Preceptor Xi Phi sorority sweetheart Joel Covolo was honored Feb. 13 with a dinner at the Best Western Villa Del Lago Inn.
Covolo was born in Wisconsin and met her husband, Bob, in 1955 in the Bay Area. The couple married in 1957 and seven years later moved to Patterson, where they farmed apricots. They have two sons and two granddaughters.
Covolo retired from the California Employment Development Department and keeps busy with numerous community activities.
She joined the sorority in 1969 and is a past president and past recording secretary. Covolo has been honored as sweetheart and was also voted sorority Woman of the Year in the past.
Covolo is currently president of Soroptimist International of Patterson and has been recording secretary and served on various club committees. Covolo is a past president and recording secretary of the Patterson 50-Plus Club and recording secretary for the Patterson Senior Board. She is also a Young at Heart fitness program instructor at the Patterson Senior Center.
Gonzales wins Rotary speech contest
The Rotary Club of Patterson hosted its annual speech contest Feb. 11 at its luncheon meeting at Las Palmas Grill.
Marrisa Gonzales, daughter of Paul and Rachel Cervantes, won the contest.
Cassie Sierra, daughter of Carl and Cindy Sierra, was second and Johana Pastor, daughter of Jose and Patricia Pastor, placed third. All three are Patterson High School seniors.
The students spoke on the topic, “Make Dreams Real” chosen by Janine McClanahan, Rotary district governor of Modesto. Students spoke on how they, others they know, and Rotary International have worked to make dreams become a reality.
Mary Martin of the Patterson Rotary Club chaired and hosted the contest.
Fifty clubs in the district held local club contests. The club winners will participate in 12 area speech contests throughout the district in March. Then, the 12 winners of those contests will compete in the finals April 4 at California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock.