Over the past year, the Bishop Sunrise Rotary Club has actively engaged in a variety of community service projects, providing support to local businesses, schools and other critical entities. Fortunately, in these challenging times, the Sunrise Rotary Club has connected with a variety of partners, old and new, including individuals, businesses, governmental entities, and non-profits to advance this much needed work. Now the club is delighted to announce the addition of three new members to the group, which continues to meet virtually each week.
In addition to their passion for community service, the three newest Sunrise Rotary members – Jackie Garcia, Jessica Johnson, and Nancy O’Sullivan – all share a love of the outdoors and activities such as fishing and hiking. And, coincidently, they all have a talent for education and communications.
New Bishop Sunrise Rotarian Jackie Garcia was born and raised – until her high school years – in Bishop. After completing her BS at Chico State and Kedge Business School in Bordeaux in France, she lived in San Francisco for a year. Now, she’s glad to be back living in Bishop, with her partner Seth Blackamore, and has recently received her real estate license. “I graduated in Marketing and International Business,” Jackie notes, “so I do enjoy creating all sorts of marketing and enjoy traveling.” As she joined Rotary, she spoke of how, “Growing up, I’ve always been involved with the community. I enjoy helping, learning, and meeting new people.” One of Jackie’s favorite outdoor sports is fishing, which she proved recently by landing a 30 pound White seabass.
Nancy O’Sullivan moved to this area from Simi Valley after buying a house in Lone Pine four years ago. Nancy has made her career in education and is now the Lone Pine High School Principal. She shared that she is joining the Sunrise Rotary Club to “better serve Lone Pine” and other local communities. “I feel I have been given so much in my life and I want to give to others.” Nancy has a wonderful Labradoodle named Shaylee and loves “to travel, hike, fish, golf, and take photos.” She marvels that she can “wake up every morning and see Mount Whitney out my front window and door!”
Michigan native Jessica Johnson will tell you that Bishop reminds her very much of Ishpeming, MI, another beautiful place she’s been glad to spend considerable time in. Except, she adds, “Instead of Lake Superior and the Great Lakes you have the High Sierra (and other mountains) surrounding you.” When Jessica began working for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, she was assigned to the Owens Valley area and, interrupted only by the pandemic, has come here every month for almost 3 years. Jessica and her husband Sam live in Sherman Oaks, CA and have a three and a half year old son, August, and now a recently arrived baby girl named Joan. Jessica and her family also have two dogs, Juniper (a female shepherd mix) and Alfred (a male terrier mix), and two black Swedish ducks. Jessica’s schedule always has “a dose of nature carved into it” as she likes to say, including “hiking, birdwatching, yardwork, and raising ducks.” When asked to share something about herself that not everyone knows, Jessica confided, “I once won first place in a track and field 200 meter hurdle race in 7th grade. There were only four racers, and two of them tripped and disqualified.”
The Bishop Sunrise Rotary Club is delighted to have these three dedicated, community-minded folks as new members. This growing Rotary club works to foster leadership, create positive change in the world, and lend a hand to people in need at home and beyond our borders. The Sunrise Club always welcomes anyone who would like to join them for a meeting or learn more about its projects. Meetings are held weekly at 7:30 AM on the first four Wednesdays of the month. During the pandemic, these meetings take place online via Zoom and guests are always warmly greeted. Please email [email protected] if you are interested in coming to a meeting or learning more about all that the Bishop Sunrise Rotary Club does locally and internationally.
Welcome to Bishop, Lone Pine, Inyo County, and to the Rotary Club!