The Huntsman Award - Service Above Self

The Terry Huntsman Award was first presented in 2011 by then President Janet Powell to Dick Ellsworth and Genevie Puente. 

Service Above Self

The Huntsman was created to honor a North Fresno Rotarian who has embodied “Service Above Self”.

Award Recipient 2017

This year’s recipient is Peter Fortuna, a proud Fresno State Alumni, North Fresno Rotarian and Board Member since 2013.

About Terry Huntsman

Terry was a past president of the Rotary Club of Madera.  In the 1990s Terry joined North Fresno Rotary and had a profound effect on the club and its members. Since Terry’s passing, North Fresno Rotary celebrates his life by continuing to share his story with new members and the community of Fresno.

North Fresno Rotary honors the Spirit of Service Above Self in the life and legacy of Rotarian Terry Huntsman. Terry was born to Arthur and Nina Huntsman on August 1, 1940 and went home to be with the Lord on June 13, 2010. Terry was born in Ventura, CA and spent his early childhood in Wittmann, AZ. His family later moved to Madera where Terry graduated from Madera High School in 1958 and then attended Fresno State and Delta College in Stockton. Terry was married to Marsha Rau on August 31, 1962. They were blessed with two children, Brent and Shelley. Terry worked for the Boise Cascade. This career took the family to Portland OR, Boise ID, Atlanta GA and Amherst NH. When Terry's father-in-law Elmer Rau retired, the family returned to Madera where Terry managed the family business, Madera Lumber. Terry served as president of the San Joaquin Valley Lumbermen's Association and a director of the Northern California Lumbermen's Association. Later, Terry and Marsha opened their own retail business, Special Occasions. In 1994 after moving to Fresno, Terry started his own company, Yosemite Inspections, which inspected construction projects for banks and lending institutions. He also became a certified accessibility inspector who did ADA compliance work for businesses and gave seminars on the subject to various professional groups.

Terry was an active member of the North Fresno Rotary. He was previously a member of the Madera Sunrise Rotary and served as the president of that club. Terry was a Rotarian for 34 years and maintained perfect attendance. He was also a member of the Northwest Church and loved his Friday morning Bible study group "The Huddle".

Award Winners

2011Dick Ellsworth
2011Tom Graves
2011Genevie Puente
2012Cliff Speight
2013Bernadette Hansen
2014Chip Putnam
2014Scott Shewan
2015John Frost
2016Nick and Kim Smaldino
2017Peter Fortuna