In her opening words to the audience, Rita “I’m-not-the-emcee” Green thanked the 40 or so people who attended the Citizen of the Year Dinner for foregoing the San Francisco Giants to honor “our Dunsmuir giants.”

In her opening words to the audience, Rita “I’m-not-the-emcee” Green thanked the 40 or so people who attended the Citizen of the Year Dinner for foregoing the San Francisco Giants to honor “our Dunsmuir giants.”

The World Series score was reported up and down the rows throughout the event Sunday evening at St. John’s Parish Hall.

As Green spoke, it was 2-1, Detroit Tigers.

The community giants to which Green referred are 2011 Citizen of the Year Phyllis Skalko and Alexander Dunsmuir Award winner Tim Holt.

The Dunsmuir Citizen of the Year award goes to a volunteer nominated by members of the public who feel this person has demonstrated outstanding community service in the past year.

The Alexander Dunsmuir award goes to the person seen as a consistent community servant in the past 10 years. Though the award includes no money, it does come with a perk.

“Yes community service does pay off,” Holt said during a brief acceptance speech. “You get a free dinner.” This year the food was provided by the Dogwood Diner, which offered a choice of beef, chicken or veggie dishes.

Skalko turned the tables on her audience, passing out cards to be filled out to pledge a baked good for next year’s Memorial Day Pie Social. “Get your pie tins out and roll that dough,” she declared from the podium.

Known as the Pie Queen, Skalko has brought in more pies each year for the annual Dunsmuir Depot fundraiser, employing an organizing technique she described in mock-tyrannical terms. “I just walk around with my clipboard filled with Excel spreadsheets,” she said.

She said it showed when each volunteer would get out of bed, report for duty, what he or she would do all day, and who would show up for takedown.

“She’s a very detailed organizer,” said her brother, Tony Skalko. He too emphasized her clipboard.

Her brother-in-law, Neil Chichizola, ambushed Phyllis at the podium with a surprise gift. She unwrapped a gold clipboard. Chichizola’s gesture moved her to near tears.

By the end of the dinner, Skalko was snapping filled-out bakers’ cards beneath the gold clip of that gold clipboard.

“While working as chief financial officer for the James Irvine Foundation, Phyllis had the opportunity to select a project to receive a grant of $10,000 from the Foundation. She chose the Dunsmuir Depot in three consecutive years, for a total of $30,000,” read Green from a nomination letter before presenting the award. “These grants provided the funds to greatly improve the depot and our Amtrak station.”

Laughter tittered through the audience as Green read, “Since moving to Dunsmuir, Phyllis has recruited her family, friends and neighbors to support National Train Day, Dogwood Daze and Railroad Days.”

By the time Holt stepped to the podium, the Giants and the Tigers were tied 3-3.

Holt said he was a bit leery about moving to Dunsmuir back in 1995 because of his alternative lifestyle. “I didn’t have a pickup truck or anything like that,” he quipped.

“One of the great things about leading Railroad Days and the Growers Market is I get to work with people,” he said. “And since I have a captive audience...”

He invited members of his audience to envision downtown Dunsmuir as more pedestrian, more bicycle-friendly.

“How have so many of us living here in Dunsmuir for years somehow overlooked the many contributions of Tim Holt to the city of Dunsmuir?” Green read from a nomination letter before making the presentation. “Perhaps it is because he goes so quietly about his countless hours of volunteering, riding his bicycle to and fro both summer and winter.”

Other letters credited Holt for providing entertainment through his own playing and singing to raise funds for Railroad Days, and for spearheading the effort to place on the ballot last June a measure to fund the Dunsmuir Library.

“Yes, we have overlooked this quiet man for too many years,” read Green.

Holt’s former dentist, retired Dr. Russell Elgin, was the first audience member to step to the podium. “Where did you get the idea that he was a quiet man?” Elgin countered in jest. “He was always talking, no matter what I put in his mouth.”

Into the 9th inning now, the score was still tied 3-3.

From her seat, Leslie Wilde called for a toast to a volunteer just lost to the community. Lee Chan passed away early last week.

As others in the audience raised cups, Green said, “In her short time in Dunsmuir, she did so much for the library.”

Green lauded volunteers in general, pointing out that Tauhindauli Park, the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens, the River Exchange, the library, the chamber of commerce, the fire department, and the city council all depended on people pitching in for the good of the city.

As the crowd dispersed, the Giants and the Tigers were still locked 3-3. The game went into a 10th inning. Then, Marco Scutaro hit a single to drive in Ryan Theriot, giving the Giants the lead. Pitcher Sergio Romo subsequently struck out three batters, setting the score in 4-3 concrete as the Giants swept to the 2012 World Series title.