Gene Zierdt honored as Elks Citizen of the Year |

Gene Zierdt honored as Elks Citizen of the Year

by Bob Allgeier

Douglas County resident Gene Zierdt was honored at an awards dinner last week. The surprise affair was held at the Carson Valley Inn, where members of Minden/Douglas Elks Lodge #2670 joined in saluting Zierdt as their pick for the coveted Citizen of the Year award. His daughter, Ann, and her husband, Brad Lundin, attended the dinner.

Bob Allgeier, lodge secretary, said Zierdt was “judged by a set of criteria used to evaluate all candidates for the prestigious honor. This community can feel honored that it has so many outstanding citizens. In our opinion, Gene was truly outstanding in that he not only gave so generously of himself, but that he continues to this day with his service to the community.”

Zierdt, with wife Ruby, moved to the Carson Valley in 1987. He has been very active in the Gardnerville/Carson Valley Kiwanis Club, having served as their president, earning the Distinguished Kiwanis President’s Award. He served for years as secretary to the club and currently serves as special advisor to the board.

He was a member of Minden/Douglas Elks Lodge #2670, serving several years as treasurer.

Zierdt was a charter member of the Friends of the Douglas County Library, formed in June 1993, served as president and continues with the group as their treasurer. He is an active trustee of the Carson Valley Historical Society, serves as an RSVP docent at the Mormon Station State Park in Genoa, served as chairman of the citizens group that published “Gas Tax Facts” for the 1994 election and is a current member of High Sierra Flycasters. He is an active member of the United Methodist Church and serves the church as a member on several boards.

Jim Schramm, Exalted Ruler of the lodge, presented him with the Distinguished Citizen Award from Grand Lodge, and Bob Allgeier presented the local lodge award recognizing Schramm as “a great American and truly outstanding citizen of Douglas County.”