CRYSTAL FALLS—The Crystal Falls Lions Club has selected Max Woelffer as Citizen of the Year.
The honor will be presented during the annual dinner, to be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the Memory Lane Resort. Cost of the dinner is $20.
Woelffer is a 1955 graduate of Crystal Falls High school and served in the Army for two years before attending Michigan Technological University, where he earned a degree in metallurgical engineering. He was employed at the Cleveland Cliffs mines for 33 years, retiring in 1997.
He and his wife. Nancy, have been married for 53 years and have two daughters, Karen (Mark) Nylund and Mary (Bob) Patterson. They have four grandchildren, Maggie, Libby, Abby and Max.
He is an active member of Christ United Methodist Church, sings in the choir, is a member of the bell choir and a church trustee.
Woelffer has been a member of the Crystal Falls-Iron River Masonic Lodge since 1968. He has been honored as Mason of the Year by his brothers and served four years as worshipful master.
He also has been an active member of the Crystal Falls Lions Club since 1967. He is a past king lion and has been presented with the Melvin Jones Award by the club.
Active for many years as a volunteer on numerous community projects, some of his favorites have been the restoration of the Courthouse clock and the self-winding clock that hangs in City Hall, which dates from about 1907.
Woelffer has also been busy as a tuba player in the Lions Band, the Crystal Falls City Band and the Negaunee City Band. He also heads the Gifts from Santa program on the East Side of the county and works with the Golden K Kiwanis Club in Iron River.
“He is always willing to lend a hand for our community,” said the Lions Club in announcing the award. “Max feels this is a way to give back to our county, which we have had the privilege to enjoy all the years we have lived here.”