Local Rotary Clubs elect two new presidents

Courtesy of Stacey Bailey
Patricia E. Wilkison and William Sullivan are new presidents of two of the valley’s local Rotary International Clubs.

■ By Stacey Bailey / Contributed

The Hemet Sunset Rotary has installed its new president, William Sullivan. He moved to California in August of 2014 with his wife and daughter. He is an entrepreneur in the home energy industry and holds a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification. Sullivan is finishing his undergraduate degree in business from BYU-I next month.
Sullivan joined the Hemet Sunset Rotary Club in 2015 because he wanted to make a positive impact in The San Jacinto Valley and help make it a better, safer place to live for his family.
In the short three years that he has been a member of the Rotary, he has served on the board for 2.5 years – 1.5 terms as secretary, and last year as president-elect and youth services chair.
Every year, Sunset Rotary sponsors the president-elect to attend the annual Rotary International Convention. This year he was honored to attend the RI Convention in Toronto, Ontario. “It was an amazing experience to rub shoulders with so many of the 38,000 attendees from around the world and to share with each other the life-changing humanitarian projects, both locally and globally, that 1.2 million Rotarians are actively participating in,” says Sullivan.
Sullivan says he would like to thank the club for placing its confidence in him as president. He says he is humbled and excited to serve as president this year.
The Sunset Rotary meets every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at the Diamond Valley Arts Center on Harvard Street. Sunset Rotary is a service club actively working in their local community. It is always accepting new members, and anyone is welcome. For more information contact William Sullivan at 801-309-5481.
The Sierra Dawn Estates Rotary installed its new president too – Patricia E. Wilkison, who has been a Rotarian for two years. She has been a resident of Sierra Dawn since 1999 when she moved from Michigan where she had retired from Michigan Bell Telephone. She has served on the Sierra Dawn Estates HOA Board of directors several times, as well as the Travel Club board for seven years and the Women’s Club board for three years.
In 2017 she was one of five people who helped create the Sierra Dawn Estates Rotary as a way to give back to the community. At this time, the Sierra Dawn Rotary is a satellite club to the Sunset Rotary. The group has had the mentorship of Dan Goodrich and Brian Flanagan, and when it has 20 members, it will become its own club.
Since becoming a club, members have become very active in sending school supplies to Africa. It also has adopted Jacob Weins Elementary by donating school supplies, coats, shoes, and providing breakfast for the last two years to the entire staff as part of Day of the Teacher. The Club has done a dinner to raise money for the THE Center and held a sock hop to raise money for the Ramona Bowl Americana Trail.
They are about to hold another sock hop Aug. 17 from 5 – 9 p.m. which is open to the public. For only $5 there will be a DJ playing songs from the 40’s 50’s and 60’s so people can dance the night away. Food, including burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, malts and shakes will be for sale. Tickets are available at the Sierra Dawn Estates office. The Sierra Dawn Rotary meets the second Monday of the month at noon and the fourth Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse Number 3 on the corner of Lyon and San Marcos. New members are always welcome. For more information contact Pat Wilkison at 951-658-1867.
Both of these presidents will serve from July 1, 2018–July 1, 2019. Rotary International promotes peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, supporting education, saving mothers and children, and growing local economies. Rotary is open to anyone and always welcomes visitors at its meetings.

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