Reed Campbell celebrated his 47th birthday today with more than a piece of cake.
Campbell was visibly stunned as he was told this morning he was chosen the 2003 Brainerd Citizen of the Year.
It's a distinction that Campbell now shares with his father, Marvin Campbell, who was named Brainerd Citizen of the Year in 1975. It's the first time a father and son have shared such an honor, said Nancy Cross, executive director of Brainerd Community Action.
Coincidentally, Campbell shares a birthday today with Paul Bloom, the 2002 Citizen of the Year recipient, and Hanspeter Borgwarth, the 1993 award recipient, who both surprised him today at The Dispatch offices with a birthday cake, along with Cross. Written on the cake was, "Happy Birthday, Citizen of the Year."
"What a group of people I just joined," said Campbell.
The Brainerd Citizen of the Year selection committee voted Monday to honor Campbell as the 2003 recipient. The committee includes past award recipients, like Borgwarth and Bloom.
"I've known Reed for a long time and watched the wonderful things he does," said Bloom. "If anyone epitomizes Citizen of the Year, Reed's it, and I'm proud to be part of the selection process."
Campbell will be honored at the 2003 Distinguished Service Awards Banquet on Oct. 24 at Madden's Town Hall.
Campbell was the ninth of the 12 children born to Marvin and Mary Lou Campbell of Brainerd. Reed Campbell and his wife, Sally, who live in Baxter, have four children.
He is vice president and branch manager for Bremer Bank, Baxter branch. He began his banking career in 1975 at Bremer Bank, where he was a charter member of the bank's local donations committee, a committee that reviews requests from nonprofits for charitable donations from the bank and decides where to channel more than $50,000 in Bremer contributions in the area. He serves as chair of Bremer's branch advisory committee and has led Bremer's roadside "Adopt a Highway" pickup.
Campbell is board chair for Camp Confidence, also known as Confidence Learning Center. In 1998 he received the center's "Outstanding Volunteer of the Year" award. He is an active member of the Brainerd Noon Sertoma Club and was a recipient of the Brainerd Area Sertoma Club's Service to Mankind Award, an award also given to his father. As a Sertoman, Campbell has volunteered at the soup kitchen, the Northland Arboretum and has made picnic tables and chairs for the community. He and his wife Sally are team members for Relay for Life. He is past co-chair of the 2000 United Way Drive. He served on the Brainerd School District building committee/task force and was a co-chair on the committee to pass the recent bond referendum.
Campbell organized the Whipple Lake Association and now serves on the Skate Park Planning Committee. The committee's goal is to work with the city of Baxter and Lakewood Evangelical Free Church to build a skate park for area youths. He's active in the Knights of Columbus and has served on the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center board. He served on the Baxter Parks and Recreation Board from 1988-1994. Campbell served as campaign manager and treasurer for Sen. Paul Koering's recent campaign and election.
Currently, Campbell is a candidate for Brainerd School Board.
Past award recipients of Brainerd Citizen of the Year are: Paul Bloom (2002), Bonnie Cumberland (2001), Terry McCollough (2000), Kevin Thesing (1999), Ruth Gmeinder (1998), Warren Williams (1997), Sister Vivian Arts (1996), Arnie Johnson (1995), Jon Haapajoki (1994), Hanspeter Borgwarth (1993), Bill Van Essen (1992), Dick Endres (1991), Tom Isle (1990), Sara Dunlap (1989), Marv Nutting (1988), Bob Gross (1987), Jack Ruttger (1986), Birney Wilkins (1985), Ray Madison (1984), Pete Humphrey (1983), Jack Echternacht (1982), Ray Bang (1981), Walter Doran (1980), Lucille Shaw (1979), Herb Kessler (1978), Mildred Michaelis (1977), George Bedard (1976), Marvin Campbell (1975), and Elmer Johnson (1974).
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