Former City Councilman Geno Withelder was announced as the City of Mesquite 2019 Distinguished Citizen of the Year on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Mesquite Mayor Al Litman presented the award posthumously to his widow Barbara.
Withelder, who passed away suddenly in January, was elected to the city council in 2009 and served until 2018. He was instrumental in establishing the Virgin Valley Little League and spent many hours supporting its growth and success.
He also was an integral part of the annual charity golf tournament Golf Fore Kids that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit Virgin Valley kids at Christmas. Withelder was also an active member of the Mesquite Elks Lodge.
Mayor Litman also announced Charles Hospadura as the City of Mesquite 2019 Volunteer of the Year. Hospadura was active in exercise programs at the Mesquite Recreation Center and other areas in the community, leading a life-long fitness program for seniors for four years. He also was awarded a Black Belt at the age of 65.
Hospadura passed away last year. His widow, Sherry, accepted the award on his behalf along with a quilt her friends made from his old shirts that displayed logos of the many organizations to which he belonged and donated his time.
Teresa Leal Flores was honored as the 2019 City of Mesquite Employee of the Year. She is an employee of the Mesquite Police Department and according to Deputy Chief of Police Scott Taylor “is the first person people visiting the Police Headquarters see. She is a valuable asset to our department and the city.”