Girl Scouts tap these three Stanislaus women to help build the organization

Girl Scouts has hired, from left, Debbie Avila, Lisa Vasquez Alba and Zenaida Sanchez to build up the organization in and near Stanislaus County, CA. This was announced March 20, 2019.
Girl Scouts has hired, from left, Debbie Avila, Lisa Vasquez Alba and Zenaida Sanchez to build up the organization in and near Stanislaus County, CA. This was announced March 20, 2019.

Girl Scouts Heart of Central California has appointed three employees to build membership and support for the organization in and near Stanislaus County:

Debbie Avila is the manager of community engagement and membership. She grew up in Oakdale, where she was a Brownie, and has lived and worked in the region all of her life. Avila is president of Mujeres Latinas in Stanislaus County, belongs to Murals in Motown and serves on the Modesto Neighborhoods Inc. board.

Zenaida Sanchez is the strategic and community partnership manager. She was born in Mexico and has more than 20 years of experience in local organizations, including the past 11 with Girl Scouts. She has started several troops in the region.

Lisa Vasquez Alba is the retail sales manager for the Modesto Girl Scouts shop on Oakdale Road. She grew up in Modesto and Riverbank, where she belonged to a troop. She began volunteering with Girl Scouts in 1998 and received the Pat Maneely Customer Service Award last year.

The three will work out of the Modesto office in support of scouts in Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Mariposa and Amador counties.

“Debbie, Zenaida and Lisa share our passion for our collective mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place,” said Dr. Linda E. Farley, chief exective officer of GSHCC, in a news release.

They work well

About 770 high school students took part in the 34th annual Stanislaus County Occupational Olympics and Career Exposition at the county fairgrounds in Turlock.

The March 21 event tested their skills in 19 job fields. They also heard from 62 business representatives about the options ahead for them.

The first-place winners:

  • Agricultural engineering/construction trades: Jared Hack, Turlock High School
  • Agricultural equipment technology: Jace Jantz, Turlock
  • Automotive technology: Cameron Goodrum, Oakdale
  • Criminal justice: Ramika Govergezy, Pitman
  • Fashion design: Lauren Poppin, Gregori
  • Firefighter candidate training: Kameron Myers, Enochs
  • Floriculture: Maria Cervantes, Turlock
  • General marketing: Wyatt Wendell, Enochs
  • Hairstyling: Jessica Jericoff, Oakdale
  • Introduction to business applications: Vanessa Aguiniga, Oakdale
  • Job seeking skills: Brandon Harden, Waterford
  • Marketing mathematics: Breanna Campbell, Oakdale
  • Medical occupations: Lucas Ryun, Oakdale
  • Portfolio review: Michelle Borges, Hughson
  • Pitsco Drag Racing lightweight class (involving model cars): Roberto Engenio, Turlock
  • Pitsco heavyweight class: Roberto Ramirez, Turlock
  • Pitsco design: Jessica Jericoff, Oakdale
  • Robotics technology: Ruvi Pedroza and Liani Angulo, Ceres
  • Salad preparation and display: Sophia Anderson, Pitman
  • Small engine technology: Adrian Rivera, Beyer
  • Welding: Dominic Manriquez, Turlock
  • Large school overall award: Oakdale
  • Small school overall award: Hughson

And finally ...

United Way of Stanislaus County got a free paint job on its McHenry Avenue building thanks to the Paint It Forward campaign.

Lancaster Painting of Turlock took part in the national program for a ninth year and sought nominations in November. It provides up to $5,000 worth of services to an individual, family or nonprofit group.

Lancaster and United Way employees were among the dozens of people who volunteered on a recent Saturday to paint the exterior of the building white.

Lancaster sales representative Jennifer Gonzalez noted other help: Sherwin Williams donated the paint. Paul’s Paint provided free supplies. Jane Smith donated a color consultation. Mike Vincent provided a barbecue lunch.

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