Forest Lake resident and local chiropractor, Dr. Rich Ottomeyer has been selected to receive the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau 2011 On Behalf of Youth Award. Each year the award is given to one area adult in recognition of outstanding dedication and service to youths in our community.
A reception and award presentation will take begin at 6:30 p.m. June 27 at Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau, 244 North Lake Street in Forest Lake. A brief awards program is scheduled for 7 p.m. The public is invited.
Forest Lake Chief of Police, Rick Peterson, nominated Dr. Ottomeyer. “Rich’s passion for promoting education and safety to Forest Lake area youth has only gained momentum since becoming a community member in 1983.”
With the help of former Forest Lake Police Chief David Schwartz, Dr. Ottomeyer began sponsoring Safety Camp in 1994 after a family member was involved in an accident that resulted in the tragic death of a young girl on a bicycle. This popular camp has expanded to include a broad array of safety issues and serves approximately 100 elementary-aged youths each year. In addition, Dr. Ottomeyer conducts bicycle safety programs at many local churches.
Dr. Ottomeyer’s has served on the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau Board of Directors for the past four years and is currently the treasurer. He’s also been known to jump into a frozen lake in the dead of winter in support of LAYSB in addition to participating in fundraisers and LAYSB events. “LAYSB has been such a wonderful partner in Safety Camp and in helping teens through tough times. I’m honored to be part of their comprehensive approach that helps these kids to acquire life skills that will prevent future problems.”
Dr. Ottomeyer is a founding member of the Forest Lake Rotary Club and has achieved 27 years of active membership as a Rotarian. Ottomeyer lives in Forest Lake with his wife, Leann, and his son, Isaac. He also has a daughter, Loranna, who is a recent college graduate. For more information, contact Jeanne Walz at 651-464-3685.