2013 Reflections Award winner honored

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013

Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2013

2013 Reflections Award winner honored by city council

In 1997 the city of Minnetonka began its Reflections Award program, designed to recognize individuals, business and programs whose outstanding contributions reflect positively on Minnetonka. The award is presented every other year.

This year, the family of Randall, Elizabeth and Jessica Neal was chosen as the 2013 Reflections Award winner.

The Neals were nominated by neighbor Jayne Kennelly, with support from many other neighbors, for their ongoing work improving and maintaining Kinsel Park in Glen Lake for the enjoyment of everyone.

Jayne wrote, “The Neals have worked tirelessly…they have chopped up buckthorn, planted trees and bushes, brought buckets from their home to water trees during the drought, and cleaned up brush. They have worked with the city to plant and nurture young trees and bushes and engaged our whole neighborhood Lakeside Estates to help make the park a beautiful place to ride bikes, walk dogs or enjoy nature.”

Another neighbor, Peggy Johnson, said, “The Neals’ enthusiasm, devotion and selfless concern for their community is a wonderful contribution to this Minnetonka neighborhood. It’s a delight to see folks in all seasons walking, running and playing in Kinsel Park, a gem all Minnetonka residents can be proud of.”

Honorable Mention: JoAnne Robinson, Ridgedale YMCA/Minnetonka Heights
While not selected as this year’s award winner, nominee JoAnn Robinson was selected to receive honorable mention for her dedicated work with the YMCA outreach program for school-age children at the Minnetonka Heights Apartments.

Nominator and Minnetonka Heights resident Heather Stettler wrote, “Everything JoAnn does is so necessary, vital and positive for our community and specifically for our youngest members, our children. The program [she runs] provides a variety of education and activities that extend and reinforce the morals, knowledge and activities our kids are being taught at school and home to help make them positive contributors to our community…JoAnne provides this wonderful service with a great deal of patience, compassion and a smile.”

The city council also recognized two other nominees for this year’s Reflections Award:

Brian Kuhnly, manager, Cub Foods Minnetonka
Nominator and Minnetonka resident Chuck Dahl said, “Brian has been the store manager for many years, and is a community encourager. He and Cub have allowed countless organizations to fund raise with car washes, the bratwurst stand and in-store bagging.”

Opportunity Partners, Minnetonka non-profit organization
Nominator Suzy Feine said, “Opportunity Partners, which will celebrate 60 years of service to the disability community in 2013, supports choices for people with disabilities through innovative services and strategic collaborations, assisting people to live, learn and work – adding value to their lives and the communities.”

Congratulations to the 2013 Reflections Award winner, honorable mention and nominees.