Sons in Re­tire­ment hon­ors Viet­nam-era vets at cer­e­mony

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The Sons in Re­tire­ment (SIR) Branch 145 in Acampo re­cently hon­ored 42 Viet­nam/Viet­nam-era vet­er­ans who are SIR mem­bers at the Moose Lodge in Acampo.

The pro­gram was co­or­di­nated by SIR Area Gover­nor Rick Kin­dle, who is a part­ner with the United States of Amer­ica Viet­nam War Com­mem­o­ra­tion.

Pre­sent­ing la­bel pins to the hon­orees was Rear Ad­mi­ral USCG Michael R. Se­ward, also Com­man­der of VFW District 13. He was as­sisted by Ma­jor USAF Richard Paul­son from Tur­lock.

Eighty-five SIR mem­bers were in at­ten­dance and the lo­cal or­ga­nizer was Lit­tle SIR Phil Schrock. Also hon­ored and rec­og­nized were all WWII and Korea War vet­er­ans. Many Viet­nam vet­er­ans were not treated well upon their re­turn from ser­vice and the pur­pose of this event was to thank and honor these vet­er­ans.

Those hon­ored in­cluded: Andy Bai­ley, Ben Bend­brook, Charles Ben­net, Rama Bo­lar, Wil­liam Brager, Ken Card­well, Frank Da­nials, Wil­liam El­sholz, Clay Fol­lett, Fran Forkas, Alphon­sus Furr, Robert Gor­bet, Jim Grimes, Paul Heaney, Ray Honey, Bill Hrovat, Ken­net Kram­lich, Larry Lam­bert, Howard Larimer, Ted Leven­tini, Ernie Lucero, Mike Lynn, Ge­orge Medeiros, Thomas Mueller, Don Nor­man, John Nunes Chad Palmer, Ron­ald Rus­sell, Bill Ruther­ford, John Schwartz, Bill Shankles and Si­las Suits.

Tokay Branch 145 meets for lunch on the sec­ond Tues­day of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Moose Lodge, 3824 E. Wood­bridge Road, Acampo. BIG SIR is Robert Gor­bet.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in join­ing SIR can find more in­for­ma­tion at the 145 web­site at

Those in­ter­ested in more in­for­ma­tion on the Viet­nam/ Viet­nam-era com­mem­o­ra­tion can visit

Cell Block 7 per­forms tonight

En­joy a din­ner, full bar and live mu­sic from Cell Block 7 tonight at Amer­i­can Le­gion Hall. The Lodi jazz band will have the place swing­ing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Guests can en­joy a spaghetti din­ner with salad, bread and dessert for $15. For $5, guests can munch on a hot dog and chips, or up­grade to a burger for $8.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. The Lodi Amer­i­can Le­gion is at 320 N. Wash­ing­ton St., Lodi.

Day-2-Day Di­a­betes Sup­port Group

The Day-2-Day Di­a­betes Sup­port Group is hold­ing its next meet­ing at 6 p.m. Thurs­day at the Lodi Public Li­brary. The meet­ing will be a round robin dis­cus­sion fea­tur­ing Mau­reen Ros­ales, busi­ness devel­op­ment man­ager for South Bay Health in­sur­ance Ser­vices.

The group dis­cusses both type 1 and type 2 di­a­betes, as well as pre-di­a­betes. The group’s goal is to ed­u­cate peo­ple with di­a­betes or pre­di­a­betes so they can bet­ter cope with the con­di­tion and live well. Fam­ily mem­bers, care­givers and friends are also wel­come.

There is no mem­ber­ship fee or cost to at­tend. All meet­ings are open to the public. The Lodi Public Li­brary is at 201 W. Lo­cust St., Lodi. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Duane Simpfend­er­fer Sr. at 209 369-1599.

New­com­ers Club meet­ing

The Lodi New­com­ers Club’s July Cof­fee will he held on Thurs­day, 9:30 a.m., at Coco’s Bak­ery, lo­cated at 2347 W. Ket­tle­man Lane. The host­ess will be Mar­i­lyn McGee and no reser­va­tions are needed.

Gar­den­ing with worms work­shop

Delta Tree Farms will host a free public work­shop, “Ver­mi­cul­ture: The Nat­u­ral Way To A Lush Home Gar­den” on Satur­day. The work­shop will look at how gar­den­ers can take ad­van­tage of worms for a health­ier gar­den.

The work­shop will be pre­sented by John Leonard of Delta Tree Farms, and will in­clude re­fresh­ments and a raf­fle for a com­plete worm box. The class will be from 10 a.m. to noon Satur­day at the nurs­ery, 12900 N. Lower Sacra­mento Road, Lodi. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 209369-6797.

Sev­enth an­nual Sip and Snack at the Mac

The Galt Area His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety hosts their yearly wine, food and beer tast­ing event on July 29 at McFar­land Liv­ing History Ranch, 8899 Orr Road, Galt.

Tast­ing lasts from 6 to 9 p.m., with live mu­sic and danc­ing from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be on­go­ing hay rides around the ranch, as well as tours of the McFar­land home.

Tick­ets are $25 in ad­vance and $35 at the door, and can be pur­chased at Barsetti Vine­yards’ tast­ing room at 400 4th St., Galt. Tick­ets are also avail­able on­line at

via PayPal, by call­ing 209-745-1477 or by email­ing

All pro­ceeds sup­port the McFar­land Liv­ing History Ranch.

Com­puter classes at the Lodi Public Li­brary

The Lodi Public Li­brary will hold the fol­low­ing com­puter classes:

• Com­puter Ba­sics: 9 a.m. July 24, 25 and 31. Com­puter, in­ter­net and email ba­sics for be­gin­ners.

• Mi­crosoft Word: 9 a.m. July 19, 20, 26 and 27. learn how to cre­ate and edit var­i­ous types of Word doc­u­ments.

All classes are free, but re­quire ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion. They will be held in the li­brary’s Com­puter Learn­ing Cen­ter, 201 W. Lo­cust St., Lodi. For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter0, call 209-333-5554 or email

Lodi-area stu­dent earn aca­demic nods

Sev­eral stu­dents from the Lodi and Galt area have earned aca­demic hon­ors dur­ing the spring se­mes­ter. Azusa Pa­cific Univer­sity: • Car­men Cam­pos of Lodi. • An­drew Estrella of Lodi. • Linda Ponce-Sch­wabauer of Lodi.

Stu­dents on the dean’s list must earn a grade-point av­er­age 3.5 or higher. Aurora Univer­sity: • Dy­lan Scatz of Lodi. Schatz is ma­jor­ing in ac­count­ing/busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Stu­dents on the dean’s list must earn a GPA of 3.6 or higher.

Galt stu­dent earns master’s de­gree

Ben­jamin Paul San­tos of Galt has earned a Master of Sci­ence in health and hu­man per­for­mance from Fort Hays State Univer­sity in Ken­tucky.


Robert Gor­bet, right, was one of 42 Viet­nam-era vet­er­ans hon­ored dur­ing a Sons in Re­tire­ment cer­e­mony held at the Moose Lodge in Acampo.

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