Gloria Martin honored as Antioch’s 2012 Citizen of the Year for Lifetime Achievement

Lifelong Antioch resident and longtime community volunteer Gloria Martin was honored with Antioch’s 2012 Citizen of the Year Lifetime Achievement award at the Antioch Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner on Friday, March 8, 2013.

Gloria quietly gives back to her community through philanthropic support by way of the Martin Family Foundation, through countless volunteer hours in various community service organizations and provides continues support of the history of Antioch through the Antioch Historical Society and as an Antioch Senior High Alumni.

Gloria developed her community spirit as a student in Antioch schools, attending Fremont Elementary, Antioch Junior High School and was among the first graduates of the current Antioch High School on 18th Street. “I learned early that this is the way the community is; you can’t help but get involved. Kids and schools need help,” She said in a recent interview. “I love to help kids who need help in our community.” She is a proud Rotarian with twenty years of perfect attendance. She’s held the office of Sergeant at Arms for many years and lives the Rotary motto of “Service above self”, participating in dictionary and coat give-away projects for local children. She’s been an active board member of the Antioch Schools Education foundation for more than ten years; chairing their Fellows Award dinner which honors Antioch’s outstanding teachers. She’s visited the classrooms of nominees, and assisted with the raffle and the auction each year to raise money for grants for school class rooms.

Gloria loves sports; especially football. She is an active member and supporter of the Antioch Historical Society’s Sports Legends since its inception six years ago. She has chaired their Hall of Fame Gala each year for more than 300 people.

Gloria is an active member of Holy Rosary church, belongs to the Pittsburg Elks Club and is a member of the Antioch Woman’s Club. She’s been a member of the Umpqua Bank advisory board since 2002. She has participated in red ribbon week, food banks and the Antioch Senior Center while supporting dozens of other nonprofits including An Elderly Wish Foundation, the Police Activities League, Antioch High School, East County Boys & Girls Club with a special place in her heart for the REACH project. And she’s been a member of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce for nearly 20 years.

Gloria Martin is a life time Antioch resident who was born in a house in the 2800 block of Lone Tree Way. In, 1967, Gloria and her late husband Jimmie Martin founded the successful Merit Ends, after finding a niche in the steel industry. Gloria with her children, Jim “Mac” and daughter Marlane, work endless hours support and volunteering at numerous fundraisers in Antioch.

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