Person of the Year: Runners Up Illustrate Service
The list of candidates was impressive and showed a lot of thought on your part. Amazingly, these are the runners up, all of them deserving in their own right for their heart and dedication to what they do.
There weren't a ton of responses to our call for who your Person of the Year would be, but the names that came in are all so deserving. Thanks to those who took a moment to name their candidates.
I also want to thank the sweet reader who wanted to nominate me. However, while what I do is certainly more than a job to me, it pales in comparison to the following list:
Rob Glazier - "Rob has served on the Community Development Authority for the past 10 years and is the current Chairman of that organization. He has been a very active leader in the Boy Scouts, various school district panels and committees," explained one reader. "You will also catch Rob at various committee and board meetings that he has no obligation to attend."
Glazier was called "humble and behind the scenes kind of a guy who will shy away from the spotlight but you'd be hard pressed to meet another person who has their finger on the pulse of our fine city as Rob does. He continues to work tirelessly to help make Muskego a better place to live and raise a family."
As an observer of the Common Council for the better part of the past two years, I'd have to agree. Alderman Glazier has been one of the most thoughtful and respectful on the panel, despite the contentious issues that come up.
Julie Frahman - Many great organizations begin simply, but require a dedicated person at the helm to make them flourish.
"Julie started the food pantry with a simple idea of helping those less fortunate. In the face of obstacles, including trying to find a suitable space to work out of, recruiting volunteers and securing donations, she kept pushing forward. Now the Muskego Food Pantry has a wonderful home and is helping so many people in the Muskego area have a meal who might otherwise go hungry," a reader wrote in her nomination.
Matt Anderson - I've often dubbed him as 'our adopted son' because of the Matty's Bar location, 50 feet into New Berlin. However this MHS grad and owner of said establishment always seems to be at charitable events, serving up great fare to help raise money for organizations.
"Matt has helped Muskego Businesses and organizations through his dedication to giving back to the community," wrote one reader. "Through his sponsorship of the Polar Plunge, his dedication to many area Chamber of Commerce organizations, and his willingness to always go the extra mile, the communities he does business in also benefit."
Scott & Nancy Hanks - An avid volunteer with the Muskego Food Pantry, Scott died this year, but his wife Nancy has shared his legacy of service and volunteerism.
"They have been very involved in the community and beyond," said a reader. "Both give support to their daughter and son-in-law as they take in foster children, Scott was a handyman at the Waukesha Women’s Shelter and led a drama ministry at Atonement Lutheran and was involved in many aspects of outreach at church."
In addition, Nancy is involved with the Muskego Womens’ Club, making numerous quilts to be raffled for charity, has her own “Fair Trade” coffee mission, and is active in many outreach projects at Atonement Lutheran as well.
Belynda Alberte - The daughter of Acres of Hope and Aspirations director Lisa Alberte, "Belynda gives up a lot of her own free time to do all the 'dirty' and background work at the rehab farm to enhances lives of people and animals with disabilities," a reader noted. "She helps care for the Creatures of Rehab including feeding, training, and cleaning up after them. She has helped develop the Gardens of Hope so the animals can free roam in the beautiful grounds and interact with all that need hope and healing during their recovery. She provides one on one attention to the disabled animals."
We will congratulate the person whom most felt fit the description for the Person of the Year on Christmas day, but we honor all of these residents and thank them for a job well done.