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Skip Gebel named Rocklin Historical Society president

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Skip Gebel was elected president of the Rocklin Historical Society for 2011. Outgoing president Dr. James Carlson handed the gavel over at an installation dinner held at the Springfield Community Center in Whitney Oaks on Jan. 19. Skip and his wife Carol Gebel moved to Rocklin in 1996 from Raleigh, N.C. where Skip Gebel was employed by IBM. When asked why they chose Rocklin, he said, “Rocklin fit all of our requirements; a small, quiet yet progressive city.” Shortly after arriving in Rocklin, Skip and Carol Gebel found an active historical society and joined. “We found the people here as friendly as the ones we left in Raleigh,” they said. Skip Gebel has had a lifelong interest in history. As a member of a military family, he moved often and saw much of the U.S. He has visited American Revolution and Civil War battlefields and is fascinated with California Gold Rush history. Gebel’s family records that show a relative worked in the gold fields. Carol Gebel is employed at the California State University, Sacramento library in Sacramento. Skip and Carol Gebel both enjoy a hobby of antique quilt collecting. Rocklin’s Historical Society has been an active part of the fabric of the community since 1988. Members are eager to share their stories, actively contributing to the success of civic endeavors and proud to be residents of Rocklin. “Take a tour of our Museum, on the corner of Rocklin Road and San Francisco Street, and learn more about our city,” Skip Gebel said. “Last year a nationally known magazine listed Rocklin as one of the top 100 cities to live in. I’m confident that the work done by the historical society had a positive effect upon their recommendation. I’m both honored and humbled to be the president of this organization.” ~Staff report