This annual award is presented in memory of Jo Reed, a beloved and dedicated Germantown citizen. The recipient is honored at the City's annual Commission Dinner, held in November. Mindy Fischer is the recipient of the 2023 Jo Reed Award.
The Jo Reed award is sponsored by LGAA because the cornerstone of both LG and its alumni association is servant leadership. In the words of Vice-Mayor Gibson, “Jo loved Germantown, and she loved folks who worked hard to make Germantown the community of choice that it is today.” Once you've read about Jo and the countless hours she spent volunteering, you will see she was always selflessly “getting the work done.”
There are a lot of wonderful volunteers all around us and they make a difference in our community.
However, when presented with our award winner’s nomination, the panel was astounded at the AMOUNT of places our recipient spent volunteering for; schools, boards, commissions, community events, and foundations. Not only volunteering in Germantown, our award winner has had a profound impact on lives in the community at large. Working alongside Mindy you can see that, just like Jo Reed, this person selflessly "gets the work done".
In addition to volunteering for all the PTOs, schools, Germantown Commissions, and Fundraising Boards, this “professional volunteer” began donating her time more than two decades ago to be on call twenty four/seven to comfort and console families and loved ones during the most difficult times of their lives, during the loss of their loved ones. Mindy is truly one of a kind!
“It is certainly a great honor to be recognized by the Leadership Germantown Alumni Association. To be named alongside people like Sharon Goldsworthy, Henry Evans, Billy Brown and other great leaders and volunteers in this community is very humbling,” he said. “It has been my pleasure to serve the community that I grew up in, raised my family in and still live in today. Germantown is one of the greatest communities in this nation, and much of that distinguishment is due to the great volunteer spirit that is exhibited by its citizens.”
The Leadership Germantown Alumni Association is proud to sponsor the Jo Reed Community Service Award. In the spirit that makes Germantown such a great place to live and work, this award is presented each year to an individual who represents sincere caring and volunteerism for our community, with no concern for applause or a thank you. Jo Reed was very engaged in the Germantown Community. She was an active member of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Germantown, senior citizen groups, the Germantown Performing Arts Center, Shelby County Republican Women, a charter member and past president of the English Meadows Homeowners’ Association and member of the Germantown Environmental Commission. Jo Reed was active in many other ways in our community without publicity. She spent innumerous hours assisting at City Hall with various tasks, such as stuffing envelopes, addressing mailings, helping with census projects, volunteering for Amnesty Days, and countless other projects. She was also a regular at City meetings, rarely missing a Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting. Jo Reed did whatever was needed to serve her community. This was usually done behind the scenes with little fanfare or notoriety. Killed by a car on Poplar Pike in May 1996 while pulling up illegally placed garage sale signs from lawns, Jo died as she had lived, caring for her community.