MODESTO — Soroptimist International of Modesto honored six "Women of Distinction" during its annual Women's Recognition and Student Scholarship Awards program Thursday evening at the McHenry Museum.
The Women of Distinction were recognized for achievements in professional business or volunteer activities. The honorees were: Henrietta Sparkman, in education; Britta Foster, economic and social development; Bea McKenna, health; Adrian Harrell, international goodwill and understanding; Debbie Johnson, human rights and status of women, and Grace Lieberman, arts and humanities.
Johnson, founder and executive director of Without Permission, also received the Ruby Award for making extraordinary differences in the lives of women and-or girls. Without Permission is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making law enforcement and others aware of human sex trafficking and exploitation. The awards come with a $500 check to the charity of the recipient's choice.
Opportunity awards of $1,000 each, to help people continue their education, were presented to Maria Jasso Perez, Diamelle Abalos and Virginia R. Carney.
Brittanie Lewis of Beyer High School received the Violet Richardson Award, recognizing the volunteer efforts of girls ages 14 to 17.
Scholarships of $1,000 each were presented to Moran Lynn Krueger of Modesto High; Carolyn Grace Murphy, Beyer; Courtney Pickens, Enochs; and Clarissa Noel Stuart, Gregori.
Modesto's environmental compliance section recently recognized five industries for going above and beyond what is needed to maintain compliance. The firms:
E.&J. Gallo Winery was recognized for its compliance efforts during 2012, which included a hazardous materials emergency drill. This is the second straight year for Gallo. Todd Seely, in particular, was recognized for his efforts in working with the city's environmental compliance staff.
Foam Fabricators was recognized for having no violations during 2012 and immediately complying with self-monitoring requirements.
Georgia Pacific was recognized for having no violations during 2012 and for voluntarily completing a water recycling project in June to reuse waste water. As part of the project, Georgia Pacific installed or upgraded tanks, monitoring and neutralization equipment and a sampler. Dan Brasher was recognized for heading this effort. Georgia Pacific estimates an annual water savings of more than 100,000 gallons.
International Paper was recognized for having no violations during 2012 and for the successful operation of pH and flow recording devices the company installed in 2011. This is the second straight year for International Paper, and Dave Brown was recognized for his efforts in working with city staff.
Newly Weds Foods was recognized for having no violations during 2012 and for completing a compliance schedule work plan to prevent future pH violations. The business installed a pH monitoring system including dual pH probes, a circular chart recorder and a caustic neutralization system. Allen Holzman was recognized for his approach to resolving this issue.
Laura Long of Manteca has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Workforce Investment Board. Long has served in many positions at Kaiser Permanente since 2009, including director of national work force planning and development and national work force planning consultant.
She was a health educator and project director at the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency from 2002-09, state work force training coordinator at the Northern California Cancer Center from 1999-2002 and pharmacy clerk and over-the-counter product coordinator at Longs Drug Stores from 1989-99.
Long has been a member of the Health Workforce Development Council in California since 2013. She is vice chairwoman of the California Hospital Association Workforce Committee and has been a member since 2009.
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