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May 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

June Wanish, one of the founders of Roseville Arts and a former city mayor, has lived in Roseville her entire life. From the beginning, she seemed destined to make an impact on this town – she learned the importance of getting involved from her parents, who were always active volunteers in the community.

Looking at the striking Roseville Arts Blue Line Gallery on Vernon Street today, it’s difficult to believe the organization was born out of a simple school fundraiser. In 1964, Wanish was a member of her daughter’s school PTA and helped organize an art-related fundraiser that was hugely successful. Realizing the community had an interest, she helped start a non-profit organization to promote the enjoyment of the arts and to support local artists. More than 40 years later, her dream is still alive.

Roseville Arts, however, was only the beginning for Wanish when it came to helping the city. In 1978, she became the first woman ever elected to the City Council. “When I decided to run,” Wanish laughs, “everyone asked me what I was mad at. Apparently people thought you had to be mad at something to want to run for city council. But I just wanted to be involved.” 

With all that she’s done, Wanish is most passionate about volunteering. “If there is something to be done, get involved!” she says emphatically. “You will gain so much. Volunteers are the backbone of the community!”
— Christine Hale

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