Nick Lentini, a past president of the Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club, was selected as 2018 SCV Man of the Year during ceremonies held in May at the Valencia Hyatt Hotel. Nick will now serve as 2018-19 chair of the Man and Woman of the Year committee with 2018 Woman of the Year honoree Gloria Mercado-Fortine. The annual event, which started in 1964, recognizes outstanding volunteers whose names have been submitted by various charitable and service organizations in the Santa Clarita Valley.
From those ranks, a man and a woman are selected for special recognition. The Man and Woman of the Year committee is comprised of former recipients. They make the selections each year based on the nominees’ years of community service (not work related), “sweat” equity, and the impact of service to both the nominating organization and multiple local organizations.
Included in the honors that the 2018 Man and Woman of the Year received the night of the event were checks, which can be donated to their charitable or service organization of choice. Nick chose to donate his $2000 to the Newhall Rotary Club Foundation and made the check presentation Wednesday, Sept. 26, to current club president Tom Cole who then handed the check to foundation chair Mike Berger.
Rotarians who have received the honors over the years include: Rev. Sam Dixon, Ed Bolden, Jack Boyer, Steve Hall, Dan Hon, John Fuller, Clyde Smyth, Steve Schmidt, Frank Kleeman, Linda Pedersen, Mike Berger, Greg Nutter, Harry Bell, Mary Ann Colf, Steve Sturgeon, William Lively, Sue Endress, and Jim Lentini.
The Newhall Rotary Club Foundation is a not-for-profit, public benefit fund, which was started in 1977 during the presidency of CalArts executive Jack Clark to benefit local charities in the SCV area. Its board includes the current club president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer with six at-large members selected from the club. The group meets at designated times during the year for treasurer’s reports and nominations for that year’s recipients. The foundation corpus includes investments in the S&P 500, bonds, and CDs. Interest earned on the corpus is used for the annual donations to local charities.