Danville Express

Newsfront - September 14, 2007

Fun for all at Alamo Wine and Music fest

Rotary names Chris Suter as Citizen of the Year

The 25th annual Alamo Wine and Music Festival on Saturday was the biggest that Rotary president Al Makely remembers in the five years he's been involved.

"People really liked our bands," said Makely. "In the afternoon, we had youth bands and the parents enjoyed that."

One highlight of the festival is the announcement by the Alamo Rotary of the Citizen of the Year and this time the honor went to retired Deputy Fire Chief Chris Suter.

"He does it all," said Makely.

Suter has a national reputation in emergency preparedness and for his role helping out onsite after Hurricane Katrina. In Contra Costa County, he helped develop a mobile system to communicate with other jurisdictions during emergencies, said Makely.

Plus Suter has been instrumental for the last 10 years in putting together the Alamo festival.

"He's involved in all the logistics of the festival," said Makely. "He does all the electricity, the booths, the port-a-potties. And he manages things with the Health Department."

Suter is "local," noted Makely; he graduated from San Ramon Valley High School, was married here, and joined the fire department at 18. He also manages the Alamo Rotary Web site.

Makely said 10 different people were nominated for the honor, many of them multiple times. A committee of five narrowed down the choice to Suter, who also received many nominations.

"Chris is a silent warrior in a lot of ways," Makely said. "He's very, very competent."

-Dolores Fox Ciardelli


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