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By Joe Block 

Mark Geisler receives Dane County United Way Community Volunteer Award


May 16, 2019

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In February 2019, Anette Geisler was asked to be a part of the group establishing a Long Term Recovery Group for Dane County. The group would serve as volunteers who could mobilize in the event the county was struck by a disaster, much like the floods of August 2018. At one of the meetings an opportunity was presented by the United Way of Dane County to nominate members, organizations, or businesses of a community who fit the bill for the United Way's Champions of Change 2019 campaign. A Champion of Change is someone who tells the story of a community, whether through volunteering, investing, or advocating. It became clear that there was a person in Mazomanie who matched that description. Marl Geisler was nominated. On March 14 Geisler received and e-mail from the United Way of Dane County congratulating him on his nomination and inviting him to attend the Community Volunteer Award luncheon on April 30. Geisler was quite surprised; he had not been informed of his nomination. Over 400 people attended the luncheon. There were 113 nominees in 7 categories. Mark's name was called for the Community Volunteer Award, and he was in disbelief. Mark recognized that he was just part of the greater effort of the entire community of Mazomanie put forth during the flood recovery process. Geisler recognized the he didn't do it alone. The award included a desk top award and $1,000 to the organization in which Mark volunteers – the Mazomanie Fire Department. Pictured is Geisler with Amber Noggle.


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