South Mountain Villager

December 2005 / Volume 12 No. 11


Our spotlight this month is on Mr. Raúl Monreal. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has selected Raúl Monreal, Director of the South Mountain Community College Guadalupe Center, as the 2005 F.B.I. Community Service Award recipient. Mr. Monreal was honored at a LULAC banquet in Tucson on Friday, October 14th. According to LULAC, Raúl has been selected for his "dedicated effort to improve the quality of life for all citizens in Arizona" Arizona FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Jana D. Monroe presented the award.

For the past seventeen years, Raúl has served on the Phoenix Police Department Hispanic Advisory Board and is serving his second term as board chair. He has been a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley for the past six years. Two years ago, Governor Janet Napolitano appointed Raul to the College and University Arizona and México Commission where he serves as co-chair.

In 2005, Raúl was invited by educators in Cali, Colombia to introduce the importance of college centers. He was selected for the Hon Kachina Award winner for 2004, in part for mentoring young Latino vocalists. Raúl created a talent program for the youths and recorded their music. He is known throughout Latino America for the many songs and poems recorded and published.

Arizona LULAC honored Raúl in 2003 with its LULAC Convention Pioneer Latino Educations Excellence Award for thirty-five years of leadership and commitment to the Hispanic Community. A member of Sertoma, he was awarded the organization's Service to Mankind Award in 2003.

Raúl has been Director of the SMCC Guadalupe Center for six years and has served through the Maricopa Community College District for thirty years.

We would like to thank Raúl for all dedication and commitment to making our Village and the State of Arizona a better place to live.

God Bless Raúl Monreal - God Bless The South Mountain Village and God Bless America.