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Posted on Nov 14, 2014

Join community in honoring outstanding leaders

The Quincy community will gather Saturday evening to honor several people in the community at the chamber’s annual awards and installation banquet.

The banquet, which begins at 6 p.m. at Quincy Moose Lodge, each year gives four awards to outstanding members of the community. Nominations are made by the community and the chamber makes the presentations at its annual banquet.
This year’s honorees are:

  • Business of the Year: Barb’s Place. Owner Barb Mushlitz has been in business for 42 years. Mushlitz, an active businesswoman and volunteer in the community, has been honored by the chamber in the past wtih a Lifetime Achievement Award. Her store closes Nov. 29 and she will retire in December.
  • Teacher of the Year: Mike Wallace of Quincy High School. Wallace, who has been teaching at the high school since 1994, has won several professional awards over the years. The popular teacher also is the high school FFA advisor.
  • Volunteer of the Year: Grace Kok of Quincy. Kok has volunteered in a variety of capacities throughout the years. A longtime Quincy resident, she volunteers for her church as well as the Farmer-Consumer Awareness Day board and is a member of the Quincy Valley Lions Club.  She formerly managed the Quincy Community Center, and she volunteers for blood drives and elections as well as a variety of other community events.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Lynn Child  and Mary Jo Ybarra-Vega each will be honored with the award this year. Child, a longtime Quincy farmer and community leader, has been a chamber member for more than 30 years. He has served on a variety of community boards.  Ybarra-Vega is the behavioral/migrant health coordinator at the Quincy

Community Health Center, working with farmworkers and the local youth.
Tickets, which cost $40 each, are on sale at the chamber office and at CliftonLarsonAllen. Some tickets will be on sale at the door.

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