The Turlock Sunrise Rotary has honored Emanuel Board Chair Jennifer Larson for her work making Turlock a healthier community.
The Rotary club chose Larson as a Paul Harris Fellow, presenting her with the award at an awards ceremony held recently in Jim and Lindsay Pallios’ home.
“The Rotary Foundation is very involved in health activities around the world, like working on polio eradication,” explained Robert Hillberg, president of the Turlock Sunrise Rotary. “So it seemed like a natural choice, with all that Jennifer’s done to promote health locally with her chairmanship at Emanuel and the effort she gives to Emanuel’s Board of Directors.”
The Paul Harris Fellowship is a Rotary International Foundation award that recognizes people for their service to their communities.
Earlier this year, Larson was named the “Community Volunteer of the Year” by the Turlock Chamber of Commerce.
Larson joined Emanuel’s Board of Directors in 1998 and became chair in 2003. She also served on the Board for Benevolence for Emanuel’s Chicago-based parent company, which oversees two hospitals, 15 retirement communities and ministries developed to nurture children’s and family’s spirits and developmentally disabled adults. She was chair of that board in 2006 and 2007.
In addition to her work on Emanuel’s Board of Directors, Larson and her husband Kirk, who is a member of the Turlock Sunrise Rotary, have been fundraisers for the hospital’s Legacy Circle annual giving program. Together the Larsons have raised $113,750 to help build the Mary Stuart Rogers Birthing Center and Emanuel’s three-story Critical Care Center, and help establish the Emanuel Cancer Endowment.
Larson was born and raised in Turlock. One of three children of William and Anne O’Shana, she attended local schools and earned her teaching credential from California State University, Stanislaus in 1982. She married Kirk Larson in 1980 and together they have a 25-year-old son, Brent, who is studying to become a doctor. The Larsons own Kirk Larson Construction.