Gary has been a member of Rotary for over 25 years. He has been a broadcast journalist and on air radio
personality in the Morongo Basin for over 32 years. He and his wife Cindy own and operate the local KCDZ - FM
radio station in Joshua Tree, CA.
Gary has served as the President of this club several times as well as on the Board of the local live theatre group,
Theatre 29. He acts and directs live theatre at this local theatre each year. He was recently recognized and added to
the Associated Press Radio-TV Associaton Hall of Fame. He teaches broadcasting classes in our local high school
and continues to volunteer in the community in many venues.
Sheldon was born in Laguna Beach, CA and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He served as a
U.S. Navy Corpsman from 1969 to 1973 attached to the Marine Corps. He married his High School sweetheart, Tara,
in 1970 and they have two children.
The Hough's are actively involved in their community in which they have lived since 1981. In 1986, they helped
start the Fourth of July Fireworks display that has become an important part of our community and put on by
Rotary of Yucca Valley. They were also the major force in restoring the Miss Yucca Valley Pageant which they have
guided for the last 12 years. Sheldon has been been in Rotary since 1986 and has been President of the Rotary Club
of Yucca Valley twice. Sheldon was elected to the High Desert Water District Board of Directors in 2005 where he
still serves his community.
Jim has been a member of the Yucca Valley Rotary club since 1994. He and his wife Cathy have been married for 46
years. They own and operate the Hi-Desert Physical Rehabilitation Group. Jim is the Treasurer for the Morongo
Basin Mental Heatlh Associaton.
Has lived in the community for 52 years; “born and raised” in Yucca Valley. Yucca Valley was founded and named
by Grandmother Hilda Hardesty. Is the Vice President for Pacific Western Bank for the past three years with 28
years of banking experience. Executive Board Member for Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce. Board Member for
Basin Wide Foundation. Board Member for Soroptimist International of Yucca Valley. Founder and Chair for
Morongo Basin Haven. Accounting Chair for Morongo Basin Relay for Life.
I have been in private practice as an optometrist since 1968 until I retired in August, 2011. I have been a rotarian
since l969, having been a member of Noon Rotary Club and also charter member of the former Morning Rotary
Club of Yucca Valley.
I served on the Board of the Friends of Copper Mountain College for several years. In addition I served for several
years on the Board of Trustees for the Southern California College of Optometry, of which I was selected Alumnus
of the Year for 2013-2014 for the that College. Also, served as President of the Cahuilla Optometric Society. I am a
member of the local Chamber of Commerce in Yucca Valley, the California Optometric Association and the
American Optometric Association.
I am married to my wife, Merkie, and we have two children. We enjoy traveling in our motor home.
P.O. Box 200 Yucca Valley, CA 92286