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Each year the Manistee Recreation Association (MRA) presents the Charles E. Schoedel Outstanding Service Award to an individual and an organization.  These awards represent commitment and dedication to recreation in Manistee County.  This award was established in 1981 for the late Charles E. Schoedel in gratitude for his long-term service to the MRA.  Mr. Schoedel served on the MRA Board for over thirty years and had a great impact on the development of the MRA as a strong, leisure service agency.  


2023 Organization Recipient:

Northlake Mechanical

Northlake Mechanical was selected for their ongoing support of the MRA and of the community.  Northlake Mechanical has been a Diamond Sponsor for the MRA over the past years, run by John and Ashley Simpson. You can find them at almost every activity the MRA offers throughout the year, volunteering and coaching. John is an all-around giving person. He is very proud to be a part of the community and help any way he can. He thoroughly enjoys coaching the kids and being part of their experiences in athletics from teaching them fundamentals and skills to creating a positive comradery among players. Ashley is a former MRA employee who was also helping John run their business and raise their two kids during that time. She is a very engaged member of the community and loves to promote and support small business throughout Manistee County.  

2023 Individual Recipient:

Dana Dobis

Dana Dobis has 45 years of swim instruction experience, with the past 32 years in Manistee. She has served as a lifeguard, water safety instructor, swim team coach, and lifeguard trainer. She was instrumental in the development of the MRA swim program, which she first started working with in 1993. Dana has recently retired from an illustrious career as an elementary school teacher for MAPS, so a while generation of young people in the Manistee area remember Mrs. Dobis fondly.  


Previous Recipients


1981 Martin Marietta Dave Petersen 

1982 Kiwanis

1983 Manistee BD. Of ED 

            Manistee Jaycees 

1984 VFW Walsh Post 4499

1985 Manistee Salvation Army

1986 Manistee Elks

1987 Rotary

1988 Kieszkowski Farms

1989 4-H

1990 Seng’s

1991 Alternatives For Area Youth 

1992 Manistee County Foundation 

1993 Manistee County Jr. High Football 

1994 Brethren FHA

1995 Manistee News Advocate 

1996 Manistee Soccer Club 

1997 Manistee Clan 
         Muzzleloaders Club 

1998 Morton International

1999 Cops For Kids

2000 Shell Western E & P

2001 Intermediate School District 

            Shore Line Academy 

2002 City of Manistee 

2003 Lutz Family Farm

2004 Sunrise Rotary
         Evening Rotary 

2005 Third Coast

2006 Manistee Catholic Central 

         Jerry Lewis Photographers

2007 Manistee Kiwanis

2008 Sports Ink

2009 Lance’s Irrigation

2010 Manistee County Little League 

2011 Onekama Consolidated Schools  

2012 Filer Township

2013 Doug Schlaff Youth Fund

2014 TES Filer City Recycle Committee 

2015 MS Creative Services 

2016 Linke’s Body Shop 

2017 Martin Marietta

2018 Century 21 

2019 Water’s Edge 

2022 City of Manistee – DPW/Parks Dept.

2023 Northlake Mechanical


1981 Dave Petersen 

1982 John Ellen 

1983 Harry Nowak 

1984 George Eble 

1985    Charlotte Hughes 

1986 Dorothy Lundbom 

1987 Pete Nezki 

            Richard Seemuth 

1988 Ken Grabowski 

1989 Ray Franz 

1990Hilda Edmondson 

1991 Richard Guillen 

1992 Art Anderson 

1993 Louree Samenski 

1994 ED Haik 

1995Gini Pelton 

1996 Tim Bromley 

1997 John Rozga 

1998    Juanita LaFeir 

1999    Jim and Melinda Kieszkowski 

2000 Bob Fenstermacher

2001 Homer Ramsdell 

2002    Fred McDonald

2003    Ed Leino-Jones 

2004    Kathy Fenstermacher 

2005 Mike DeVoe 

2006    Paul Morrill 

2007 Bill and Marty Paine 

2008 Juanita LaFeir 

2009 Corey Van Fleet 

2010 Christa Johnson 

2011 Cheryl Griffin  

2012 Kathy Smith 

2013 Eric Ross 

2014 The Sheffield family 

2015 David and Hilary Edmondson 

2016 Ann Smith 

2017 Jack Ball 

2018    Cathy Meagher 

2019 Wendy Adamski 

2022 Bill Edmondson 

2023    Dana Dobis

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