Munster Chamber of Commerce Announces 2017 Citizen of the Year

lions-clubMunster Lions Club is proud to announce that our very own Lion, Dave Shafer, has been awarded the Munster Chamber of Commerce Citizen Of The Year Award.

Dave was born and raised in Gary, IN. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management and from Indiana University with a master’s degree in public affairs. He is now on his fifth four-year term as the elected clerktreasurer for the Town of Munster, IN.

Prior to becoming the clerk-treasurer, he served two terms on the Munster Town Council and was council president in 1995 and 1998. He previously completed a successful 25-year management career in the steel industry.

He is currently serving as chairman of the board of directions for the Munster Chamber of Commerce. He is secretary-treasurer of the Munster Civic Foundation and previously served as a member of its board of directions and president. Dave is also a member of the Rotary Club, Indiana Society of Chicago, Society of Indiana Pioneers, Thirty-Third Degree Mason and other organizations and professional associations.

In 2012 Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels awarded Dave the Governor’s Distinguished Service Medal. IN 2016 Dave received the Financial Management Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.

Dave enjoys golf, reading and international travel. He and his wife JoAnne were married in 1975. Dave and JoAnne are members of Ridge United Methodist Church and they enjoy life with Shadow and Cole, their Weimaraner rescue dogs.

To learn more about the Munster Lions or its service projects, contact Jennifer Cosenza, Public Relations Director, 219.765.3690.

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