Chamber honors those who have contributed to village

Ozaukee Press staff

The Grafton Chamber of Commerce has crowned its picks for the 2021 Outstanding Citizens and Lifetime Achievement awards. 

Garfton’s Bloomin’ Olive owner Kim Meisinger has been selected to receive the Outstanding Citizens Award for her contributions to the Grafton community and area civic groups such as the chamber, Celebrate Grafton and the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse. 

Meisinger was nominated for the honor by chamber vice president Mary Karnitz, who said in the nine years she has known Meisinger, she has been a tireless advocate for the Grafton community and has played a major role in the revitalization of the village — noting Meisinger’s service on the Grafton Chamber Board of Directors since 2009 and her service on the Downtown District Association and Holiday Events Committee. 

Chamber Executive Director Pam King said Meisinger always goes above and beyond to help those in need and is well deserving of the award. 

“There are so many things that happen in our community that Kim is a part of,” King said. “She donates of her time and talents to many of our nonprofit organizations, and does so behind the scenes.” 

For their longtime contributions to the community, Lyn and Mark May have been chosen to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

According to a chamber announcement, Lyn has been a member of the Grafton Holiday Events Committee for many years and continues to work on the Tree Lighting Committee. She has also been a member of Celebrate Grafton, the Grafton Historical Society and the Parent Teacher Friends League. She has also served as a den mother for the Cub Scouts and Brownie leader for the Girl Scouts. 

Mark May, in addition to volunteering for the Cedarburg Fire Department, volunteered for rescue and recovery at Ground Zero following the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. According to the chamber, May faces health issues stemming from his rescue efforts but is proud to have played a role in saving lives after the attack. 

“The Mays are two of the most kind, caring, considerate and generous people,” King said. “The chamber is honored to have this opportunity to recognize their many contributions to Grafton and to present Mark and Lyn May with Lifetime Achievement Awards.” 

The awards will be presented at the Grafton Community Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m.



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