The Weslaco Chamber of Commerce held its annual membership luncheon Dec. 2, naming Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Weslaco David Arce as its 2015 Man of the Year and Weslaco ISD Assistant Superintendent Sue Peterson Woman of the Year.
Arce was cited for his devotion to improving the community and his participation in H-E-B’s Feast of Sharing, Texas Onion Fest, Alfresco Weslaco and Movies in the Park. Arce has also served as area director for the Texas Youth Football Association since 2012.
Peterson began her career in education as a teacher, then a principal and now assistant superintendent. She is a member of the Weslaco Rotary Club and assists with their monthly Student of the Month Award. She is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church as a Sunday School teacher.
Additional honors include Shirley Atkins posthumously awarded as Citizen of the Year. Atkins, one of the original organizers of Weslaco’s Tower Theater, had volunteered at the theater for 42 years, teaching children live theater and music. She was the musical director for many of the productions at the Tower Theatre. Her daughter, Rise Morris, accepted the award on her behalf.
Business of the Year went to Affordable Homes of South Texas. ASHTI helps provide affordable housing for families in South Texas and they are currently building homes in four subdivisions in Weslaco. Blimpie Weslaco, a division of AHSTI, is a for profit entity that provides a stream of revenue to help Affordable Homes continue the mission of providing housing and related services to eligible families and individuals. In addition, Blimpie holds a monthly Day of Giving which provides financial assistance to residents with special medical challenges.
Additional honorees included Volunteer of the Year Carla McCaleb, McCaleb Funeral Home; Chamber Board Member of the Year Luis Reyes, Magic Valley Electric Co-Op and retiring board members Gerry Bower, James Enriquez and Randy Summers.