Bill and Carol Meehleis were awarded the Lodi Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year just a year ago.
Now Lodi Mayor Alan Nakanishi will present Carol Meehleis with the Mayor’s Community Service Award on Wednesday.
In a largely ceremonial City Council meeting Wednesday, the council will elect a new mayor and mayor pro tempore among the five City Council members.
Among Meehleis’ accomplishments as a long-time Lodi resident (some were team efforts by her husband):
- Led the fundraising and construction of a new press box for the Grape Bowl in the early 1990s after the old one burned down.
- Were involved in the construction of the Hope Harbor shelter run by the Salvation Army.
- Were original members of the Lodi High Flames, a fundraising group for the school.
- Gave care packages to service men and women from Lodi in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.
- Helped remodel the Lodi House, a shelter for homeless women and children.
- Donated money to Lodi High, resulting in the gym being named after them.
- Decorated rooms, drop off food and goodies for families and build racks for the thrift store at Lodi House.
She was also president of the Lodi Woman’s Club in 1991 and 2013; Salvation Army board, 1999-2005; Hutchins Street Square Foundation board; member of Omega Nu and Soroptimist International of Lodi; and 10th Assembly District Woman of the Year in 2004.
The couple has three children, seven grandsons and one granddaughter.
Wednesday’s meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St. Lodi.
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