BRAWLEY – The Hidalgo Society hosted its 2014 Installation of Officers Banquet Saturday night at Hidalgo Hall, in a ceremony that also included a Community Service Award, and a few words from Special Key Note Speaker Vicente Calderon, a former Highway Patrol Commander and currently serving on the National Latino Peace Officers Association Executive Board.
The Honorable Ruth Montenegro swore in the 2014 Hidalgo Society Officers and Board members. Officers included Rusty Garcia Sr. as President, Stella Sanchez as Vice President, Martha Iniguez as Secretary, Rusty Garcia Jr. as Treasurer and Maria Dominguez as Sgt at Arms.
The Board of Directors for Hidalgo Soiciety includes Eric M. Reyes, Angelica Garcia, Fernando Mata, George Valenzuela, Miguel Miranda and Robert Cortez.
Imperial County Sheriff Ray Loera received the Community Service Award this year.
“This is truly a humbling experience,” said Sheriff Loera during his acceptance speech.
Sheriff Loera shared what an honor and pleasure it was to work with Keynote Speaker Vicente Calderon during their law enforcement careers, he thanked his wife and family for helping him to reach where he is today, and gave a moment of acknowledgement to the men and women who have served or are currently serving in the military.
Hidalgo Society President Rusty Garcia Sr., now serving his second term as President, shared his thoughts on a successful 2013 as well a look toward the future.
“2013, I felt, was a huge success, we had new ideas that were accomplished,” said Garcia Sr., citing the newly installed sprinkler system as well as the new lounge area in the bar.
“And in 2014, we still have some ideas such as fixing the sound system inside, and doing more renovations outside, and I think with the help that we have, and our membership, that we will be able to accomplish that,” added Garcia Sr. in looking forward toward the new year.