Hanford King and Queen:Doug and Reneé True
Doug and Reneé met in Winona, Minn., while attending college. They married on Dec. 17, 1960, after which they moved to Southern California. It was there Doug began his teaching career. They have two children, Craig and Cindy. Renee was a homemaker, until the children started school, and then began substitute teaching.
In 1972 they relocated to Hanford where Doug became principal/superintendent of Kings River-Hardwick School, and Renee continued to substitute teach. They transferred their membership to First United Methodist Church of Hanford, where they remain active members.
Doug’s volunteer activities include: Bible study leader, lay reader, president of the Central Valley Harness Association and chairman of Habitat for Humanity/Hanford Build. He was instrumental in starting the first computer lab at Neutra Elementary School.
Reneé’s volunteer activities include: Active member of the United Methodist Women’s Club, Administrator of Funeral Benefits at FUMC, volunteer sharing miniature horses at area schools, and judge of home economic entries in Kings & other local county fairs. She is a two-term member of Grand Jury, chairwoman of fundraising for Habitat for Humanity/Hanford Build, and judge for harness competitions.
After Doug left Kings River-Hardwick School, he took a position at the Kings County Office of Education as project administrator. He then went to Neutra Elementary School as vice principal, from which he retired in 1999. Renee attended Fresno State, receiving a teaching credential, and continued to substitute teach until her retirement.
Doug and Reneé are well known throughout Hanford for their miniature horses, often stopping for children to admire the beautiful animals. They participated in miniature horse competitions nationwide, including the Rose Parade and local county parades. They continue to be active in the community, and enjoy their four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Lemoore King and Queen:Jim and Beverly Forte
Beverly and Jim have been married 55 years, and have lived in Lemoore for 44 years. They have four children, Brian (age 33), Diana (age 31), and four grandchildren. Their daughters, Ann and Linda, died in 1977 from an automobile accident.
Beverly is a retired registered nurse, having graduated from the registered nursing program at College of the Sequoias in Visalia in December 1976. She worked at Kaweah Delta Hospital for a short time and then was employed by Hanford Community Hospital for 13 years before her retirement. While working for Hanford Community Hospital she received the honor of being selected employee of the month in 1996.
Beverly enjoys being a homemaker now, and being able to visit her grandchildren in the states of Washington and Colorado when Jim is fishing or hunting. She attends Bible study fellowship in Visalia once a week, which she has been doing for two years. She and Jim have been members and attend the Lemoore Presbyterian Church for many years.
Jim had been in solo optometric practice here in Lemoore for 43 years. Last year he had the opportunity of selling his practice to Kings Eye Center Hanford. He is now working for them two days a week here in Lemoore.
Jim’s hobbies include hunting, fishing and trap shooting. Jim has been a member of the Raisin City Duck Club in Firebaugh for nearly 40 years, and the Lemoore Gun Club for many years.
Some of the acknowledgments that Jim has received over the years include: member of the Lemoore Chamber of Commerce for 43 years and chamber president in 1974, Elected member of the Lemoore City Council from 1974-82 and mayor of Lemoore from 1980-82, member of the Lemoore Planning Commission for two years as the council representative. He has also served as member of the Lemoore Kiwanis Club for 30 years and Kiwanis president in 1980, member of the American Optometric Association, The California Optometric Association and the Tulare-Kings Optometric Society for 50 years. Additionally Jim was president of the Tulare-Kings Optometric Society in 1977 and was selected California Young Optometrist of the year in 1971.
Armona King and Queen:Doyle and Karen Davis
Doyle and Karen Davis have been active members of every local community in which they’ve lived.
Karen’s accomplishments include being a past member of Hanford Kiwanis, where she held various offices and served as the organization’s president. Upon her transfer to Texas for six years, resulting from the merger of Ultramar and Diamond Shamrock, she was honored as 2002 Valero Volunteer of the Year based on her hours of service as president of the Texas Plains Girl Scout Council & the Amarillo Kiwanis Club. She donated her time to the soup kitchen as volunteer, Episcopal Church of the Savior, served as a Past Armona Little League Board member and as a member of the South Valley Community Church.
