Edmonds volunteer extraordinaire Mary Van Meter has been named the 2012 Citizen of the Year. The announcement was made Monday by the Edmonds Kiwanis Citizen of the Year Committee. A long-time Edmonds resident, Van Meter will be honored at the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, April 26, at the Edmonds Yacht Club.
Van Meter has been an active volunteer for numerous Edmonds community organizations, including the Edmonds-South Snohomish Historical Society and Museum. She was one of the early leaders in the founding of the Edmonds Summer Market, a major source of funding for the Museum, according to Historical Society Board President Bill Lambert, who submitted a letter nominating her for the award.
“She has continued in a professional capacity to monitor and improve the market as a major event for the City of Edmonds, doing just about everything, if it needed to be done,” Lambert wrote. “She has served in just about every role including: membership; Guild president; and newsletter editor.”
According to Lambert, “her fingerprints are all over our very successful Historical Society. She has long championed the idea of a Museum Oral History Project, and with its piloting at Edmonds-Woodway High School this year under the leadership of (EWHS Vice Principal) Geoff Bennett, the Board recognized her by naming the project in her honor.”
Among Van Meter’s other volunteer roles, she helped to organize a committee to oversee the restoration of the Edmonds Log Cabin, serving as treasurer and successfully obtaining Historical status for the cabin. She has also “served with distinction” as a volunteer with a number of arts and music organizations, Lambert said, including the Academy of Music Northwest, the Sno-King Community Chorale, the Friends of Frank DeMiero and the Edmonds Center for the Arts.
The Kiwanis Club of Edmonds sponsors the Citizen of the Year award to recognize a person (or persons) for their community service. Other outstanding individuals nominated for this year’s award were:
The Chamber of Commerce luncheon runs 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26. Guest speaker will be Phil McConnell, Executive Director at Work Opportunities, followed by the Citizen of Year presentation. You can make reservations to attend online.