Mendonca: Lake Wildwood residents recognize Kahils as citizens of the year |

Mendonca: Lake Wildwood residents recognize Kahils as citizens of the year

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Congratulations to Rick and Rita Kahil, Lake Wildwood Citizens of the Year for 2014.

Each year, the LWW Community Relations Committee asks fellow residents to nominate someone from Lake Wildwood who goes “above and beyond” to make a difference in LWW and the greater local community.

Announcement of the winner is always a highlight of the LWW Annual Meeting held at Commodore Park each July.

Rick and Rita Kahil have a long history of helping out. Both are ongoing members of the LWW Social Committee and both are regular volunteers for Interfaith Food Ministry.

While Rita helps with the Penn Valley Fireman’s Breakfast, Rick is in the kitchen scrambling eggs or wearing his vice president hat for the Penn Valley Fireman’s Association Board.

Rick is a member of the Golf Tournament Committee for Music in the Mountains and past co-chair with Rita and currently volunteers on the beverage service team at concerts. Rick and Rita have even been known to play Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.

While they love to work on things together, Rita also makes time to help Friends of Hospice and participates in quilting and craft groups providing quilts and other items for the sick and needy.

Rick fills in his time helping the LWW Men’s Golf Club and the annual Motorcycle Toy Run, as well as volunteering as an AARP Tax Aide helping seniors to prepare their taxes.

A big congratulations and a thank-you goes out to Rita and Rick Kahil.

There is something special about Lake Wildwood that makes people want to help and give back. As a result, lots of folks volunteer in lots of different areas making it difficult to pick just one person or couple to recognize when so many are continually volunteering their time and talents.

At this year’s meeting, special recognition was also given to Linda Baily, Margie Coburn, Dave Doench, Elmer Fairbanks, Paula Farrell, Dan Halloran, Nick Nolle, Victor Simon, Terry Thies and Barbara Ross for all the work they do in the community. Thanks to all of you.

Two new LWW Association board members were also announced at the meeting. Congratulations to Mike Rodriquez and Wayne Stover and a big thank-you to outgoing board members Tom Cross and Gary Eckhart.

Mike Rodriguez will serve as secretary of the board. He and his wife, Kim, have been members of the community since 2007 and permanent residents for four years. He is a retired AT&T executive with expertise as an attorney and in human resources.

Wayne Stover is a retired Ernst & Young Business Development Leader who is currently very active on the Public Safety Committee and member of the LWW Emergency Response Team. Wayne and his wife retired to LWW in 2012 after owning a home and vacationing here since 2002.

Congratulations again to Rick and Rita Kahil, Mike Rodriquez and Wayne Stover. And a big thank-you to all of our volunteers and outgoing board members.

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