2006 – Dana Bates Mezke

The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle’s 2006 Community Spirit Award recipient Dana Bates Metzke is known for getting things done.

Active in the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, the Cheyenne Rotary, the Laramie County Library Foundation and the Wells Fargo Community Bank community advisory board. Metzke has also served as the president of the Cheyenne Symphony Foundation board. She is credited with raising the endowment from $130,000 in 1997 to its current $1.5 million.

Metzke has also worked on the boards of the Wyoming Transportation Museum and Learning Center and the University of Wyoming American Heritage Center, as well as the publicity committee for Denim N Diamonds, an annual fundraiser for the United Medical Center Foundation.  She’s also a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels.

Previous Community Spirit Award Winner Fred Baggs commended Metzke not only for her efficiency but also for her upbeat attitude toward community service.

“Community service is one thing anyone can do,” Metzke said, echoing the words of the late Martin Luther King, Jr. “All you have to have is a desire to make the community better.”