Four businesses, individuals to be recognized by Chamber

Daily News Staff

April 9, 2019

GERMANTOWN — Four businesses and individuals will be recognized Wednesday at the Germantown Chamber of Commerce’s awards dinner and annual meeting. The event is being held at the Florian Park Conference & Event Center, N112-W18611 Mequon Road.

This year’s honorees are:

■ Keller Inc., 2018 Business of the Year. Nominated by Dean Wolter of the village of Germantown: “For all their hard work in completing the outdoor performing arts pavilion and for their active business involvement in the Germantown area.”

■ Jeff Dhien, 2018 Citizen of the Year. Nominated by: Kevin Nash of Shorewest Realtors: “Jeff is kind of an unsung hero. Germantown has a unique set of families to which the village of Germantown was founded on. Jeff has played a major part in keeping history alive in his role as president of the Germantown Historical Society, as well as our Oktoberfest. Jeff has also been involved in various sports organizations to promote the wellness of youth.”

■ Margaret (Marge) Miller, Achievement Award. Nominated by Village Trustee Rick Miller: “I am nominating my mother for her contributions to the community. (Her) involvement includes being on the Germantown Park and Rec. Commission 11 years, including the bicentennial celebration in 1976 and hiring our first Park and Rec. Director — Mark Schroeder. Historical Society (current board member) helps with organizing Oktoberfest Celebration, Deutschtadt Heritage Foundation Board and Maifest Organizer since inception. Hessischer Verein Club member. Poll worker for many years, past board member of Washington County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Member of Washington County GOP and was a delegate a number of times at the State Republican Convention.”

■ Leadership Germantown, 2018 Service Organization of the Year. Nominated by: Sandy Dobrogowski of Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin: “Leadership Germantown had its inception in 1999, when a group of local leaders identified the need to develop Community Synergy. It was launched in 2000, with its first class commencement in 2001.

“Leadership Germantown is a program which, according to its mission, ‘Promotes and enhances community leadership and involvement by providing quality programs that develop leadership skills and create community awareness.’ “The class and its facilitator meet once per month at various Germantown municipalities and businesses. Their sessions typically include a keynote speaker who addresses relevant leadership topics, a tour of local business(es) and time to work on the class’s designated project. “Participation in Leadership Germantown has enriched its graduates with knowledge and appreciation of this great community. It has also fostered an awareness of opportunities to better serve the citizens of Germantown. Each class identifies an opportunity they will support — and does so through a well-planned class project that includes creating objective( s), a budget and an action plan to make the project a reality.

“A partial list of past class projects include: 1. Kids Closet (still operational) 2. Kids Helping Kids – clothing and fundraiser for Kids Closet 3. Tree Stock Fundraiser – for village-wide tree planting and hanging baskets 4. Pantry Pushers (still operational) — people pushing shopping carts during parades to collect food for the food pantry 5. Neighbors Against Crime 6. Fundraiser for Rambo, Police K-9 7. Fundraiser for Gehl Performing Arts Pavilion — sale of bricks 8. Park Cleanup and Planting Day 9. Brown Bag Food Drive once per year at church services (threeyear run) 10. C3 — Fostering communication between businesses and schools 11. Created a Community Resource Booklet 12. Golf Outing Fundraiser for creation of the Germantown Police Honor Guard “These projects cover a wide spectrum of services. Without the volunteer hours and financial support provided by Leadership Germantown, these projects would not have come to fruition.

“I am a graduate of the class of 2016 and have the privilege of serving as the current president of Leadership Germantown. Previous board members and graduates are very proud of the knowledge we’ve attained, leadership skills we’ve developed and service we’ve provided to our community.

“Leadership Germantown is open to anyone who resides or works in the Germantown community. Prominent leaders in the community, including our current police chief, fire chief, superintendent of schools, and village president, are Leadership Germantown graduates.

“With the continued support of our local businesses, by sending their staff to enroll in Leadership Germantown, we will continue to develop leaders, increase awareness of Germantown and seek out additional opportunities to better serve our community.”