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Couple receives 2013 Citizens of the Year Award for their efforts with Special Olympics Nevada
Published on Sun, Jan 12, 2014 (12:45 p.m.)Bill Rohret, CGCS, a former golf course superintendent and now a spray technician at Highland Falls Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nev., and his wife, Dian, recently received the 2013 Citizens of the Year Award from the Southern Nevada Chapter PGA for their volunteer efforts with Special Olympics Nevada.
The Citizens of the Year Award is given annually by the chapter to those who provide exemplary efforts within their community.
Bill, a 37-year life member of GCSAA, and Dian started volunteering with Special Olympics Nevada in 2001 after their children, James and Nicole, left for college, leaving the two as empty nesters.
“For the first time, we didn’t have our kids' school activities, practices and games, and it left a void in our lives,” Bill said. “A friend told Dian and I about an opportunity with Special Olympics Nevada, and we have been working with the organization ever since.”
The couple, who met on the golf course and have been married for 35 years, coach a number of sports, including basketball, golf and track, to adults and children with intellectual disabilities. “Special Olympics Nevada is a terrific organization, and to see these athletes and families benefit through participation in sports is a great feeling,” said Dian.
“I have had the opportunity to work with some great PGA professionals during my career, and to be recognized by the Southern Nevada chapter is truly humbling,” Bill said. “Working with Special Olympic athletes has changed my life, and I look forward to assisting the organization in the future.”
Bill landed his first superintendent position in 1973 at Cedar Crest Country Club in Columbus Junction, Iowa. He became a certified golf course superintendent in 1990 and has held superintendent positions in Southern Nevada at Desert Rose Golf Club, Stallion Mountain Country Club, Angel Park Golf Club and The Legacy Golf Club. He served as president of the Iowa Golf Course Superintendents Association in 1986 and the Southern Nevada Golf Course Superintendents Association in 1989 and 1990.
“Bill has a tremendous track record as a superintendent and has been a longtime friend to area PGA professionals. We are honored to award him and Dian for their service to Special Olympics Nevada,” said Greg Brockelman, president of the Southern Nevada Chapter PGA.
Rohret retired as a superintendent in 2012 but quickly found that the retirement lifestyle didn’t suit him. Now semi-retired, he serves as a spray tech at Highland Falls Golf Club – a position that gives him the flexibility to travel and visit his grandchildren.
“The game of golf has been very good to me, and it’s nice to be able to mentor the younger guys on the crew and educate them on what it takes to be a successful superintendent,” he added.
About GCSAA and the EIFG
GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Find GCSAA on Facebook, follow GCSAA on Twitter, and visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org. The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA, and has as its mission to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit www.eifg.org.