“Wow! Why did they think of me? What did I do to deserve this honor?” was Geeia Dexter’s first reaction when she found out that she was chosen to be this year’s grand marshal for McCloud’s 66th Annual Lumberjack Fiesta parade.

“Wow! Why did they think of me? What did I do to deserve this honor?” was Geeia Dexter’s first reaction when she found out that she was chosen to be this year’s grand marshal for McCloud’s 66th Annual Lumberjack Fiesta parade.

The parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 27, beginning at 11 a.m. in downtown McCloud.

The McCloud Recreation Council chose Geeia “to acknowledge her many services and kindness to the McCloud community,” said Diana King of the Rec. Council, who is also the board secretary of the McCloud Community Services District. “She was a wonderful asset to us when she worked for the Resource Center – she spent many, many unpaid hours to help others, in addition to countless hours volunteering for the Fireman’s Association and preparation and sales of the annual calendar, not to mention the coordination of the Fireman’s Muster. She’s simply a kind, helpful and bubbly person to whom we wish to show our appreciation!”

Geeia has old ties to this area and came back because she says she loves it here. Her mother lives in Weed, and Geeia came up after high school to attend College of the Siskiyous. She ended up in Barrow, Alaska, where she married, raised her two girls, and worked for the school district for 10 years in many capacities including teacher’s aid, youth counselor and coach.

Geeia said she came to McCloud “on September 28th, 2001, and started dating Rick the next day.” They have since married.

Her first job in the area was at Sisson School, but since she didn’t want to travel over the hill each day to Mount Shasta, she got a job at Floyd’s Frosty in McCloud. After working there for a couple of years, she got a job as assistant director for the McCloud Resource Center, where she organized programs and events for kids and families. She also provided services for seniors and supportive services for people with mental and health disabilities.

Geeia now manages the Siskiyou office of Compass Cares LLC in McCloud. She travels throughout the county assisting adults with developmental disabilities.

Patty Ballard of the Recreation Council says, “Geeia has given so much to our community even when it conflicted with her other paying professional jobs, one of which is ‘Wild Woman Sound’ that Geeia created in 2010.”

Geeia said, “I feel I have a talent to gauge people and observe the crowd and play what they like. I love doing this. I started out dragging my home stereo around, but then I used the Educational Award Stipend for being a volunteer with Americorps to start my DJ business by buying equipment.”

She DJs for events and programs in the area and as far as Redding, but will put community services first according to Ballard.

When questioned, Geeia explained, “I named it ‘Wild Woman’ because my maiden name was Wildman and people called me ‘Wild Woman.’ Thus the name was always there for me.”

Along with volunteering for the McCloud Fire Department where her husband is the fire chief, Geeia volunteers for events at the Squaw Valley Riding Club. During the big storm of 2010 she volunteered with Emergency Services, making sure that seniors in McCloud had three hot meals a day and firewood or a warm place to go.

She has also created festive Halloween haunted houses for schools. Halloween, she said, has been one of her passions. “My parents would tease me that I couldn’t talk about Halloween until October or I would be planning for it all year long,” giggles Geeia. “I put on a big, scary party each year.”

Geeia gushes that her dogs, Lady and Leo, are “my other children.”

Her other loves, she says with a smile and a twinkle in her eye, are cooking, camping, swimming and walks with her dogs and husband. She tells how she loves to make Spanish and gourmet dishes “like my mom,” and experiments with sauces and spices.

Claudette Silvera, president of the McCloud Chamber of Commerce, comments, “Geeia is one of those wonderful people who continuously gives selflessly to the community, and for that we are thankful.”