John Weicht named Volunteer of the Month

by Joni Astrup

Associate editor

John Weicht's children accepted the Volunteer of the Month award on his behalf from Mayor John Dietz (right).

John Weicht has been named the city of Elk River’s Volunteer of the Month for April.

He was honored at the Monday, May 7, Elk River City Council meeting. Mayor John Dietz said Weicht is gravely ill and was unable to be at the presentation. His children, Willy and Heidi, were there to accept the award.

In honoring Weicht, Dietz listed some of his volunteer contributions including:

•Took volunteer shifts at the Business Expo and Fourth of July celebration for many years.

•Served on the board of the Elk River Lions, including a term as president.

•Hosted four Lions Youth Exchange students.

•Worked at graduation parties, local festivals and parades and served as a youth sports coach.

•Donated the contracting fee and helped secure volunteer labor and materials to build Lions Park Center for well below cost.

•Served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Elk River. Helped coordinate construction of their building.

•Long-time board member for the Land of Lakes Choirboys.

•Lions awards he has won include Lion of the Year, Melvin Jones Fellowship and Distinguished Leadership Award.

•Past winner of the Three Rivers Community Foundation’s Hall of Fame Leadership Award.

Weicht’s daughter, Heidi, thanked the mayor, the city council and the city for the award on behalf of her dad.

She then read a statement from him.

“After 64 years of living in Elk River I’m thankful to have lived here. Elk River has been so good to me I feel I’ve needed to give back. The more you give the easier it is to give. My one regret is that I won’t be around any longer to continue giving.”

She asked people to continue his legacy.