Outgoing Mayor Alan Nakanishi presented the Mayor’s Community Service Award to Carol Meehleis at Wednesday’s Lodi City Council meeting.
Nakanishi highlighted several of Meelheis’ accomplishments over the years, including her involvement with the fundraising and construction of a new press box for the Grape Bowl in the early 1990s after the old one burned down, her involvement in the construction of the Salvation Army’s Hope Harbor shelter, and her help in remodeling the Lodi House, a shelter for homeless women and children, among other projects.
Meehleis, who was an original member of the Lodi High Flames fundraising group with her husband Bill, thanked her family for their continued support of her desire to help the Lodi community.
“This is an amazing community,” she said. “It’s one where when you have your back to the wall, you look up and (the community) is there for you. I couldn’t have don this without them and I couldn’t have done this without my family.”
Meehleis served as the Lodi Woman’s Club president in 1991 and 2013 and on the Salvation Army board from 1999 to 2005. She has also served on the Hutchins Street Square Foundation board, as well as a member of Omega Nu and Soroptimist International of Lodi. She and was named 10th Assembly District Woman of the Year in 2004.
Bill and Carol Meehleis have three children, seven grandsons and one granddaughter.