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St. Anthony Chamber to honor Tom Miller
The St. Anthony Chamber of Commerce will be honoring its longest standing member Tom Miller with the Special Recognition of Service Award at the annual chamber meeting on Thursday, April 18 at Jax Café in Minneapolis.
Miller is the Human Resource Manager at Berger Transfer and Storage Inc. in Roseville (formerly located in St. Anthony). He has served on the city’s chamber of commerce since 1982 and has been a member of the Kiwanis Club since 1987.
In that time Miller has held nearly every office position on the chamber’s board, including serving as the chamber president. He became the treasurer in 1994 and has held that position ever since.
“He’s just a lovely man who’s gracious and kind. He’s really been an anchor for the chamber for many, many years,” the chamber’s executive director, Kelly Salseg, said.
As fundraising chair and active volunteer with the Kiwanis Club, he has been vital in helping the organization support St. Anthony families through youth programs, drives for local food shelves, basic needs items, scholarship programs and more.
Miller and St. Anthony’s other 48 Kiwanis members raise an average of about $20,000 per year in funding that goes toward helping needy families in St. Anthony, according to Kiwanis member Paul Redlinger.
In addition to the work Kiwanis does locally to benefit those in need, they also raise, on average, more than $3,000 per year in an effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus across the globe by providing vaccines for women in developing countries.
Miller said he joined both organizations after Berger’s chairman of the board, William Dircks, approached him with the idea shortly after he began his employment at Berger more than 30 years ago.
Dircks was a chamber board member at the time, but said he was too busy to maintain an active role in the organization and thought Miller was the right guy for the job.
“He’s a very loyal and spectacular person,” Dircks said. “He was very willing and excited to do it and became our answer for maintaining a voice in the village.”
After more than 30 years Miller has not slowed in his volunteer work in the village a bit. He said he would continue his work with Kiwanis and on the chamber as long as his health will allow it, because it is something he finds value in and enjoys doing.
“Looking back at all the wonderful people I’ve gotten to know, share ideas and work with on projects to help others has made it all worth while,” Miller said.
Miller will receive the Special Recognition Award following a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Chamber members will also be introducing their new officers, presenting the Villager of the Year Award and Business of the Year Award.
Jax Café is located at 1928 University Avenue N.E. in Minneapolis.
Joshua Nielsen can be reached at email@example.com or 651-748-7824.