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Stacey is named Holtville's newest Citizen of the Year

January 26, 2002|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer
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HOLTVILLE — Margie Stacey was named the city's newest Citizen of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet Friday at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort near here.

"I was honored to be nominated with this group of nominees," Stacey said, "and surprised and thrilled to be named Citizen of the Year."

Stacey, 51, is a special education teacher at Holtville High School, as well as a reading intervention instructor and activities director at the school.

Her commitment to youth doesn't end there. In the past she served as community leader for Verde 4-H Club and religion instructor at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Now she is a lector at the church and is frequently in charge of the kitchen there for the annual barbecue.

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She spends a lot of time organizing after-hours student activities and helps the students with special needs find job placement within the community.

For many years she served as adviser for the American Field Service Club at Holtville High and helped arrange for foreign students to visit the Valley during Cattle Call weekend.

Stacey has been chairman or co-chairman of the annual five-day Carrot Festival cooking contest for several years. A gifted cook herself, she once walked off with the second- and third-place prizes in the sweepstakes contest.

Because of her responsibilities at the high school, she is on the "inactive" list with the Soroptimist Club. This doesn't matter as far as she is concerned: She still helps with many Soroptimist activities.

Stacey, along with her parents and her husband, Bill, has for many years been active in the Swiss Club. She has served as club treasurer and is always willing to help in the kitchen when the club caters events.

The Staceys have two grown children. Justin works in Bakersfield and Samantha is working on her teaching credential at California State University, Bakersfield.

Being a volunteer runs in the family. Stacey's father, Joe Muller, was named Citizen of Year in 1993 and her aunt Martha Miller Frank received the honor in 1999.

Kim Garcia, who works as a special educational aide at the high school, has worked with Stacey for more than 10 years.

"She doesn't focus on just one area. She gives of herself to youth, her church and the community," Garcia said. "She deals with everything so smoothly. She is very well-organized and works well with everyone."

Other nominees included:

George Lucas, a local business owner for more than 37 years who is a Little League sponsor and avid supporter of many youth activities;

Jo Thornburg, who taught at Pine School for nearly 30 years and was principal there for eight years. Now she is a docent at Pioneers' Museum and active in the Imperial County Historical Society. She wears many hats as president of the Historical Society, president of the Holtville Women's Club, president of the Retired Teachers Association and incoming president of the DeAnza District Women's Club;

Carl and Kathryn Rubin long have been active with the Swiss Club. Carl plays with the Imperial Valley Swiss Band, the Imperial Valley College Concert Band and both Rubins are part of a musical foursome that entertains at various events. Carl Rubin plays the alp horn, the baritone, the harmonica and the trumpet. Kathryn Rubin rolls a Swiss five-franc piece in a bowl, called "taler schwingen."

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