Wayzata resident, Sue Schroder, will accept the Volunteer of the Year Award from Mayor Ken Willcox at the January 18th City of Wayzata Council meeting.
This first time award was created to honor one outstanding volunteer, who best used his/her time and talent to enhance the City of Wayzata’s community services which had been reduced by budget constraints.
“Sue performed well in all three of our work areas—City Hall/Public Works administration, the Boardwalk Senior Residence activities program and the Adopt-a-Garden program,” said Lynn McCarthy, volunteer coordinator for the project.
Sue worked with City staff for several months to convert City Council minutes and resolutions from 1940-1980 into digital format through the Laserfiche document imaging system. City staff can now access scanned documents through category, date and key word search capabilities.
Working above and beyond expectations, Sue put her computer experience to good use preparing documents and adjusting software and equipment settings to ensure the most accurate scans possible. “I discovered some interesting historical twists,” Sue said, “such as a previous requirement for an equal number of male and female voting judges and a Depression-era option for residents to perform City services to help pay their City taxes.” (That program is no longer offered.)
At the Boardwalk residence, Sue spent her Saturday mornings from June to October holding individual computer workshops for the residents, covering topics such as e-mail setup, social media and anti-virus/spam issues.
Sue participated in the “Dig-It” garden experience on May 15. Along with 80 other volunteers, she helped plant eight of the City Gardens.
“The best news is that this “volunteer of the year “ will be back in 2011 working for the City of Wayzata. Her community spirit will be a hard act to follow,” said McCarthy.