Local Legends

Local Legend Awards presented by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset seek to expose, acknowledge, and reward exceptional acts of “service above self” (Rotary’s motto) by members of our community. We believe our Local Legend Awards are unique in that the criteria is truly open to anyone whether they hail from law enforcement, fire, military, medical or whether they are a private individual or business who’s particular actions on a given day exemplified “service above self.” We do not use the term “service” in the limited sense of imputed duty (e.g. by profession), but rather in the broader sense of helping others in need. As for “above self,” we interpret this to mean acting without regard to one’s own potential detriment. In essence, we are seeking local stories of heroism/selflessness which may have gone unnoticed or under-noticed to turn into local legends. The kind of stories you hear people proudly boasting about the town or in describing how amazing their community is. Through the awards and more specifically, the underlying stories behind the recipients’ actions, we hope to inspire our community and expose some of the real-life heroes walking among us.

We will be giving out a total of three (3) Local Legend Awards over the next twelve months. Then our goal is an additional three awards each twelve month period (from July 1 – June 30) continued in perpetuity.

The initial idea for the award was inspired by Loren Eiseley’s “The Star Thrower” or “Starfish Story.” Our city is full of heroes and we believe that sharing their stories will inspire others, just as “The Starfish Story” does. We as a club (Rotary Club of Simi Sunset) identified a discernable lack of community based recognition for specific and inspirational instances/acts of “service above self.” Most of the civic and community awards in Simi Valley are focused on patterns or ongoing acts of volunteering, humanitarianism and/or philanthropy, not specific instances of heroism or selflessness.

Local Legend Recipient: Simi Valley Police Officer, Tom Carney
Local Legend Recipient: John Magana
Local Legend Recipient: Lori Cruze

If you know of someone who you think qualifies for a Local Legend award and would like to nominate them, please review our guidelines and fill out this form: Local Legend Award Nomination Form. When you are finished, please mail the form to us or or attach it to an email. Contact info below.

Rotary Club of Simi Sunset
PO Box 941198
Simi Valley, CA 93094

Service above self!