‘Outstanding’ locals honored for service by Rotary

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A handful of community members recently received awards for their service from the Rotary Club of Rocklin/ Loomis. The club honored law enforcement personnel, firefighters, teachers and senior volunteers with a tribute and award plaques. Most of the honorees were chosen by their peers as “outstanding” practitioners of their craft. One couple, senior volunteers at a senior center in Loomis, was nominated by County Supervisor Jim Holmes, who was on hand June 17 at the club meeting to introduce his honorees. Each honoree was introduced by a supervisor or representative and then presented with a plaque signifying their selection as an outstanding practitioner of the year in their field. Rocklin Unified Teachers of the Year were Diane Sorensen (kindergarten through eighth-grade) and Penny Shelton (science teacher at Whitney High School). RUSD administrator Linda Rooney introduced them. Rocklin Police Department officer of the year was Brandon Olivera, introduced by Capt. Ross Lawrence. Rocklin Firefighter of the year was Rick Holmes introduced by Chief Bill Mikesell. The Rocklin/Loomis Basin Rotary club, which was chartered in 1964, is headed up by Ed Krumwiede of Rocklin. The club meets every Wednesday morning at Whitney Oaks. Once a month they meet in Loomis. Among the Rocklin area club’s projects this year included landscaping the Rocklin Elementary School, presenting dictionaries to third-graders at two Rocklin schools, supporting events at Rocklin and Whitney high schools, and donating backpacks and school supplies to elementary students for needy families. The club also helped the Rocklin Police Department purchase a state-of-the-art child fingerprint ID system. Rotary membership is open to any business or professional person (working or retired) who wants to serve the community. County Supervisor Jim Holmes also introduced Senior Citizen Volunteers of the Year Acsa and Fred Hitchens. For information on how you can serve your community and the world through Rotary, contact Ed Krumwiede at 435-2373.