Julian Larrouy honored as retiring food closet president
Julian Larrouy was honored recently at Carson Valley Community Food Closet board of directors’ meeting for his service to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. A native of Carson Valley, Larrouy was elected as president of the Carson Valley Community Food Closet board of directors in November 1988 upon its inception.
The Carson Valley Community Food Closet of Douglas County was formed by Karen Hamperle (then director of Douglas County Indigent Services) and individuals of organizations, churches and businesses. A board of directors was formed with a representative from each of the organizing entities. Larrouy has consistently represented the St. Gall Catholic Church and assisted in establishment of the monthly “Harvest of Thanksgiving” held by the church.
The Food Closet operated in the beginning in a one-car garage at the United Methodist Church in Gardnerville. The next location was at 1430 Highway 395, and in May of 1996, they moved to their new home in the Hussman Building at 1255 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville. The building is shared with Douglas County Family Support Council.
Larrouy was instrumental in obtaining the property on Waterloo Lane, which was donated by the Jim and David Hussman families. David Hussman said that “since he and his father got to know Larrouy as watermaster on the Carson River, they learned to respect him.” Larrouy had approached him about the donation of land and, Hussman said, “we felt if it was a group he was involved with, we decided it had to be something good.” In honor of their donation, Larrouy requested that it be named the Hussman Building.
The Carson Valley Community Food Closet, a non-profit organization manned solely by volunteers, has grown considerably over the years. Each year the Wacky Waddlers Wiver Wace (a fund-raiser) is held, and Project Santa Claus operates under the auspices of the CVC Food Closet.
Larrouy served as president of the board of directors until January 1998 and will continue on the board of directors as chairman ex-officio. A small reception was held in his honor, with the Rev. Pete Nelson of the United Methodist Church, Father John Corona of St. Gall Catholic Church, Karen Hamperle (all of whom participated in the forming of the Food Closet), Larrouy’s wife Betty, a grandson and numerous members of the board of directors in attendance.
Larrouy was presented a clock placard rendered in the San Francisco 49ers colors and bearing the following inscription: “For your personal effort and dedication to the mission of developing a source of hope and comfort for those in need. Your invaluable contribution to building the Food Closet both spiritually and structurally are a tribute to your faith in God and the generosity of our valley.”
It is with deep appreciation that we say congratulations for a job so very well done.
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