Meyers named Civitan's Citizen of the Year
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR George Meyers, left, receives the Citizen of the Year Award on Tuesday from Meridian Civitan Club President Paul Allen. Photo by Steve Gillespie / The Meridian Star.
By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
April 28, 20004
George Meyers' sense of volunteerism developed around his grandfather, who whiled away the hours playing cards with his friends in a tiny southwest Minnesota community.
Meyers said Arco, Minn., may have had 50 people in it when he was small. Primarily a Scandinavian farming community, he said as people retired and let their children take over the family farms, the elders would move into the little town.
The men played Whist, and Meyers would watch them during summers spent with his grandfather. But Meyers also noticed the men talked as they played. They discussed the needs of their town and set about getting them met.
Meyers, 70, has lived in Meridian since 1975. On Tuesday he was named the Meridian Civitan Club's Citizen of the Year.
Meyers grew up in St. Paul, Minn. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy who came to Meridian employed with the former Delco-Remy plant. He and his wife, Mary, have two sons, Andrew and Daniel.
George Thomas, chairman of the Civitan Club's Citizen of the Year committee, introduced Meyers to the civic club.
Some of Meyers' volunteer efforts have been devoted to: Boy Scouts of America; Meridian Chamber of Commerce; East Mississippi Business Development Corp.; United Way; East Mississippi Manufacturer's Association; Wesley House Community Center; Meridian Community College Work Force Council; Meridian Planning Commission; Meridian School Board; and Trinity Lutheran Church.
Meyers thanked the Civitan Club for the award and for recognizing volunteerism. He said he believes there is more volunteerism in communities than most people realize and that volunteerism should be promoted, especially among young people who he said are willing to help.