Dennis Graspointer, owner of 19 area McDonalds restaurants, won a Golden Arch Award. The award is the highest recognition a McDonalds franchise owner can receive, and is given to 1 percent of the companys 34,000 restaurants worldwide. Graspointer will receive the honor Monday in Orlando, Fla. The award is based upon customer service, outstanding quality scores, significant community participation and overall achievement and business growth.
Graspointner has owned McDonalds restaurants for 35 years, expanding his business to include Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Merced counties, including locations in Modesto, Turlock, Ripon, Livingston, Angels Camp and Sonora. His restaurants participate in school fundraising efforts and charities, and general managers participate in community events including the Relay for Life run, the annual Autism Walk at Modesto Junior College, car washes for the Livingston Police Department and cleanup events.
Soroptimist names officers
Soroptimist International of Modesto has elected officers for the 2014-15 club year. Debra Campbell will serve as president, with Mona Martinez as president-elect. Catherine Millerman will be recording secretary and Jennifer Cowell corresponding secretary. Other electees: Charlie Rogers, treasurer; Truda Faulkner, assistant treasurer; Marilyn Parman and Dianne Marsh-King, directors through 2016; Sarah Birmingham, delegate through 2016; and Peggy ODonnell, alternate delegate through 2016. Continuing on the board through 2015 are directors JoAnn Found and Sher Grotts and delegates Yolanda Rivera and Norrine Coyle.
Valley company honored
Youngs Commercial Transfer, a trucking company that operates seasonally out of Oakdale during the late summer and fall harvest, received a safety award from the California Trucking Association for the fourth consecutive year. The associations safety awards program judges companies on specific safety performance including accident frequency, personnel and hiring systems, documented safety policies and procedures, driver-safety training, internal accident handling procedures, maintenance program and participation in the associations safety activities.
The Air Force Recruiting Service presented CrossFit Modesto with an award of appreciation for its support of the 364th Recruiting Squadron. CrossFit Modestos head coach, Billy Bucheli, has trained the Air Force recruits for free for more than two years every third Monday of the month.
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