Six Lodians have been named to the Lodi Community Hall of Fame for 2011. 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 are to be honored at a dinner and program set for Nov. 5.
Honorees this year are:
Elmer Kludt, who helped establish the Boosters of Boys and Girls Sports Organization and was active with the local Salvation Army, where he served on the board of directors for many years. He was nominated posthumously by Junelle Osterlie for his contributions to community service.
Robert Gross, who is a performer in the Delta College Winds, the Stockton Concert Band and the Lodi Community Band, for which he served as music director for five years. He also served on the board of directors for the Lodi Community Concerts Association and organized the Grape Bowl Classic Band Review. Gross was nominated by Carol Marvel for his contributions to the arts.
Sally Snyde, who serves as the president for the board of the World of Wonders Science Museum and led the effort in opening the museum. She is a member of the Lodi Rotary Club, where she has served on the board and has participated in many community projects. Snyde was nominated by Jerry Fry and Barbara den Hartog for her contributions in community service.
Mark Armstrong, who has managed the Lodi Grape Festival for 18 years. He has also been an advocate for Lodi sports and established the Lodi Pavers Basketball Organization, and managed the American Legion Baseball Program for five years. Armstrong was nominated by Douglas Holck for his contributions to agriculture.
Thomas Peterson, who served as Lodi city manager and was involved in the revitalization of Downtown. He has also served in several community organizations including the Kiwanis Club, Lodi-Tokay Rotary Club, Lodi Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Lodi District Chamber of Commerce. He was nominated by Don Kundert for his contributions in government.
Michael Stokes, who is the owner and operator of Stokes Brothers Farms, Stokley Orchards, S&L Vineyards, Stokes & Lombardi Farms and Benson Ferry Vineyards. He has served in many community organizations including the Thornton Chamber of Commerce, Lodi District Wine Grape Growers Association and the Lodi High School FFA Boosters Club. He has also been a member of the board of the Lodi Boys and Girls Club, where he has served as chairman and first vice chairman. Stokes was nominated by Wendy Stokes as a rising star.
The six will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Nov. 5 at the Boys and Girls Club headquarters, 275 Poplar St., near the corner of Stockton St. Tickets are $45 each and may be purchased by calling the club at 209-334-2697.