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First women inducted into Minden Rotary

Staff reports

The first women members of Minden Rotary were inducted in ceremonies June 15.

The women are Gail DellaVedova and Gina Stephenson.

After a successful 25-year career in medical group administration and operating her own consulting company, DellaVedova purchased the general store in Genoa. She said she has restructured the store to provide those items that are expected to be found in a rural general mercantile.

As chief executive officer of the Greater Valley Medical Group, DellaVedova saw the practice grow from one office to 16 facilities covering two counties. She was also on the merger team that successfully completed the sale of the group to Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation in December 1998.

In 1995, she served as committee chairman of a patient satisfaction and health survey, working closely with the Rand Corp. as the survey was developed and co-hosted with Rand to present the survey results to participating medical groups.

She was involved with the University of Southern California, serving on the advisory committee for the school of public administration and the health services administration as well as being a proctor in the program.

Stephenson is the owner and general manager of High Desert Fitness Center in Minden.

She and her family moved to the Valley five years ago and started High Desert Therapists Inc., which provides physical, occupational and speech therapy. A year later, High Desert Fitness opened.

Her husband, Rick, a physical therapist, is the current past president of the Minden Rotary Club. The couple are the first husband and wife to belong to the club.

They have three adult children, all of whom live in the Valley and work for the High Desert Fitness and High Desert Therapist Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Stephenson have a one-year-old grandson.

Stephenson has been a member of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and is in Leadership Douglas County. She is also involved in the community, working with hospital groups and supporting non-profit organizations an senior programs.

The Minden Rotary Club meets at the Carson Valley Inn Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

According to Larry Werner of the Rotary Club, members appreciate the graciousness of CVI in allowing the members to hold meetings at the facility.