“In the Spotlight,” Ensign, Mar. 1995, 69
An Award for Distinguished Service has been presented to Claron L. Oakley, multiregion director of public affairs in southern California. The honor is the highest award given by the California Medical Association to a layperson, and it recognizes Brother Oakley’s work in founding and developing the Audio-Digest Foundation.
Georgetta Myhlhousen-Leak, a student at William Penn College, was recently named Honorable Mention in the USA Today Academic Team. A wife and mother of three, Sister Myhlhousen-Leak has been instrumental in creating a tutoring program for homeless children. Sister Leak is a member of the Knoxville Branch, Des Moines Iowa Stake.
The Thrifty Car Rental Holiday Bowl named a president for 1994—Richard K. Circuit, a member of the San Diego Seventh Ward, San Diego North Stake. Brother Circuit, a managing partner in a law firm, was scheduled to preside at all Holiday Bowl events, including the December 30 game.
Rick Woodland, owner of a shoe repair shop and member of the Campbell Ward, Saratoga California Stake, has been honored by his peers with the Grand Silver Cup Award in Shoe Service magazine’s 1994 Silver Cup Contest. In addition to repairing shoes, Brother Woodland makes clown shoes and is an orthopedic shoe technician.
Ireta B. Wolfley has been named runner-up for the 1994 Idaho Teacher of the Year. The state’s Department of Education honored Sister Wolfley, a member of the Ammon Eleventh Ward, Idaho Falls Idaho Ammon West Stake, for her outstanding service to reading and literacy programs.
Gary Hatch, second counselor in the bishopric of the Bellingham Second Ward, Bellingham Washington Stake, has been inducted into the Washington State Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. He has been the head coach at Sehome High School for thirteen years and was an assistant coach for seven years.
Thomas Kehoe of the McComb Branch, Denham Springs Louisiana Stake, has received the Russian Bronze Medal for a deed of heroism performed half a century ago. A letter from Vladimir P. Lukin of the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., accompanied the medal. As a merchant marine in World War II, Brother Kehoe was on the crew of a crippled Russian ship. He dove into an oil tank on the ship to remove rags that were clogging fuel lines. The ship was then able to make it safely out of dangerous waters.