Mary Van Meter named the 2012 Edmonds Citizen of the Year

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:
Francine Cohen
Lynn Heitritter
Jan Vance
Bill Brayer
Cyndi Correnti
Jim Wasall
Todd Clayton
Birgit Povlson
Rick Steves
Al Rutledge
Harold Huston
Michael Reagan

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.

  1. Wonderful news!! Mary, you are so deserving. I have learned so much serving under your leadership in several of these organization. Thank you for all you have done. I admire you. My history in Edmonds only goes back 30 years but my Historic House real estate office at 524 Main goes back to 1890. It has been such a joy to be the 3rd Owner. I appreciate all the history of the house at the museum and am adding to the file my 30 years of being caregiver. I have pictures of the blacksmith and his family from the early 1900. Also newsprint that was used for insulation during that period. I would like the house and the parklike yard to continue to serve the community.

  2. I have know Mary for so many years. She is a very bright star where ever she goes.

    Congratulations to Mary Van Meter Our favorite Moose Gil

  3. Mary represents all that is good in humankind. We fondly remember her contributions to our well-being and assimilaltion in to life in the Great North West.
    Edmonds could not be better served , nor picked a more worthy prson than Mary for this honor.

  4. Mary,

    This recognition is very special. Such reinforces that God is in his heaven (every day) and life is still worth living. Special things happen to very special people. Thanks AP for sharing with us.

    Jim B

  5. I have always known you to be a person with nearly limitless energy, concerned for others, and finding ways to make a positive difference. You are truly deserving of this honor. Congratulations for the recognition of your life-long commitment in helping to make this world a better place.

  6. Congratulations Mary! This award could not go to a more deserving citizen of Edmonds. Without Mary we would have a public toilet where the log cabin sits today! I am in awe of all Mary has accomplished and I am delighted that she is recognized for all she has done at the museum, the market and many other places including the fun at the red
    hat/no hat ladies group activities. Mary, you are truly special and thank you also for sharing your beautiful home and tepee. Pittsburgh is great but I miss you and all the good friends in Edmonds.

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