Each year, the Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) recognizes a school board member who is an advocate for the importance of music education in school programs. As such, WMEA has established an award to celebrate individuals who have advocated to ensure that all students receive a well-rounded education that includes music.
Glenwood City school board Vice President Chuck Draxler has been selected as a recipient of the 2023 WMEA Distinguished School Board Member award. Glenwood City music educator Matt Lamb nominated Chuck for this award, with additional letters of support from MS/HS Principal Marcy Burch and past-superintendent Tim Johnson.
In his recommendation letter, Mr. Lamb stated “For years, Chuck has offered to drive our equipment trailer to all of our marching band parade activities. Chuck can be seen unloading drums and uniforms through the summer and fall. He goes above and beyond for our program. Our students love him. Last Spring we had some set issues during tech week of our musical. We were short of help and stressed for time. Out of nowhere, Chuck arrives with his tools and makes quick work of our issues. Additionally, Chuck and his wife Lara have donated instruments for students that could not afford to purchase their own. As a board member, we can always trust that policy decisions involving music in our district will be very proactive. Chuck is an alum of our school and band and choir program. I cannot think of a more deserving person for this award.”
WMEA officers involved with the selection committee for this award were inspired by the scope of Chuck’s efforts on behalf of music education in your community.
Chuck will be presented with this award as part of the 2023 Wisconsin State Music Conference at the President’s Welcome Reception on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Monona Terrace Convention Center, Madison, WI.