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REXBURG − This year’s Farmer Merchant Banquet had several awards given, a silent and live auction, food catered by Brigham Young University-Idaho, and many speakers.

This year a new award was given out, the Woman in Business and Leadership Award. The award was presented to Sandy Genta.

“We realized that many young women want to look up to women who have been successful in their business career,” said Chris Mann, the CEO of the Chamber. “We’re excited that our first recipient is Sandy Genta. And she’s a wonderful example to people to show just what women can do in business and leadership.”

Genta was born and raised in Raymond, Alberta. She received an Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education from Ricks College where she met and married Rexburg native Barry Genta. They are the parents of two sons, one daughter and nine grandchildren.

Genta has worked with many in the community including Dee’s IGA, the Rexburg Police Department, Madison County Clerk’s Office, Ricks College, and First American Title Company. She was also the sorority advisor for Ricks College Chapter of Sigma Gamma Chi and served as secretary and treasurer for the Upper Valley Building Contractors Association. She was also on the board of the Madison Economic Partners, Inc. She is currently the Branch Manager for Washington Federal, a member of the board for the Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the board for East-Central Idaho Planning & Development Association.

“I couldn’t have done it without the people I work with, my family, friends, and the community,” Genta said.

When asked about being the first woman to receive this award, Genta said it was Amazing.

“I had no clue that it was the first time,” Genta said.

At the banquet, Justice Greg W. Moeller was there and was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. After receiving the award, he took a minute to give an acceptance speech and to say his final goodbyes to the City of Rexburg and its community.

“When the appointment to the supreme court came everything happened very quickly and I was so busy that I didn’t have the chance to do the most important thing that I needed to do which was to say thank you and goodbye to everybody,” he said.

Moeller said that they are currently making the move to Boise and that he and his family missed everyone in Rexburg.

“When we came to this community, we were very very young and you helped raise us, raise our children,” Moeller said. “You gave us a place to flourish, grow and learn and in return, we hope that we were able to care for you and help you raise your children.”

Moeller said that he has been working in Rexburg for 30 years and that time spent here will never be forgotten.

“Thank you for giving me that opportunity again. We will miss you all,” Moeller said.

After his speech, the audience gave him a standing ovation.

“I think it was fantastic,” said Rick Excell, Chairman of the Board for the chamber. “We had a great turnout. People were very generous, I think we made a lot of money. That will really help the chamber stay open for another year.”

When asked how he felt it went, Mann said that the event was wonderful. He said that although the event was difficult to put together, it was a lot of fun.

“I’m glad it’s over,” Mann chuckled. “I want to thank our chairman, Rick Excell, and those people who stayed and bid and had a wonderful meal. I can’t think of anything that could’ve been better.”