The Merced County Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the community awards that will be presented at its quarterly luncheon on Sept. 30 at the Branding Iron Restaurant.
In a news release, the chamber said Kirby Manufacturing will receive the of the Good Business Citizen of the Quarter Award. Kirby Manufacturing began in 1946. When Bill and Tom Kirby started Kirby Manufacturing, they began by creating small farm implements for their father’s tractor dealership, and within three years had manufactured their first feed wagon. Today, Kirby Manufacturing is a leader in the industry, serving clients throughout the U.S. as well Japan, Saudi Arabia and Mexico. Richard M. Kirby, president, said in the news release that Kirby Manufacturing is not only a major employer in Merced County, for more than 60 years it has supported dozens of community organizations. including the FFA, 4H, County Fair, Merced County Agribusiness Committee and many others.
Two people won Volunteer of the Quarter Award. They are Jim Farley and Tony Shukle. Farley was a community volunteer during the years he was the county director of the UC Cooperative Extension. He volunteers every Thursday morning at the Salvation Army to prepare and serve breakfast to the homeless and needy. He also helps to recruit and train volunteers. Farley volunteers for many community organizations, including the Agribusiness Committee, McSwain Municipal Advisory Council and others.
Shukle was a science teacher at Mitchell Junior High for 32 years. He began his life as a community volunteer six years ago after he retired. He volunteers for many community events and projects, including the Meals On Wheels delivering meals to homebound seniors; the Food Bank in Merced; the Challenger Learning Center; and the Air Museum Restoration hangar at Castle.