During a winter evening held on Monday, January 10 at 6 p.m., Wells honored a very special member of its community: its annual volunteer of the year.
“We take into consideration the number of individuals who take their time and effort to make our community a better place,” says Wells Chamber of Commerce board member Lacey Hassing, who also owns and operates Lacey’s Catering, LLC in Wells.
The 2022 award was presented to Mike Schrader, a Wells native recognized as a dedicated member of the community.
“I was born and raised here”Schrader said. “So, I know everyone.”
“Everyone” includes Hassing, who first informed Schrader that he was to be honored at the annual winter party.
“She called me in December”Schrader remembers. “I felt grateful and surprised.”
He keeps on, “There are always good people who deserve it (the award) as much, if not more, than me.”
Schrader credits the people of Wells as the main reason he devotes so much time to his community.
“It’s easy to say ‘yes’ when you have good people to work with. »Schrader said.
Schrader has indeed said “yes” to many, many community organizations and businesses.
“He has been involved in many groups and organizations, present and past,”Hassing shares.
She notes that Schrader has served as a member of the United South Central (USC) School Board and the Southern Plains School Board, co-chair of the Kernel Days Committee, president of the Education Foundation, and a member of the Wells Ambulance team.
As if all of this didn’t keep Schrader busy enough, he also owns and operates his own company, Schrader Enterprises, in Wells.
The company, which Schrader started shortly before attending Minnesota State University at Mankato, provides residential landscaping services.
Schrader earned a degree in accounting, but, preferring to pursue other interests after graduating from college, he returned to his landscaping business instead of joining a field more closely related to his field of study. .
“I like to work outside”Schrader’s reasons.
Schrader also enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife, Anna, have three children: twins Mason and Carter, and Peyton.
“My wife is kind enough to let me do it”says Schrader, referring to the many community activities that keep him busy. “My father too. He makes sure things continue in my business.
Schrader concludes that volunteer and community efforts are usually made possible by the grace and efforts of many people. He considers his own community involvement to be no exception.
“It takes a lot of people to get things done”Schrader’s reasons. “I do my things, and everyone also has their role to play in keeping their community alive.”
“To keep a vibrant small town community, that’s what it takes,”Schrader adds.
Schrader extends this attitude to the Volunteer of the Year award from Wells himself.
“I appreciate the honor, but it should be a group effort,”suggests Schrader. “It would be cool if they gave the award to a non-profit organization as well.”
Hassing agrees that Wells is lucky to have many people who care deeply about his community.
“Being a small community, it takes a lot of hands to organize fun events and committees”,Hassing said. “We are very grateful for the number of volunteers who serve the Wells area.”