Wasteful government was the topic of a talk at the annual Spring Tea hosted by Tracy Republican Women Federated from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Decorations reflected the theme “Afternoon Tea in the Garden,” and attendees were served refreshments including tea and cucumber sandwiches.
David Spady, president of California Americans for Prosperity, discussed uncovering fraud and waste, pointing to excessively high compensation and pensions for lifeguards in Newport Beach, for example.
Richard Pombo, former Tracy congressman, spoke about his view of problems in Washington, D.C.
Some of the proceeds from the tea will bolster the club’s scholarship fund, which will supply awards for three local students graduating at the end of this month.
Tracy Art League commends West High artist
Madison Tessera, a senior at West High School, is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Tracy Art League based on her portfolio, schoolwork and personal statement.
Tessera has been accepted into an art program at San Jose State University, where she will begin classes in the fall.
She presented her work to Tracy Art League members at their May 8 meeting.
Rotary awards scholarships
Twenty-five graduating seniors from Tracy area high schools received $27,500 in college scholarships last week from the Tracy Rotary Club.
Scholarship certificates were presented to the winners at the club’s May 6 scholarship awards meeting in the Tracy Transit Center.
Dr. Daisy Jones, Rotary scholarship chairwoman, praised the high quality of the winners representing five high schools.
“Through their achievements and interviews, we could tell this was an awesome group,” Jones said.
She reported that the club received 66 applications for scholarships, and the judging committee had a difficult time narrowing the number of winners to 25. The scholarships range from $500 to $2,000.
Jones read the résumés of the winners while incoming Rotary President Ben Goldberg and Rotarians who donated individual scholarships handed out scholarship certificates.
The winners then told where they are planning to attend college.
The actual scholarship checks will be given out at the end-of-the-year awards programs at the various high schools.
• Tracy High School — Lindsey Raaker, Daniella Santana, Jordan Nunes, Rebecca Metz, Haley Jensen, Inyoung Hong, Megan Harrison and Suyun Bae
• West High School — Cody Correia, Samantha Segur, Garrett Morris, Andrew Ly, Judy Huang and Abdallah Alami
• Kimball High School — Natalie Pearlman, Colby Chase, Aresema Hawariat, Mackenzie Decker and Lara Ibrahim
• Millennium High School — Florence Copeland, Morgan Johnson, Lauren Louis, Giacomo Oliveri and Jude Ocampo
• Stein High School — Brittany Nicole Dominguez
The majority of scholarship funds were generated at the club’s annual crab feed, augmented by scholarships contributed by individual club members.
Inner Wheel elects officers
Debbie Elliott is the new president of Tracy Inner Wheel.
She and other officers were elected at the May 6 meeting of the women’s service organization at the Tracy Golf and Country Club.
Elliott, who succeeds Coleen Bianchi as president, is a native of Japan who plans to use her international experience in pursuing goals of Inner Wheel.
Serving as officers with Elliott, wife of San Joaquin County Supervisor Bob Elliott, are Bonnie McCreary and Marietta McLellan, secretaries; and Marge Spatafore, treasurer.
The organization is now making plans for its annual summer fundraising event, which will be in August.
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