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Class of 2010 joins Manteca Hall of Fame
Hall Fame inductee Susie Beeler reacts as she is told at the podium that her grandson who is serving in Afghanistan wrote a letter to congratulate her. Shown with Beeler is master of ceremonies Rex Osborn. - photo by HIME ROMERO/ The Bulletin
Two have devoted their lives to educating youth. One didn’t just put her heart and soul into community service but also muscle when the task came to dig graves to keep East Union Cemetery open. Another risked his life saving fellow soldiers against all odds.

Altogether eight men and women were inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame Saturday night as part of the Class of 2010.

There were:
• Evelyn Prouty for community service, including taking the lead role in keeping East Union Cemetery viable.

•Sammy Davis for special recognition, acknowledging being awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for going above and beyond the call of duty serving his country in the Vietnam War.

•Dick Durham for education, including the longest service to date among principals at East Union High.

•Kirt Giovannoni, for education, including inspiring students to create more than 200 murals at Manteca High that have attained world-wide attention.

• Dr. Mel Larson, for health care, for tending to the medical needs of generations of Manteca area residents.

• Gail Perry, for business, for helping George Perry & Sons attain continuing success as one of the country’s leading melon brokers.

•Janet Dyk, for agriculture, in recognition of her untiring efforts to help educate youth about agriculture.

The impact the eight have made on the lives of others wasn’t lost on Doctors Hospital of Manteca Chief Executive Officer Mark Lisa who delivered the keynote address to a sold out crowd at Saturday night’s 18th annual induction ceremonies conducted at Manteca’s Senior Center

“What matters is what we did, what we do, and what we will do,” Lisa said.

Lisa referred to the character, vision and integrity traits possessed by the eight honorees and their predecessors who have been recognized by the community in being elevated to the ranks of Manteca’s Hall of Fame.

He said that he routinely recruits prospective doctors from out of state who are drawn to Manteca by the attractions in the Sierra and in San Francisco but who are sometimes discouraged by a couple triple digit prone months in the summer.

In contrast, if those same doctors could be here tonight and witness the outstanding group of people gathered in this room – seeing their personalities and what they have achieved – they couldn’t help but be impressed and drawn to the community, seeing how truly special Manteca really is through the people, he said.

 “Don’t worry about what others think of you – don’t let that guide your decisions,” Lisa offered. “Do what you need to do to achieve your mission and your goal.  In the end it’s not the number of letters we have after our name, it’s not the number of degrees we have or where we went to school.”

“In the end what matters is whether or not we were good parents, spouses, friends and citizens,” Lisa stressed.

The hospital administrator and former U.S. Navy officer encouraged everyone to let their values be their guide with uncompromised integrity.  “When people have reason to doubt your integrity, they’ll doubt your reasons, your leadership and your goals – if you waver, others will do so as well – lead boldly, but lead by your values.”

Lisa referred to the award recipients as “doers,” in his presentation – those who get things done in their lives.

“Doers do!” he said. “Doers make mistakes and mistakes and failures are successes in their own right, because they teach humility, they teach direction and they teach tenacity.

“The people who don’t do, don’t fail. The people that don’t fail have never done.  The people that never have done, will never succeed,” he said.

As for giving service to the community, Lisa remarked, “All of us are better than any one of us.”

He explained that everyone can continue to hold on to their individuality while making contributions to the greater good.

“Whether it’s service to God, country, state, groups or anyone else, service is the hallmark of higher beings.  Together (is how) communities are made,” he said.  

He further encouraged his listeners to “enjoy life, live it, fulfill it, don’t waste it,” as exemplified by the eight inductees to the Hall of Fame and those who have been honored in the past years.

The “Class of 1993” was the first group of five to be recognized by the community into the Hall of Fame.  The inductees included Alfred Goodwin, George McParland, George Murphy, Ed Powers and Joshua Cowell.

The Boys & Girls Club of Manteca/Lathrop, under the direction of Charlie Halford,  have continued to carry on  the annual Hall of Fame tradition in the community pointing out that it is leadership by example that is helping steer and guide today’s youth into being productive citizens.