Source: Valley Roadrunner

Citizens of the Year embody the best Valley Center has to offer

January 15, 2014

The Valley Center Chamber of Commerce has announced two dedicated volunteers as their 2013 Citizens of the Year. After years of serving their community without any thought of winning an award, Frank Holtz and Martina Day are now being honored for their outstanding contributions to Valley Center.

Born and raised in Valley Center, Frank Holtz has been the owner of Holtz’s Grading and Excavating for the past six years.

“I do volunteer work for Western Days, the rodeo, everything and anything local,” he said.

Holtz has spent countless hours volunteering his grading expertise to ensure the rodeo grounds, the Vaqueros’ arenas, and the 4th of July fields are in tip-top shape for everyone to enjoy.

The son of Joanne and John Holtz, Frank is also a member of the Rodeo Committee and can frequently be found helping out at a variety of school events. Holtz is a very modest individual and being selected as a Citizen of the Year came as a complete shock.

“I appreciate it, I’m honored to win it, but I didn’t do it to win it or be nominated,” he said. “I did it because it’s good for the community.”

Martina Day, a Valley Center resident for the past eight years, is the other 2013 Citizen of the Year. Between chairing the Halloween Carnival for four years and serving as President of the Teacher Parent Club at Valley Center Middle School, Day has given a great deal of time and energy to her fellow Valley Centerites.

“I like to serve. I like to be involved,” said Day. “People here are so genuine to help one another and serve one another all the time.”

Under Day’s direction as president, the Teacher Parent Club participated in the Western Days’ parade and booths for the first time. Day also ran in the Chamber’s Honorary Mayor’s race this year and raised over $1,200 for the TPC.

Although she is grateful to be a Citizen of the Year, Day shares Holtz’s modesty and surprise at being chosen.

“It’s a really fortunate thing and a blessing because there are so many other people I can think of who help as much as me,” said Day. “It’s an honor to honestly represent all the people, because all the events I’ve done I haven’t done by myself.”

She is also thankful for the support of family and friends with her tireless volunteer efforts.

The VC Chamber of Commerce will honor Holtz and Day at their Installation Dinner and Dance at Melrose Ranch on Jan. 25. Tickets are available for purchase now at the Chamber office, A-1 Irrigation, and the Community Pharmacy for $40 for members and $50 for non-members. For more information, call 760-749-8472.