LeRoy Berning, the main man behind one of the biggest celebrations of summer, will be the man of honor this winter, as he has been named the St. Michael-Albertville Cheermeister for the Dec. 3 festivities at the St. Michael Holiday Tree Lighting event, hosted by STMA Rotary and Shop St. Michael-Albertville.
Berning joins fellow lifetime STMA residents such as Joe Dehmer, Jim Pichler and Elmer “Ike” Eichelberg to become the man to “flip the switch” at the annual holiday event.
“LeRoy is one of those people that make the STMA community so special with his work on one of the area’s biggest celebrations,” said Mike Schoemer, Shop STMA President and publisher of North Wright County Today. “He’s one of those guys who knows everybody, and if he doesn’t know you he knows someone who knows you. He is an amazing ambassador for the STMA community through his work with Friendly City Days and the Albertville Lions, and as an owner of one of the area’s most well-known businesses. This honor is truly deserved.”
“LeRoy is best known for Friendly City Days, but really he’s a driving force behind a lot of things that happens around the STMA community. He’s a supporter of our schools and activities and will be a great Cheermeister,” said Sandra Greninger, member of both STMA Rotary and Shop STMA.
Nominees for Holiday Cheermeister must be either St. Michael-Albertville residents, be involved in a St. Michael-Albertville organization or own or work at a St. Michael business. Nominees should be actively involved in the St. Michael-Albertville community, embody the holiday spirit, and exemplify Rotary’s Four-Way Test, which asks: Of the things we think, say or do: 1.Is it the TRUTH?, 2.Is it FAIR to all concerned?, 3.Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4.Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Berning joins six previous Cheermeisters:
Jim Pichler – 2012
Elmer and Karol Eichelberg – 2013
Joe Dehmer – 2014
Sandy Greninger – 2015
Paul Ederer – 2016
Tom Zander – 2017
The Holiday Tree Lighting celebration is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3 at the St Michael City Center.
About STMA Rotary
Rotary is a unique organization that stresses “service above self.” It focuses on helping citizens in our community as well as addressing the world-wide challenges of disease, literacy, starvation and clean water. The St. Michael-Albertville Rotary meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Crow River Senior Center at the new St. Michael City Center. For more information, visit them on Facebook.
About Shop STMA
Shop STMA is a local non-profit organization of St. Michael and Albertville businesses with the vision of having every resident consider buying in Saint Michael and Albertville before going to businesses in the surrounding area or big box stores. For more information, visit www.shopstma.com.