Officials of the Kiel Lions Club have announced that Mike Mathes has been named “Citizen of the Year” for 2020 in Kiel.
Mathes will be honored at the annual banquet—open to the public—on Sunday, Nov. 1 at Millhome Supper Club (River Room); doors open at 5:30, and the meal starts at 6:30 p.m. The cost of the banquet is $20 per person.
Mathes recently announced his full-time retirement after a career spent working at and leading Kiel’s hometown newspaper.
A nomination letter for Mathes said, “...the real reason Mike deserves this recognition is his never-ending love of the community in which he grew up and, because of that, all that he has done to support Kiel. As a local newspaper man, he had to report the sad stories and the bad stories. He had to occasionally jostle a local government leader in print. But more often than not he was throwing his full support and the support of the newspaper behind projects and proposals which would help Kiel grow and which would make it an even better place in which to live, work, and play. When Kiel celebrated its l50th anniversary, Mike put in many hours to spearhead Delta’s production of a history book for the community. Through news coverage, editorial writing, and his weekly column, Mike always encouraged the Kiel community to be the little city which does big things.”
Kiel Lions Club members said they thank all those who have submitted nominations this year and in past years.
For banquet reservations please call by Wednesday, Oct. 28 to Dave Arenz at 920-286-2300.