Bob Schneeweis has been selected as the 2018 J. Stanley and Doris Hill Legacy Award recipient. Established by the Century College Foundation, the Mahtomedi Area Educational Foundation and the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation, the award honors the memory of Stan and Doris Hill for their remarkable commitment to community service. Schneeweis is being recognized for his extensive volunteer service to the White Bear Lake area and beyond its borders.
Schneeweis, 66, is the son of John (Jack) and Mary Lou Schneeweis. He grew up in Mahtomedi and is a graduate of Mahtomedi High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s University and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He has been married for 40 years to Jane White Schneeweis. They have two children, Bob and Sarah (Johnson) and five grandchildren.
Schneeweis comes from a tradition of volunteerism and has spent a lifetime helping others and giving back to the communities he loves. He and Jane moved back to Mahtomedi in 1982. In the community, Schneeweis became vice president and then president of the St. Jude’s Parish Council. He was a Boy Scout leader from 1987-1989. He was a committee member and then chair of the Mahtomedi Parks Commission from 1986-1989. He coached Mahtomedi youth baseball from 1988-1992. He helped establish and run the Mahtomedi Youth Basketball Association from 1991-1995 and coached the first traveling team for boys from 1991-1993 and the first traveling team for girls from 1994-1996.
In 1991, Stan Hill called Schneeweis to ask for his help with the Burnett/Children’s Hospital Golf Classic (now the 3M Championship). Schneeweis helped develop the finance wing of the startup golf tournament. After that, Hill and Schneeweis joined together to work on the North East Round Table and the Metropolitan Interfaith Community for Affordable Housing.
From 1996-2002, Schneeweis was a school board member for the Mahtomedi School District. Following that, he was a board member, vice president, and chair of the investment committee for the Mahtomedi Area Educational Foundation from 2003-2007.
From 2009-2017, Schneeweis was on the board of the Tubman Family Crisis and Support Services, overseeing finances and developing a major gifts program.
Beginning in 2015, Schneeweis became a founding board member of the Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation. He founded and is chair of the investment committee.
When interviewed, Schneeweis stressed the importance of family and community in one’s life and the value of local public education. He said what has inspired him is the model his parents instilled through their life of service and the concept of the familiar quote, “If not you, then who?” When asked how he found the time, he referred to an Anna Quindlen talk about looking at your children and asking, “how could I not?”
A reception honoring Schneeweis will take place Thursday, May 17, at Century College – East Campus in the Library Fireplace Area. The event, open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m.
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