Mica Lawrence named Outstanding Business Person, firefighters get nod
Mica Lawrence has been a significant player on the Grafton business scene since taking over her fatherâ€™s insurance business in 2007.
The Grafton Fire Department has been an integral part of the community for more than a century.
Both will receive special recognition during the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerceâ€™s annual meeting and awards dinner on Wednesday, May 13.
Lawrence will receive the Outstanding Business Person Award.
She is owner of the Mica Meunier Lawrence Agency of American Family Insurance, a business started by her father, Chuck Meunier.
Lawrence was nominated for the award by fellow Grafton business owner Betty Wellhoefer Hill of Crescendo Wealth Management.
â€śMica and her business are, in my opinion, outstanding Grafton advocates,â€ť Wellhoefer said in her nomination form.
â€śMica is a strong business and community leader. She is very active in the Chamber and with many other community organizations.
â€śMicaâ€™s business continues to grow because of all the solid advice and work she provides. She has not only opened her arms to welcome me and my new business to the community, she has introduced me to many other business owners and become a friend along the way.â€ť
According to the Chamber, Lawrence has also made a mark in the community.
She had held various leadership positions with the Cedarburg Junior Womenâ€™s Club and is one of the founding members of the networking group 100+ Women Who Care in Ozaukee County.
In addition, her business has sponsored events for Starting Point, the Aging and Disabilities Resource Center and St. Paul Lutheran Church.
â€śMica has served on the Chamberâ€™s Ladies Night Out and Women EmPOWERed Conference committees and has provided great direction for both events,â€ť said Pam King, the Chamberâ€™s executive director.
â€śShe is always willing to help and has been a great asset for us. Mica truly cares about this community. She works very hard to connect with other local businesses and make a difference.â€ť
The Grafton Fire Department will be honored with the Outstanding Public Servants Award.
The department was nominated by a source very familiar with the contribution the organization has made to the community, Fire Chief Bill Rice.
â€śThe reason I am nominating our members is to help show the community how dedicated and important our members are in delivering these critical life services at such a low cost,â€ť Rice wrote.
â€śOur department members donate over 10,000 hours annually to organizing, maintaining, training and responding to calls for help in Grafton.
â€śAdditionally, our members have worked to improve services such as our recent upgrade to paramedic level services, designing and specifying new equipment and apparatus, fire station maintenance, apparatus maintenance and many other untold duties that are needed to run a successful paid-on-call fire department.â€ť
Beyond firefighting, King said the department has set a high standard for community involvement.
â€śThe Grafton Fire Department and its members are behind the scenes for a lot of what happens in Grafton, including our high school football games, the Giro dâ€™ Grafton, Grillinâ€™ in Grafton and our Independence Day fireworks,â€ť she said.
â€śIn addition, they participate in the Christmas parade annually, visit local schools promoting fire safety and host an open house during Fire Prevention Month.â€ť
Most recently, King noted, Grafton firefighters agreed to take on the Green Bay Packers alumni in a friendly basketball game at Grafton High School. Funds raised will benefit Camp Hometown Heroes.
â€śWe are very fortunate to have such a loyal group of people improving the quality of life in our community on a regular basis,â€ť King said,
The awards dinner will be May 13 at The Bog Golf Course clubhouse.
Image information: ABOVE, MICA LAWRENCE (third from left) has been named the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Person. She is shown with (from left) Chamber President Sharon McKelvey of The Investment Center of Grafton, Betty Wellhoefer Hill of Crescendo Wealth Management, who nominated Lawrence for the award, and Chamber Vice President Rick Novotny of Cornerstone Community
Bank. Lower photo, the Grafton Fire Department has been named the recipient of the Outstanding Public Servants Award. Shown at the fire station are department members (front row, from left) Kenny Lamas, Tony Sproehlich, Ben Haas, (back row) Andrew Marriot, Jake Dickmann, Darren Warner, Justin Hilgart and Ian Bell.