David L. Gianelli, immediate past president of the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County, has been chosen for membership in the Jeremiah Milbank Society, which recognizes generous contributors to the organization. Gianelli has been invited to the 2015 convention of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to be recognized as a 2014 member of the society, which is reserved for individuals who contribute $10,000 or more to a club.
Milbank (1887-1972) was a businessman, financier and philanthropist who led efforts to eradicate diphtheria and organized the International Committee for the Study of Infantile Paralysis in 1928. He helped President Herbert Hoover develop the national Boys & Girls Club and served as treasurer of the national organization for 25 years.
Gianelli, the managing attorney at Gianelli & Associates in Modesto, is one of the founding directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County. It began after-school programs at Sylvan and C.F. Brown elementary schools in the Sylvan Union School District in north Modesto in August 2013 and just completed its first summer program for Sylvan Union School District students ages 6 to 14 at Somerset Middle School. More than 270 children participated in the clubs during the school year, and the club will resume its after-school programs at all three locations next month.
McGinnis honored in Ripon
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Ripon police officer Trevor McGinnis is the Ripon Chamber of Commerce officer of the year for 2014. McGinnis joined the Ripon PD in 2008, working as youth services officer for the past five years. He has been instrumental as a member or lead officer in many programs over the past several years, including school resource officer, regional occupational program, school attendance review board, junior police academy and bicycle safety rodeo.
Modestans complete CHP Academy
Two Modesto residents, Andrew Cross and Kyle Shepardson, have completed the 27-week California Highway Patrol Academy and have received their first assignments.
Cross, a 1999 Johansen High graduate, will join the Castro Valley office. He was an audio design engineer in San Francisco before changing careers. Shepardson graduated from Downey High in 2004 and went on to earn his degree in business administration and management at California State University, Fresno. He worked as senior project manager for Rim Hospitality in Modesto before attending the CHP Academy. He has been assigned to the East Los Angeles office.
Fighting fire with beer
Coors is contributing a portion from beer sales in California and other Western states to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation to assist firefighters and the families of firefighters hurt or killed while battling grass and forest fires throughout the region.
The Protect Our West campaign will give 25 cents per case of Coors Banquet sold, up to total contribution of $250,000, to the foundation. It applies to cases sold in California, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The campaign includes local distributor CenCal Beverage of Modesto.