Elks choose Amundson as Citizen of the Year
The Minden/Douglas Elks Lodge #2670 hosted its annual Citizen of the Year award dinner at the Carson Valley Inn Jan. 31.
“Douglas County resident John Amundson was this year’s surprised and honored recipient of the coveted annual award,” said lodge secretary Bob Allgeier.
According to Allgeier, Amundson was selected for the award based on the broad range of volunteer activities he has engaged in since he moved with wife Cathy to Douglas County in 1992.
“John represents those things good that an active, caring individual, willing to invest his time for the good of others, can do to make our community a better place in which to live. John epitomizes our national motto, ‘Elks Care, Elks Share,'” Allgeier said.
Amundson was recognized for service to his church, his involvement in the Gardnerville/Carson Valley Kiwanis Club as a board member and director of the KGVM emergency power generator project. He helped organize the Kiwanis Key Club at Douglas High School and currently serves as advisor.
Amundson is a CASA volunteer, an advisor to the Family Support Council, is a TRIAD board member and serves as an advisor in the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Program. In 1997, he was appointed by Sen. Lawrence Jacobsen, D-Minden, to the Nevada Silver-Haired Forum, where he chaired the legislative committee that produced a report to the governor on the senior needs in Nevada. One such need outlined was the great need for public transportation in rural areas for seniors and the handicapped. This year, he serves on the board of the Partnership of Community Resources as its president.
A special guest at the award ceremony was the Nevada State Elks Association President Elect Stan Stoll from the Sparks Lodge, who presented Amundson with a recognition certificate from the Grand Lodge.