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Impromptu steak dinner for homeless
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Jeff Shields had a dilemma.
After the Manteca Rotary kick out and installation dinner Thursday at Howard Holtsman’s home he was tasked with seeing if he could put a sizeable amount of leftover cooked steaks and all the trimmings to good use.
So he loaded up his trunk and headed to the Hope Family Shelters’ Raymus House on Union Road. Given the hour the gate was locked and no one was responding. So he resigned himself to drive home where he’d more than likely end up throwing the leftover food away.
He happened to take Moffat Boulevard on his way home to Ripon when he came alongside a bicycle rider in the dark when an idea struck. He got the bicyclist — who happened to be homeless — to stop near the 120 Bypass overcrossing.
Shields told the bicyclist that he had a fairly large amount of food leftover from a dinner in the trunk and how and wanted to know if he wanted any of it.
The man informed Shields there were close to 50 homeless who seek temporary shelter at night — most without tents and such — along the semi-protected dirt embankment. The bicyclist soon had two other homeless men join him to unload the impromptu steak dinner from the trunk.
Shields is the service club’s new president replacing Charlie Halford.

Carol Davis retiring
from CEO of GECAC
All good things must come to an end.
That’s true of Carol Davis’ tenure as chief executive officer of the high-profile and highly successful Give Every Child a Chance non-profit, free tutoring service that she has overseen for the past 16 years.
Davis is retiring at the end of this year. Her replace is Nutritional Program Director Christine Hwang.
It should be noted while Davis may not have laid the critical foundation needed to build a working relationship with Manteca Unified School District that the first CEO — former Manteca High Principal Bill Jones — did that gave the undertaking bankrolled initially by the late Antone Raymus traction, Davis took the proverbial ball and ran with it.
So well did it go thanks to a dedicated team effort that GECAC has repeatedly been cited as a “Best Practices” community-based tutoring service by the federal government. That’s akin to repeat Super Bowl wins
Davis will be the first t to tell you the success is determined by the organization’s front-line paid staff and volunteers. The training of staff as well as their dedication is well-known throughout school districts in the region.
They have had more than 100 people hired directly into school support programs at districts throughout the region due to the success they helped foster at GECAC.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email