A Woman of Distinction                


And the Woman of Distinction Award goes to Yomar Cleary of Big Bear Lake, California!

She is being recognized among several other women in the San Bernardino County for the prestigious award of Woman of Distinction at a dinner Friday June 20th at the San Bernardino Orange Show facility.  Yomar has dedicated her time and efforts to the Big Bear Valley Community specifically the disaster preparedness endeavors through the Community Organizations Active in Disaster or COAD.  Also, the recognition to signifies her commitment to volunteerism and memberships in various community organizations. 


Yomar considers herself a “professional volunteer” since she doesn’t get paid on any of the organizations if which she belongs. She has community organizing skills and works cooperatively with diverse community groups as a volunteer. Her latest project is to mitigate the entire Big Bear Valley community in preparation for any type of disaster by making presentations, having an information booth at all community events, sending informational emails and using the news media to raise awareness on how to prepare for disasters.

Yomar has the knowledge and ability to articulate in recruiting volunteers and organizations to participate in the community recovery of such a disaster event. Yomar Cleary has trained, given her time and experience to many community service groups such as: Big Bear Valley Mountain Mutual Aid (First Responders), Big Bear Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), San Bernardino County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), S.B. County Fire Emergency Communications Services (ECS), Bear Valley Amateur Radio Club, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Orange County Sheriff Department, San Bernardino Sheriff Dept.

Over the years, Yomar has served in community services capacities as:

Board Secretary for 11 years of Big Bear Valley Mountain Mutual Aid

Chairman of Big Bear Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), Board Member of San Bernardino County Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster (VOAD), Member  of San Bernardino County Fire Emergency Communication Services (ECS), Ham Radio Operator KI6OHI - Bear Valley Amateur Radio Club, Secretary for 4 years and member for 8 years of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), President and Vice President for 19 years of Big Bear Computer Club, Reserve Deputy Sheriff for 10 yrs and Public Information Officer with the San Bernardino Sheriff Big Bear Station for 4 years and Orange County Reserve Deputy Sheriff for 10 years. 

Yomar Cleary has earned the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake, Sheriff of the Year Award Reserve Deputy City of Dana Point Resolution and City of San Juan Capistrano Resolution.


Yomar’s education and degrees that she’s earned are: High School at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Los Angeles, Saddleback College - Administration of Justice degree, Completed FEMA Incident Command System classes- ICS: 100, 200, 700, 800b, 701a, 702, 703,704,706,708,906 and 907.  Also, she completed State of California I-300 Intermediate, HazMat, CPR/First Aid and Active Shooter training. 

After a brief courtship, Bob Cleary and Yomar married fifty-four years ago. The Cleary’s have three daughters who live in Apple Valley, City of Orange and Modesto, California; also they are grandparents to four grandsons and one granddaughter. Like so many residents, the Cleary’s had a cabin in Sugarloaf for 18 years. The Cleary’s permanently moved to Big Bear Lake in 1995 from Laguna Niguel in Orange County. They both take great pride in sharing their skills and experience.