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DRIVING FORCE FOR MURALS
Carroll picked for Manteca Hall of Fame
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Charleen Carroll, right, and Gayl Wilson in front of a small segment of the Manteca Mural Societys Cruising mural in the 100 block of North Main Street.

Charleen Carroll — one of the driving forces behind the largest public arts project in Manteca — is being inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame.
The dinner and induction ceremonies are taking place Saturday, May 19, at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Tickets are $65 apiece and are available through the Manteca Boys & Girls Club, 545 W. Alameda St., or by calling 239.5437.
Other inductees are Joyce Gatto, art; Gary DeiRossi, education; Dr. Jerry Weiner, healthcare; Everett Rankins, agriculture; Leon Sucht, business; Peggy Thompson Spears, community service; Connie Lum, at-large; and Michael Dean Moore, at-large.
Carroll is being inducted for special recognition.
Carroll has been involved with the Manteca Mural Society since its inception in 2002. She is currently the organization’s president.
The day of her induction the mural society will be dedicating its 31st mural — the salute to World War I veterans dubbed “Zero Hour”.
The society was founded to build community pride; build a cultural bridge between the past, present, and future; to revitalize, improve, and enhance the Manteca economy; and to promote tourism.
The value of the undertaking to date that has delivered professional grade murals.
Those nominating Carroll note “through the years, (she) has developed relationships and a network of connections and resources which create a synergy that enables individual and collective accomplishments” in the community.”
Retired Pastor Mike Dillman who founded the Not Forgotten Memorial Weekend Commemoration notes she has been one of the key volunteers that made the effort successful.
Carroll served on the Manteca Growth Management Committee from 1988 to 1990 and the Manteca Planning Commission from 1991 through 2002. She current serves as the Manteca Stake Public Affairs Assistant for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
She is the owner and founder of Pollination Contractors that is one of a handful of bee brokers in the Central Valley that play a critical role in the production of California’s No. 1 farm crop — almonds. The company was launched in 1978.
Her brother Brock Elliott was the first of 18 Manteca men to be killed in the Vietnam War. Brock Elliott School was named in his honor.
She is married to Michael Carroll. They have three adult children — Jaosn, Michale, and Paula — as well as five grandchildren. They are Jacob, Jessica, Mikey, Diego, and Ella.
Carroll is a 1985 Manteca High graduate. She is a descendant of pioneer Manteca families and is a California Native American.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com