Community Member of the Year
Community Member of the Year 2021
The City Council has selected Gerry Waller for the distinguished award of Community Member of the year for 2021. Gerry is excited yet humbled to receive the recognition from a city and community that she loves so dearly. When asked what she liked most about living in Donald, she says “The small town feel. It’s just a nice place to live and easy to get involved to help make things better.” Gerry has lived here for over 15 years and remembers when the Community Center was still City Hall. She has been a tireless volunteer in the community over the years and her volunteer activities, along with serving as a City Councilor, have included serving on the Budget Committee, the Planning Commission, and the Donald Beautification Group. She has also donated her artistic talents throughout the City to brighten things up and make Donald a better place. When Mayor Olmsted was asked why Gerry was chosen for this recognition, he said, “Gerry volunteers her time on many fronts to help improve the quality of life for the City of Donald. Her work with the Hometown Park has improved the experience of those who use it. She is very active in the Donald Beautification Group. First, the fire hydrant painting project. Not only did she paint several hydrants, which by the way look wonderful, she dispensed paints and supplies to other people for their fire hydrant painting. Secondly, Gerry painted the new Small Lending Libraries and Food Pantries. They look very inviting. Thirdly, she has designed a project for the corner of Butteville and Main Street, which will help beautify Donald. And, finally, Gerry co-hosts a monthly crafting meeting at the Donald Community Center. All of these efforts and more greatly improve Donald.”
There doesn't seem to be any stop in Gerry as she continues to serve her community in however she can because there are “still things to accomplish.” Among other things, Gerry’s goal is to live to be 100 and with all that she’s accomplished thus far, there is no doubt that she will accomplish that too. Thank you, Gerry for your amazing contributions to Donald. We are fortunate to have community members like you and this recognition is well deserved!