Bill Zimmerman Honored as Menifee 24/7 Volunteer of Month

Bill Zimmerman receives his Volunteer of the Month Award from Provecho Grill owner Rosie O'Conno...

Bill Zimmerman receives his Volunteer of the Month Award from Provecho Grill owner Rosie O'Connor and Menifee 24/7 Editor Doug Spoon.
If you spend any time around Menifee and are interested in the arts, history, education or city government, chances are you've run into Bill Zimmerman.

In 1988 as a young man starting a career in civil engineering for a firm in Temecula, Zimmerman settled in Menifee with a plan similar to so many others at the time. He took advantage of affordable housing, found employment within driving distance and began the life of a "rural" commuter.

As the community has grown over the years, many other transplanted residents have done the same: Drive out of town for work, come home to sleep, leave town again. Some, like Zimmerman, decided there was more to Menifee than a warm bed and a roof over their head.

"It really started at the city's incorporation," said Zimmerman about Menifee's birth as a city in 2008. "I knew there would be so many opportunities for the people here. People saw what was happening in other cities around us and we started asking, 'Why can't we do that here?' "

With Zimmerman's help, they did. He is a founding member of Arts Council Menifee, a member of the Menifee Valley Historical Association, a member of the Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation Board of Directors, member of a steering committee to form a Boys and Girls Club in Menifee, and a former Planning Commissioner.

He also is the winner of the March Menifee 24/7 Volunteer of the Month award, sponsored by Provecho Grill.

In addition to his other volunteer efforts, Zimmerman recently ran for city council. He also was named this week to the Riverside County Off-Highway Vehicle Committee, where he will seek to help create off-road recreational opportunities in the area.

To him, being a volunteer is simply caring about one's community and trying to make it better.

"It's a great way to develop friends and relationships, and it helps improve a city's quality of life," Zimmerman said about his motivation to serve as a volunteer.

Zimmerman credits fellow Menifee resident Linda Denver as his inspiration for getting involved in the community. He saw what the wife of city council member John Denver was doing with her time and he realized its importance.

"I admired her for her attitude as a servant in the community," said Zimmerman, who works with Denver on Arts Council Menifee and is the coordinator of the April 6 "Menifee's Got Talent" competition. "I remember telling my wife Julie, 'Look at her and all she does for the community.' "

With the leadership of people like Zimmerman and Denver, Arts Council Menifee is providing o