The Brainerd Area Sertoma Club ends its fiscal year with a presentation of awards illustrating what Service to Mankind means for its members.

The first award was Rookie of the Year presented to new member and director of the Northland Arboretum Candice Zimmermann.

Kenneth Toole (left), presented Candice Zimmerman with the Sertoma Rookie of the Year award. Submitted.
Kenneth Toole (left), presented Candice Zimmerman with the Sertoma Rookie of the Year award. Submitted.

Zimmermann followed the tradition of previous directors who joined Sertoma because of the long-term partnership in the Winter Wonderland light show during the Christmas season. Zimmermann has shown a willingness to be involved in many facets of her new club, a news release stated.

Beth Burnard was named Sertoman of the Year. Her history of involvement in Sertoma goes back to the origin of the flags program, which she was instrumental in setting up and organizing. According to the release, she is currently serving as the social committee chairman and is always among the first to volunteer when help is needed.

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Beth Burnard (left), was presented the Sertoman of the Year award by Kenneth Toole. Submitted.
Beth Burnard (left), was presented the Sertoman of the Year award by Kenneth Toole. Submitted.

Sertoma also recognizes many individuals in the community that epitomize the Service to Mankind standards club members adhere to. This year’s honoree is Loren Meinke, who was nominated for his long-term volunteer service with the Boy Scouts. He is a retired teacher who has also been active in Trinity Lutheran Church as a board member. He is a long-term mentor of the 2020-21 club President Kenneth Toole.

Kenneth Toole (left) presented the Service to Mankind Award to Loren Meinke. Submitted.
Kenneth Toole (left) presented the Service to Mankind Award to Loren Meinke. Submitted.