Michel T. McGee, who played a key role in laying the foundation for Laramie Countyâ€™s highly-successful economic development program, is this yearâ€™s Community Spirit recipient.
After moving to Cheyenne 26 years ago, McGee, a certified public accountant, became one of the founders and the first chairman of IDACâ€™s successor, Cheyenne LEADS. His involvement was instrumental in many ventures, in-cluding Progress and Prosperity II.
In the 1980s, McGee served for eight years on the board of STRIDE Learning Center, a developmental preschool. His time on the board included six years as president.
McGee also served on the Laramie County School District 1 Board of Trustees for six years, including a term as chairman. He served on the Untied Way of Laramie County board for five years, including three as president, and is a past-president of the Laramie County Library Foundation board.
McGee has been a member of Cheyenne Rotary Club since 1968, and is still active in the local club. He served on the clubâ€™s board for 10 years, including stints as treasurer and president. McGee is also a 21-year member of the Cheyenne Young Menâ€™s Literary Club.
For the past year, McGee has served as president of Honor Flight, an organization that raises money and organizes trips to Washington D.C. for Wyoming veterans. On these sponsored trips, veterans visit the World War II Memo-rial and several other war memorials and national monuments.
Under McGeeâ€™s leadership, McGee, Hearne & Piaz has donated accounting work for various charitable and non-profit organizations. The firm also has been a donor to and supporter of many local organizations, including Chey-enne Frontier Days and youth sports activities.
McGeeâ€™s many years of civic service are even more remarkable considering that he and his wife, Ellen, have raised 14 children, including 11 who were disadvantaged. The children now range in age from 25-45.
Asked about his philosophy toward community service, McGee said, â€œI donâ€™t do it to get accolades. I really do believe that you need to pay back to the community where you make your living.â€