The Weed Chamber of Commerce recognized citizens for their community service and involvement during an awards presentation event at Bel Air Park following the 2010 Carnevale parade on Wednesday evening, July 14, 2010.

Kim Greene and Ronda Gubetta were honored as Citizens of the Year. Together they were in charge of Carnevale for many years and both served in many capacities as members of the Chamber of Commerce, including president. They both have worked nearly every Chamber event and activity in recent years. This year, they organized the new bocce ball league that is raising funds for a bocce ball court cover.

Meritorious Award winner Sheryl Wilson is the organizer of the Carnevale parade, a past Chamber president and a leader in putting on the annual Chinese Auction.

Weed High School principal Mike Ristuccia was recognized as Educator of the Year. Nominated by WHS students, Ristuccia is a supporter of youth baseball, is active in the community with his family and has earned the respect of staff, teachers, students and parents.

McDonalds is the 2010 Business of the Year award winner. Linda Carlin and Marilyn Yawnick were recognized for their community service in both Weed and Yreka since they purchased the McDonalds restaurants in both cities five years ago.

Weed Berean Church received the Nonprofit Organization of the Year award for its many contributions to the community, including the free Christmas dinner at Sons of Italy Hall, the Celebrate Recovery program, annual scholarships for high school graduates and many other efforts.

Awards presenter John Diehm said, “The Weed Chamber of Commerce recognizes what many of you already know – that Weed is one of the finest places to live and raise a family. There are many reasons for that fact, but none as significant as its citizens. It is the people of Weed that make this town special and enable the Chamber to successfully promote Weed as a great place to work and live.

“It is the pleasure of the Weed Chamber of Commerce to say thanks to some of those special people who, through their community service and involvement, have helped to make the community of Weed what it is today.”

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