Reinert and Tonneberger Receive LWVLC Outstanding Service Awards
Barbara Reinert and Mary Tonneberger were the recipients of the Outstanding Service Award at the League of Women Voters Leelanau County Annual Dinner held on May 22, 2014 at the Leland Lodge.
League member Barbara Marsh presented the award to Barbara Reinert. Reinert has been a member of the LWV for 63 years. She has served as president of the League in St. Cloud, Minnesota, participated in the Leelanau County Issues Discussion Group, is a board member of the LWLC and has served on many LWV study groups over the years. Reinert's commitment to civic awareness and a passion for the environment has also lead to her active involvement with the Leelanau Christian Neighbors, the Leelanau Conservancy, Trinity Church of Northport, the Friends of the Northport Library, the Women's Club of Northport and the Northport Library Book Discussion Group.
League member Nana Kennedy presented the award to Mary Tonnerberger. Following her retirement Tonnerberger dedicated herself to the county she and her husband adopted in the 1960s. Tonneberger's commitment to clear communication, public service and political civility has been the hallmark of her service both in and outside the LWV. Tonneberger joined the League of Women Voters, Leelanau Unit, when it was first organized in 2008 and has served on the board of the LWVLC. She has been active in the LWVLC's Energy and Natural Resources, Farm Labor Task Force and Early Childhood committees. Tonneberger's commitment to public service has also been exemplified by her being the past Chair of the Leelanau Board of County Commissioners and her roles with the Leelanau Commissions on Aging, the Benzie-Leelanau Board of Health, ShareCare, the Omena Historical Society, the County's Planning Commission and the Leelanau Early Childhood Development Commission. Tonneberger is also active with the Omena Women's Club, Omena Yacht Club and the Suttons Bay Rotary Club.