by Karen Newell Young and Stacy Drake
The five Nevada County Rotary clubs held their first Community Awards Ceremony in March at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, naming three winners who received honors for their individual contributions. Honored were David Jones, citizen of the year; SPD Markets, the Lowell Robinson Business of the Year; and, Marty Lombardi, volunteer of the year.
Jones is both a Gold Country Kiwanian and a Rotarian. At the event, he talked about getting involved with Kiwanis and Rotary because he does not have children of his own and through these organizations and the Friendship Club he can make a difference in the lives of kids.
SPD Markets opened in 1959. The three founders – See, Painter and Dilly – formed the name of the market that has become well known for community support.
Lombardi, president of the Friendship Club and his wife, Kathleen, moved to Grass Valley upon their retirement in 2013. He is passionate about Grass Valley and immediately got involved in the community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, Nevada County Italian Cultural Foundation, and is a mentor at Nevada Union High School. He and his wife have six children and nine grandchildren.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
A benefit fundraiser for Big Brothers, Big Sisters will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, behind SPD in Nevada City. For a $10 suggested donation per box, personal correspondence will be securely disposed of and your garage or attic free of mounds of old paper. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters. For more information, call 530-265-2059, visit bigsofnc.org or call Suze Pfaffinger at 530-913-7893.
A memorial called “Under the Lights One More Time” will be held for Justin Gardner and Tyler Nielson at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Nevada Union High School. The two boys were killed in an auto accident on March 25. Many restaurants in town have expressed a desire
to cater and provide light refreshments after the event so there will be tables set up for that. The Nevada Union Junior Miners are providing coffee and hot chocolate as well. There will be speakers and a candlelit ceremony. For more information, call Jody Lynn Osceola at 772-214-4247.
About the photo:
Honorees at the Rotary Community Awards in April included, left to right, Marty Lombardi, volunteer of the year; Ben Painter representing SPD Markets for Lowell Robinson business of the year; and David Jones, citizen of the year.
Photo by Freed Claessens