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25 years ago in the week of Aug. 25, 1988

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O’KANE AND MARSH BREAK LOCAL ROTARY TRADITION — Two Madera women made history Tuesday as they became the first females to join the heretofore all-male Madera Noon Rotary Club. Julie O’Kane, assistant superintendent for educational services at Madera Unified School District said she hoped to join the group without much fanfare. She was sponsored by former MUSD trustee Jerry Barden. Pam Marsh, manager of Security Pacific National Bank, joined O’Kane in breaking down the barriers, which followed a 1987 U.S. Supreme Court decision denying Rotary International’s claim of First Amendment protection of freedom of association. District Governor Nominee Gary Giersch said “some of the older, longtime members are having some trouble taking women in, but on the whole members are welcoming the women without a problem.

RILEY GIVEN NEW FOUR-YEAR CONTRACT — Madera Unified School District Superintendent Tom Riley, received a vote of confidence for his efforts Tuesday when the board voted to renew his contract until 1992. Board President Gloria Kunz said trustees were “so pleased with the superintendent’s work and so confident in him that we just ratified his contract for a four-year term.” Riley’s salary for the first year of his new contract will total $73,761. Riley, 49, was named only the district’s second superintendent last June after a nationwide search. Riley said he hoped his extended contract would allow him to create some stability with the district.

RAPE VICTIM TURNS OUT TO BE A MAN — The reported rape of a Madera woman Monday morning was riddled with surprise for officials when a medical examination revealed the she was a he. The victim described the events of the previous evening to an officer who believed him to be female, said Police Chief Gordon Skeels. The suspect in the case apparently was also under the impression that the victim was female. According to testimony the victim was taken out to the vicinity of Avenue 10, held at knifepoint and raped three times. Skeels said the victim, acknowledging his gender, maintains he was raped. Results of tests are not in, Skeels said.

MADERA’S BAND MASTER TO BE HONORED — Although Allen Harkins retired from his duties as band master at Madera High School more than 15 years ago, he has not given up his love of music. Harkins spends his “retirement’ arranging music for bands and orchestras across the nation. He will take time out Sunday night to be honored at the final outdoor concert of the summer at Lion’s Town and Country Park amphitheater in a 7 p.m. show. Harkins was the Madera High School Bandmaster for 25 years and directed Fresno State’s band for 11 years. Madera Mayor Robert Garibay, a former student of Harkins’ said “I wouldn’t miss the concert for anything.” ...


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