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Couple honored as Citizens of the Year

Jenny Goldsmith/Sierra SunBilly McCullough and Phebe Bell have been recognized by the Truckee Interclub as "Citizens of the Year."
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Down time isn’t something Truckee’s soon-to-be “Citizens of the Year” have in spades. So Thursday, as Billy McCullough and Phebe Bell answered questions about their upcoming honor, the husband and wife of 14 years also caught up on each other’s lives.

But who can blame them? The couple has been busy contributing their time to the Truckee community, and on Feb. 2 they will be awarded by the Interclub of Truckee for their generosity.

“We almost feel like Truckee’s prom king and queen,” McCullough said with a chuckle. “It’s nice to have that honor together.”



Residing in Truckee since 1990, McCullough and Bell made separate names for themselves while sharing a life together.

Bell was selected for her work with the Truckee Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, her involvement with the KidZone, and for her participation with the Measure A and Measure S oversight committees for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.



“This is a town of incredibly involved people who do so much, so I feel completely honored and humbled,” Bell said.

Bell also supports many local nonprofit organizations through her role as program officer for the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation.

“I believe strongly in building the infrastructure for quality community life,” she said.

McCullough, owner and chef of Dragonfly, was chosen for his restaurant’s countless donations toward local organizations, such as KidZone and Tahoe Women’s Services. He also serves as co-chair of Truckee’s Rotary Club.

“We want to set good examples for our kids,” he said. “I believe by giving to the community, it will give back to you tenfold.”

Truckee’s Interclub is comprised of numerous area-service organizations, including the Rotary Club, Truckee Optimists, Truckee Lions, Truckee Lionesses, Soroptimist International and the Sunrise Rotary Club.

In being recognized together, the couple said it was ironic and unexpected.

“It’s funny because we’ve shared a lot of chapters over the years,” Bell said, “But 15 to 20 years ago, I wouldn’t have guessed we would someday be sharing this.”


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