Democrats honor Roberta Mason |

Democrats honor Roberta Mason

Sherry Bowman/Tahoe TribunePatrick Frega, Lake Tahoe Democratic Club president, left, presents the club's Lifetime Achievement Award to Roberta Mason.

At a recent luncheon hosted by the Lake Tahoe Democratic Club, longtime Lake Tahoe Community College Trustee Roberta Mason was presented with the club’s ninth annual Lifetime Achievement Award.

The program began with opening remarks by Patrick Frega, club president. He welcomed everyone in attendance, gave a brief history of the club and discussed its award criteria and goals and plans for the future. The event, which took place at Alice’s Restaurant, continued with four local dignitaries sharing their comments on experiences with Mason.

Former Mayor Del Laine reminisced on her longtime friendship with Mason, their work in the founding of the city, their efforts on behalf of educational opportunities for the community, Mason’s work as a member of the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board and the Lake Tahoe Community College Board of Trustees.

Lake Tahoe Community College Trustee Ken Rollston spoke of his longtime friendship with Mason and how well they worked together on the board to advance educational opportunities for working people in the community.

Following Rollston was former Mayor Brooke Laine. She shared personal thoughts on what it was like to have Mason around during her growing up, as her mother and Mason worked on projects together. She shared insights on Mason’s contribution’s to Soroptimist and their work in the community.

The program continued with remarks by Lake Tahoe Community College Trustee Dr. Fritz Wenck on his working with Mason and her efforts in the formation of the Child Development Center on the college campus.

The program concluded with Frega’s presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Mason and her remarks.

She thanked first and foremost her family who has been so supportive of her work for these many years. She expressed how every project was a “labor of love.” She reminisced on her relationship with Del Laine, their friendship and work together. She spoke of her commitment to education and how this guided many of her achievements. She concluded with her hopes for the future of Lake Tahoe Community College and the community.

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