Success & Service: Civil Air Patrol member promoted

Eric Collison of Modesto has been promoted to the rank of captain in the Civil Air Patrol. Collison has been a member of the patrol for three years and serves as deputy commander for cadet and aerospace officer. Recently, Collison received the A. Scott Crossfield Award for earning his master rating in the aerospace education specialty track.

The Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the Air Force, was founded Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought the U.S. into World War II. CAP is a nonprofit organization with more than 56,000 members nationwide. The organization’s members perform 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search-and-rescue missions tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and were credited by the AFRCC with saving more than 100 lives in 2010. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and other missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.

More information about the Civil Air Patrol and its Modesto squadron can be found at http://sq50.cawgcap.org.

Modestan elected to board

Kristi Ah You, managing partner of Franklin & Downs Funeral Home in Modesto and Ceres, recently was elected to be a board member for the California Funeral Directors Association in San Diego at the annual convention July 2. Ah You also serves locally as president of the Valley Lode Funeral Directors Association.

Honor for Oakdale businessman

Oakdale Allstate agency owner Bob O’Connor received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to helping others. The award includes a $1,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation to the Enochs High School Women of Wealth club, where O’Connor volunteers.

“Commitment to our communities is a natural extension of what we do every day – protecting people and making their lives more secure,” said John Stolte, regional sales leader for Allstate Insurance Co. in California. “With support from the Allstate Foundation, Bob O’Connor and Enochs High School Women of Wealth organization are making our hometown a better place to live.”

The Allstate Foundation awards more than $1 million every year to nonprofit organizations across the country in honor of dedicated Allstate agency owners who give back. To be eligible for nomination, Allstate agency owners must volunteer with, mentor or lead a nonprofit of their choice.

CCC member to work in Australia

Julia Predmore of the California Conservation Corps is one of nine corps members statewide selected for the 2014 work exchange with Conservation Volunteers Australia. Predmore, 23, is the daughter of Melanie Predmore of Modesto. She has been with the CCC’s Tahoe Center since January.

The CCC contingent will leave Aug. 20 for Melbourne and work in the states of Victoria and Queensland until Oct. 17. Projects will likely include tree planting, non-native plant removal and habitat protection for several endangered marsupials.

CVA has been exchanging young people with the CCC since 1988. A group of Australians is expected to visit in November, working in California at several CCC locations. CCC participants pay their own air fare; room and board is deducted from their corps salaries.

The California Conservation Corps is a state agency created by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 1976. Young men and women, 18 to 25, sign up for a year of natural resource work and emergency response.

TID engineer wins national award

The Turlock Irrigation District’s Peggy Harding has won an inaugural Women With Hydro Vision award, PennWell Hydro Group’s newest program.

The award recognizes the contributions of women in the hydropower industry. Recipients are nominated by peers in 10 categories. Harding, TID’s chief dam safety engineer, was nominated in the Dam Safety category.

Bethany Duarte, associate editor of HydroWorld.com, said in a news release, “Hydropower is such a male-driven industry, from engineers and CEOs to technicians and researchers. In an average magazine issue, the bulk of my authors are male. Over the last two years, this disparity has become quite clear.

“For that reason, I am very proud to announce the PennWell Hydro Group’s newest program, the Women With Hydro Vision awards. What these women have accomplished in their careers is simply astounding. They are gifts to the industry and I, for one, am very grateful that they didn’t let anything get in the way of their dreams.”

Harding and the other recipients will receive their awards at a luncheon during the HydroVision International Conference in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday.