Wayne S. Nelson of Willmar has received the 2015 Kiwanis Touch-A-Life Award. According to the announcement from the Willmar Kiwanis Club, the award recognizes a citizen of Kandiyohi County who has an outstanding record of volunteering service to the community, his or her church, school system, local government, or other organizations or programs.
Nelson has been involved in various groups or organizations over the years. He is a past Chamber of Commerce president and a member of the boards of West Central Industries, Rice Hospital, Rice Health Foundation, United Way and Ridgewater College Foundation.
He is a former Lions member, Rotarian and Paul Harris donor. He participated in the Blandin Fellowship Leader program and is a past Willmar Fests chairperson.
He is on the board at Calvary Lutheran Church, as well as the president of the congregation.
Nelson was also active in all of his children’s sports clubs throughout their high school days.
He is currently on the board of the Willmar Community Foundation and Family Promise of Kandiyohi County for Homelessness.
Nelson retired in December from Heritage Bank in Willmar. As a banker, he was expected to be involved in activities within the community. Nelson went above and beyond and was vigilant in attending meetings not to just one but several organizations at the same time. In retirement, the volunteering has not stopped.
Nelson is a graduate of Willmar High School, Concordia College in Moorhead and The School of Banking in Wisconsin. He is married to Linda Nelson and has three children.