Rose Brown is familiar in local bowling circles and competed internationally for Team USA in 2007, the same year she graduated from Davis High School in Modesto.
Now, she's continuing her march through the military bowling ranks as well, winning the Armed Forces Bowling championship at Camp Lejeune, N.C., in April. Brown won the overall title in the same event in 2010, losing the singles title by a single pin. This time, though, she swept singles and mixed doubles to go along with the overall title.
"I was pretty confident in my ability to win, and I wasn't going to let the singles event elude me once again," she said in an Army news release. Brown, a sergeant, is a paratrooper assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C.
She missed the opportunity to win four straight titles because she deployed 2011 and 2012 to Afghanistan, where she worked alongside the Afghan national police and the brigade's women engagement teams in the south regional command.
The Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto has announced new appointments to its board of directors and board of trustees. The appointments become effective July 1. Britta Foster becomes chairwoman of the board of directors, succeeding Carl Boyett, who will remain on the board. New to the center's board of directors are David Halvorson, John Jacinto and Virginia Madueño. New members of the board of trustees are George Beach, Daniel Bote, Christina Gomez, former director Julio Hallack, Dr. Miguel Hernandez, Larry Martin, Sharilyn Nelson, Ivan Rizo, Beki Rush and Joe Swain.
Honored recently by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, officer Aimee Powers of California State University, Stanislaus, will pick up another award later this month.
Powers, who graduated in 2010 from CSUS with a degree in criminal justice, has been named Officer of the Year by the Stanislaus Civitan Club, and she'll be recognized along with other area law enforcement personnel during the annual Civitan Awards Ceremony on May 23 in Modesto.
Civitan is an association of service clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs, with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.
Juanzette Hunter is the 12th Senate District's volunteer of the year. She was chosen by State Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, and honored at the state Capitol last week.
Hunter has lived in Patterson since the late 1980s. She has been a member of Soroptimist International of Patterson since 2006, acting as vice president and president. She has volunteered at Sacred Heart Catholic School for 22 years and also volunteered at Patterson High School while her sons attended. She also serves free meals in the city park each week.
Modesto's Geneva Presbyterian Church honored Barbara Frazer as its Woman of the Year for her dedication serving on city and county committees and for her work in the church. The church also honored Interfaith Ministries and the Redwood Center for assisting hundreds of mothers and babies each year.
Myles Saxon White of Modesto has been selected to be an intern in Gov. Jerry Brown's office. White is a junior majoring in political science at the University of California at Davis. He graduated from Beyer High School in 2010.
Several Modesto 500 Lions Club members were honored in April during Lions 4 A-1 District Convention. District 4 A-1 is made up of 62 clubs from four regions. Winners were Pat Casey-Gillum, district Lion of the year; Brower Dimond, the MD4 excellence award; Pat Dimond, the Lions International certificate of appreciation and quality of service; Jeanine Tucker, presidents award; Jim Syvertson, Lions Eye Foundation Helen Keller award; Sue Carner, outstanding achievement as the district bulletin editor; Pat Syvertson, Long Tail Award for visiting all 62 clubs in the District; and Terry and Sandy Anderson from the Turlock 12:10, the Dr. Howard Abrams Humanitarian Award.
Frank Garland, a former Modestan who now teaches at Gannon University in Erie, Pa., has written a biography of Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Willie Stargell. It was published by McFarland & Co. Garland, a former Modesto Bee staff writer, said he spent six summers researching and writing the book.