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July 22, 2009 > Hayward Lions Club names Distinguished Citizen of the Year

Hayward Lions Club names Distinguished Citizen of the Year

Submitted By Joseph Ochoa
Photos By Courtesy of Joseph Ochoa

Hayward Lions Club recognized John Sands, as the recipient of its annual Hayward Distinguished Citizen of the Year award. He is the 76th person since 1932 to receive this recognition. Sands is recognized as the Distinguished Citizen for his lengthy and diverse service to the Hayward community spanning five decades.

He retired in 1986 from Castro Valley Unified schools after teaching Math for 28 years. His service started with the Boy Scouts of America. From 1966-1969 he was a Cub Scout Master at Winton Grove School. Concurrently, he sat on the Hayward Human Relations Commission from 1967 to 1975 and again on the Human Services Commission from 1995 to 2003. Serving as a volunteer as Site Coordinator for Kids' Breakfast Club at Longwood Elementary School from 1999-2001, John awoke at the crack of dawn to ensure students were served a filling breakfast to start the day.

The Winton Grove-Longwood Task Force has enjoyed John's active membership from 1994 to the present. John started volunteering with the Hayward Police Department as a Neighborhood Alert Block Captain in 1995. He became a Board Member from 1997-2006. In the midst of that period, he served as President from 1999-2000. Fourteen years later, Sands is still Block Captain in his neighborhood. In his spare time, he was a volunteer at Southland Mall's Hayward Police Resource Center from 1998 to 2009.

Serving the City as a Volunteer Downtown Ambassador for the past six years, previously, Sands received recognition as the City of Hayward's Senior Award in 2001. Established in 1924, the Hayward Lions Club is one of the oldest service clubs in the city. In 1932, the Lions created this award to recognize those "unsung heroes" who contribute unselfishly to our community.

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