MARYSVILLE — Longtime local business owner Mike Leighan is often quick to credit his fellow Marysville Rotary Club members for their commitment to serving the needs of their community.
On Jan. 27, it was Leighan’s turn to be in the spotlight, as he was honored as December’s Volunteer of the Month by the Marysville City Council, a governing board that he himself served on for 13 years.
Much of Leighan’s community involvement comes through his years of service with the Marysville Noon Rotary Club.
The time that Leighan puts into service projects exemplifies Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self,” according to his nominators.
Leighan was credited with being instrumental in a number of community events, including last December’s third annual Holiday Tour of Lights at Cedarcrest Golf Course. He took on conductor duties driving the Merrysville Express Rotary Train, that whisked people on a ride along winding cart paths to enjoy a dazzling drive-by display of lighted holiday scenes. He also coordinated the roster to make sure that the trains were never without a conductor.
“I can attest to the time that it takes, especially if you step in at the level that Mike does,” said Mayor Jon Nehring, who is also a Rotarian. “Mike has committed countless volunteer hours coordinating, helping set up and lending a hand at some of our most popular events in Marysville, making sure that these events give families and all participants an experience to remember.”
In October, Leighan dedicated his time to Rotary’s Pumpkins for Literacy campaign at the Club’s Pumpkin Patch at the Plant Farm at Smokey Point. Over three weeks, Rotary brought in more than 30,000 pumpkins, raising thousands of dollars donated to local schools to buy hard-bound dictionaries and books for students.
Leighan also serves as the Public Relations Coordinator for Rotary. His latest project will be leading a project to remodel the Rotary Ranch Building at Jennings Memorial Park, to convert it into community meeting space.
Even with all those volunteer activities to keep Leighan busy, he can add one more to the list, as he was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board later on the night of his award presentation.
Leighan’s wife Sarah, co-owner of Vinyl Signs & Banners, also attended the award ceremony.