Joe Freitas

Community Service

Joe devoted unaccountable hours to civic work with youth movements in the Junior of Commerce, the Boys and Girls Club of Manteca, and the Manteca Chamber of Commerce.

As local Junior Chamber President, he was instrumental in persuading Manteca Union High School District in donating four acres to the city for creating Lincoln Park.

Joe went to a Junior Chamber of Commerce meeting in Santa Cruz in a covered wagon drawn by two mules, which brought publicity in every newspaper in California. In 1960, as National Director of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, he attended the Governor's Youth Council, was invited to the White House to represent the State of California, and visited Germany as a youth advocate to study youth programs overseas.

As president of Lions Club, Joe was able to get $10,000 donated for the equipment at Shasta Park. Joe was a founding member of the Boys and Girls Club of Manteca, where he served as Advanced Funds Committee Chairperson. He continues to be active on the Board of Directors.

His honors include the "Outstanding Young Man of Manteca" service award from the Manteca Lions Club and appointment to the l98th edition of the "Who's Who Historical Society" for having demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, superior leadership, and educational service.