McDonald’s franchisee honored

Bee Staff ReportsApril 26, 2014 

Dennis Graspointer, owner of 19 area McDonald’s restaurants, won a Golden Arch Award. The award is the highest recognition a McDonald’s franchise owner can receive, and is given to 1 percent of the company’s 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 McDonald’s 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 O’Donnell, 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

Young’s 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 association’s 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 association’s safety activities.

Trainers thanked

The Air Force Recruiting Service presented CrossFit Modesto with an award of appreciation for its support of the 364th Recruiting Squadron. CrossFit Modesto’s 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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