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Five Lodians selected for Lodi Community Hall of Fame

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Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 6:30 am, Fri Aug 20, 2010.

Five Lodians have been named to the Lodi Community Hall of Fame for 2010. 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. 16.

Honorees this year are:

Marilyn Field, who served as recreation supervisor for the city of Lodi for 31 years and in other cities for several years prior to her arrival in Lodi in 1962. She initiated Lodi's youth soccer and summer swim programs and co-founded late-night basketball. She also supervised an array of sports programs. As a volunteer, she served on the board of the Lodi Community Counseling Center, was a member of the United Way Planning and Allocation Community, was a neighborhood chair of the Tierra Del Oro Girl Scouts and was president of District V Parks and Recreation Society. She was nominated by Mike Reese and honored for her contribution in athletics.

Keith Land served four years on the Lodi City Council and was mayor in 1999. He was president of the Lodi District Chamber of Commerce in 1987, the Lodi Boys and Girls Club that same year, Kiwanis Club of Greater Lodi in 1985-86 and Lodi Sister city Committee from 1992-93. He has also served on the boards of the San Joaquin Housing Authority, Lodi House and LOEL Center. In 2002, he received the Lodi Police Department's Citizen's Service Award for coming to the aid of a woman shot in a parking lot outside his office. Land was nominated by Peter Hetzner and will be honored for his service in government.

Gwinett Paden was a Lodi teacher from 1969 to 1981. She served in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps during World War II. She was a former reporter and presently a columnist for the Lodi News-Sentinel and remains and active volunteer. She helped found the Friends of the Lodi Library, the Lodi Arts Commission and Friends of Lodi Lake. She has served myriad community service organizations and was named the United Way Volunteer of the Year in 1985. She was nominated by Elvera Melby and will be honored for her service at-large.

The Phillips Family is a six-generation farming family that homesteaded its first farm here in the 1860s. Jeanne, Don, Michael and David Phillips are leaders in Lodi agriculture. Their Phillips Farms fruit and vegetable stand on Highway 12 has added a cafe and winery and become a tourism magnate to this area. David Phillips is a former member of the Lodi Planning Commission and the Lodi Boys and Girls Club board. Michael's son Kevin serves on the Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission. Don Phillips has been honored by the Stockton Chamber of Commerce for his contributions to agriculture and the community. Michael~David Winery's 1997 Symphony received the "Best in State" award at the California State Fair and the Lodi Chamber of Commerce has honored Phillips Farms with its tourism award. The family was nominated by John Ledbetter and will be honored for its service to agriculture.

Janice Ross, a very active community volunteer, taught at St. Anne's School from 1961-64 and in Galt public schools from 1968-88. She has been a member of the Salvation Army board since 1990, a member of the Lodi Community Band since 1961, a director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society since 1981 and the Lodi Historical Society since 1988. She has been honored as a 10-year block captain at National Night Out in 1992, as the Mayor's Community Service Volunteer in 1996 and the William T. Harkins Outstanding Citizen in 1998. She received the JC Penney Golden Rule Award in 1993. She was nominated by Joanne Donovan and will be honored for her community service.

The five will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 16 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 334-2697.

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