New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2002
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Rozier E. Sanchez

A retired district court judge, Rozier E. Sanchez was a founding member in 1971 of the Sandia Civitan Club, an international volunteer community service organization dedicated to public service. During his work with that organization, he made valuable contributions to the community such as:

  • Purchasing, packing and distributing 50 Christmas dinners for the needy;
  • Being a primary volunteer in the maintenance group for Casa Angelica;
  • Helping with the landscaping, aluminum can pop-top collections for the Ronald McDonald House;
  • Performing interior and exterior carpentry repairs and painting at the Albuquerque Speech, Language and Hearing Center;
  • Installing concrete pads and sidewalks at Cuidando Los Ninos;
  • Servicing the cooler, interior painting, and carpentry at Casa Esperanza;
  • Setting up the annual summer games site and mentoring for the New Mexico Special Olympics;
  • Chairing the Annual clergy Day Breakfast honoring the memory of the four chaplains that went down on the Dorchester in World War II; and
  • Chairing a program he started in 1978 that honoring the each month a uniformed and nonuniformed Albuquerque Police Officer.
Sanchez has held build numerous wheelchair ramps and remodeled homes to accommodate wheel chairs. For example, he has installed pull-out shelves in cabinets and a shelf for a microwave at the home of a person in a wheelchair who wanted to remain independent. These type of projects are among his favorites.
In addition, he has given his personal time to many of the members of the Civitan Clubs in the Albuquerque area when they were in need of help due to personal problems. For more than 30 years, Sanchez has contributed thousands of hours in project that benefit the community.