Wagner named Minster Civic Association's Citizen of the Year

Seth Kinker
Staff Writer

Wally Wagner Jr., third-generation owner of Wagner’s IGA grocery stores, was named the Minster Civic Association’s (MCA) Citizen of the Year on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in downtown Minster, where the MCA held their 53rd annual Citizen of the Year Dance.

This year’s theme was “Adult Prom: Bubbles & Bowties” and attendees were dressed to the nines as they heard MCA President J.J. Woehrmyer announce Wagner as the most recent recipient of the award that recognizes local residents who have made outstanding contributions to the community.

Before Wagner was announced to thunderous applause, Woehrmyer dropped some hints before giving away some bigger clues to who would be named the winner of the award.

Some of those clues included facts like him being a lifelong resident of Minster, a volunteer as a coach for various youth sports organizations, a longtime member and supporter of the Minster athletic boosters, a board member of the Community Improvement Committee, a former board member of the Arrowhead golf course, a former board member of the Joint District Memorial Hospital, a board member of the Arts Council, a Fort Loramie lake improvement association member, a longtime supporter of Auglaize Mercer livestock sales at the county fairs and a past board member and president of the Southwest Chamber of Commerce.

The bigger clues included identifying the winner as a Food and Marketing Board Industry member, a sponsor of the library's summer reading program and an Ohio Grocers Association board member, past president and Hall of Fame inductee in 2019.

“This individual has directly been involved in a countless number of programs and donations throughout this great town that almost everyone here has benefited from,” said Woehrmyer. “Today, he still councils and mentors many of the groups he was part of. On a personal standpoint, I'm honored and find it ironic I get to present this award to this individual, as his father and my grandfather were lifelong best friends and were best men at each other’s weddings.”

To read the rest of this article, make sure to read the Jan. 30 edition of The Community Post