EDH's Bill Tobin recognized for efforts behind disaster-relief assistance group

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El Dorado Hills volunteer and Rotarian, Bill Tobin, and local music group, The Used Blues Band, were recognized by ShelterBox USA for their individual and collaborative efforts in 2012 to provide emergency shelter and other aid to disaster survivors worldwide.

ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid—emergency tented shelter and other supplies, such as stoves, blankets and water filtration systems, among other tools to help families rebuild their lives after losing their homes and possessions following a disaster such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict.

Among the top five most active ShelterBox USA Ambassadors, Tobin has been recognized with the Ambassador of the Year Award. This award is presented to an outstanding volunteer who gives his time and talent to further the ShelterBox USA mission, while exhibiting exemplary volunteer service, commitment to the organization, fundraising and awareness building, and enthusiasm for engaging others in service to ShelterBox.

Tobin’s volunteer efforts were also acknowledged by President Obama, with a Presidential Volunteer Service Award. The award is part of a national recognition program created in 2003 through the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation for individuals of all ages who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer activities.

Among his volunteer activity, Tobin hosted his annual wine & blues fundraising event at the Winterhawk Winery in June 2012, featuring live entertainment by The Used Blues Band. The band was recognized with a ShelterBox USA Corporate Partner Award, for their enthusiasm and outstanding support for the organization and its mission.