Ruth Atkins receives standing ovation at Lake Elsinore City Council meeting

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Lake Elsinore Historical Society President Ruth Atkins is recognized by the city council for her many years of dedicated service as she retires. Replacing her will be Kim McElroy. From left, Brian Tisdale, Bob Magee, Ruth Atkins, Kim McElroy, Barbara Middlebrook, Tim Sheridan, Natasha Johnson and Steve Manos. Valley News/Courtesy photo
The Lake Elsinore City Council meeting of Nov. 9 began with a joint announcement about the Lake Elsinore Historical Society. First, longtime president Ruth Atkins was recognized for her many years of service as she retires and becomes President Emeritus. Then, Kim McElroy was welcomed as the incoming president. “We are here to recognize the great work of the Lake Elsinore Historical Society and the transition of responsibility,” Mayor Bob Magee said. “Ruth Atkins has been involved with historic preservation in this valley forever. Tonight we are recognizing a transition of power, if you will, as she is taking a step aside to become president emeritus.” Atkins became actively involved in the Lake Elsinore Historical Society in 1997, shortly after moving to the city. While LEHS
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