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IVC Foundation launches annual membership drive

September 08, 2001

The Imperial Valley College Foundation will launch its annual membership drive with a luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the IVC College Center on the main campus.

Telephone reservations can be made by contacting the foundation office at 353-6113.

The luncheon, sponsored by Government Agencies Federal Credit Union, is open to anyone interested in becoming a member of the foundation. All paid or pledged memberships are eligible for a drawing for a dinner for four at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort near Holtville.

Guest speakers will be two IVC graduates, U.S. Magistrate Judge Roger Benitez and El Centro optometrist Dr. Janina Soto.

"Both Dr. Soto and Judge Benitez exemplify the outstanding quality of graduates produced by IVC," said IVC Foundation director Tom Remington.

Benitez, who immigrated to the United States from Cuba at age 10, is a graduate of Central Union High School in El Centro, IVC, San Diego State University and Western States (now Thomas Jefferson) School of Law.

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After 18 years practicing law in El Centro, he was appointed as a Superior Court judge by Gov. Pete Wilson in 1997 and was elected to a full six-year term in 1998. He served as a trial judge and as the presiding judge of the appellate division until January, when he was appointed to his current position with the federal district court for the Southern District of California.

Soto graduated from IVC in 1985 and attended SDSU. She earned a bachelor's degree from the Southern California College of Optometry and her doctorate of optometry from the same college in 1991. After practicing in Palm Springs, Colorado and Wyoming, she purchased Family Eye Care in 1994 and constructed new offices on Ross Avenue in El Centro.

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