Jun 29, 2012 07:26AM
● By Style
Photos by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
El Dorado Hills resident Bill Tobin may be a semi-retired nuclear power plant inspector, but his true passion lies in the community activities he participates in outside of work.
Tobin joined his local Rotary club chapter in 2004 and soon found himself checking smoke alarms, helping with fundraisers, chartering Scout clubs, and even serving ice cream to area seniors. “Rotary club focuses on defining needs, engaging resources, taking action, and leaving a good impression,” Tobin says. “For me, no other club compares,”
The Club is also dedicated to international outreach, and it was through these activities that he discovered ShelterBox (shelterboxusa.org), an organization that provides shelter and basic necessities for disaster victims in places such as Haiti, Japan and Africa. During his tenure as president of the El Dorado Hills Rotary Club in 2010-2011, Tobin continued to work as a ShelterBox spokesperson, and in 2011 was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award by President Obama and ShelterBox USA. In addition, Tobin is active in many local and international Rotary club projects, such as the plan to build an El Dorado Hills Veterans Memorial and the continued efforts to eradicate polio throughout the world. “It’s a great feeling,” Tobin explains, reciting the club’s motto. “‘Service above self.’ A lot can be said of those three words.”
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