Five Lodians have been named to the Lodi Community Hall of Fame for 2013.
Sponsored by the Lodi Boys and Girls Club, the Hall of Fame program recognizes local men and women who have made enduring contributions to the Lodi community. Inductees will be honored at a dinner and program set for Oct. 19.
Honorees for this year:
Jeanie Biskup was the driving force behind the creation and success of the Lodi Police Department’s Partners program. She has been employed for 26 years with the department, where she has held many positions. She was nominated by Mark Helms for her contributions to government.
Linda Hammons has served as a volunteer for many organizations, including as a counselor for abused women at the Lodi Women’s Center, an English tutor for Spanish speakers at the Lodi Public Library and on the boards for Habitat for Humanity and the Breakthrough Project. She was nominated by Lusandra Vincent for her contributions to community service.
Richard “Dick” Ling is an active volunteer at the St. Joachim's Catholic Cemetery, Heritage School and St. Anne’s Catholic Church, where he has organized food for funeral receptions and creating “grottos” as raffle prizes at church fundraisers. He was nominated by Karl Welsbacher and shares recognition in the community service category.
Thomas Sanchez is area director of business development for Waste Management Inc. He was instrumental in creating Lodi’s three-cart recycling program, as well as arranging for a large donation by Waste Management that made it possible to remodel the Lodi Grape Bowl. He has been a leader in several organizations, including the Lodi Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Business Committee and Kiwanis. He was nominated by Annette Murdaca for his contributions to business.
Don Womble was a teacher and track coach at Lodi schools for more than 60 years and coached well into his 80s. During his tenure as assistant coach, he led Lodi High School to 18 league championships, and six of the athletes he coached competed in the state championship meet. He was nominated by David Phillips for his contributions to education.
The five will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 19 at the Lodi Boys and Girls Club, 275 Poplar St. Tickets are $45 each. For more information or to make a reservation, call Eddie Cotton at 209-334-2697.