Merced County Chamber of Commerce said it will hold its third quarterly luncheon and Community Awards celebration Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Fernando's Bistro in Merced from noon to 1:30 p.m. The chamber said Shay Lopez will be the recipient of the Volunteer of the Quarter Award. Merced Radio's Dave Luna will receive the Good Business Citizen of the Quarter Award.
Keynote speakers will be Loren Gonella from Gonella Realty; Peter and Doug Fluetsch from Fluetsch & Busby Insurance; and Ric Kirby from Kirby Manufacturing. They will speak in a panel presentation from the business perspective of how the economy is affecting the county and state.