Marge Wilson has been chosen to receive the Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award, given
by the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids. The award is presented in recognition of Frederik Meijer’s philanthropic acts of
selfless service to our community, which left a lasting impact on the lives of others.
“We are pleased and excited to honor Marge Wilson as the 2021 Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award winner for
her contributions to our community. Her generous and gracious spirit embodies the true meaning of this award,” said
Hank Meijer, Fred Meijer’s son and Executive Chairman of Meijer, Inc.
Marge is an entrepreneur, community advocate and mentor. She is well-known for her sensitive and compassionate
nature. She established Marge’s Donuts in 1975 and as her business grew, she expanded the shop to accommodate
private gatherings and space for local organizations and clubs to meet. Marge was the first woman chosen to be on the
national board of the Retail Bakers Association and served for many years as the Michigan Regional Director.
Throughout the years Marge has collected an impressive number of awards and recognitions for her community service
and business expertise. These tokens of recognition span an entire wall in the back of the bakery along with a timeline
for her involvement in the community she loves so dearly.
“I am honored to receive an award that bears the name of Fred Meijer. I firmly believe that you should do all you can for
others when you can and while you can, not expecting anything in return. I receive many blessings for giving back and I
am humbled by this recognition which is truly an honor to me,” said Marge.
Some of Marge’s notable achievements are the establishment of the Samuel Omogo Foundation, a project designed to
foster the responsible development of clean water sources for villages in southeastern Nigeria. She received the
Inaugural Marge Wilson Community Service Leadership Award from AMBUCS and Distinguished Service Award from the
Wyoming-Kentwood Chamber of Commerce.
Previous Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award honorees include Jackie Taylor PhD, Shelley Irwin, Rick DeVos, John
and Nancy Kennedy and the late Luis Tomatis, MD.
“The opportunity to humbly present this annual award to Marge is tri-fold in nature: it recognizes a local philanthropist
leader that mirrors the impact Frederick Meijer had and continues to make on this community, while demonstrating the
values and mission of Rotary,” said Jon Hankins, president of the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids.
The Rotary Club of Grand Rapids will honor Marge at the Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award Celebration on
Tuesday, April 20 from 9-10 a.m. The virtual celebration will be hosted live from Marge’s Donut Den. Proceeds of the
event will benefit the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids Charities Foundation. The Foundation exists to support the needs of
individuals, non-profit projects and/or programs aligned with its primary focus areas of health, education and youth
programs. The community is invited to attend. Tickets are on available at Eventbrite.