Club Notes: Bench for Franco & new YLI members
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Key Club dedicates bench in Franco’s honor

The West High School Key Club has dedicated a bench reserved for the senior class in the school’s main lobby in honor of Dr. James Franco, superintendent of Tracy Unified School District, who is retiring in June.

The Dr. Franco Senior Bench recalls a tradition at Jefferson High School in Daly City, the high school Franco attended, according to Key Club adviser Dianne Colon-Montalbo.

“Students could hardly wait to become a senior just to sit on the senior bench,” Colon-Montalbo wrote this week.

The Key Club, a community service club affiliated with Kiwanis, dedicated the bench at 3:15 p.m. Thursday during its annual Award and Ice Cream Float Day.

YLI welcomes new members

All Catholic women are invited to join St. Bernard’s Young Ladies Institute No. 150.

During the past year, the organization had a potluck Thanksgiving dinner for members and families and contributed to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church at Easter and Christmas. YLI also gave a scholarship to an eighth-grader being promoted from St. Bernard’s Catholic School and donated to Tracy Interfaith Ministries, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and a fund for young men studying to become priests.

Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in the small hall at the church, 163 W. Eaton Ave., followed by dessert.

Yearly dues are $30 for a Beneficial membership, which includes a $1,500 death benefit, or $24 for an Associate membership. Bridget Madruga and Vasa Spilman are leading the effort to increase membership this year.

Nominations for officers will be announced at the organization’s June 11 meeting, and officers will be installed July 9. Plans are in progress for a bunco fundraiser open to all.

Jeanette Borges, district deputy, visited the local YLI on May 14.

For information: Debbie Grinstead, 835-6185

Toastmasters club marks Public Works Week

Connie Vieira asked thought-provoking questions as she discussed the role of public works at Tuesday’s meeting of the Tracy Leadership Club Toastmasters.

Vieira, Tracy public works analyst, explained some of what her department does for the city, from fixing streetlights to hanging signs for parades, cleaning up storm-fallen branches and picking up trash after city events.

Because of Memorial Day, next week’s meeting is canceled. Tracy Leadership Club Toastmasters will resume its weekly meetings at noon June 3 in Room 203 at City Hall, 333 Civic Center Drive. All are welcome.

For information:, 336-6150 or

American Legion Auxiliary to meet

The next meeting of James McDermott Unit 172 of the American Legion Auxiliary will begin at noon Tuesday at Perko’s Café, 1321 W. 11th St.

For information: Ruth Briggs, president, 835-1429

• 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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