By KATHERINE ROSENBERG, Editor
LUCERNE VALLEY - After roughly six years serving the community on the Municipal Advisory Council, member Millie Rader is stepping down from her appointed position effective Dec. 31, she announced.
Rader, who is also a Mitsubishi Cement Corp. employee said her new position as head of the Mitsubishi Educational Foundation has been keeping her busy and she feels that work is also extremely important as it directly affects the community’s school-aged children. Recently she headed up efforts for the truck raffle where proceeds went to teachers for classroom supplies and she also organized Ride in the Rocks, another school fundraiser.
“I feel like I have more of a direct impact through the Educational Foundation,” Rader said. “I really enjoyed the board that we’ve had. Everyone has their own individual perspectives but we all work together really well.”
She said that over the years she is proud of several accomplishments, but most notably her work to preserve and restore Midway Park.
“I feel that out of all the buildings in Lucerne Valley, it has the largest
historical significance,” Rader said.
She worked with the MAC and the county to secure grant funding to repair the roof and fix the inside of the building as well as to repair the restrooms and to make the entire area handicap-accessible. Now, she says, the focus is towards repairing the outside of the building so that it can be used in conjunction with the park’s arena for functions that would raise money for the district.
She also served on the cemetery committee and has worked tirelessly to ensure there are new restrooms constructed at the Lucerne Valley Memorial Park. She was also instrumental in getting the gazebo and that phase of the park complete.
Rader said she was appointed to the position by the 1st District Supervisor and that service to the community are generally served in three-year terms. Rader’s replacement will also be appointed by current 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, she said.
Anyone wishing to be considered may informally make their interest known by attending the next MAC meeting, which is to be held the last Tuesday in January.
“It is usually somebody that has a proven track record that they care about the community and they want to serve the community, not just themselves,” Rader said.
Katherine Rosenberg can be reached at 964-9057 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.