Two area men who found the time to be involved in their communities beyond their own busy lives will be honored tonight.
Jack Dobier, Hackensack, and Marv Rothstein, Staples, will receive their recognition at the Initiative Foundation's 2002 Awards of Outstanding Community Initiative at Madden's Resort.
Dobier was selected Outstanding Volunteer and Rothstein selected Outstanding Philanthropist. He balances volunteerism with his job as principal owner of Collaborative Work Solutions Inc.
Some may get tired just reading all the ways Dobier volunteers in the community he moved to less than two years ago, much less matching his enthusiasm.
Dobier joined the Lions and is now third vice president. He joined the Union Congregational Church, headed the Strategic Planning Committee, serves on the District Planning Council, serves on the Northwoods Arts Council Board and acted in its summer musical. He volunteers for Faith in Action, is involved in the Baby, Kid, Lost, Kerr and McKoewn Lake Association and assisted with a septic and water testing grant project.
But his greatest accomplishment may be in helping residents develop a long-range plan for the Hackensack area. He facilitated public meetings and was able to draw on his experience as an expert negotiator to help bring groups together who had been in turmoil in the past. Dobier is described as charismatic.
"Jack is not the typical 'spark-plug,' however, he is truly a hero by stepping forward and being the right person at the right place at the right time. He never lost his sense of humor and never lost his optimism," Beth Trout and Jay Cline, Hackensack Trailblazers, wrote in their nomination letter.
Dobier could not be reached for comment.
"There are so many stories we could tell about Marv's commitment to this community," David Duhn, First Integrity Bank president, wrote in his letter nominating Rothstein. "He gives with his heart, his time and his money. I cannot think of a more deserving individual."
Rothstein, senior officer at First Integrity Bank, said he was overwhelmed, honored and in disbelief to receive the philanthropist of the year award.
"I'm still overwhelmed," Rothstein said Thursday. "And still in a state of shock. I was totally surprised."
With a lengthy list of accomplishments, Rothstein's leading role in starting the Staples Community Foundation and reaching a fund-raising goal of $250,000 was first on the list. Rothstein said Staples needed a community foundation to be in place to help the community for years to come.
Rothstein has served as Rotary Club president, has not missed working on ditch cleanup efforts, the Rotary Art Show, hosted fall cook-outs, has taken exchange students into his home and helped raise thousands of dollars at fund-raising auctions. He is active in the Knights of Columbus and played a role in the Cardinal Bank at Staples-Motley High School, established to help students learn about credit, banking and business issues.
"You can stay busy," Rothstein said of such efforts.
Rothstein grew up in the St. Cloud area and has been with the bank for about 15 years. He credited the people who work with him on all the community projects. He said the honor is shared with those individuals and his wife, Connie, who has tolerated a lot and been a good sport.
Other categories and award winners include East St. Cloud, Outstanding Community; Glenn Metalcraft, Princeton, Outstanding Enterprise; Sauk River Watershed District, Sauk Centre, Outstanding Environmental Initiative; Rum River Interfaith Caregivers, Princeton, Outstanding Nonprofit Organization; and Emily Anderson, Buffalo, Outstanding Youth Initiative. Award winners are given $1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.
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