Stanislaus Medical Society names Physician of the Year

Dr. David Olson


The Stanislaus Medical Society has awarded Dr. David A. Olson with the John Darroch Memorial Award for 2019 and named him the Physician of the Year.
This annual award goes to a physician who stands out for dedication to patient care, education and quality of medicine.
Dr. Olson has been practicing medicine for over 38 years and currently runs a private practice in Oakdale. The Society lauded Dr. Olson for his years of demonstrating exceptional work ethic with multiple achievements that have benefited his patients, his colleges and the community.
Dr. Olson is one of a handful of infectious disease specialists in Stanislaus County and one of the only to combine primary and infectious disease care. As an infectious disease expert, Olson may administer treatment for hard-to-diagnose contagions, fungal and yeast infections, hepatitis, pneumonia, valley fever, wound infections and sexually transmitted diseases.

County employees to be honored
The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors will be acknowledging those employees you have reached 25 years or more of employment with the county during the meeting on May 14. Those being honored for 25 years are: Katherine Lindsey from the Community Service Agency; Shareen Richards from the Community Service Agency; and Cherie Dockery from Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. Honored for 30 years is Yolanda Bearden from the Community Service Agency.

Hospice volunteers feted an annual luncheon

The 2018 Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Volunteer of the Year Award Winners, from left, Domini Mills, Sharon Troglin, Audrey Hermanson and Mardy Chipponeri.


Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider in the Central Valley, celebrated and recognized volunteers at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Award Ceremony on April 10.
Four dedicated volunteers were awarded the 2018 Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Volunteer of the Year Award. Named after the co-founder of Community Hospice, the awards are given each year to four volunteers for their outstanding service and spirit of excellence. One volunteer is chosen from the following: Community Hospice, Friends of Community Hospice, Community Hospice Hope Chest Thrift Stores and Camp Erin of the Central Valley.
The Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Community Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Audrey Hermanson. Not only is Hermanson a dedicated and compassionate grief support volunteer, she also assists the Marketing department at events providing resources and awareness of Community Hospice programs.
The Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Friends of Community Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award was given to. Mardy Chipponeri; current Vice President of Membership for the Friends of Community Hospice and Chair of the Santa Shares Breakfast. Chipponeri has served in many capacities to support the fundraising efforts and mission of Community Hospice. She has played a significant role in the success of Friends of Community Hospice and has demonstrated leadership and a hospice heart.
Sharon Troglin was awarded the Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Hope Chest Thrift Store Volunteer of the Year. Troglin has been volunteering with Community Hospice for more than 25 years. Her ongoing dedication to the mission of Community Hospice is a source of inspiration to her fellow volunteers.
The 2018 Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Camp Erin of the Central Valley award was presented to Domini Mills. She has served as a nurse at Camp Erin since the beginning in 2014. Her dedication to supporting campers along their grief journey, as well as the many camp volunteers, has been a blessing.

Calaveras Chamber CEO accepts new position

Staci Johnston


The Board of Directors of the Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce announced that Chief Executive Officer Staci Johnston has accepted a position with the county as the Executive Director of the Calaveras Mariposa Community Action Agency.
“Staci has been a tremendous asset in laying the foundation for our robust future and we applaud her decision to pursue another growth opportunity. When people grow and create new opportunities for themselves and their families this is truly a measure of success for everyone involved,” said Board President Mark Luster.
“I am honored to have served in my capacity as CEO for the past 4 1/2 years and feel blessed to have worked with many individuals, businesses and organizations who are striving to make Calaveras County a beautiful place to live, work, play and do business,” Johnston said.

Capital Insurance Group names Western Valley Insurance ‘Agency of the Year’

Capital Insurance Group announced its 2018 Agency of the Year: Western Valley Insurance in Turlock. The award recognizes their overall excellence servicing policyholders, their commitment to the communities they serve, and their outstanding partnership with CIG.
“CIG’s commitment to protecting and restoring the western region for over 120 years has only been made possible by partnering with outstanding agencies who share in our mission,” said Arne Chatterton, President and CEO of Capital Insurance Group. “Western Valley Insurance exemplifies an agency committed to the highest standards of excellence for service, stewardship, and partnership, and we are proud to recognize them for our highest honor of Agency of the Year.”
Based in Turlock, Ca., and with additional locations in Los Banos and Crescent City, Ca, Western Valley Insurance has been serving central and northern California communities for 50 years, providing exceptional service to clients in need of customized home, auto, life, health, commercial, and agricultural insurance.
“We are honored to have been selected as Agency of the Year by Capital Insurance Group as we celebrate our 50th year in business,” said Thad Phillips, President of Western Valley Insurance. “CIG was one of our original partners and stands as a true testament that great things can be accomplished with great relationships.” He continued, “We are fortunate to have a great leadership team, the best employees, and most of all the best clients in the world. Thank you, Capital Insurance Group. We look forward to the next 50 years.”

Rollins, Inc. acquires Clark Pest Control of Stockton, Inc.
Rollins, Inc., a premier global consumer and commercial service company announced today that it completed the purchase of Clark Pest Control of Stockton, Inc.
Clark is a family owned company established by Charlie Clark in 1950 and is headquartered in Lodi, CA. It is the leading pest management company in California and the nation’s 8th largest pest management company according to PCT 100 rankings.
Included in this acquisition are real estate properties and Geotech Supply. Currently, the company operates in 26 locations and offers both residential and commercial pest control throughout California and northwestern Nevada. Clark’s Robert Baker will stay on to run day to day operations in California. With this acquisition, Rollins, Inc.’s total customer count is now approximately 2.4M.
Gary W. Rollins, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rollins, stated, “This family-owned business is a great addition to Rollins’ Family of Brands. We see great opportunity for this Company and its employees.”
“The Clark Pest Control family is proud to become a member of the Rollins, Inc. team. We are excited for the opportunities this brings for the Clark employees,” says Robert Baker, President of Clark Pest Control.

TID General Manager announces retirement

Casey Hashimoto


After nine years of running Turlock Irrigation District, General Manager Casey Hashimoto announced on Tuesday his intention to retire at the end of 2019.
Hashimoto was appointed as interim GM of TID in 2010, then took over officially in 2011 after a six-month, international search. His tenure includes many accomplishments, including keeping electric rates among the lowest in California, improving reliability in the energy system, implementing new technologies and enhancing the water delivery system, all while keeping customers happy.
Throughout his 34 total years working at TID, Hashimoto held numerous titles including 10 years as the Assistant General Manager, Electrical Engineering. Throughout his career he participated with various utility industry organizations like the California Municipal Utilities Association, Northwest Public Power Pool, Association of California Water Agencies, and American Public Power Association, among others. Hashimoto has also overseen key interactions with the State Water Resources Control Board and the relicensing of Don Pedro.
“Casey has provided TID impeccable leadership in his nine years as general manager,” TID Board President Charlie Fernandes said. “He navigated the District through difficult transitions in both the water and energy industries, all while keeping a watchful eye on the bottom line. He will greatly be missed.”