Wheeldon gets national award El Dorado County gold-mining expert George Wheeldon was honored Jan. 24 by the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies. Wheeldon, governing-board vice president at El Dorado Irrigation District, as the federation's Honorary Awardee will help select two recipients to split $8,000 in scholarship money to study the earth sciences. Wheeldon is a noted geologist. "This national honor recognizes Wheeldon's outstanding service and his contribuations to geology," the federation announced. Wheeldon holds a Professor Emeritus position on the faculty of Folsom Lake College's El Dorado Campus in Placerville. He's been on the EID board since 2001. "I am especially pleased because of the opportunity the award offers to deserving students who wish to continue their education in what is undoubtedly the most fascinating field of study anywhere," Wheeldon said.