By John Hernandez
San Manuel Miner
Long time San Manuel resident John Dicus was honored at a Rotary breakfast held at Romo’s Mexican Restaurant on Wednesday Feb. 5. John has been dedicated to serving the people in the Tri-Community since his arrival in San Manuel. John was a member and past president of the San Manuel Rotary which he served from 1957 to 2012. He and his wife Jamie have been pillars of the community for many years. Rotary President Benny DeSantiago and Treasurer Jo Buttery presented John with a Lifetime Service Award for his devotion to Rotary and his 55 years of service.
Joe Hentges, assistant governor of Region 5 Rotary was in attendance. Jo Buttery read a letter from a former San Manuel student who was helped by Rotary and inspired by John Dicus. He included a nice donation as a way of giving back. The letter follows:
Dear Ms. Buttery,
Enclosed please find a check for $10,000 as a donation to the Rotary Club of San Manuel. I am a 1977 San Manuel High School graduate and recipient of that year’s Rotary Club Scholarship for $2,500 paid out over four years while I was an undergraduate at the University of Arizona. I have since completed medical school at the University of Arizona and residency in Anesthesiology at Rush – Presbyterian – St. Luke’s in Chicago and currently practice anesthesiology in Wausau, Wisconsin. I am very appreciative to the San Manuel Rotary Club for their academic support and hope that this donation can help support the club and future scholarship recipients. As I mentioned on the telephone, I especially want to remember John Dicus and his kindness and was happy to see that he has received special recognition by the Rotary Club in the past.
Jonathan L. Bayba, M.D.