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South Santa Clara Valley Leadership Sandy de la Cuesta Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year Sandy de la Cuesta is the volunteer treasurer on the board of the Morgan Hill Historical Society. Sandy has been involved in the society for 15 years. “It’s been fun watching the Morgan Hill Historical Society grow and change and having more people know that we’re there for the community,” Sandy said. She also serves as the accountant for the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill, serving in that role since 2001. She has helped organize as chair or co-chair the Dazzle event put on by Rotary. This year she will “tri-chair” the event with Rotary Club members Tracy Newquist and Diane Carol. “Rotary is pretty big in my life,” she said. Sandy chaired the Mushroom Mardi Gras wine tent in 1994 as well as the Centennial Committee in 2006. She and her husband David have been married for 49 years. They moved to Morgan Hill 32 years ago. “I’m totally honored by this and I feel there are so many people who should be on this list,” she said. Joan Buchanan Gilroy Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year Joan Buchanan has been an active participant in this community for over 40 years. Her heart lies in the downtown but she involves herself with many other organizations and activities. Joan was involved in the Theater Angels; helping to refurbish the historic Wiley House. Joan has a great respect for the historic look and feel of downtown as well. Her love of public art has also been the driving factor in the restoration of two large murals downtown. The iconic “Garlic Capital” mural on the Gardner Health Clinic building was restored as a result of Joan’s coordination and fundraising efforts. Not long after that, she led the effort to raise money to restore the “Train” mural located on the side of the building where 5th Street Coffee is located. Joan was also part of the committee that provided for the three sculptures in the downtown as well. She currently serves on the Downtown Paseo Committee helping to raise awareness and money for the paseo project. She has been coordinating a group with regard to research and design for the historic panels which will be displayed. Never satisfied standing on the sidelines and just watching, Joan has always been someone who participates and is inspired by what other communities do in their downtowns. Joan believes Gilroy is truly a “hub” city and enjoys seeing the “can do” spirit and civic pride displayed by so many residents and volunteers.