The Modesto Elks club turns 100 years old Tuesday, continuing its service to the community.
Over the past century its members have helped veterans and handicapped youth, promoted Americanism and provided scholarships.
The Elks started a lodge at 10th and H streets where the new Stanislaus County Courthouse is expected to be built. They moved into their new three-story meeting hall at 1222 I St. in 1927. World heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey donated a boxing ring that was kept in the basement. The Elks' head emblem still graces the top of the building.
In 1950, they moved from the I Street building now home to the Teamsters union Local 748 out to McHenry Avenue after converting the former home of Dr. Eugene Falk to a lodge by adding a main meeting room and bar.
The Elks expanded again in 1956, adding the ballroom. They put that building up for sale in 2001. It is now The Seasons banquet facility.
The club relocated again, this time to 645 Charity Way in a north Modesto industrial park.
A dinner and dance Saturday capped a weeklong list of 100th-anniversary activities.
And in November, the Modesto Elks will host the California-Hawaii Elks Association's midstate convention for the first time since Modesto hosted 100 years ago.
The Sonora Area Foundation has awarded grants that will benefit veterans in assisted-living centers and people who enjoy live theater.
A $30,000 grant went to the Sierra Repertory Theatre to continue outreach efforts that include student matinees, benefit theater nights for local nonprofit groups, and donated and discounted tickets for various recipients.
The foundation gave $2,000 to Visiting Hospitalized Veterans, a group that visits care centers around Tuolumne County. The money will help buy small gifts for the vets.
The foundation has about $26 million in assets, including the affiliated Irving J. Symons Foundation and Symons Family Fund. Symons, who died in 2004, was a longtime businessman in Sonora.
The Modesto 500 Lions club installed its officers for 2013-14. They are Carol Shipley, president; John Peltier, first vice president; Mike Kalanta, second vice president; Bill Ames, third vice president; Kristi James, secretary; Pat Dimond, treasurer; Craig Kellogg and Sue Carner, lion tamers; Jim Syvertson and Jerry Lovelady, tail twisters; Ron Owen, Lori Begen, Pay Syvertson and Jerry Cooper, directors; Diana Ringer, Pat Casey-Gillum and Brower Dimond, membership committee; and Dennis Miner, immediate past president.
Award winners included Pat Dimond and Melvin Jones, Fellow; Casey-Gillum and Harry J. Asland, Fellow; Sue Carner, Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence distinguished service award; Brower Dimond, Tosch Fellow; Ed Nuccio and Harry Carlson, Award; Lori Begen and Don Stanaway, Fellow; Bob Kriese and Jack Kriese, special recognition for 50 years of Outstanding Service; and Shipley, Lion of the year. Appreciation awards went to Bill Spearing and Joe Kaaekuahiwi.
Soroptimist International of Modesto recently installed its officers for 2013-14. They include Sarah Birmingham, president; Debra Campbell, president elect; Catherine Millerman, recording secretary; Claudia Gerow, corresponding secretary; Charlie Rodgers, treasurer; Truda Faulkner, assistant treasurer; Sher Grotts, JoAnn Found and Mona Martinez, directors; Yolanda Rivera, delegate; and Norrine Coyle and Mary Bavaro, alternate delegates.
The club also honored Dianne Marsh-King as Soroptimist of the Year for her outstanding contributions to the organization.
Lori Gallo, 38, of Merced has been appointed to the 35th District Agricultural Association, Merced County Fair board. Gallo has assisted the human resources department at Joseph Gallo Farms, maker of Joseph Farms Cheese, since 2008.
Gallo is a board member of the Fresno Behavioral Intervention Association and the Fresno Village Preschool. The position does not require Senate confirmation, and there is no compensation. Gallo is a Republican.
Country Crossroads Quilters will give away quilts to area military veterans. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Trinity Presbyterian Church's Telle Center. The quilters organized in 1983 and boast of more than 100 members.
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