Since the Three Rivers Lions Club began Recognition Night in 1995, there has been a procession of Three Rivers folks all with the same thing in common: in one cause or in multiple ways, they all have given selflessly for the betterment of Three Rivers.
Steve and Elizabeth LaMar. the 2015 honorees, exemplify everything that is best about that selfless community spirit that remains alive and thriving in Three Rivers. For nearly all of their married life, they have devoted countless hours and used their extraordinary theatrical talents to lend a helping hand. Both are skilled actors, singers, and performers, and they have stamped their enduring contributions upon the memories of all those they have met while doing what they enjoy most — helping others.
The couple raised two daughters in Three Rivers, so in those early years much of their volunteering was centered at Three Rivers School and Woodlake High School, which are both Steve’s alma maters as well. At TRUS, Elizabeth has served in the classroom, on the PTA board, school site council, TRUS Foundation, and two terms on the TRUS board of trustees.
They are also long-time members of Community Presbyterian Church in Three Rivers, where their contributions have also been immense.
Steve has been instrumental in the restoration and management of the Three Rivers Arts Center. In his day job, he is the technical director and the Cinema Arts and Stage and Lighting professor for the Theatre and Arts Department at College of the Sequoias.Around town, he has been instrumental in upgrading sound and lighting systems at TRUS, Community Presbyterian Church, St. Anthony Retreat Center, and St. Clair’s Catholic Church.
Since 1995, Steve has been the familiar voice behind the microphone that keeps everything moving along and running on schedule at Three Rivers School’s annual Halloween Carnival. In 1997, Elizabeth helped create the Three Rivers Bread Basket, the local food pantry.
These major accomplishments are but a few of the ways the LaMars have served Three Rivers.
Elizabeth is currently the development coordinator at Sequoia Natural History Association. Both are looking forward to retirement someday when they can travel and have even more time to volunteer.
Come out to Lions Arena on Thursday evening and join with your neighbors and Jazzaffair friends in honoring this extraordinary Three Rivers couple.