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Jack Leary

Daryl Geweke

David Lucas

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:37 am, Wed Aug 22, 2012.

Five Lodians have been named to the Lodi Community Hall of Fame for 2012. 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. 20.

Honorees for this year are:

Dr. Jack Leary, the first orthopedic surgeon in Lodi, who pioneered the first total hip and total knee replacements as well as complex spinal surgery for scoliosis. He was nominated posthumously by Gary R. Wisner for his contributions to health care.

Jack V. Fiori, who founded the Save the Grape Bowl committee and was the driving force behind the renovation. He was also a founding board member for the Booster of Boys and Girls Sports in Lodi and coached youth sports for over a decade. Fiori was nominated by Ken Vogel for his contributions to community service.

Barbara and Angelo Brovelli, both of whom have served local youths for many years. Barbara has provided 20 years of service to the Lodi Boys and Girls Club and has taught in several capacities at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Angelo was a pioneer director and served as a board member of the Lodi Boys and Girls Club. He also served as a board member for the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District and the Valley Men’s Club. He was self-employed as a rancher and often hired children for summer help as a way of teaching them the value of working. Barbara was nominated by Sharon Stokes and Angelo was nominated by Glenn West for his contributions to agriculture.

Daryl Geweke, who established several automotive franchises and expanded into motels, apartments and retail businesses, creating many jobs in Lodi. He established Lodi’s Pink October Breast Cancer Awareness month and supports several local nonprofits. Geweke was nominated by Pastor Bill Cummins for his contributions to business.

David Lucas, owner of Lucas Winery, who was instrumental in the formation of the original Lodi Vintners group, listed his wines as Lodi Appellation and established one of the first small winery tasting rooms in Lodi. He was nominated by Mark Chandler for his contributions to agriculture.

The five will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 20 at the Boys and Girls Club headquarters, 275 Poplar St., near the corner of Stockton Street. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 each. To make reservations or other inquiries, call Eddie Cotton at 209-334-2697.

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