Michele Butler well deserving of Pendill wall honor at MAPS

Anyone who’s involved with community or service projects in the central Upper Peninsula knows that it’s essential to assemble the right team willing to work, often without public accolade, to get things done.

If team organizers are smart, one of the first calls will be to Michele Butler, who, it can be reasonably stated, knows how to get things done, sporting a rather incredible resume of community and service projects and accomplishments going back many years.

So it came as no surprise recently when news broke that Butler, who is a 1973 graduate of Marquette Senior High School, was selected to join the list of notable alumni of MAPS who have been inducted into the A. Felch Pendill Wall of Excellence. Induction honors distinguished MAPS alumni.

“This is really MAPS’ top gun,” MAPS Superintendent Bill Saunders said for a Mining Journal story on the matter. “This is our Wall of Excellence here, our best of the best.”

Butler, who is a partner at Vango’s Pizza and Cocktail Lounge in Marquette, is well known in the business community. But that’s just for openers.

She serves as a Marquette ambassador, chief volunteer officer of the YMCA of Marquette County, a member of The Phyllis and Max Reynolds Foundation Board and vice president of the Marquette Golf Club Board and is active in the Presbyterian and Greek Orthodox churches.

She previously served on the NMU Alumni Board, Gold Wildcat Club Board and the Rotary Board of Directors and was the founding board chairwoman of the YMCA of Marquette County.

Additionally, Butler helped raise money for the playground at Graveraet Elementary School, the donation and development of Clark Lambros’ Beach Park and many community fundraisers.

And she received the NMU Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 1985, the Rotary Service Above Self Distinguished Service Award in 2013 and the Evergreen Award for Outstanding Women Mentoring Program in 2013.

The list goes on and on.

Butler is among a very small handful of people who help make the greater Marquette community the wonderful place it is. She is well deserving of this honor.