The Templeton Chamber of Commerce honored longtime resident Carla Willhoit, 91, as its Citizen of the Year on July 11.
“I thought they could have picked someone else,” Willhoit said of the title. “It was a big surprise. I guess everyone else knew about it a couple of weeks before I did.”
Willhoit is a member of several clubs and organizations throughout Templeton, including the town's Historical Museum Society, the Community Library Association and the Women’s Civic Club, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary later this year.
Apart from being a longtime advocate for the Templeton Library project — which plans to build a library for the community — she is also the author of “The End of the Line,” a first-hand historical account of Templeton’s history.
“My husband always said you should give back to the town you live in,” Willhoit said of her reasons for being active in the community. “When you belong in a town, you need to take part and not just sit back and complain. I enjoy everything I’ve done.”
Willhoit was recognized at the Chamber’s first Installation Dinner, along with several other honorees, including Ambassador of the Year, Cheryl Carnevali, and Business of the Year, Applynx, a Templeton-based website development company.