"Teresa does things with an unusual style and grace," she said.
Linda Baker Marcella noted that Whalen was helping prompt the next generation to be community-minded citizens by getting them involved in beautification projects.
Parisi presented Whalen with a large impressionistic painting of the Warrensburg Riverside Farmers' Market park, artwork created by local graphic artist Teri Jameson. Those attending signed the congratulatory gift.
On behalf of the Chamber, Parisi presented Whalen with a mantel clock with a brass plate engraved with her honor.
Whalen joked that the gift was appropriate, considering her difficulty at getting to appointments on time.
"It was very sweet to hear these sentiments, and it's good to know that people really care," she said, noting that such appreciation could only be experienced in a small town. "And it's really nice to hear good things while your alive, before you're gone forever."