Hemet Sunset Rotary announces new leadership

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Hemet Sunset Rotary names Dan Cortese as the 2020-2021 club president. Valley News/Courtesy photo

HEMET – The Rotary Club of Hemet named Dan Cortese as 2020-2021 club president July 1, succeeding Laura Brock.

Cortese has lived in Hemet for 28 years and joined Hemet Sunset Rotary Aug. 8, 2018. He is married with two sons, ages five and eight. He has worked for the city of Hemet for over 14 years and is currently responsible for managing environmental programs for the Public Works Department. His specialty is in stormwater, water quality, jurisdictional permit programs and working closely with regulatory agencies. He serves on many committees for training and public education at the county level.

He has served as a baseball coach with Valley-Wide Recreative and Park District for many years. Cortese said he enjoys hiking in the local mountains and playing softball at Valley-Wide. He and his family are avid sports fans.

The Rotary Club of Hemet selected all their incoming club officers when they named the new president, including Linda Krupa as president-elect, Sophia Serrano as secretary, Susan Weeks as treasurer, Curt Welshon as sargent at arms, Laura Brock as past president and Dan Goodrich as club executive secretary.

The committee chairs include Sonia Lamas as membership chair, Stacey Bailey as public relations chair, Linda Krupa as Rotary Foundation chair, James Fleming as community service chair, Bob Duistermars as club service chair and programs, Brian Flannigan as international service chair, Gary Oakley as vocational service chair, Samantha Lazear as youth services chair, Jan Manietta for We Care, Brian Flannigan for Club 5, Sophia for Rotary networking and Bobbie Neff for the veterans committee.

Founded in March 1954, The Rotary Club of Hemet is known for its bench advertisement program around the city, the Festival of Frights Halloween party and raising money for programs locally and globally.

Their mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through our fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, the club is currently meeting via Zoom. Check out their Facebook page @Hemet Rotary to see who is speaking. They meet every Wednesday night at 6 p.m.

Submitted by Hemet Sunset Rotary.