Stan Creelman, manager of Mid-Valley Cotton Growers, is the new president of the California Cotton Ginners Association and long time Riverdale, Calif., producer Dan Errotabere is the new chairman of the California Cotton Growers Association.

Errotabere, a general partner in his family's Westside family farm, succeeds Bill Tracy of Buttonwillow, Calif.

A 1985 graduate of California State University, Fresno, Errotabere is an alumni of California Ag Leadership Class XXI. He is on the Westlands Water District Board, Family Farm Alliance and California Farm Water Coalition. He is chairman of the cotton growers association's crop insurance committee.

Besides Pima and short staple cotton, the Errotabere family farms seed and market lettuce, wheat, processing garlic, processing tomatoes, cantaloupes, garbanzo beans and almonds.

Creelman has been in the ginning business since 1978. He joined Mid-Valley in 1991. Also a Fresno State graduate, Creelman is a two-term ginner member of the San Joaquin Valley Cotton Board and is a ginner delegate to the National Cotton Council where he also serves on the council's joint industry bale packaging committee.

Creelman was elected at the ginner association's 28th annual meeting where Kirk Gilkey, manager of Cross Creed Ginning Co., was named the association's ginner of the year.

A native of Corcoran, Calif., he attended College of the Sequoias and Arizona State University before completing his degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Besides the ginning company, Gilkey is general manger of Gilkey Enterprises and general manager of and partner in Gilkey Five, both family farming operations in the Corcoran area.

Donavon Heslep, sales representative for Dale Brisco, Inc. was given the ginner association's 2000 distinguished service award. He is a graduate of Porterville High School and Fresno State.

Heslep has served on the ginner association environmental committee and emission factor sub committee for the past several years.

“We're pleased to recognize such valuable contributions from our allied industry supporters and Donavon certainly epitomizes such a contribution,” said Roger Isom, vice president and director of technical services for the ginners association.