SJ Rotary honors citizens for outstanding community service

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Lynn Peterson, who volunteers at Ramona Bowl, Estudillo Mansion, and many other places, was honored with the Citizen of the Year award.

■ Debbie Vena / Reporter

Rotarian District Governor Robert Duistermars and San Jacinto City Councilman Russ Utz joined in with a roomful of San Jacinto Rotarians to congratulate those who were honored for their outstanding commitment to our community on March 13th at Emilio’s Mexican restaurant in San Jacinto.
Citizen of the Year Lynn Petersen, lifelong resident of San Jacinto, was roasted by Tim Hults, former city manager, about her dedication to Estudillo Mansion in San Jacinto. Tim said, “If a sprinkler is not working she is immediately calling me, and now the new city manager to find out why. She is very active in the Ramona Pageant and Ramona Association; she is a graduate of San Jacinto High School and former Tiger Mascot. She had moved away and came back when the city was acquiring her family property on State Street. She made sure the city followed through with all its promises.”

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Representatives from the Hemet Sheriff Station and the SJ Police Department were out in full force. Capt. Bill smith won an award for Firefighter of the Year and Deputy Brad Marshall won Deputy of the year.

Peterson, rather shyly, responded to Tim saying, “I don’t do this by myself, I have 12 docents over at the Estudillo Mansion and they work their butts off, they make me look good. Boxing for Christ just volunteered and stuffed 1,800 Easter Eggs for the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt; and all the candy was donated by Circle K.”
Tim talked about Peterson’s dedication.
“The day after Thanksgiving right after having surgery, Lynn was out there to meet a barn expert because the city is looking to do some restoration,” said Hults. “Lynn is definitely dedicated.”

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It was a full house for the Rotary banquet dinner honoring those with outstanding community service.

“So now you guys know I got a new hip, so watch out,” quipped Peterson, as the room applauded.
Joe Mullen, winner of the City Employee of the Year award, is a water production operator; he makes sure the 4,000 meters have clear and clean water throughout the city. “Mullen is instrumental in doing that,” said Hults. “Joe has been with the city for 10 years. He was independently nominated by two completely separate departments for the award this year.”

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San Jacinto Teachers of the Year recipients Renee Carbajal and Patricia Chavez accept their awards on March 13.


Fire Capt. Bill Smith has been with the city for 10 years at Station 25; previously he was awarded with a Medal of Valor for his work with the Emerald Fire by the state of California.
Deputy Brad Marshall began his San Jacinto career 18 months ago. He works the night watch, and he has solved several cases with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and was recognized as Deputy of the Year.
Debra Wills, San Jacinto Rotary Club president, also thanked every Rotary member for making her journey as president in 2017 enjoyable, which helped her accomplish her goals. This year’s dinner also included a silent auction and raffle, which helped raise scholarship money for two more students in San Jacinto to attend RYLA, a youth Rotarian Camp. A big thank you to all the sponsors who donated and helped host this dinner, and an extra big thank you for all the honored guests – you help make San Jacinto great.

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