Bernadette Lovato, Sunrise Rotary President welcomes new members! From left to right: Mark Flippin, Cheyenne Stone, Kammi Foote, Eric Butner Joanne Parsons, Ann Fulton, Bernadette Lovato

Bernadette Lovato, Sunrise Rotary President welcomes new members! From left to right: Mark Flippin, Cheyenne Stone, Kammi Foote, Eric Butner Joanne Parsons, Ann Fulton, Bernadette Lovato

Bishop Sunrise Rotary Welcomes Four New Members

Spring is in the air and the global Rotary network of business and professional leaders is growing the local representation in our community. Through volunteer service, the women and men of Rotary build friendships and enlarge their circle of business and professional acquaintances.

New member, Tawni Thompson was born and raised in Bishop. Tawni worked for many years at the Tri-County Fairgrounds andjoinedBishopAreaChamberofCommerce&VisitorsBureauasExecutiveDirectorin2006. “Bishophasbeenagreatplace to live, work and raise our son!” said Tawni. “I love living here because we have such an amazing sense of “community.” So many great people and great organizations work together on important events and projects that contribute to our outstanding quality of life. You just don’t find that spirit of cooperation and collaboration in many other places these days. Of course, the natural beauty of the Owens Valley is another reason we love living here. As a family, we feel blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing outdoor recreational opportunities just footsteps from our home. We enjoy camping, ATV adventures, fishing and just generally exploring our “big backyard.”

Tawni said, “I feel honored to be invited to join Bishop Sunrise Rotary. Rotary brings together business and professional leaders that work together to provide service and solve problems in our community and on a global scale. In short, it just feels great to be part of a group of like-minded people that understand that investing a little time for the betterment of many will produce great returns.”

New member, Cheyenne Stone is an indigenous Native American, a decedent of the Paiute and Washo people, raised on the Big Pine Paiute Reservation. For 23 years Cheyenne has resided in the area.

Cheyenne said, “I feel that the organization and its philosophy of serving others above self is a great way to make a difference in peoples’ lives. I find giving back to people rewarding and surrounding myself with positive resilient people that make change happen is a great environment. I would like to thank my sponsor Kammi Foote, because she has provided me an opportunity to join an organization that puts others first. “

Cheyenne is currently completing her undergraduate degree at Cerro Coso Community College and works for the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools with Native American families through a program called, INSPIRE; supporting our children in school.

New member, Ann Fulton is living the good life of a retiree after being part owner of a telecomm company in Orange County. Ann has settled into a life off the beaten path after spending all her vacation up here as a kid – skiing and backpacking. Now, she enjoys exploring the ancient rocks, nature trails and views of the local petroglyphs. Invited to Bishop Sunrise Rotary by Joanne Parsons, Ann is looking forward to a dynamite, innovative experience.

New member, Mark Flippin works at Paychex Eastern Sierra offering payroll and business services outsourcing.

Bishop Sunrise Rotary would like to extend an invitation to locals to come speak about your business, or just join us on Wednesdays to satisfy your sweet tooth with a goodie from Great Basin Bakery.

Bishop Sunrise Rotary meets Wednesdays, 7:11am at the Northern Inyo Hospital Conference Annex at 2957 Birch Street. If you’d like more information, please contact Sunrise Rotary President, Bernadette Lovato at 760-920-4007.


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