PARADISE — The names of four people to be honored as citizens of the year by Paradise Elks Lodge have been announced.
A 42nd annual recognition dinner and awards ceremony will be hosted by the lodge Feb. 15 in the lodge”s Grand Hall, 6309 Clark Road.
The lodge names these citizens each year to show appreciation for people who care about the ridge throughout the year. To attend the ceremony, call Event Chair Doug Flesher at 877-2231 no later than Feb. 10.
Roger Ekins, man of the year: Ekins has lived in Paradise since 1986. An educator, he moved to the area when he accepted a position as dean of instruction at Butte College. He volunteers at Feather River Hospital”s Cancer Center, teaching creative writing to patients undergoing treatment. Ekins and his wife Helen have just finished writing “Flumes and Trails of Paradise: Hiking through History on the Ridge.” Proceeds from the book will fund a scholarship endowment at Butte College.
Helen Ekins, woman of the year: Helen Ekins has been hiking local trails since she and Roger moved to Paradise. After her husband retired, they began in earnest hiking the local areas. Helen Ekins has worked with the Scouts on a local and district level for years, she is a Parkinson”s disease support group leader and leads a women”s all-faith Bible study group in Chico, attended by some 125 women.
Arlan Hudson, senior citizen of the year: A Paradise resident since 1962, Hudson takes pride in his community and shows it by working on flower beds, street gutters and storm drains. He also restores pioneer headstones in cemeteries at Clear Creek, Durham, Paradise and others. He owned Hudson Appliance store in the early 1960s, has been involved with the Volunteers in Police Services and still writes articles for his Texas hometown newspaper, which he has been doing since WWII.
Serendity Fitzgerald, junnior citizen of the year: A senior at Paradise High School, three years ago Serendity started a still-active Relay for Life team of PHS students. She participates with Heifer Project International and is a peer counselor. She was selected for Camp Royal by Rotary Club for leadership and is involved in leadership and community service through 4-H.