AAUW announces local named gift honorees

Being designated as a Named Gift Honoree is a very special American Association Of University Women honor. A Named Gift is a special way to pay tribute to an individual, a group, or an organization giving extraordinary service to AAUW. This year the local Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Branch opted to give Named Gift Awards to two local organizations and one Oakdale business rather than to Branch members as in the past. At the last meeting of the Branch’s current year, awards were presented to Soroptimist International of Oakdale, The Riverbank Federated Women’s Club, and Jerry and Barbara Marquis of Corporate Development, Incorporated.

Since 2006, both Soroptimist International of Oakdale and The Riverbank Federated Women’s Club have contributed substantial amounts to AAUW’s Tech Trek program. Tech Trek is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women who will enter eighth grade in the fall. It features hands-on activities in STEM-related fields. As a result of funds raised by AAUW, ORE and the munificence of these two organizations, 10 young women in the Oakdale, Riverbank, and Escalon area receive camperships to attend Tech Trek on the California State University Fresno campus each year.

Corporate Development, Incorporated with Jerry and Barbara Marquis, have supported AAUW’s mission driven programs such as Tech Trek, Speech Trek, the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, and more in many ways for many years through their extraordinary gifts of time, hard work and financial generosity.

Representatives from Soroptimist International of Oakdale were unable to attend the awards ceremony but the other two honorees – Riverbank Federated Women’s Club and Corporate Development, did have recipients on hand to be presented with the honor.

Seniors honored by Stanislaus County

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors recognized a handful of senior citizens in the community in May who have done and continue to do great work in many areas of important service.

Ernest Ray Richardson who served in the United States Air Force for 16 years, providing support during the Korean and Vietnam War eras and volunteered for the past 19 years, as a Board Member for the Central Valley Opportunity Center where he currently still volunteers as well as serving as a Board Member for the local Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Other involvements include the Kiwanis Club, Salvation Army, the Modesto Airport Neighborhood and VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program to help senior taxpayers or those with special needs file tax returns. Richardson is currently volunteering as a Board Member for the GRID Alternatives Central Valley. GRID offers energy technology and training to underserved communities and provides hands-on experience in the solar industry and related fields. The program also coordinates with local high schools and many students volunteer to learn how to install solar panels.

Joe Madden is a Korean War Veteran who served in the United States Air Force. He voluntarily drove homebound Veterans to their medical appointments in Modesto and throughout the state using his personal vehicle and gasoline for over 5 years starting in 2008 helping Veterans in Stanislaus County who had no way of getting to their appointments. Most of these Veterans were frail and required assistance. Madden was appointed by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors as an At-Large Member of the Stanislaus County Veterans Advisory Commission in 2012 and became the Chair of the Transportation Committee as soon as the Committee was created. He was dedicated and persistent in getting an established program in place and worked to get handicapped-accessible vans donated in 2014.

Sterling Fountain has been a member of the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church for 43 years. She also has been an active volunteer with the King Kennedy Center Board of Directors and has served for 20 years with the Women’s Auxiliary, where she is a founding member. She served as a PTA member for Modesto City Schools for many years and served on the Modesto City School Board of Education’s Advisory Committee and as a Mentor for the Special Programs Department for Modesto Junior College. She volunteered as a Board Member with the Girl Scouts for 9 years and voluntarily provides transportation for disabled persons in her handicapped- equipped van. She served as United Way Campaign Coordinator for the Modesto Irrigation District for 6 years. In addition, she served as City of Modesto Affirmative Action Commissioner and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as Membership Chairman and Founder Advisor of Young Achievers.

