Every year our Chamber of Commerce chooses and honors a certain citizen in our community who has done extraordinary things regarding community service for our community. Some of the past Citizens of the Year have been Roy Heider, Dennis O’Sullivan, Bea Andersen, Jim Johnson, Bunny Wilder, Estelle Fennell, Syd and Diane Lehman, Brian Walker, Linda Brodersen, Teresa and John Porter, Diana Totten, Nancy Wilson and Greg Pfau.
I would like to nominate John Casali to be our Citizen of the Year for 2012.
For many years now John Casali has been on the forefront of trying to keep the trash out of our beloved Eel River, and raise awareness about this gigantic problem. Trash in our Eel River is stinky business (pun intended) and has been an ongoing health risk to our environment, animals and people.
John has put his heart and soul and a lot of his own money where his mouth is and has been so dedicated over these years that it is high time that we, as a community, honor this man and what he has stood for and done and is continuously trying to do: get people to NOT trash our river and environment.
John has also inspired other community members to get involved as well and he has been the one interfacing the most with our traveling “vagabonds” who are passing through and leaving their trash. John continues to encourage people to respect our community and clean up after themselves.
It’s a tough thankless job that John has taken on and it’s time to acknowledge and honor all of his good work that he has done for our Eel River, environment and community as a whole.
Call or drop by the Chamber of Commerce (923 2613) in Garberville and nominate John Casali for our Citizen of the Year.