Press release

President DeEtte Johnston, of the Rotary Club of Bishop proudly inducted two new member October 25, 2016; Colin Vaughan, sponsored by his stepfather Robert Atlee and Lisa Fontana, sponsored by Nancy Lowthorp.


Robert Atlee, Colin Vaughan, Dr. Lisa Fontana, Nancy Lowthorp, and DeEtte Johnston – Photo by Ed Nahin


Colin has lived in Bishop 11 years.  He is a sales representative for Style Eyes and a Distributor for Sierra Maps. He plans on continuing his education in environmental engineering and plans on attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Living in Bishop is perfect for Colin to pursue his hobbies of hiking, running, climbing, camping, riding bicycles and motorcycles and skiing.  Colin said he was attracted to Rotary because of the important role Rotary plays in service to the community and abroad.

He is ready to contribute his time to community service and to make Rotary more appealing to the younger generation.  When asked if there was anything else interesting about him, Colin said he received a honorable discharge from the Marines after serving 4 years as a Tactical switch board operator.  President DeEtte feels Colin’s energy, youth and enthusiasm is a great benefit to the club.  He was a great help in organizing and running the club’s annual Ducky Derby.

The Club is gaining another outstanding professional and community leader, Lisa Fontana, Ph.D.  Lisa has only lived in Bishop for 5 months and came here for her position as Superintendent of Schools for Inyo County and to enjoy the wonderful outdoor opportunities of hiking, fishing, 4-wheeling and gardening in our great Eastern Sierra area. Lisa is married to David Fontana. They have 2 grown children, Troy and Tyra, and have 4 grandchildren.

Lisa said she was attracted to Rotary because of their many service programs in our community and internationally. She is ready to help in all areas related to children and family, education, literacy, college and careers.

President DeEtte is very excited to have Lisa’s help in the club’s financial literacy program for 5th grade students, along with the club’s many programs involving the local schools such as sponsoring the Bishop Union High School Interact Club, senior scholarships, RYLA and reading to elementary students.

Both Lisa and Collin believe Rotary is more than a service organization that’s making a difference in our community.  They are anxious to become part of an international membership organization made up of people who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives across the world.

The Rotary Club of Bishop meets every Tuesday at noon at Astorga’s Restaurant.  Visitors are always welcome to enjoy our programs, fellowship and fun!  Lunch is $12.00.


Photo by Ed Nahin

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