Callahan, Randall named Interclub citizens of the year
Pat Callahan has spent countless hours trying to improve the lives of others in her community. Over the years, she’s collected toys for needy children, roasted turkeys for local seniors at Thanksgiving and kept the Tahoe Forest Hospice thrift shop afloat.
Steve Randall is always willing to help any local service club or group, anytime. He’s also coordinated just about every Rotary Club event and fundraiser from the crab feed to the Cadillac Ball. He especially loves working with kids.
This year both of these selfless Truckee residents are being recognized for their contributions to the community with the Truckee Interclub’s “Citizens of the Year” awards.
The Interclub, a service organization that helps facilitate communication between local service clubs, has been handing out these awards since 1993.
The roughly 250 members of Interclub include both Truckee Rotary clubs, Truckee Optimists, Soroptimist International, American Association of University Women, Truckee Lions, Truckee Lionesses, and the Tito Martinez Foundation.
“Each service club is allowed to nominate one individual for the award, however, club membership is not a criteria for nomination,” said Interclub chairman Dan O’Gorman. “A representative of each club helped select one male and one female winner from this year’s pool of seven nominees.”
Nominees were judged on the basis of their leadership positions within community, specific outstanding services performed within the last three years, depth of involvement, commitment and time.
“Pat’s always there with a smile and a warm heart,” said Kathy Neus, president of the Soroptimist Club.
Callahan, who has been an active member of the Soroptimists for just shy of 20 years, was nominated for this award after years of dedication and community service in the Truckee area.
According to friend and fellow Soroptimist, Joan Hartwell, volunteer practices were “instilled in her from childhood through examples set by her mother.”
“I have always felt a need to help those who are disadvantaged, and those whom I know will use the help productively and give back to the community,” Callahan told Hartwell.
One of Callahan’s biggest projects involved creating and monitoring a friendship link between Hispanic students at Truckee Elementary School and students from Palo Verde School in Baja California.
Callahan has also been involved in countless community fundraisers. This last year she coordinated the annual toy drive for the Truckee Community Christmas.
“Thanks to all of her hard work and organizational skills, we had one of our most successful years ever,” said fellow Soroptimist Pat Greenlaw.
In addition to years of hands on service, Callahan has also held numerous leadership positions such as president of the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association (1978-79), the president of the Soroptimist International Truckee Donner (1985-86), member of the Tahoe Truckee community scholarship selection committee, and advisor to the Tahoe Forest Hospice Board.
“Pat is well known for her enthusiastic attitude and support, she always lends a helping hand and rarely says no,” Hartwell said.
Greenlaw said Callahan was extremely touched when she received word of the award at a Soroptimist meeting last week.
“She started crying when she found out at our business meeting,” Greenlaw said. “It was really great, we were all crying.”
“If ever you need anything done, Steve can always handle it,” said Andy Otto, president of the Noon Rotary club. “He’s always the first one to volunteer to help out.”
Randall, general manager of the Truckee Parks and Recreation Department and longtime member of both Truckee Rotary clubs, is described by many as having been instrumental to numerous things that have benefited the community.
One of Randall’s outlets for positive change has been through his work at Parks and Recreation.
“He took a small parks and recreation department here and expanded it into something great,” Otto said.
O’Gorman also pointed to Randall’s accomplishments at work.
“Two of the biggest things that he’s done professionally that are of value to the community, have been to bring the Fourth of July fireworks back to Donner Lake, after several years of absence and also to bring ice skating to Truckee,” O’Gorman said.
He also said that Randall’s depth of involvement in Rotary clubs has been tremendous. Randall first became a member of the Noon Rotary club in 1985. Then in 1993, he helped to found the Sunrise Rotary club in Truckee. He is currently a member of the Noon Rotary.
He has also helped with virtually every single Rotary event since he joined the group from the food faire to benefit the D.A.R.E program to various Fourth of July festivities for kids.
“He especially loves to organize and run all of the games at these events,” Otto said. “He really loves being around and working with kids.”
Aside from his work with the service clubs, Randall has put a tremendous amount of energy into working with the youth of this community, particularly by volunteering as a coach for youth soccer and other teams.
Randall’s dedication has already earned him the “Rotarian of the Year” award three times, as well as the “Paul Harris Fellowship” award in 1991.
However, Otto said that despite all of his awards and accomplishments, Randall remains refreshingly modest.
“He always understates himself, he doesn’t blow his own horn, and that’s such a nice quality in a person,” Otto said.