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Community Service Runs in Lisa Link’s Family

Rotary Names School Board Member Honorary Paul Harris Fellow

Lisa Link
Lisa Link

Lisa Link is just now getting over the jet lag that resulted from a recent trip to Israel and the Holy Land, just in time to receive one of the more prestigious accolades in San Marino; the Honorary Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Club of San Marino.

“It was very impactful,” said Link of her recent journey. “Everyone is right there together. The mosque is right next to the church, which is right next to the synagogue. It’s amazing how so many different people live together in a close space.”

Link might as well be discussing her role as a member of the San Marino School Board, where she has served since her election in 2011. Last November, she received another term when nobody pulled papers to take on her or fellow board member Chris Norgaard.

Link said she was “very surprised” when she received a phone call from Isaac Hung informing her she was the 2016 honoree.

“I don’t think about these things,” Link said. “I asked Isaac if he had called the right person.”

He had.

Link has served the school community for the better part of two decades, as a consummate volunteer until she was asked by Karen Preston to consider replacing her on the board.

That was another phone call which caught Link by surprise, but she didn’t have to search hard for an answer. Lisa’s mother – Ann Hinchliffe – served two terms on the governing board of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District.

“It was something I had grown up with,” said Link. “My mother taught me about being a volunteer and service to your community.”

Mrs. Hinchliffe had the additional burden of serving during the Prop 13 days.

“It was not a popular time,” Lisa said.

Link will be honored during a lunch event at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens on Thursday, March 24.

“Rotary is a great organization,” she said. “I am very honored to receive this award and join the many distinguished people who have preceded me as an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow. Rotary has done so much for our school and the community at large.”

Link and her husband, Dave, have two sons, Andy and Ryan. Andy graduated from San Marino High School in 2010, Claremont McKenna in 2014 and is now a brewer at the Speakeasy Brewery in San Francisco.

Ryan is a sophomore at Occidental College, where he majors in East Asian Studies and Computer Science.

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