Meet your Isanti County outstanding seniors

Warren and Marlys Schluck have been named the 2013 Isanti County Outstanding Senior Citizens. They will be honored during an outstanding senior program at 2 p.m. July 25 at the Isanti County Fair in Cambridge. Photo by Rachel Kytonen

When Warren and Marlys Schluck of Cambridge learned their friend Mary Sarault wanted to nominate them for the Isanti County Outstanding Senior Citizen Award, they gave Sarault several other names of people to nominate.

Well, Sarault didn’t listen to the Schlucks, and they were recently named the 2013 Isanti County Outstanding Senior Citizens.

The Schlucks will be honored during the Outstanding Senior Awards Program beginning at 2 p.m. July 25 at the Isanti County Fair in Cambridge. Entertainment will begin at 1 p.m., featuring the Down Home band and the SAC’s Red Hatters. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m.

The Schlucks, who moved to Isanti County in 1997, live on Spectacle Lake just west of Cambridge.

They are active volunteers in Isanti County, as well as in the Twin Cities. A few of the organizations they are involved with include the South High Foundation in Minneapolis, Shalom Thrift Store, Salvation Army, Isanti Community Education Advisory Board, Common Ground-A United Methodist Community, Cambridge Library, Community Rides for Neighbors, Loaves and Fishes in the Twin Cities, Meals on Wheels, Matthew 25 Food Distribution Ministry in Isanti and Habitat for Humanity.

“We are both blessed with good health, so we give as much time as we can to different organizations,” Marlys Schlucks said. “All of our lives we volunteered with different activities our children were involved with. We’ve always been connected to different things through our church, and always wanted to give as much time and effort as we could. We were always coaching athletics with our kids; our home was always open.”

The Schlucks have always felt a need to give back to the community.

“I love helping people out,” Warren Schlucks said. “One of my favorite things is ringing the bell for Salvation Army. It’s so much fun to see a parent lift their child up to put some money into the kettle. It’s very rewarding.”

Sarault has known the Schlucks for three years through church.

“Marlys is a warm-hearted person with a ‘can do’ attitude,” Sarault said. “In the years I have known her, she plans her weeks around her volunteer hours. She never seems to tire of offering help. Her family and friends look to her for her kind spirit and nurturing warmth.”

Sarault said Warren Schlucks has an eagerness to help others.

“Warren always has a smile for anyone he encounters,” Sarault said. “If someone needs helps, he offers and never says, ‘I don’t have time.’ His dedication to helping neighbors and elderly is amazing. Warren is a humble, kind, empathetic person who seems to thrive on helping others as well as spending time with his family and church family.”

Jennifer Peck has known the Schlucks for eight years and attends church with them at Common Ground in Cambridge.

“I know, for me personally, Warren and Marlys are role models,” Peck said. “I hope to one day be able to volunteer and bless as many people as they do on a weekly basis. They are a true inspiration to me and many others.”

The Shlucks appreciate the award, but like so many others before them that have received the award, they felt it wasn’t necessary.

“We were very honored and humbled to be selected when Mary (Sarault) called us and told us the news,” Marlys Schlucks said. “We do things because we are thankful we are in position to give time giving back to others.”

The Schlucks, who have been married 57 years, have three children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.