Club Notes: Toastmasters applauded, TAAA scholarships open, YLI trip to Black Oak & TBNA meets
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(from left) Maureen Tobin Bastedenbeck, Lucy Kaye, Terry Donaldson, Sofia Valenzuela, Binh Nguyen,
(from left) Maureen Tobin Bastedenbeck, Lucy Kaye, Terry Donaldson, Sofia Valenzuela, Binh Nguyen,
Toastmasters applauded

When Tracy Leadership Toastmasters Club met Tuesday, five members were recognized for their efforts that have the club on track to reach Distinguished Club status by June 31.

Maureen Tobin Bastedenbeck, Lucy Kaye, Terry Donaldson, Sofia Valenzuela and Binh Nguyen were all awarded certificates.

The club meets at noon Tuesdays at City Hall, Room 203, 333 Civic Center Drive. On Tuesday, members will coach Khyra Kolidakis, the winner of a Tracy Breakfast Lions student speech contest, as the Kimball High senior pursues national recognition in the higher levels of that contest.

For information: Sam Wong, 740-1234

TAAA accepts scholarship applications

All black high school seniors in Tracy are invited to apply for academic scholarships from Tracy African American Association, which is celebrating its 20th year in 2014.

To extend the opportunity to all college-bound candidates, scholarships will be awarded in two divisions based on grades: 3.5-4.0 GPA and 2.0-3.4 GPA.

Applications are available from the association’s website,, and must be mailed by April 26 to Howard Baker Jr., educational committee chairman, P.O. Box 62, Tracy, CA 95378.

As of 2013, TAAA’s Wayne Nelson Academic Scholarship Program had provided more than $92,000 in grants through the years. The late Wayne Nelson was a TAAA member and education advocate.

For information: Howard Baker Jr., 914-9764 or

YLI plans trip to Black Oak Casino

Seats can still be reserved for a bus trip to Black Oak Casino next week with the Young Ladies Institute of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Members will board the bus at 8 a.m. Friday in the church parking lot and return at 5 p.m. The cost is $20 per person, and snacks will be provided. Call Myrtis Hux, 346-6669, for reservations.

The group greeted Grand President Patricia McGuire during her official visit Wednesday, commemorated by a shared meal and candy rose favors made by Arlene and Lorraine Avila. Joelle Garcia, chair of the Grand President’s Program, reported that institute members, friends and the St. Anthony’s Grand Council had raised $890 to date for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

Next month, the YLI will acknowledge the beginning of Lent with a simplicity meal before the March 12 meeting. Hux and President Debbie Grinstead will prepare the meal. Members are asked to take a mug or soup bowl to participate.

For information: Eva Gonsalves, 835-3702

TBNA to meet Feb. 28

Members of Tracy Business Networking Association will meet next at noon Feb. 28 at El Tapatio, 572 W. 11th St.

Beverly Blankenship, of American Workers Insurance Services, will speak about the Affordable Care Act and gap plans.

For information:

• Members of clubs in Tracy or Mountain House are invited to share news about their groups. Send email to, call 835-3030 or leave a note at the Tracy Press, 131 W. 10th St.

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