Success & Service — Community Hospice honors 5 for leadership, volunteerism

Community Hospice recently recognized five people from the Modesto area for their support of the agency. Two were honored for leadership and three for volunteerism last week during the annual gala at the home of Jim and Sue Coleman.

Westra Ingalls of Hughson received the John and June Rogers Philanthropic Award for giving significant personal resources to the organization. Clive Grimbleby of Modesto received the Julio and Aileen Gallo Leadership Award. Grimbleby, a Modesto resident, has served on the board of directors for Community Hospice since 2002, helping to open the Alexander Cohen Hospice House and the Haig and Isabel Berberian Patient Services Center.

Those receiving the Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Volunteer of the Year Award included Dorothy Feely of Modesto, who has been a Hope Chest Thrift Store volunteer since 1993; Bobbie Kline of Modesto, for her work with Friends of Community Hospice; and Bob Taylor of Salida, for his work as a family visitor to hospice patients and families.

The Great Valley Chapter of the American Leadership Forum graduated its inaugural class May 21, at the Great Valley Center.

The American Leadership Forum is a national nonprofit organization, and the Great Valley Chapter is one of 14 across the country.

Class members included: Steve Arounsack, California State University, Stanislaus; Debra Brady, First United Methodist Church; Debra Brown, Kaiser Permanente; Wendy Byrd, Modesto Junior College; Ben Duran, Merced College; Lisa Finer, Wells Fargo; Ron Foster, Foster Farms; John Garamendi Jr., The Professional Evaluation Group; Kathy Halsey, AT&T; Flip Hassett, United Way of Merced County; Dennis Lee, Central Valley Asian Chamber of Commerce; Linda Lopez, Office of Congressman Cardoza; Noah Lor, Merced City Council; Virginia Madueno, Imagen Public Relations; Marian Martino, Martino Graphics; Pat Patrick, Lodi District Chamber of Commerce; Robert Santos, Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital; and Cynthia Wagner-Weick, University of the Pacific, Stockton.

Steves Chevrolet of Oakdale was honored as the 25th Assembly District's small business of the year during a luncheon Tuesday at the Sacramento Convention Center. Company founder Frank Steves and sons Jeff and Brett own two dealerships: the one on F Street in Oakdale and another in Chowchilla. They were chosen for the honor by Assemblyman Tom Berryhill.

Oak Valley Hospital District recognized Ann Pierini as its volunteer of the year. The hospital also honored Joe Stillman for his 317 hours of service and Melba Mallory for 40 years of volunteer service.

Additionally, the hospital named Sara Stevenson its most outstanding junior volunteer; Brad Paboojian its most compassionate volunteer; and recognized Sierra Mahan for serving the most volunteer hours.

Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approvals, appointments, commendations:

Michael Golkin to the Stanislaus County local task force on solid waste management.

Approval to declare a vacancy on the El Solyo Water District board of directors and commending Edward Bettencourt for his years of service.

Commending University of California Cooperative Extension Director Ed Perry and Debbie LaBarbera upon their retirements.

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