Turlock-area egg producer reaches a milestone with donations

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Kristi Gemperle of Gemperle Farms in Turlock shows how to color Easter eggs using natural dyes.
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Kristi Gemperle of Gemperle Farms in Turlock shows how to color Easter eggs using natural dyes.

Gemperle Family Farms has topped 8 million donated eggs, mostly to nonprofits that feed low-income people.

The company, based on Lander Avenue just south of Turlock, has given away 350,000 to 500,000 eggs each year since 2000. The main recipients are the United Samaritans Foundation, Hilmar Helping Hands, Turlock Together and the Salvation Army.

United Samaritans makes egg salad sandwiches every Tuesday for lunches it provides around Stanislaus County, Executive Director Bev Hatcher said in a news release.

“We have many stories to tell that are heartwarming about our egg salad sandwiches,” she said. “Everyone remembers them.”

Swiss immigrants Annemarie and Ernie Gemperle founded the business in the 1950s and built it into a major part of the California egg industry. The family helped launch United Samaritans and has donated money to education, the arts, sports and other causes.

The second generation carries on at Gemperle, and yes, they enjoy eggs at Easter. A few years back, the Modesto Bee visited for a demonstration of natural dyes made from cabbage, beets and other sources.

Hospice lauds four

Community Hospice of Modesto honored four people with the Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Volunteer of the Year Award on April 10. It is named for the nonprofit’s co-founder.

  • Audrey Hermanson was recognized for her work as a grief support volunteer and at events promoting hospice.

  • Mardy Chipponeri is vice president of membership for the Friends of Community Hospice and chairs the Santa Shares Breakfast.

  • Sharon Troglin works at the Hope Chest Thrift Store and has been volunteering with hospice for more than 25 years.

  • Domini Mills has served as a nurse at Camp Erin of the Central Valley, which helps children and teens who have lost loved ones.

Community Hospice had about 500 volunteers working a total of about 23,000 hours last year.

A Latina of Influence

Domenica Escatel, membership support specialist for Girl Scouts Heart of Central California in Modesto, was named a 2019 Latina of Influence by Hispanic Lifestyle. The digital media and event company recognized 31 women around the country.

Escatel founded Chicana Inc., a movement devoted to empowering young Latina and Latino women and men in the Central Valley. She has been in the education field for 15 years working, with low-income and homeless children. For more details, visit

The Girl Scouts council also announced that Lynne Meredith has joined its board. She is a Stanislaus Superior Court commissioner, a trained mediator and a certified family law specialist.

The council oversees Girl Scout operations in 18 counties that include the Northern San Joaquin Valley and central Sierra Nevada.

And finally ...

Ross Middle School in Hughson repeated as champion of the Stanislaus County Academic Pentathlon. The 15th annual event involved a speech contest and tests in mathematics, fine arts, language arts, science and social studies.

The Prescott Junior High School Blue team from Modesto finished second. In third place was Blaker-Kinser Junior High School in Ceres, which hosted the pentathlon.

Junior high students compete in three divisions based on grade point average: honors, 3.8 to 4.0; scholastic, 3.25 to 3.79; and varsity, up to 3.24. The pentathlon is sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education, Omega Nu and the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County.

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