Individuals, groups and youth will be recognized for their service to Rocklin as winners of the annual Roy and Peggy Ruhkala Community Service Awards.
The awards will be presented during a reception scheduled at 7 p.m. on May 5 at Finn Hall on Rocklin Road.
The public is invited to attend. Admission is free.
The 2011 Ruhkala Community Service Awards will be presented to:
Lynne Sully served on the Planning Commission for 22 years, including five terms as chair .
Sully was instrumental in planning many of the residential communities in Rocklin, including but not limited to Sludtanford Ranch, Whitney Oaks, Whitney Ranch and Clover Valley.
During her time on the Planning Commission, the number of housing units in the city of Rocklin increased from approximately 7,500 units to an estimated 20,600 units, which includes single-family and multi-family projects.
Sully was also instrumental in evaluating the design of many non-residential projects throughout the city including, The Blue Oaks Town Center and Cinemas, RC Willey, Staybridge Suites, Oracle, Strikes Family & Entertainment Center, Placer Center for Health, Rocklin Crossings and Rocklin Commons.
She also participated extensively in the review and update of many long-term planning documents, including the 1991 General Plan and current General Plan Update as well as helping to establish the Rocklin Citywide Design Review Guidelines.
Kisar Singh served on the Rocklin Parks and Recreation Commission for 17 years, including four terms as chair.
During Singh’s years of service, he was involved in creating the master plan and building of four additional community parks and 20 neighborhood parks.
Singh volunteered for numerous recreation events, including playing “Santa” at the “Breakfast with Santa” and “Santa’s Sing-a-Long” as well as 20 years on the Rocklin Jubilee Committee, serving as chair four times. He was the Grand Marshall for the Rocklin Jubilee Parade in 2004.
He was also very active with the Rocklin Theatre “Showstoppers” for many years and was a member of the Mobile Home Rent Control Commission for four years.
In 2000, Singh was nominated by the city for the CALFEST Volunteer of the Year award.
Rotary Club of South Placcer
The Rotary Club of South Placer raises thousands of dollars for projects that benefit the Rocklin community, including the annual Individual Grant Program ($6,000), two scholarships for Rocklin High School students ($7,000), Christmas Basket and Gift Program ($6,378), Youth Leadership Academy ($1,500), Foster Children to River Cats ($1,800) and San Felipe School Scholarship — Mexico ($2,500).
Rotary Club of the Rocklin/Loomis Basin
The Rotary Club of the Rocklin/Loomis Basin has been servicing our community since 1964.
Current and ongoing community service projects in Rocklin include Backpack for Needy Families, Christmas Food Baskets for Needy Families, scholarships for Rocklin High students, Rotary Youth Leadership Award program, sponsorship of Boy Scout Troupe 333, Run Rocklin, Rocklin Relay for Life, Rocklin Tree Lighting Event, and Rotary Discovery Garden.
Rocklin Elementary School students
Students at Rocklin Elementary School will be recognized for raising and donating $1,000 to the Rocklin Library and other community service activities.
They also raised $1,393.22 for leukemia patients through the Pennies for Patients activity.
Other projects include Tibetan Peace Flags for Japan, Origami Cranes created and sold to raise funds for the Red Cross Japanese Fund, Big Buddies program, Watershed program and “Breathe California.”
Valley View Elementary students
Students at Valley View Elementary School will be recognized for their participation in a Diabetes Dance-a-Thon fundraiser, which raised $704, the Matthew Redding Foundation raising $1,000 and other community service activities. They are currently working on Soles for Souls — Haiti and Japan and have also participated in Trick or Treat for UNICEF, Mosquito Nets for Africa, Rocklin Historical Society — Church Move and Fund Raising, St. Baldric’s Hair Donation, SPCA Fund Drive, Coats for KidsCoats for Kids and many others.
Kathy Lund has dedicated more than 30 years of service to the city and residents of Rocklin. She served on the Recreation Commission from 1980 to 1985 and then on the Rocklin City Council from 1985 to 2010. During her time on the council, she served as mayor six times. She now serves on the Front Street Historical Committee. Over these 30 years, Lund’s accomplishments and achievements in the community have included construction of the Safe Routes to School program, development of the Sierra College Interchange Project, creation of the Gang Task Force, development of a comprehensive park system that includes 30 parks.