Among the numerous people in our community who go above and beyond to serve fellow residents are four "Unsung Heroes" recognized recently by the Rotary Club of San Ramon.
The club annually selects individuals who are San Ramon residents or individuals who serve the residents of San Ramon and have distinguished themselves in their service. This year's Unsung Heroes are Yvonne Thompson, Monica Wnuk, Gale Denels and Pat York.
"The amount of time and effort they give to our community is priceless," said Hermann Welm, the club's awards coordinator.
The organizations they each represent received a $250 grant from the San Ramon Rotary Foundation. Thompson was the first volunteer at the San Ramon Regional Medical Center and started in February 1990, before the hospital officially opened. Her first order of duty was to set up the gift shop. The first hospital volunteer to contribute more than 10,000 hours, Thompson maintains the inventory and welcoming ambience of the gift shop for her daily customers.
Working with the St. Vincent de Paul organization at St. Joan of Arc parish in San Ramon, Wnuk has worked with the poor and people in need for more than 10 years. A team leader, she manages the holiday programs that provide help to more than 35 families and 120 people with food, clothing, gift cards and children's gifts. She is also a "minister of consolation" and assists families with funeral planning at the church.
An Animal Rescue Foundation volunteer since July 2003, Denels has volunteered as greeter, cat adoption counselor, adoption follow-up volunteer and resource center counselor and has logged more than 1,150 hours. She trains and mentors other volunteers.
Visit the San Ramon Senior Center, and you'll likely bump into York, who has contributed more than 3,000 hours since 1998. She works at the front desk overseeing 13 volunteers and is responsible for recruiting, training, scheduling and evaluating each volunteer.
Independence Day: The city will host two events this Fourth of July beginning with the Run San Ramon event starting and finishing at Central Park.
The 10K, 5K and 3K runs begin at 8:15 a.m. with race day registration opening at 6:30 a.m. Participants will receive a short-sleeve T-shirt and goodies provided by local sponsors. The registration fee is $35 if postmarked by Friday and $40 on race day. Register online at www.active.com or on the San Ramon website at www.SanRamonRecGuide.com.
That evening, the city will host "Celebrate America, Celebrate San Ramon," a community festival from 5 to 8 p.m. in Central Park. Recognition of local veterans and active-duty military personnel will be followed by patriotic music performed by the San Ramon Symphonic Band and more music provided by David Martin's House Party. There won't be any fireworks.
Volunteer now: "Parks Make Life Better" volunteer days continue June 28 at Piccadilly Square Park, 2503 Piccadilly Circle.
Home to more than 50 parks, the city's maintenance staff invites residents to help maintain and beautify the parks and help with planting, pruning, applying mulch, replacing sand box materials, painting and general cleanup.
All ages are welcome but children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring work gloves, and register at www.citylights.volunteerhub.com.
OUTDOORS MUSIC: The summer concerts in the park at the Central Park amphitheater continue June 29 with a performance by the Air Force Band of the Golden West. Admission is free, and the concert starts at 5:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic. Adult beverages, soda and ice cream will be available to buy.
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