Known to her friends as the “Martha Stewart of the lakes area,” JoAnn Weaver of Breezy Point has been named Echo Publishing’s Pequot Lakes-Breezy Point-Crosslake Citizen of the Year.
Weaver, perhaps best known for her role as mayor of Breezy Point, is also a Crow Wing County Master Gardener, 2014 president of the Nisswa Garden Club and a member of the Breezy Point Area Women’s Club, among many other area club and association memberships.
She was speechless when she found she’d won the award at the Monday, Jan. 6, Breezy Point City Council meeting.
Marie Boudrye is a Nisswa Garden Club member with Weaver.
“She’s a pleasure to work with. She’s very organized and professional. She’s diplomatic, chooses her words carefully and can handle multiple projects easily and proficiently,” Boudrye said.
Lorraine Northagen is a master gardener alongside Weaver. The two met when they volunteered gardening at the Pelican Woods Cemetery in Breezy Point, weeding and planting.
The Crow Wing County Master Gardener Program is associated with the University of Minnesota. It’s volunteer-based and seeks to educate residents on gardening and environmental stewardship. Weaver has been a master gardener since 2006.
“She’s a wonderful presenter and does a lot of presenting to garden clubs,” Northagen said. “JoAnn does such a wonderful job in giving presentations to garden clubs and whatever organization might want a speaker on gardening and gardening techniques.”
Northagen added that Weaver is active in committees for the Nisswa Garden Show as well as the Master Gardeners’ Expo, an event that sells out, where Weaver is a speaker and presenter.
“She works tirelessly for the community,” said Tracy Donovan, Weaver’s neighbor and friend. “I think she’s wonderful for our community.”
Donovan commented that in addition to her gardening, Weaver keeps bees and chickens. She’s former secretary and current member of the North Central Beekeepers Association.
He also praised Weaver for her work as mayor.
“She’s worked tirelessly, in my opinion, in Breezy Point to give it some openness, and she runs her meetings very openly, and gives everyone a chance to talk,” Donovan said. “She’s brought civility back to Breezy Point city administration and she continues to participate in the regional area, too.”
Weaver has been a Breezy Point resident since 2000. She’s a member of the citizen leadership program for the Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation District, is a Brainerd Garden Club member, a Pelican Lake Association member and Pelican Lakes Conservation Club member.
“I’m extremely flattered and very surprised,” she said after receiving the award. “I do what I do because I like doing it.”