Bill and Marsha Silveira have been active volunteers for over 28 years with the Society for disABILITIES and have been instrumental in the Adaptive Winter Ski Program, helping with the Adaptive Bowling Program, with the Loan Closet Program making sure the durable medical equipment is clean, working, and ready to be loaned out. They assist with various fund-raising activities and donate many hours hosting big events and helping with recreational, social, and educational programs. Marsha Silveira was the Volunteer Coordinator of the Sign Language Club at Rose Avenue School in Modesto for 15 years. Marsha has been involved with the Ceres Rotary Club’s Read-a-Thon program and she is currently volunteering at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Oakdale with “Art Core,” a special program for youth to enjoy art.

Delores Raymundo has been actively involved at Sacred Heart Catholic Church’s Eucharist Ministry in Patterson and has served as a cook for the Church Homeless Minitsty for several years. Raymundo has been volunteering for over 10 years for the Congregate Senior Meals Program at the Hammon Senior Center, where she serves on the Board. She also helps with craft projects at the Center, supplying materials and teaching others how to make various items, along with making craft items and donating them to the Senior Center. Raymundo has voluntarily been providing transportation for over 10 years to those who need help getting to a medical appointment, getting groceries, etc. She donates baby hats/caps to the Turlock Pregnancy Center and makes tiny baby caps for the Preemie Ward in a San Francisco hospital. In addition, she makes and donates adult caps for the homeless people in Patterson.

Oak Valley Community Bank announces community reinvestment act officer

Jose Sabala

Oak Valley Bancorp, the bank holding company for Oak Valley Community Bank and their Eastern Sierra Community Bank division recently announced that Jose Sabala joined the bank as Vice President, Community Reinvestment Act Officer. He is based out of the bank’s Oakdale Headquarters.

Sabala has over 15 years of banking experience. In this role, he will be responsible for evaluating new community development opportunities in the cities served by the bank. This will include identification of businesses and non-profits with borrowing needs in underserved areas within the bank’s footprint. Through CRA, financial institutions are encouraged to meet the credit needs of local communities, which include low and moderate-income individuals, families, businesses, and neighborhoods.

“We are excited to have Jose on board,” stated Janis Powers, EVP Risk Management. “His knowledge, active involvement in the community, and local partnerships will be great assets to the bank. Jose is highly recognized in the community. His leadership and banking experience will be an integral part of enhancing future community-based opportunities as the bank continues to grow.”

Sabala is a current member of South Modesto Partnerships, Stanislaus County New Leadership Network, Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, City Ministry Network, and Love Our Cities. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from The University of Phoenix. In his free time, he enjoys watching football and vacationing with his family. He resides in Keyes with his wife and children.

Oak Valley Bancorp operates Oak Valley Community Bank & Eastern Sierra Community Bank, through which it offers a variety of loan and deposit products to individuals and small businesses. They currently operate through 16 conveniently located branches: Oakdale, Turlock, Stockton, Patterson, Ripon, Escalon, Manteca, Tracy, two branches in Sonora, three branches in Modesto, a loan production office in Downtown Sacramento, and three branches in their Eastern Sierra division, which includes Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes and Bishop.

Sani Professional honors Manteca woman

Sani Professional, the food safety division of Professional Disposables International and the Sani Professional Food Safety Advisory Council are proud to announce the winners of the fourth annual Sani Awards program, which includes a Manteca woman. The Sani Awards award program celebrates innovation and excellence in food safety and promotes best practices within the foodservice industry for education/training, employee/customer programs and guest experience.

ATC’s April Rivas of Manteca won in the category of Exceptional Food Safety Education and/or Training Program Implementation. Rivas was singled out for her organizations training and mentoring of small business and start up foodservice operations in the food safety operational and regulatory segments. April and her team have certified over 2,000 food operators in the last year alone! Additionally, ATC has helped over 20 small businesses with compliance and SOP regulatory issues as well as conducted private audits in over 500 business in more than 30 states.

The Sani Awards program celebrates innovation and excellence in food safety and promotes best practices within the foodservice industry for education/training, employee/customer programs and guest experience. To be eligible for awards, winners had to demonstrate measurable improvements in chains with at least 5 units. Results were required six months post implementation.