2014 Volunteer of the Year
This year's volunteer of the year award was presented to Jim Wein for his volunteer efforts as a member of the Parks, Recreation & Forestry Committee.
Jim served on the Parks, Recreation & Forestry Committee for the City of Marshfield for 27 years, beginning in 1987 and ending his final term in April of this year. Jim served as chairperson of the committee for the last 23 years.
As a citizen volunteer serving on the Parks, Recreation & Forestry Committee, Jim was able to help guide both the department and committee through a great deal of change and expansion of services and facilities provided by the Parks & Recreation Department. Some examples are:
- Shifting of maintenance and operational duties for the Wildwood Zoo and ball diamonds from the Street Division to the Parks & Recreation Department, including the reassignment of full-time staff from the Street Division to Parks & Recreation.
- Planning and construction of the Wildwood Station Building.
- Planning and construction of Griese Park.
- Planning and construction of an expanded and redesigned Steve J. Miller Recreation Area.
- Development of the first bicycle/pedestrian trails in the City of Marshfield.
- Planning and construction of Joe & Bernadine Weber’s Nature Park.
Jim also regularly volunteered to Zoo Society special events and assisted with the Leadership Marshfield “Quality of Life Day” presentations.
One of Jim’s most critical leadership skills was his ability to communicate with staff in a positive and supportive manner, while at the same time providing input and guidance as to what he felt would be both supported and best for the community. Jim was always willing to respond to a call and assist where he could.
Congratulations to Jim, and thank you to the many individuals who volunteer each year for the Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department!
Jim’s award was presented at the November 25th Common Council meeting.