials, meetings and other events for veterans and the general community.

Great part-time or secondary job with a combination of flexible hours and scheduled events which may occur on any day of the week.  Qualified candidates must be 21 years or older and will be required to pass a background check upon contingent hiring. Hourly rate is $18-$22 for 15-20 hours per week, depending on experience and qualifications. SSCVMD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Proof of eligibility for employment required upon hire. 



  • Provide key assistance to Executive Director

  • Work with guests to ensure all requests are met during events

  • Ensure the day-of-the event goes smoothly, including communicating with guest and bar tenders

  • Provide basic unarmed security during events

  • Communicate any areas of need, problems and concerns from a guest to the Executive Director

  • Handle tear down of tables and chairs

  • Must be able to lift up to 50lbs

  • Available for additional hours for basic facility cleaning and maintenance

  • Must be available to work most Saturdays and some weekdays for events

  • Must be punctual and reliable

  • Maintain high standards for safety and cleanliness in all areas of the property



  • Must be able to communicate clearly in English (bilingual applicants encouraged).

  • Possess and maintain valid CA Guard Card or Private Security Officer Card

  • CA Food Handler Certificate and Responsible Beverage Server Training Certificate preferred, but not required. SSCVMD will assist in acquiring certifications.

  • Being a team player is essential

  • Must possess superior hospitality, organizational, time management and customer service skills.

  • Ability to effectively deal with guests, some of whom will require high levels of patience, tact and diplomacy to defuse anger, collect accurate information and resolve conflicts.

  • Problem solving skills and deductive reasoning abilities

  • Maintain a professional, neat and well-groomed appearance.

  • Ability to work independently

  • Must have earned a high school diploma. 

  • At least one prior year of experience providing event security.



Download the general application at under Job Openings and email a completed application to by Aug. 13, 2021 by 5 pm. We will review your application and contact you on the status of your application.


Applicants with disabilities may contact the South Santa Clara Valley Memorial District Executive Director via telephone, e-mail, and other means to request and arrange for accommodations. If you need assistance to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact the Executive Director at 408.842-3838 or Response to accommodation questions and requests will be made after Aug. 9.