Region's Rotary clubs gather for awards

By: Don Chaddock Telegraph Managing Editor
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Rotary members from Folsom, El Dorado Hills and Granite Bay, as well as those from areas farther away, gathered recently in Sacramento to celebrate their achievements. Known as District 5180, the regional group comprises 40 Rotary clubs from Oroville to West Sacramento to El Dorado Hills to Elk Grove and Granite Bay. Hundreds of members were onhand recently for the district’s “Aloha Awards Night.” The newest club, Rotary Club of Folsom Lake, was awarded “Best Small Club.” “I’ve got big shoes to fill,” said incoming club president Jeff Gordon. “I’m thrilled to be a part of this group. This is the result of doing good things for our community.” Dave Doherty, outgoing president of the Rotary Club of Folsom, said it’s important for the clubs to get together on a regular basis. “We’re showing all the hard work that’s done in the community throughout the region,” Doherty said. Alonzo Lee, 16, is president of the Oak Ridge High School Interact Club. He said he was excited about the coming year. “We started four years ago with about 30 members,” Lee said. “Now we have 150 members.” Presidential citations were awarded to presidents local clubs such as Bill Tobin, of El Dorado Hills, Rob Auerning, of Orangevale, and Beth Walter, of Rancho Cordova. Presidential citations “with distinction” were awarded to presidents Doherty, Dan Haverty, of Folsom Lake, and Lola Purdy, of Historic Folsom. Jo Ann Lemmon, outgoing district governor, sa-id that even during an economic downturn, Rotary club members around the region rolled up their sleeves to help their communities. “All of our clubs did so much good this year,” she said. “From cash-strapped parks to schools and libraries, our clubs were there. ... We have touched the lives of thousands. ... Food banks and shelters have been repaired and restocked.” To learn more, visit