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Event to honor two Turlock leaders
Local businessman and philanthropist Bob Endsley (left) and retiring Turlock City Manager Roy Wasden (right) will be the honored guests at a dinner held at the Assyrian American Civic Club tonight. - photo by Journal file photos

Individuals who through their leadership inspire others to take pride in their community are not always recognized for the work that they do. The Latino Community Roundtable and Assyrian American Civic Club are making sure that the community is given the opportunity to honor two men who have positively impacted both Turlock and Stanislaus County.

Retiring Turlock City Manager Roy Wasden and long-time businessman and philanthropist Bob Endsley will be the honored guests at a dinner being held tonight at the Assyrian American Civic Club.

"When Roy first came to Modesto as Chief of Police, we embraced him. He came to meetings on a regular basis and he was like a healer in times of divisiveness," said Maggie Meja of the Latino Community Roundtable. "There are not enough words to describe Bob, who I call Mr. Turlock, and everything he's done for the community. Bob was elected in 2004 as the Latino of the Year and has been active in the Roundtable since.

"We want to say thank you to both of them."

Endsley is a lifetime Turlock resident. He has been a volunteer for many nonprofit groups and is the director of community outreach at Century 21 and previous owner of Coldwell Banker, Endsley & Associates real estate office. Endsley turned 75 on Nov. 11.

Wasden became the city manager of Turlock in May 2009, bringing with him over 35 years of service in the public sector. He came to Stanislaus County in August 2000 when he was selected as chief of police of the Modesto Police Department. Wasden announced his retirement in October and will be moving back to Utah in December with his wife, Linda.

Tickets will be sold for $25 each at the door for the dinner event to honor Endsley and Wasden. A no host bar will open at 5:30 p.m. tonight, with the program and dinner starting at 6 p.m.

The Assyrian American Civic Club is located at 2618 N. Golden State Blvd., in Turlock.