Individual or Couple Award Recipients


Original Honorees: Roy and Peggy Ruhkala 1998

Year Name Background
1999 Ray Johnson Family  
2000 Martha Totaro  
2001 Glenda Mrozinski  
2002 Steve Paul

Steve Paul’s dedication and leadership to the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce played a role in the expansion of the Hot Chili, Cool Cars event. He also played an integral role in the construction of Whitney High School, and is currently the chairperson for the annual tree lighting event.

2003 Camille Maben  
2004 Margie & John Lehmann  
2005 Mary Jo Edmondson Mary Jo Edmondson has dedicated herself to serving the Rocklin community, especially with her work with the Chamber of Commerce and the Placer Valley Sunrise Rotary Club.
2006 Billy Radakovitz
Officer Matt Redding (Special Award)
2007 Mary Hansen  
2008 Larry Osborne  
2009 David & Connie Cullivan  
2010 Bryce Jessup

Bryce Jessup has given back to Rocklin in immense ways, as President Emeritus of William Jessup University, as a volunteer pastor and mentor, as chair of the board for Agape International Missions, and through fundraising work for William Jessup and other organizations.

2011 Lynne Sully
Kisar Singh
2012 Greg Fairrington  
2013 Gary Day
Jill & Dan Gayaldo
2014 Vicki & Hall Curtis  


Nancy Lohse

Nancy Lohse is a vital part of the Rocklin Historical Society, representing and running Old St. Mary’s Chapel, as well as founding the Rocklin Historical Society Scholarship. She has also volunteered for Run Rocklin for over 15 years and coordinated several toy and coin drives with local schools.
2020 Wendy Smith

Wendy Smith has worked tirelessly for Rocklin over the past 31 years, giving extensively of her personal time and finances in various ways, including “Story Time at the Station,” Rocklin Patriot Day, Bayside’s annual Mexico missions trip, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Tea and Fashion Show, as well as volunteering with many groups and organizations.

2021 Staci Bier

Staci’s Helping Hands was born in 2017 when Rocklin resident Staci Bier took on leadership of a small charitable group and decided to run a food pantry out of her apartment.. Staci’s Helping Hands has grown into an online community with more than 2,500 members, who regularly provide food and baby products to those in need, and deliver meals and gifts during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

2021 Stuart Lehman

Since 2006, Lehman has given more than 5,000 hours of community service, acting as an additional set of eyes and ears for the Rocklin Police Department. He has dedicated his Monday nights to patrolling Rocklin streets as a member of the volunteer patrol team and worked alongside officers and staff to assist in DUI checkpoints, lost or missing persons cases, accidents, and any other situation where his help is needed.

For the past 10 years, Lehman has also led the organization of logistics for Patriot Day, a City event honoring our military and first responders.

2022 Twiana Armstrong

Twiana Armstrong serves as the current chairperson for the Parks, Recreation and Arts Commission for City of Rocklin, which is responsible for promoting and preserving park lands and open spaces among other items. She also volunteers her time towards organizations such as Professional Business Women of California, and serves as the co-chairperson at Leadership Rocklin, which helps participants to develop leadership skills and provides networking opportunities with members of the community.

Other volunteer services Armstrong is a part of include being a board member at Stand-Up Placer, serving as a chair-member for the Cultural Advisory Council and volunteering towards efforts for Rocklin High’s Black Student Union.

“Twiana gives every minute of every day in service to the city of Rocklin,” Armstrong’s nominator told Rocklin. “I have yet to meet someone who attends all the meetings, events, awards, organizations and info sessions as she does.”