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community DIGEST Leadership Morgan Hill Excellence Award Honoring Joe Aiello Karl Bjarke, President, Leadership Morgan HIll presented Excellence Award to Joe Aiello with past recipients (l-r) Roger Knopf, Gene Guglielmo, Gary Guglielmo, George Chiala, Mike Robino, Mike Cox, Rosy Bergin and Dana Ditmore looking on. THE LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD recognizes vision and leadership that advances the spirit of community and charity; reflect courage and insight, and inspire others to lead in a like manner. Each year, Leadership Morgan Hill honors an individual who has shown this type of leadership. This year, the recipient of the Excellence Award is Joe Aiello. In addition to his continuing success at Uesugi Farms, Joe serves on the prestigious Western Growers Association (WGA) board, supporting the agriculture industry, and on committees to resolve water, labor and transportation issues. He supports the WGA School Garden match program, establishing and enriching the school gardens at San Martin-Gwinn, St. Catherine’s and Oakwood schools. The program also provides field trips for elementary school students to learn about Uesugi’s farming operations and agriculture in general. Joe and his wife, Katie Aiello with their son Pete and and his friend, Tami King. 36 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 gmhtoday.com