TUPPER LAKE - Mark Moeller says it really isn't about him, or even his peers.
Moeller, the owner/operator of CBNA Insurance who was recently named as the Citizen of the Year by the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce, said he spends his time in several volunteer organizations trying to improve the town he grew up in for the future generations.
"I do this more for our kids," Moeller said. "I'm not worried about myself or about my future. All I hope for is that through what we do, the kids will have an opportunity to come back to where they grew up and be able to find meaningful employment."
Moeller said when he was a teen, he felt that there was no future for him in the area, but soon learned that his heart was with the community he loved.
"When I went to college, I never thought I was going to return," Moeller said. "After my service in the military, I realized how special this place was. I wanted to be here and I wanted to help."
Moeller is the oldest of nine children, who he said have all returned to their roots and live in or around the Tupper Lake area.
"Tupper Lake has a long history of volunteerism, and it makes it a special place to live," Moeller said. "There is a strong sense of volunteerism, and I am just happy to be a part of that."
Moeller said he never started to work with local organizations in the quest to receive awards or accolades, and that he hopes to help even more in the coming years.
"Most folks will say that they are humbled when something like this happens, and I truly feel the same way," Moeller said.