Soroptimist International of Modesto named Charlie Rodgers its Soroptimist of the Year. A 17-year member of the organization, she is its treasurer and also served two terms as its president. The group also installed its officers for 2014-15 during a recent event: Debra Campbell, president; Mona Martinez, president-elect; Catherine Millerman, recording secretary; Jennifer Cowell, corresponding secretary; Charlie Rodgers, treasurer; and Truda Faulkner, assistant treasurer. Directors for two-year terms are Marilyn Parman and Dianne Marsh-King, with Sarah Birmingham as delegate and Peggy O’Donnell as alternate delegate for two year-terms. Continuing board members are Sarah Birmingham, past president; JoAnn Found and Sher Grotts, directors; Yolanda Rivera as delegate; and Norrine Coyle as alternate delegate.
CVOC gets grant
The Central Valley Opportunity Center received a $40,000 grant from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to further its efforts to provide employment and training services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers, displaced agricultural workers and other low-income individuals in Madera, Merced and Stanislaus counties. During the last fiscal year Wal-Mart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $1.3 billion in cash and in-kind contributions, including efforts to fight hunger, provide healthier foods and advance sustainability practices.
UOP alum ‘distinguished’
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Alison Foster Davis, executive director of the Modesto-based Family Connections Christian Adoptions, received a distinguished public service Award from the Pacific Alumni Association. Davis graduated from Downey High in 1980 and Fresno City College before earning her degree from University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in 1992. She accepted the honor at the association’s 55th annual awards dinner May 31 in Stockton.