[The following is compiled from several sources including the Highland Community News, the Press Enterprise, the East Valley Water District, and some of Kip’s Rotarian friends.]
Kip Sturgeon, who just became President of the Rotary Club of San Bernardino North, died suddenly this last Wednesday at age 50. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Highland Senior Center, 3102 Highland Ave., Highland, Calif., 92346, where Sturgeon was recently involved in fund-raising activities. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Kip was a very active member of the San Bernardino North Club for many years, especially in its scholarship award programs where he sat on selection committees and attended banquets presenting scholarships to the recipients. He personally doubled the club’s RYLA and PRYDE support in order to send more kids to camp last year.
Sturgeon was fond of saying that everyone should volunteer for a charity to help make the world a better place, Martin Bright, friend and family spokesman, said Friday. “His big thing was to always be kind to others and to be positive.”
Kip believed deeply in serving his community. Beyond his participation in Rotary, Kip was also involved with the Burn Institute of the Inland Empire, Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California, and California YMCA. Collectively he completed more than 14,000 volunteer hours of service. At the YMCA he especially supported its Youth and Government programs – Model Court, Model Legislator, and Model United Nations. He personally assisted kids in their progress through these activities. He was also the former executive director of the non-profit United Cancer Research Society in Redlands, which raises money for cancer research.
After serving in the United States Navy as a construction battalion heavy equipment operator, Kip wanted to continue serving the public and decided to become involved with East Valley Water District. Kip served on the District’s Board of Directors from 1991 until his death on Wednesday. Kip also continued to serve as a Sergeant in the California State Military Reserve.
Kip’s educational background was firmly rooted in this area’s local school system, from kindergarten through college. He earned associate degrees in business administration from Crafton Hills College and in administration of justice from San Bernardino Valley College. His hobbies included reading and model railroading.