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Local businessman honored for volunteer work

POSTED March 30, 2010 10:22 p.m.
In the 38 years Bob Endsley has called Turlock home, he’s always stayed involved. He’s served as president of the Turlock Lions Club, sat as director of the Turlock Historical Society, and worked on the board of directors for the Turlock Community Continuum College, a school for the mentally challenged.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
On Tuesday, Endsley was recognized for his nearly four decades of ceaseless work in the community by the Stanislaus County Area Agency on Aging. He was named District 2 Senior Award Winner for his volunteerism, but he takes little credit for the award, placing much of the recognition with those who came before him.
“The whole reason I’ve become involved in the community and these things is because there are so many people who have set examples for me doing this,” Endsley said. “Because Turlock, in my estimation, has always had a high level of community involvement.”
Endsley first came to Turlock in 1972, married with two small girls. He instantly fell in love with the town, bolstered he said by the stories of community he read in the Turlock Journal.
After graduating in 1974, Endsley decided to stick around Turlock to raise his children, going into business as a realtor. Today, Endsley owns Coldwell Banker Endsley & Associates.
Endsley received the Senior Award primarily for his work with disadvantaged youth in recent years. In addition to his aforementioned work with the Community Continuum College, Endsley also sits as a director for Court Appointed Special Advocates — an organization that helps foster children through the legal system — and serves on the Promise Scholars Advisory Board, a program that helps send foster youth to California State University, Stanislaus.
“Those poor kids, when they hit 18 they’re just cut out from the government and at 18 years old they’re still not mature or anything,” Endsley said. “But if we can encourage them to keep in school, that sets them on the right track.”
Endsley has also served as past president of the Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association, trustee of the CSU Stanislaus Foundation, and member emeritus of the CSU Stanislaus College of Business Advisory Board.
He was even named the 2006 Latino of the Year by the Latino Community Round Table — despite not being Hispanic — for his work with the Hispanic Leadership Council and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Endsley said receiving the Senior Award was “very ego boosting,” with a laugh, but pledged to continue working hard for the community he loves.
“I’m 69 years old, but I’m still doing everything to keep myself in good mental health and physical health so I can continue to be an asset to the community,” Endsley said.
And hopefully, he said, others will one day follow in his footsteps.
Endsley will receive his award at 6:30 p.m. on May 18 during the regularly scheduled Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors meeting, in the Board Chambers of 1010 10th St., Modesto. Also being recognized are District 1 winner Frank Clark of Oakdale, District 3 winner Kathryn Seamon of Modesto, District 4 winner Dionicio Daniel Cruz of Modesto, and District 5 winners Ernest and Norma Muñoz of Patterson.
To contact Alex Cantatore, e-mail acantatore@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2005.

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