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Rotary Club of South Ukiah

2017 Race Director Lisa Davey-Bates 

She's the best.

I was born in Chico, California, to Sandra Jones (Fox) and Val Hanchett on April 1, 1965. My parents were both college students at Chico State University. Shortly after I was born, my parents moved back to Lake County where they were both raised. My father came home to work at the family owned newspaper, the Clearlake Observer. My mother worked at Safeway to make ends meet. When I was two years old, my mother got a promotion and was transferred to Ukiah.

I attended grammar school, middle school and high school in Ukiah. I graduated in 1983. My favorite interest throughout junior high and high school was playing flute and piccolo in the band. As a member of the marching band I was able to meet some great friends and go to the Rose Bowl, Disneyland and Victoria British Columbia (to name a few). We also performed on the field during home football games.

My first job was at the Ukiah Daily Journal. I also worked at Beverly Fabrics at the age of 16. My senior year I went to work part-time at Betta Beverages, a beverage company now known as DBI Distributing. After graduation I was promoted to office manager for that company. When I was 22 years old I was hired by the State of California. I spent the next 13 years working to provide services and advocacy to people with developmental disabilities.

I was married in 1987 and my first daughter was born in 1988 and my second daughter was born in 1990. I earned my manicuring license early in the 1990’s as a second income. In the mid 1990’s I began taking general education classes at Mendocino College in Ukiah. In 1998 I began a two-year course with the University of San Francisco and earned my bachelor’s degree in Public Administration.

I began working for Dow & Associates as an Associate Transportation Planner in 2000. I spent the next several years learning about transportation planning, and in 2006 I became the Executive Director of the Lake Area Planning Council, the Regional Transportation Planning Agency in Lake County.

My husband, Perry Bates, and I took on the adventure of a life time and opened Redwood Empire RVs in Ukiah in May 2006. He works full-time at the dealership and I offer assistance from the slide lines.

My daughters are now 27 and 26 and both live in Ukiah. I had the pleasure of becoming a grandparent to my adorable granddaughter, Londyn Rose, in August 2012.

Chris Philbrick invited me to be a member of the South Ukiah Rotary in January 2013. I have enjoyed getting to know my fellow Rotarians and working on special projects such as Junior Achievement, and also on projects currently underway like the Honor Flight Program and the annual Triathlon!

Rotary Club of South Ukiah

We are a dedicated group of community members who are committed to Service Above Self. We serve our local community and our global community and have a lot of fun doing it. If you would like more information about our club please visit our website or send us an email