Tracy VFW Ladies Auxiliary member honored
Shirley Calvert, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1537 in Tracy, has been honored by the national Ladies Auxiliary for her leadership.
Calvert, also president of all California chapters, was given a medallion during the National Mid-Year Conference of the Ladies Auxiliary for achieving 91 percent membership retention within the first six months of the 2013-14 fiscal year. The goal for the entire year is to keep 100-percent of the members from the previous year.
For more information about the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW, visit www.ladiesauxvfw.org.
McAlister is city co-employee of the month
Dina McAlister began her career with the city of Tracy in the Police Records Department in 1998 after working 12 years in various positions for Alameda County. Now an administrative assistant for engineering in the Development Services Department, she provides excellent customer service to the public and the staff and performs all her duties cheerfully and efficiently.
Recently, McAlister has saved the city thousands of dollars by taking the initiative to implement Web-based bidding.
Previously, all bidding was paper-based, occasionally supplemented by website posting. McAlister worked closely with engineers to prepare specifications, exhibits and drawings for Web viewing and emails to builders exchanges.
Eliminating paper-based bidding and faxed addenda saves thousands of dollars each year in printing and mailing costs and associated staff time. The time lag between drawing approval and advertising was reduced from weeks to hours, and making changes by addendum takes minutes instead of half a day.
In 2013, McAlister advertised more than 50 projects on the city website and builders exchanges. Not only has she trained herself and worked with minimal supervision, but she has also trained others.
She and her husband, Calvin, live in Tracy and have three children: Quanya, A.J. and Imani. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and granddaughter Sanaiya.
McAlister also enjoys relaxing at the casino, visiting Universal Studios, growing plants and taking care of her fish, and she is an avid longtime San Francisco 49ers fan.
Ward is city co-employee of the month
Jeremy Ward joined the city of Tracy in June 2007 as a firefighter-paramedic.
Ward provides outstanding service as a firefighter-paramedic on a daily basis. He is also an example of how one person can turn an idea into a reality that touches numerous lives.
About two years ago, Ward inquired about reinstituting the Tracy Fire Explorers. He researched what it would take and presented a complete plan to the fire chief. Ward also solicited the help of some of his colleagues who expressed interest in being adult advisers and instructors for the proposed Tracy Fire Explorer Post 900.
Despite being told that there was very little funding to support the post, Ward was undeterred and pursued grants and contributions for its operation and activities. He and the post advisers spend countless hours of volunteer time to ensure its success.
With Ward as senior adviser, Post 900 includes 21 active young men and women from Tracy, Mountain House and adjacent rural areas who participate in character building, physical fitness, community and fire-service related activities.
In 2013, several members of the post participated in the California State Fire Exploring Academy, and Post 900 was recognized as one of the top Explorer posts of the 25 in attendance.
Ward lives in Tracy with his wife, Sarah. He enjoys backpacking, hockey and various outdoor activities.
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