Chamber names Ashley Posterick 2011 Volunteer of the Year

By Liz Verley, Staff Writer 

Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Ashley Posterick’s employer encourages employees to volunteer in the community. Posterick is a payroll, bookkeeping, personal and business tax paraprofessional with Schlenner Wenner & Co. in Little Falls.

Ashley Posterick has been selected as the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce  Volunteer of the year.

Employed at Schlenner Wenner and Co. in Little Falls, Posterick said, “My employer encourages us to be active in the community.”

She said, “I called the Chamber office and asked for ideas on volunteering. My first major involvement was with the Dam Festival.”

This year she is co-chair of the event. “I attend their monthly meeting and am in charge of finding enough volunteers for the weekend. I also spend the whole weekend at the event. If anyone wants to volunteer they should contact me,” she said.

Posterick has also been a member of the Chamber’s Arts and Crafts Fair Council since 2008. There she serves as part of the Marking and Layout Committee.     “My favorite part of volunteering is knowing you helped make something happen in the community,” she said.

Posterick and her husband John have a son, Connor, who 2 1/2 years old. They are expecting their second child in May. In her spare time she enjoys camping as a family in the summer, roller blading when possible and she has just started to learn the art of scrap booking.

Deb Boelz, Chamber president CEO, said, “Ashley has been a member of the Chamber’s Arts and Crafts Fair Council since 2008. She came to the Chamber asking to become more involved and we are very thankful that she chose the Chamber as a place to volunteer. Ashley volunteers to mark spaces for the craft show, often a ‘dirty’ job that includes all types of spray paint and many colors of chalk.”

“She will come whenever asked, occasionally still dressed from the day at the office. Her commitment to the craft show continues by being a block host usually for the entire weekend. She assists vendors in finding their location, ensures they are comfortable with their surroundings, and independently solves problems that may arise during the show,” said Boelz.

“I enjoy volunteering. As a block host I have done it for the past three years and you get to know many of the crafters. You become familiar with their families and each year you learn what has happened since you last saw them. It’s like meeting with friends,” Posterick said. Boelz said, “Over the years she has built a great rapport with the vendors in that area and many ask if she is going to be back so they can reconnect with her. She often is volunteering with a toddler in tow, sometimes making the job more difficult.”

“I enjoy working at both the Dam Festival and the Arts and Crafts Show as they are opposites. The Dam Festival is family-oriented and gives families the opportunity to do something together. The Arts and Crafts Show is more for adults,” Posterick said.

“Ashley’s commitment is more than just volunteering  for the craft show,” said Boelz. “She also volunteers at the Chamber’s Golf Outing and Sporting Clays and is currently a Leadership LindyLand participant. Ashley is very committed to Little Falls and making it a great place to live, work and do business.”

Posterick said, “If you are looking at volunteering, I would encourage anyone to call the Chamber to see what is available. Whether you are looking to serve on a committee or just for a couple hours, it is a great place to start.”

Posterick will be recognized at the  annual Chamber dinner, Thursday, along with Central Minnesota Electric and Perkins Family Restaurant and Bakery.