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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2005 10:00 pm

Inductees in the Lodi Community Hall of Fame for 2005 include leaders from the areas of banking, retail business, agriculture, education and medicine.

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 Oct. 15.

Honorees this year are:

• Jack Carter, local retailer and community leader. Carter owned and operated Burton's Shoes in downtown Lodi for many years and was a founder of Lodi National Bank, now part of the Bank of Stockton. Carter was a director of Lodi Memorial Hospital and was a driving force for the creation of a Senior Day Care Center at Hutchins Street Square.

• John and Gail Kautz, pioneering grape growers, vintners and leaders in community service. They have developed the widely respected Ironstone wine brand, which in the last three years has become one of the most popular in California. Among their community interests, they have served as leaders for scouting, 4-H and the FFA. They are the first couple to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

• Dr. Norman King, long-time physician in Lodi with a sterling record of community involvement. King served Lodi for more than 40 years as an anesthesiologist and was medical director and a founder of the Lodi Outpatient center on Ham Lane. He has served on the board of the Hutchins Street Square Community Center, the Lodi Boys and Girls Club, and has been active in the Lodi Unified science program.

• Gersh Rosen, an educator, counselor and intrepid volunteer. Rosen is a vital supporter of the San Joaquin County Historical Society and the County Museum. He had a distinguished career as an agricultural educator and was honored with the Star Teacher award by the California Agricultural Teachers Association. He is a leader in the Micke Grove Zoological Society and is involved with plans for the Micke Grove Zoo.

• The late Carl Wishek Sr., banking executive and community leader. Wishek was a long-time leader of F&M Bank, based in Lodi, holding the title of cashier. He was involved in many local groups and helped found the Lodi Grape Festival, the local American Legion and the Woodbridge Golf and Country Club. He played a role in the European relief effort that followed World War I.

Those interested in attending the Hall of Fame dinner may contact the Boys and Girls Club at 334-2697.

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