The Opening ceremonies for the 1st California Powerlifting Hall of Fame went off without a hitch. We had a Color Guard from Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) 40th Infantry Division headed up by First Sergeant Bradley Warner. Next came the Star Spangled Banner sung by the daughter of competitor Larry Manly via audio-tape. The opening invocation was given by Dr. Sandra Herron. The Presentation of the Hall of Fame ceremony began with Master of Ceremonies: Chuck LaMantia and Presenter: Major General Jeffrey L. Gidley, 40th Infantry Division Commander. In alphabetical order the Inductees were Natalie Kahn Aguilar, Pat Casey, Bill Cavalier, Robert Cortes, Danni Hartmann Eldridge, Tom Eldridge (Deceased), Bill Ennis, Cherie Ennis (Deceased), Roger Estep, Kevin Fisher, George Frenn, Jill Ganger, Lorna Griffin, Don and Fran Haley, Bill Hartmann, Vicki Gagne Hembree, Enrique Hernandez, Bob Humphreys, Mary Ryan Jeffrey, Larry Kidney, Mike Lambert, Jim Lem, Terry McCormick, Gene Mozee, Tom Overholtzer, Bob Packer, Bud Ravenscroft, Gordon Santee, David Shaw, Rich Woods, and Bill "Peanuts" West (Deceased). These were truly many of the "Legends of Strength". It was a great opportunity to reconnect with so many great Champions of our "Iron Sport" The ceremony was emotional and uplifting. It was truly a memorable moment for so many being inducted and many in the audience as well. We know there are many more well deserving lifters that could have been inducted at this time.
Steve Denison, Meet Director, California State and Region 8 Chairman