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ership Joel Goldsmith Gilroy Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year The name Goldsmith is synonymous with words like generosity, kindness, success, accomplishment, leadership and Man of the Year. Joel’s father, Glenn, and mother, Jane, were honored as man and woman of the year in 1991. His wife, Paula, was woman of the year in 2015. Joel is a founding Board member of Leadership Gilroy where he also served as President. He has been a member of the Rotary Club since 1984 and again served as President. He served on the Board of Directors of Gilroy Gardens as Chair and also served on the Welcome Center Board for five years. Joel’s leadership and resources have been the foundation of success for the annual Rotary Flower Sale. His efforts helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars over 25 years in support of local organizations and scholarships for Gilroy youth. His generosity extends to other organizations such as the Gilroy Foundation, Community Solutions and St. Joseph Family Center. With all that Joel has done and could easily be proud of, he said his greatest accomplishment is raising two kids who are now productive members of society and anxious to give back to their communities. Jeff Perkins Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year Next year, Perkins and his wife Mary will celebrate making their home in Morgan Hill for 20 years. They have two children and seven grandchildren. In 2014 Heritage Bank was selected as the Chamber’s business of the year. Perkins received the honor of Volunteer of the Year in 2006. Perkins has been involved with the Morgan Hill Community Foundation since joining its board in 2001. He is also involved with the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill as its service project coordinator. He coached the basketball team at Live Oak High School for eight years. He’s now involved in the new Junior Achievement club at Live Oak. His philosophy of involvement comes from years of working at a community bank, he said. “It’s important to see the community flourish,” he said. “These things (opportunities for volunteering) come up, you get involved and you’re surrounded by great people and the people we work with side by side. Everybody is trying to do their part to make the community better. It’s easy to get involved.”