Alex and Alvina Wolf were named Spruce View’s Citizens of the Year during the 35th annual Spruce View & District Lions Club charter night, Jan. 19.
The gala evening which featured the presentation, dinner and entertainment, was attended by about 80 people, said Lion Ray Stanton.
The club has been presenting citizen of the year honours since 1981. Each year they seek nominations and a committee then reviews information provided or (if there are no nominations) seeks nominees before making a selection.
The nomination of the Wolfs was made by Fay and Ed Schatschneider and John Stannard.
Fay Schatschneider read a biography of the couple’s long service in the community during the presentation.
Alvina Wolf has been a member of Craig Community Club for 45 years and served in many capacities. Under the heading of Cheer, she’s looked after sending cards for health, birthday and Christmas for all the seniors in the community for years.
Involved in the community, she’s editor of the Alberta High School Rodeo Association newsletter and an enthusiastic supporter of minor hockey.
Within her church community, Alvina has served in many capacities, visited and encouraged others to help when community members were sick or experiencing a loss, served on the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League at both local and provincial levels and received the “Service of Christ Award” for unselfish service from Alberta/BC Lutheran Church – Canada in June 2008.
Alex Wolf was president of the rural electrification society for many years, was one of the original members of Burnt Lake Gas Co-op and served for 29 years, has been a minor hockey manager never missing a game, was one of the original group to fundraise and help in building Diamond Jubilee Recreation Centre, has been very involved in the local high school rodeo association and assisted with setting up and working at local high school rodeos. He’s held several positions with his church and has been involved in all facets of church administration.
Together the couple has volunteered at Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site and Historic Markerville Creamery. They’ve participated in community pot lucks at Fensala Hall, both have worked with the local 4-H horse club, and they’re always “cheerful and generous givers”.
After reading about the attributes of being volunteers, Schatschneider said, “Alex and Alvina, you’ve show these qualities and so much more, so a heartfelt thank you for all that you do and have done and we extend congratulations on becoming the 2013 Citizens of the Year from your family and your community friends with whom you have served so generously. Alex and Alvina, you are extraordinary ambassadors of the community.”