Cancer-fighter, town-booster receive 'Citizenship' honors
A strong sense of civic duty and community involvement earned recognition for two Perham residents.
Earning citizenship honors March 4 were Lisa Peterson, a cancer-fighting volunteer; and Dan Schroeder, the Perham-boosting Chamber of Commerce director.
Citizenship honors are presented annually by the Perham Lions Club.
As chairperson of the East Otter Tail Relay for Life committee, Peterson has been a driving force behind one of the top American Cancer Society pledge walks in the state. Peterson has been integral in the program as a volunteer and a leader-following in the footsteps of her parents, Ron and Dee Anderson, who are founders of the East Otter Tail Relay.
Last year was the 15th annual Relay for Life at the Perham High School track, and the event raised about $90,000 in the fight against cancer.
For Dan Schroeder, Perham is not just a nice, prosperous, little prairie town-it's a total lifestyle. Schroeder lives and breathes Perham, not only in his position as executive director of the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce, but as a hometown fellow with a fierce pride for his community.
In accepting the honor at the March 4 Perham Lions meeting, Schroeder in turn credited the Perham Lions as being one of the finest civic organizations in the community. Perham Lion member Nick Theroux, who is also Chamber President, described Schroeder as Perham's most dedicated and aggressive promoter of the community.
The Relay for Life and the Perham Chamber has been active partners with the Perham Lions. For special events, such as Turtle Fest and the Trade and Home Show, the Lions collaborate closely with the Chamber.
At the Relay, the Lions have also been a strong presence, said Lisa Peterson, noting that Lion Rob Evans has been an active volunteer with the Cancer Society Relay.