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For Jack Lanners, who  has called Woodbury home since 1983, Woodbury is about the citizens, the service and community.

“It’s the citizenry, the volunteerism, the amazing people around here that care about the community and the neighborhoods and get involved in so many things,” he said. “Woodbury is amazing for volunteerism and service leadership.”

Lanners lives the words that he preaches through his involvement with the Woodbury Lions Club, the Woodbury Community Foundation and the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Whatever we do, it’s about fun, friends and future,” he said. “It’s all good things.”

Lanners will serve as the grand marshal in this year’s Woodbury Days Grande Parade, which will take place Sunday Aug. 30.

“This is just going to be really cool,” he said.

Lanners was an easy choice for this year’s grand marshal, Woodbury Days Council President Theresa Janechek said, because the honor always goes to someone who has been a lasting impact on the community.

“He’s been here for a long time, he’s been active and community is something that is important to him,” she said. “He just kind of stood out.

“He was a good person to recognize.”

Lanners said he was very surprised when Woodbury Days asked him to be the grand marshal.

“It was total shock and awe,” he said.

Lanners is no stranger to being recognized for his commitment to the Woodbury community having been named the 2013 Citizen of the Year by the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s exciting,” Lanners said of the honor.

Lanners is not only a longtime Woodbury resident and volunteer, but he is also a longtime business owner.

Lanners is president of FTL, the company that operates MGM Wine & Spirits stores.

The Woodbury store opened in 1994.

“That was always my dream,” Lanners said about opening the Woodbury store. “We moved here and there wasn’t a store here.

“I settled down and the roots went down.”

Outside of work, Lanners currently serves as chairman for the Woodbury Community Foundation and has previously served as chairman for the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce and president of the Woodbury Lions Club.

Since Lanners is involved in some many organizations within Woodbury, he always a presence at Woodbury Days in some capacity.

“One way or another we’re always involved with something,” he said. “The Lions Club, the Woodbury Community Foundation and so many of our business friends and chamber friends are represented there.

“There’s just lots of people to see.”

Lanners will be found at the Woodbury Community Foundation booth this year encouraging people to come out for the upcoming Chef Fest fundraiser, which will feature five Woodbury-area chefs cooking up delicious food.

The event will be held Oct. 30 at the Prom Center.

Lanners said he is excited for Woodbury Days and all of the fun this year will bring.

“It’s amazing how Woodbury Days has grown into such a fantastic, collaborative event,” he said. “You gotta stop by because it’s so much fun.

“For me, it’s really about visiting with all sorts of people and seeing everyone having a good time.”

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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