Wednesday Feb 04 2009
Rocklin Kiwanis volunteers recognized
By: Bridget Jones, Special to The Placer Herald
Rocklin’s Stone, Roseville’s Sindrey receive President’s Volunteer Service Award
The volunteer efforts of two Rocklin Kiwanis members have been recognized through a presidential award. Rocklin resident Allan Stone and Roseville resident David Sindrey were awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for the 2007-08 fiscal year. Both men received a certificate and letter signed by President Bush commending their efforts. Sindrey, who was president of the Rocklin club during the last fiscal year, said he had no idea he was going to receive the award until it was presented to him in early January. “It was a complete surprise and shock,” Sindrey said. “When you do these things, you don’t do them to get an award. You do them to help other people. It’s nice that somebody does recognize that we do these types of things.” Stone, who has been a member of the Rocklin Kiwanis since 1999, said while getting praise is not the reason he volunteers, he appreciates that people notice the dedication of volunteers. “I certainly don’t participate in community service to get awards,” Stone said. “I think it’s fine to recognize people for services they do whether it be volunteer for the community, or paid for the community. I think maybe in the case of volunteers like this, that it makes other (volunteers) see that someone is watching and sees what’s going on.” Jim Legler, who was the 2007-08 lieutenant governor of Kiwanis Division 44, which covers Placer, Sacramento, El Dorado and Amador counties, arranged the awards for the two men. “David was the president of the Rocklin club last fiscal year, and as such I think he did a really excellent job providing the leadership for the club,” Legler said. “With respect to Allan … in every organization there’s always some guy or woman in the background that steps up to the plate and does what’s necessary; failure is not an option. And Allan more than meets those criteria. You can’t do this for everybody, and those are the two that really stood out, doing exemplary work.” Legler said he found the idea for the awards on the Internet when he was researching ways to thank several of the volunteers in Division 44 for their hard work. The awards were being given through the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Once the council gave him permission to pass out these awards to volunteers, it was just a matter of Legler deciding who in the 15 clubs in his district should receive them. Sindrey and Stone were two of the recipients. “I went through the roster of the clubs looking for certain individuals who stood a little above the other members,” Legler said. “I tried to keep it to a very small number, because I didn’t want to nominate people like giving out jelly beans; I wanted to honor these people.” Sindrey said that the award was the result of the hard work of all Rocklin Kiwanis volunteers. “The award was presented to me, but I could not have done it by myself,” Sindrey said. Kiwanis is an international nonprofit organization that started in 1915 in Detroit. Kiwanis of Rocklin, which was founded in 1993, focuses on helping those in need, with an emphasis on children, in the local community. Sindrey said 100 percent of the money the club makes through fundraisers goes directly toward various aid projects. These projects include an annual $70 per child shopping spree at Kmart for approximately 130 children in need, sponsoring a Rocklin Cub Scout troup and teaming up with Kiwanis of Roseville to work with a group called Aktion that strives to create independence for disabled adult citizens. The club also awards nine $1,000 scholarships to deserving seniors at Rocklin High School, Del Oro High School and Whitney High School each year. Another main goal of Kiwanis of Rocklin is to help provide support for Kiwanis Family House, Sindrey said. This facility is located at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. It provides low-cost housing to families whose seriously ill children are being treated at the medical center, allowing family members to be near their children at all times. Sindrey said the hard work of all Rocklin Kiwanians is the reason he and Stone had the opportunity to win their awards. “I think we have done so much being a small club,” Sindrey said. “And I think if you take a look at it from the dollars we have raised and the number of people we have in our club, that’s why we got the recognition we did. It’s just growing each year. I hope that we’re going to raise even more this year.” – bridgetj@ goldcountrymedia.com.