Shirley Schwichtenberg Gettings was honored for her many years of volunteerism by the City of Lompoc, California. A bay laurel tree was planted in Recognition Grove in Beattie Park with a plaque recognizing her volunteerism and dedication to helping make Lompoc an even better community in which to live. A city proclamation was presented to her by the mayor and city council members on Arbor Day last spring, 2012. Shirley taught business subjects at Lompoc High School for more than 35 years and is now retired, and volunteering even more. Through her efforts Lompoc Valley earned national recognition in the nationwide America In Bloom program. Lompoc is located on the beautiful Central Coast of California near Vandenberg Air Force Base,where many missiles are launched each year.