MIDDLEPORT -- Former Mayor Julia A. "Julie" Maedl will be honored for her community service at a dinner Wednesday in Middleport Fire Hall.
Cataract Lodge 295, F&AM, is sponsoring the dinner, where Maedl will receive the Masonic DeWitt Clinton Award for Community Service.
"Julie is one of the most well-respected people in this area," said Cataract Lodge Master Herbert G. Koenig, who nominated her for the award. "She has this way of dealing with people. If she has a job to do, she does it, but always in a tactful way."
"This is very humbling to have such an event planned for me," Maedl said. "I'm not used to this; I'm usually the one doing the planning, and I'm a little overwhelmed, really."
Hors d'oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m., with dinner starting at 6:30.
After the dinner, the Middleport Community Choir will offer a special performance for its fellow member. Maedl's late husband, Robert, who died in 2008 at age 60, also was a long-standing member of the choir. Choir director Ric Smith and his wife, Karen, wrote "Robert's Song" in his memory, and the choir will perform it Wednesday.
When Robert Maedl died, Julie assumed full ownership of the company they started in 1975, Maedl's Woodcrafts, as well as management of nearly 30 local apartments.
Julie Maedl served as a village trustee for nine years before holding the office of mayor for a decade. She did not seek re-election in the last mayoral race.
Longtime Village Clerk Rebecca A. Schweigert said, "Julie has a phenomenal background of public service -- a lot more than people are aware, and this will let people know just how much of her life she has put into the life of this village."
Maedl is an active member of Middleport United Methodist Church. She also helped start the Middleport Area Tourism and Beautification Committee, where she worked to obtain grant money to finance many projects. She is a charter member of the FMC Community Advisory Panel and currently is chairwoman of the Royalton-Hartland Business and Professional Association.
"I've always done public service because it's just something I love to do. I never did it with any thought of a reward," Maedl said. "I just love my community, my village, my family and my church."
The public is invited to the dinner for Maedl, and tickets may be purchased for $15 at Village Hall and the Middleport Family Health Center or from any Cataract Lodge member. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.