Success & Service: Former Modestan Frank Damrell Jr. moving toward confirmation for seat on Delta Stewardship Council

Bee Staff ReportsJanuary 18, 2014 

Frank Damrell

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Retired federal Judge Frank Damrell Jr., a former Modestan, passed another hurdle in the nomination process to join the Delta Stewardship Council when he earned a 5-0 recommendation from the state Senate Rules Committee. He will now go before the full Senate for final confirmation, before permanently joining Turlock rancher Randy Fiorini, former Sacramento Mayor Phil Isenberg, Inglewood resident Gloria D. Gray, former state Sen. Patrick Johnston of Stockton, Del Mar resident Hank Nordoff and San Joaquin County Supervisor Frank “Larry” Ruhstaller of Stockton on the council created to monitor the Delta and its ecosystem.

Damrell started his law firm in Modesto in 1968 and led it until President Bill Clinton appointed him to the U.S. District Court in Sacramento in 1997. He was appointed to the council by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2013 after Felicia Marcus left to join the state Water Resources Control Board.

Senior Award nominees sought

Nominations for Stanislaus County’s 2014 Senior Awards are now being accepted. Nominees must be county residents 60 or older who do volunteer work in any of the following areas; community service, humanitarianism, leadership, political advocacy or being a good neighbor.

One recipient from each of the supervisorial districts will be recognized by the Board of Supervisors in May. To obtain nomination forms, contact the Area Agency on Aging at (209) 558-7825 or (800) 510-2020, or go to the agency’s office at 121 Downey Ave., Suite 102, Modesto.

The deadline for nominations is March 10.

Senior volunteer nominees sought

Home Instead Inc., a senior care company, is looking to recognize seniors older than 65 who volunteer at least 15 hours each month to their favorite causes. It will donate $500 to each winner’s favorite nonprofit, with $5,000 going to the national winner’s preferred charity.

To submit a nomination online, visit Completed nomination forms can be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005.

Officers chosen

The Central Valley Opportunity Center, which offers vocational training, job search assistance and other services to low-income people in Stanislaus, Merced and Madera counties, has named its officers for 2014. They are: Raul Z. Diaz, chairman; Edgar Lacey, vice chairman; Mai Meidinger, secretary; William Sylvia, treasurer; and Manuel Olguin, member at large.

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