2013 ICSO Volunteer of the Year awarded to Mary Badger at annual breakfast meeting
Web posted October 22, 2013
The Ideal Community Service Organization (ICSO) annual breakfast meeting at Old Milwaukee Saloon and Eatery Saturday, October 12, provided not only a fun and informative breakfast for the thirty attendees, but also an opportunity for highlighting accomplishments and honoring supporters.
Each year the ICSO membership can write in their choice for one particularly significant supporter to be nominated as Volunteer of the Year.
The honoree selected for 2013 is Mary Badger (pictured with Ron Schultz) of Pequot Lakes. ICSO board member, Ron Schultz, thanked Badger for her outstanding contribution to Ideal Township.
Mary was a youth instructor at St. Alice Church in Pequot Lakes, on numerous boards including Whitefish Golf Course, Big Island, Whitefish Area Lodging Association, and the Sno Pro’s. She was the fire warden who issued burning permits, assisted the Ideal Fire Dept. Beef Feed for 20 years, maintains the Veterans walking trail, worked on display panels at the Ideal Fire museum and currently is working on the Ideal Volunteer walkway to open in the spring of 2014.
Badger, once recovered from surprise at being selected, spoke of her small contribution being a part of a larger history of volunteerism throughout Ideal Township.
“This township runs on volunteers, said Badger.”
This year’s speaker, Tom Hecker, Trail Coordinator for the Ideal Sno Pro’s presented information on the club and gave a trail update:
• Trails are brushed and signed in the fall and groomed September through April.
• Club members ride once a week, one week each month they ride outside of the area.
• Crow Wing County has 1000 miles of trails, 120 of which the club is responsible to maintain.
• All of the work is performed by 5- 6 volunteers.
Vicky Leonard, board member Ideal Scholarship Foundation, reported that 6 seniors applied for scholarships and $12,000 was given out. Ron Schultz presented a $3,000 check donation from ICSO to the Ideal Scholarship Foundation and thanked them for all of their work.
ICSO, Inc. is a non-profit organization promoting the improvement of community and families of Ideal Township. Members of the ICSO include full-time and part-time residents of Ideal Township. For more information, memberships or donations send to: ICSO, PO Box 751, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472.
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