Past Recipients

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Will Linton - 2000 Ruhkala Pioneer Award Recipient

Will Linton, a recipient of the 2000 Ruhkala Pioneer Award, was an outstanding citizen and leader in the Rocklin community for many years. Linton was a public school teacher by trade, teaching at the secondary level and eventually retired from the San Juan Unified School District. When the Lintons first moved to Rocklin, it was was a small city with a population of less than 10,000 people. During Linton’s involvement and leadership, Rocklin took the steps making it the city it is today. 

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Kathy Lund - 2011 Ruhkala Pioneer Award Recipient

Kathy Lund dedicated 30 years of service to her city and residents, served on the Rocklin City Council from 1985 to 2010 and was a six-time Rocklin Mayor.  She also served on the Parks and Recreation Commission from 1980 to 1985.  Her longevity on the Council was attributed to her philosophy, which she said was “while sitting up there, you need to listen, listen, think and think and then talk, and then you have to be consistent and stay on track. I always tried to.”  Lund’s major areas of focus were planning the growth of the city, transportation, and city parks.