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Spotlighting the volunteers in our community

Theresa Souers
Special to the Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – We hear a great deal about community these days: ways in which we can improve our community, what makes up the core of our community and how best to serve our community. According to Webster’s Dictionary, community is described as a “common possession or enjoyment” or “participation” or “as, a community of goods.” South Lake Tahoe certainly is a great source of enjoyment. When the members of the South Tahoe Association of Realtors came together to redefine their mission statement, making a positive contribution to our community was high on their priority list.

As an association, donations of time, effort and financial assistance are often visible and noted. However, what often goes unnoticed are the selfless acts of individuals working toward the improvement of our community. The South Tahoe Association of Realtors is proud to recognize and thank individual members of our real estate family for their efforts in making a difference in our community. This week we’re spotlighting Davey Paiva with Davey Paiva Realty and Cindy MacLean with Pinnacle Real Estate Group.

Cindy Maclean has served with local parent teacher organizations for the past 11 years as well as the Sierra Community Church Nursery Ministry for the past year and a half. As if working full time and raising a family of three active boys wasn’t enough, MacLean keeps busy assisting teachers, working with children and planning and volunteering at school events. Among her many volunteer duties within the South Tahoe Association of Realtors, she has spearheaded the Community Service Committee for the past five years which has included Easter basket and backpack drives.

“I think it is very important to be involved at your children’s schools, because ou develop relationships with other parents and the teachers,” MacLean said, when asked how she finds the time to give so much of herself and yet maintain a constant smile. “I enjoy volunteering in the church’s nursery at because I know that there is a need for this service and I have so much fun with the babies.”

Davey Paiva with Davey Paiva Realty has been an continual volunteer in the community since the 1980s. She has been involved with the local Soroptimist International since 1987 where she has served as a past director, delegate, and a member of many committees including those focused on education, health, human rights/status of women, and publicity.

“This is a world-wide group of women who are making a difference in lives every day,” she said. “It is an honor to be in such good company.”

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Paiva has also been an active member of the local search and rescue organization where she has served as secretary, fund raising chair and makes the call-outs to team members when needed.

“The best part is being part of a team of trained volunteers, who like myself, love to hike and ski and knowing that while doing what we love, we can also save lives. We all have to stay up on our trainings and make a lot of meetings in order to qualify to be on the team,” she said.

Once again, hats off to the South Tahoe Association of Realtors community volunteers. You play an integral role in our communities success.

– Theresa Souers is the president of the South Tahoe Association of Realtors.