2017 - Stan Smith
Stan met his wife, Babs, in 1955 and they were married in 1958. Stan graduated from Oklahoma State University and moved to Southeastern Wisconsin to work for Wisconsin Bell. During his 37 years with WI Bell/AT&T/Ameritech, their family relocated frequently around the State before finally settling in Mequon in 1977. By that point they had three young children (Brad, Carrie and Randy) and felt Mequon offered a positive environment for them to grow and get a good education. The entire family was active in Crossroads Presbyterian Church and lived their Christian faith. Sadly, Babs passed away on February 17, 2017. Stan’s natural leadership talents were well recognized by a wide range of people. After retirement, he administered a partnership with Gov. Thompson to advance the use of two way interactive video in schools, courts and hospitals. Additionally, Stan let his “light shine” by serving on the MT Chamber of Commerce Board, helping start the Sunrise Rotary in 1009. Additionally, he cooperated in initiating “Music in Motion”, an outdoor performance by the Milwaukee Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony and the Milwaukee Ballet Company. He was Executive Director the year it became the “Gathering on the Green.” Stan’s been the Newsmaker of the Year, the “Citizen of the Year”, the Executive Director of “Family Fun Before the Fourth”, and served on the Mequon Economic Development Board. Stan is a Paul Harris Fellow awardee, the highest Rotary honor, named after the founder of the first Rotary Club.