Last Night at the
2018 Community Awards of Excellence,
Our very own club president Chris Ranney was crowned, "Citizen of the Year".   Chris was presented by Joanne Ferris and the following was her introduction.
 

 

 
We come together this evening to recognize some individuals and businesses for making a difference in our lives.   We have stepped out of our individual silos and arenas to gather as a community.  
 
What a great way to spend our time!  And let’s take a moment to acknowledge
  • our Petaluma Chamber of Commerce and
  • the  Argus Courier News organization for making this possible……
 
 
 

 

We come together this evening to recognize some individuals and businesses for making a difference in our lives.   We have stepped out of our individual silos and arenas to gather as a community.  
 
What a great way to spend our time!  And let’s take a moment to acknowledge
  • our Petaluma Chamber of Commerce and
  • the  Argus Courier News organization for making this possible……
 
John C Maxwell said:  “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. “  This year’s citizen of the year is just such a leader.
 
He has served on the Board of COTS  for 10 years including 3 years as president.  He has also volunteered as a mentor for the Rent Right Program at COTS.
 
As the current president of the Rotary Club of Petaluma,
  • This past August, he raised thousands of dollars for an international immunization effort known as Polio Plus, by riding his bicycle from Crescent City to Petaluma in seven days.
 
  • He collaborated with the presidents of the other two Rotary Clubs in town Richard Pitt and Dr. Jennifer Carter on a tree planting project installing several hundred trees in Petaluma this spring. 
 
  • Most significantly this year, He stepped up to co-chair the Rotary District 5130 Fire Relief Fund program.  This ad hoc effort awards grants to individuals and businesses affected by the October fires. 
 
  1. He has spent hundreds of hours setting up the program,
  2. He trained over 75 Rotary members to go out in the field and meet with each applicant and
  3. He made sure the funds got into the right hands as soon as possible. 
 
Through his leadership, $1.5 M in grants has been distributed to over 400 survivors in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino Counties.
 
  • “But wait,…..there’s more!”  He challenged the members of his Rotary Club to raise funds for and build a covered barbecue pavilion at the Miracle League Field under construction at Lucchessi Park. 
 
  • He also helped organize all the Rotary members who pitched in on October 1 for the Miracle League Playground Building Day.
 
A fan of everything outdoors: 
  • He has volunteered on the Homewood Ski Patrol for the past 3 years
  • and he is an instructor for the Outdoor Emergency Care Course for patrollers. 
  • He has also actively raised over $20,000 with his family through the Leukemia Lymphoma Association’s Team in Training program. 
 
He has voted in every election at his polling place, Grant School and would not think of asking for an absentee ballot.  
 
He and his wife Shari raised two wonderful kids, Brian and Alicia.  They now successfully co-parent their Labrador retriever names Hank.
 
Please join me in congratulating our Petaluma 2018 Citizen of the Year, Chris Ranney!
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