Chuck Crutchfield and Steve DeBrum – both longtime Kiwanis members – were surprised at a 100-year Rotary Foundation celebration Thursday night at Spring Creek Country Club with prestigious Paul Harris Awards.
Crutchfield is a sparkplug behind the Give Every Child a Chance tutoring that was formed by Manteca developer Antone Raymus who didn’t want to see any child left behind in school. DeBrum is currently Manteca’s mayor and credited with numerous volunteer initatives many times over in the Manteca community.
Both were invited to the dinner under false pretenses. Cruthchfield was there to make the presentation to DeBrum and once that was concluded, his daughter Christina Kefauver made a spirited run to the lectern and told Crutchfield not to leave and presented him with his own Paul Harris Fellow Award.
Manteca Rotary President Jeff Shields served as master of ceremonies.
Past Rotary President Sean Nussbaumer presented a Paul Harris Fellow pin to his wife Rachel. Manteca Rotarian Alice Chidester received her Paul Harris award for her contributions from fellow Rotarian Brenda Franklin.
Rotarians from other area clubs involved in the celebration of the foundation had contributed their monies to the foundation used to eradicate polio throughout the world over some 30 years. The millions of crippling cases were reportedly reduced to some 35 last year with only one case reported so far this year in a Third World country.
The clubs represented included Salida, Ripon, Manteca Noon, Manteca Morning and Lathrop Rotary.