Bio: Sterland, Vicki (Greenwood Citizen of Year – 2018)
Surnames: Sterland, Noeldner, Meyenschein, Lindner, Branstiter, Del Fatti, Meyer, Shaw, Horn, Shaw, Stump, Yurkovich
Source: Tribune/Record/Gleaner (Abbotsford, WI) 14 Mar 2018
Vicki Sterland came to Greenwood in 1992 for her husband’s new job, and never left. Through the more than 25 years she has lived in the community, she has done her part to make the town a better place to live.
Sterland was recognized for those efforts on March 11 when she was presented with the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce’s annual citizen of the year award. The treasurer of that group, Sterland has been an active volunteer in its projects, including annual dairy breakfasts, Christmas home tours, community street dances, and others.
The 2018 top citizen award was presented by Peggy Noeldner at Parkway Pines with about 40 chamber members on hand for the annual banquet and business meeting. Sterland said she is honored by the award, especially since there are others in the community who are probably more deserving.
“There are other people out there that are much more worthy than I am,” she said.
From Eau Claire, Sterland moved to Greenwood with her husband, Kevin, when he first took a job with Clark Electric Cooperative. He is still there, as the assistant line superintendent.
Vicki first worked for Norm and Rita Mayenschein at the Greenwood IGA. She then took a job at what was then UBC. It changed hands and became Pro-Build, and is now known as Builder’s First Choice. She has been with the business for 24 years now.
Vicki and Kevin raised two sons in Greenwood. Derek is now an electric lineman in Texas and Blake works in refrigeration in Marshfield.
Also at the Sunday evening Chamber gathering, Pat Lindner gave a presentation on the Branstiter Old Streets of Greenwood museum, this year’s featured business. The late Don Branstiter began building his dream museum in 1982, Lindner said, and opened it during the annual Dairy Days weekend in 1991. Branstiter passed away suddenly not long after opening the museum and his family gifted it to the city in 1996. The museum is now open the first Sunday afternoon of each month in summer, and for the End of Summer Fest in September.
The Chamber also recognized new businesses that located in town in the past year: 125 Main Street, K&S Logistics, East Fountain Chiropractic Care, and Footprints in Time Midwifery. Some changes were also made to the group’s board of directors, with Lindner, Sterland, Noeldner, Diane Del Fatti and Joe Meyer to be off soon when their terms end. Named to the board were Sarah Shaw, Lindsey Stump, Delmond Horn and Mandy Ruff.
The Chamber also presented a plaque to Steve and Candy Turnquist, hosts of the group’s 2017 June dairy breakfast. The 2018 meal on the farm is set for June 24 at the Luke and Judy Yurkovich farm on Rock Creek Road northwest of Willard.
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