The Wisner Lions Club Citizen of the Year for 2017, Mel Schroeder, exhibits the one basic trait the award is meant to honor– giving.

“What makes Mel a great asset to the community of Wisner is his comradeship, visiting and helping anyone in need,” read Lions Club President Kory Koehlmoos from Schroeder’s nomination letter.

Mel was born in his family home and went to school through eighth grade. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 in Fort Lewis, WA.

Schroeder was a farmer for several years, worked at IBP in West Point for 26 years, and has been employed with the City of Wisner the past 16 years as dump site superintendent. He often has much of the load emptied before the resident exits his or her vehicle.

“Mel has shown a lot of loyalty and joy in a job very few would,” said his nomination letter. “He is always willing to help people much younger in age at the dump, all while doing it with a smile on his face.”

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