Four state and local leaders and the Stanislaus County Commission for Women will be saluted Sunday at the Democratic Women’s Club of Stanislaus County’s Inspire Awards luncheon.
The individual honorees are Betty Yee, state controller; Anna Caballero, Gov. Jerry Brown’s secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency; Yvonne Walker, president of the Service Employees International Union Local 1000 and vice president on the SEIU International Executive Board; and Sharon Arpoika with the Stanislaus Chapter of the National Organization for Women.
The keynote address at the awards will be given by Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker, vice chairwoman of the California Democratic Party.
A bit more on the honorees:
▪ Yee was elected the state’s chief financial officer in 2014. As controller, she is a member of the Board of Equalization, chairwoman of the Franchise Tax Board and a board member of the California Public Employees Retirement System and the California State Teachers Retirement System. She has received the Distinguished Service Award from the California Association of Counties.
▪ Caballero’s responsibility as secretary includes the oversight of departments charged with funding affordable housing, civil rights enforcement, banking and financial transactions, consumer protection, and the licensing of 3 million working professionals. Prior to her appointment, Secretary Caballero served as a member of the California State Assembly for four years and mayor and council member for Salinas for 15 years.
▪ SEIU is California’s largest state employee union, representing about 93,000 people in a range of professions. A former Marine, Walker in 1995 began working as a legal secretary for the California Department of Justice in San Diego. She was recently appointed by the mayor of Sacramento to serve on the city’s Income Inequality Task Force.
▪ Arpoika was a founding member of the Stanislaus Chapter of NOW in 1972. She retired in 2010 as head of children’s and teen services for the Stanislaus County Library. A graduate of California State University, Stanislaus, she has been a member of the American Association of University Women since 1967. With the AAUW, she is helping to plan and implement “Ending the Culture of Violence: Continuing the Conversation,” a speakers series for 2015-16.
▪ The Stanislaus County Commission for Women was established in 1979 as an independent, nongovernmental organization to promote an awareness of issues that concern women. Its activities include providing scholarships for women to further their education and sponsoring the Stanislaus County Outstanding Women Celebration held annually in March in conjunction with National Women’s History Month.
The awards ceremony will be held at Galletto Ristorante, 1101 J St., Modesto. The event will begin with an 11 a.m. VIP social, followed with the luncheon and awards from noon to 2 p.m.
Tickets are $35 to $70. Tickets can be purchased at is.gd/I1kbFW and should be ordered by Wednesday.