Karen retired from Beacon/Ultramar/Valero, having served as manager of the credit card collections function. She and Doyle have been married 18 years. Together they have 5 children (Shelly Muela of Hanford, Jeff Davis of New York, Michael Harp of Michigan, Julie Martella of Lemoore and Erin Vogel of Hanford), eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Doyle, having lived in Armona for 68 years, coached Little League Baseball for 15 years. He is a past member of Armona Lions Club & Hanford Kiwanis, past volunteer fireman, past school board member and board chairman. He served on the Armona Community Service as a director and as chairman, was Armona’s representative to the Kings County General Plan update and served as Chairman of the Armona School Rehabilitation Bond Oversight Committee.
Doyle was employed by Kings County Fire Department for 11 years and served 2 terms as a member of the King County Board of Supervisors. He owned and operated a fast food business with partner, Skip Athey, and worked several years for Kings County in the Parks Department, Office of Emergency Services and Human Resources.
Doyle was also instrumental in starting, in 1968, Christmas tree sales for the volunteer fire department in Armona and penned the slogan “Armona, Small but Proud” for the Armona Centennial in 1976.
Avenal King and Queen:Harlin and Carol Casida
Harlin Casida was a teacher and a coach at Avenal High School in the Reef-Sunset Unified School District for over 40 years. He and wife, Carol, went all through the Avenal Schools. They have two children who were born in Avenal and also attended the local schools.
Harlin has served many terms on the Avenal City Council including serving as mayor for many of his approximately 40 years as a councilman. He’s been very active politically, serving Avenal by attending countless meetings of the Board of Supervisors and making an unknown number of trips to Sacramento to serve the citizens. He is regularly seen helping with food distributions and with any other activity connected with Avenal and its people. He even built a trailer, which he used to serve hamburgers for visitors at the “Sand Drags” when they are held in Avenal. He regularly manages to get the members of the Avenal Rotary to help him with all these activities.
Harlin has been Secretary/Treasurer for the Avenal Rotary Club for many years and is one of the key people responsible for keeping this local organization going. He uses his many positions, including that of being mayor, to help the community continue hosting the Annual Old Timers Day each May.
He is married to Carol Weaver Casida, who assists him with all of his many activities. Carol laundered the football uniforms when he was a coach and attends the Rotary meetings and cooks for the club several times during each year. She was employed for many years at Peck’s Gifts and Flowers in downtown Avenal where she was recognized as being a kind and very helpful employee.
Both Harlin and Carol are active members of the Avenal First Baptist Church. Harlin has created the sets for the vacation Bible school for the past several years — building faux towns and countryside props which are often borrowed by neighboring churches for their own Bible school functions.
Corcoran King and Queen:Michael & Gloria Graville
Michael and Gloria Graville moved from the state of Illinois to Corcoran in 1974 when Mike accepted the position of physical education teacher and Corcoran High School head football coach. Soon, thereafter, Gloria was hired as a guidance counselor at Corcoran High School. Before retiring from the Corcoran Unified School District, both Mike and Gloria held various administrative positions within the district including Mike as principal at Kings Lake High School and John Muir Middle School and Gloria as principal at John C. Fremont School, Bret Harte School and Corcoran High School.
The Gravilles raised four children in Corcoran; Michael, Jr., Stephanie, Lance and Kim. They are also proud grandparents of McKenna, Madison, Connor and Brendan.
For several years Mike served as executive director of the Corcoran Community Foundation and was instrumental in bringing several businesses to the community. In the past he was elected to the Corcoran City Council and currently serves as chairman of the Corcoran Hospital Board. Mike was also a member of the Kings County Economic Development Committee and is currently a member of the Corcoran Planning Commission and the Corcoran Rotary Club, plus a board member of the Kings Country Club and the Recreation Association of Corcoran. Gloria is a past member of the local hospital auxiliary and Delta Kappa Gamma. Both Mike and Gloria have served as members and held offices in various booster clubs in and out of education. Mike has been recognized as Corcoran’s Man of the Year and Gloria has been recognized as Kings County Administrator of the Year.
Mike currently serves as ambassador to the Corcoran Chamber of Commerce and Gloria does volunteer work at local organizations. Both Mike and Gloria are enjoying their retirement by attending local sporting events and University of Southern California football games as well as traveling.