Morgan Feels Hossman Bad Choice For Citizen of the Year

by Free Speech on December 31, 2010

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

My Friends,

The method for choosing a Citizen of the Year to represent the best of Lodi needs to be revisited. It is hard for me to believe, especially in light of the situation with the Lodi School District, that a failed guidance counselor is chosen. Mr Hossman’s record with the success or lack of success with the students of the Lodi School District needs to be considered. This is the guy who told many qualified students they were not college material (while children of Teachers and Admin received most of the grants) and told 17 year olds to get out of school before they are kicked out when they turn 18…nice work…great for our Community.  Now that I read the News Release by Senator Gelnn Grothman regarding the monetary value of students, I now understand why Hossman did it – and I certainly do not agree with those methods! Things have got to change and it needs to start here…

If Hossman is Citizen of the Year for 2010 – then next year he will be one of those who vote’s for the next Citizen of the Year and it could be SHIMSHAK!

I am letting the Lodi Chamber know about my dismay in the method used to pick the choice for the Lodi Citizen of the Year 2010 and also my dismay in the choice. Having Hossman as the coice sends the wrong message to the community.

Someone like Carla Hamre Donelson, Ron Padley, Paul Fisk, Dean Strander, Clarence Bushnell, Larry Clark, I don’t have to tell you why for any of those listed (you know why) – just off the top of my head – we need someone who does something for the community & its future…

If you agree, let the Chamber know,

Have a Safe & Happy New Year!

Anna Morgan

Patriotic Lodi Wisconsin

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cathy Treinen January 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Dear Past Recipients of the Lodi Citizen of the Year Award:

Decision well made on Curt Hossman for Citizen of the Year 2010. He is well deserving of this honor.


Cathy Treinen

2 Maxwell Love January 5, 2011 at 9:03 PM

I hope Mr. Hossman pays no attention to this nonsense. He went above and beyond the call of duty in the schools again and again. His commitment to the Lodi community is evident in that even after he retired he volunteered and worked with AmeriCorps in other communities. I mean you seriously have to be kidding. You clearly didn’t know him.

3 Peggy Joutras, Co-Chair: Lodi Citizen of the Year January 4, 2011 at 3:56 PM


Perhaps some background on the Citizen of the Year Award would be enlightening.

This is the history of the Citizen of the Year Event:

The first award was presented by the Chamber in 1970 to Dr. T.O. Goeres on his 89th birthday. It was declared “Doc Goeres Day” and about 300 people attended the event. It was such a success that the Chamber established a committee to keep the ball rolling and choose the next honoree. In 1987 it was decided that a more formal nomination process should be established and it was agreed at that time that the selection committee should be comprised of past honorees and nominations would be solicited from the community. Nominees are to be upstanding citizens who have made a positive impact on the Lodi community through their actions. These actions should be over a span of time and should be voluntary in nature.

Please note that the honoree is chosen by the past recipients of the award ONLY. The Chamber strictly facilitates the process and coordinates the actual event, but it is NOT a fundraiser and they DO NOT have any input in choosing the recipient. Nominations are open to the public for a month or so before they are presented to the past recipients for review and a vote. The past recipients also vote for a “runner up” in the event that the first choice declines the award. The award is not a job review, it is not based on paid performance, and it is not a political statement. It is based on volunteer work within the community.

Curt Hossman is deserving of recognition for the amount of volunteer work he has done and continues to do within our Lodi community and beyond.

Respectfully Submitted,

Peggy Joutras
Co-Chairman: odi citizen of the Year committee
Lodi Chamber of Commerce

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