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Written by JOHN MORTON   
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 16:58

Chamber selection Mark Blau among honorees at June 12 dinner

They say that no good deed goes unpunished.
That old adage may be a stretch in the case of Mark Blau, but it’s not too far off.
“Once I get my claws into something, I always go overboard,” Blau said. “I’ll say, ‘Let’s do this, or let’s do that.’ And people will say, ‘That’s a good idea. So why don’t you chair it?’
“It didn’t take long for me to learn, ‘Oh, that’s how this works.’”
That enthusiasm has landed him at the helm of many endeavors. Now, it’s also landed him recognition as the Saukville Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year.
“I’m surprised by the honor,” said Blau, who is a Grafton resident but grew up in Saukville, where his father Harley and a partner established Blau’s Saukville Meats in 1971. In 1997, he bought them out and took over.
“There are so many people who do a lot in this town,” Blau added.
But maybe not many who sustain the volunteer spirit over such a long period of time. For Blau, his award encompasses his wide range of activities, including 10 years with the Saukville Lions, leadership with the Sno Seekers snowmobile club and his participation with the chamber.
The snowmobilers donate each year to the local food pantry and the “Live at the Triangle” summertime music series. His store is where the beer trailer and ice is stored for the popular music event.
“I guess people appreciate you as time goes on,” Blau said. “It’s nice to be acknowledged. It’s uplifting and it regenerates me.
“I’m a hands-on guy and do as much as I can, which can be hard when you own a small business.”
The long history with his store also plays a role in his community mindfulness, Blau said. After all, the storefront bears Saukville’s name.
“Yeah, I think people relate to the store and know our business can be counted on,” he said. “When the Scouts come in looking for help with their brat fry, it’s hard to say no.”
Mike Cosgrove, executive director of the chamber, appreciates Blau’s can-do mentality.
“What really stands out to me is his generosity and willingness to go above and beyond to help the community and causes he believes in, like hosting brat fries with the Lion’s Club or donating to fund-raisers like the Saukville Scare 5K,” he said of Blau.
Blau’s award will be presented at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 12, at Messina’s Italian Restaurant, 151 N. Progress Dr., in Saukville. The chamber will also honor McKenzie Prom as its scholarship winner, Rebel Converting as its Business of the Year, the Live at the Triangle Committee as Organization of the Year and Saukville Elementary School for outstanding achievement.
Visit www.saukvillechamber.org/event/chamber-awards-dinner to register for the event.

 
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