Voting has closed for the 2017 Citizen of the Year
Thank you to everyone who cast their votes for the Citizen of the Year. The award recognizes a New Richmond area resident who has made a positive and noteworthy contribution to the community. The recipient of this prestigious award will be announced at the Chamber's largest event of the year---its Annual Meeting and Awards Gala--on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at R & D Catering. Tickets for that will be available soon! This year's candidates accomplishments are too lengthy to even name... but here are the 2017 nominees and some of their fantastic contributions to New Richmond:
Joe Beuning: For 40 years +, Joe has been Dr. Joe to many. He cared for and about people in his work as a PA-C at Westfields. But more than that, he spent time making New Richmond a place that people enjoy calling their home. He worked on school issues with the purpose of ensuring quality facilities and education opportunities. His high energy and warm, friendly personality has been an important part of community organizations such as Rotary, Hospital Board, church finance council and the New Richmond Area Community Foundation. Joe and his wife raised three children in New Richmond and now enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren!
Jenny (Van Dyk) Larson: Jenny's passion to improve our trail system is making a huge impact on our community's health and safety. A notable achievement in 2017 was the opening of the 140th path, a project she was a part of from start to finish with her LTI group. Jenny serves on the New Richmond Recreational Plan, Pathways Committee, Chamber Ambassador, Million Calorie Burn committee, is a Running Club member, and part of the team working on New Richmond’s Comprehensive Plan. Born and raised in New Richmond, she and her husband are now raising their two boys in the community she loves.
Chuck Mehls: Chuck Mehls started the NR ambulance in 1968. He taught Health & Safety and Drivers Education for over 30 years. Delivering meals at Thanksgiving time and coaching the eighth grade football coach for almost two decades. Chuck served in the military for 25 years in a combination of active duty, Reserves and National Guard. Chuck has been the Honor Guard Commander with American Legion Post 80 for 14 years, with the important job of paying tribute to our Nation at the funerals of veterans and community events. Chuck and his wife have raised four children in the community he continues to serve honorably.
Craig Yehlik: Craig moved to the New Richmond area over 20 years ago to work for the New Richmond Police Department and currently serves as your Chief of Police. Craig continually thinks of the community and ways to better it. He genuinely cares about New Richmond residents and works hard to help them, keep them safe and healthy. He stays active with family safety night, National Night Out, teaching civilian response to active shooters and other programs within New Richmond. He's never too busy to lend an ear or helping hand when either are in need. And although his position in the community can be stressful, Craig keeps his sense of humor and encourages others to do the same. Craig and his wife have raised two children in our community and been active in youth hockey and dance.